Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Parks director clarifies statements made regarding deficits, stating that program fees aren't meant to cover all costs
Over the past few public input sessions where residents spoke out on the Muskego lake park issue, many complained of a $500,000 deficit that the parks department is running as a reason not to build another park. The city has voted to purchase 4.6 acres of land on Little Muskego Lake for the purpose of creating a park near the downtown area, but it has come amid much controversy and debate. The parks department in particular has taken heat for what some feel is 'running in the red.' However, Craig Anderson, Parks Director, told MuskegoNOW that the statements have come as people look at what revenue is generated through the departments' programs offered throughout the year versus its expenses. "We've never been overbudget, departmentally," …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Lease agreements associated with Park Arthur approved; updates given on truck sale, and Woods Road trail
The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board reviewed many of the contracts involved with its Park Arthur site Monday night at City Hall, and updated other projects as well.
Monday, December 12, 2011
A series on how America’s Great Recession is hitting home in Muskego, features local businesses that are thriving and can help you complete your Christmas shopping.
(Editor's note: If you're a Muskego Business, and want to add your offers here to help supplement the list, please contact us!) Money is the magic that fuels the American economy, and it’s no secret business is down most places in Muskego this year. What may be a secret is the wide mix of gifts available that can save money and stretch the few dollars shoppers have…and stimulate the local economy at the same time. Glo 10 Salon and Spa: Customers are extending time between appointments and buying fewer products to cut costs in this economy, said manager Julie Azmani, but “massage is up! People realize they have to do something for themselves” to relieve tension, Azmani said. Gift massages at $1/minute with massage club membership (no …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Good reviews from Public Safety and now Parks and Rec board for the ski club, but their ski ramp continues to irritate lake residents.
Craig Anderson, Parks and Recreation Department Director, told the park and rec board Monday night that he had received "zero complaints, and there were zero compliance checks" for the Water Bugs Ski Team, which practices and performs from Idle Isle Park. The club had 15 show dates, 30 practices and two ski classes over the summer according to Anderson, who added that changes to the PA system had helped the team keep from garnering complaints. However, the ski jump the team uses continued to be an issue, as one resident, Mark Harrison asked if the jump could rotate to other places on the lake. Its current anchoring spot is on Chiconas Island, which is situated on the south side of the lake. Harrison's property is 620 yards from where the …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Topography of park is taking shape, and the news is good as the season closes on the Water Bugs and Movies in the Park.
As graders have been working on the site that will become Park Arthur along Muskego's northern border, Director of Parks and Recreation Craig Anderson said the work has produced 'phenomenal' sledding hills. "This will undoubtedly give the park year-round use, and provides three different slopes for sledding," he said at the Monday night meeting of the Park Board. Paving to further complete entry points into the park was started Tuesday, which raised some concerns that it might encourage vandals looking to 'off road' their vehicles at the site. However, Anderson said plans always start with paving of roadways and at least partial parking areas. In addition, Anderson reported that for June, July and August he had received no complaints of …
Safety issues and a petition help move trail project up to 2012 date, as 17-year-old states his case to Parks Board and Committee of Whole Agrees
Robbie Kanelos, a 17-year-old senior at Muskego High School, brought a request forward to the Parks and Recreation Board's meeting on Monday night to move the construction of a walking path along Woods Road up on the schedule of budget items. Previously, the trail's construction was on the budget plan for the year 2014, but having nearly been struck by a bus as he walked home from school, Kanelos and his family decided to take action. Kanelos, who is visually impaired and can't see much more than a few feet ahead, was chosen for a leadership camp for the disabled, according to his grandmother, Joanne Morency. Apparently Kanelos has a knack for it. Gathering 126 signatures from residents along Woods Road to back up his request, Kanelos …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Proposed capital, operating, and park dedication budgets for next year discussed at Parks and Rec. Board meeting this past Monday evening.
During Monday’s meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board, Director Craig Anderson took time out to go over proposed budget figures for next year. The capital budget calls for a replacement to the department’s 2003 Tri-deck rotary lawn mower at a cost of $14,700. Anderson explained that the mower has leakage and a lot of damaged parts, among other issues. For repairs, he said the department would be looking at upwards of $3,000 , maybe more, and that does not include the cost of labor. He said it would be more cost-effective to replace it. Also in need of replacement is the department’s 2000 Ford F-150 truck with plow attachment. The cost for replacement will be $35,000 , and Anderson said the current truck has a trade-in value of …
Monday, August 8, 2011
A full plate of agenda items for the Parks and Recreation Department begins Monday night at 5:45pm
The Parks and Recreation Board's agenda Monday night features a host of items, including the following: The board will meet in the Alderman's room at Muskego City Hall beginning at 5:45.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Friday night movies in the park return on June 29
The Muskego Parks and Recreation Department will again be offering 'Movies in the Park' on Friday, July 29 and August 19. This Friday's feature is "Despicable Me" which will be shown on a large screen erected in Veteran's Memorial Park. Showtime is 8:45, but movie goers are encouraged to arrive early to select a seat. Lawn chairs or blankets are welcome to and as always - don’t forget your bug spray! The fee: one non-perishable food item per person, with all food donated to a local food pantry. Concessions will be available under the shelter starting 30 minutes before show time. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled. Please call 262-679-5645 (option #7) for movie showing updates. On August 19, the movie will be "Yogi…
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Muskego parks and recreation announce evaluations for elite league.
The Muskego Parks and Recreation Department is accepting pre-registrations for the Warriors Boys Club Basketball Player Evaluations. According to Tammy Dunn with the department, "In order to make the evaluation process fair and un-biased, we have secured an outside organization, TopFlightOne, to run and administer our player evaluation process. The player evaluation will now be very similar to a player combine that will use an independent, objective; criteria based evaluation of the boy’s skills." Dunn explained that only the player’s evaluation number and height, not their name, is known to the evaluators. Various drills will be conducted to assess skills as well as 'intangibles,' like hustle, initiative and teamwork. In addition, …