Monthly Archives: October 2011

4 liquor license revocation hearings held today

This morning, the Licensing & Permit Committee met, along with their attorney, Steve Cain, and his stenographer, to hold four liquor license revocation hearings.  Larry Keating, attorney, was present and spoke on behalf of two of the license holders (DSD Group, LLC, Amarjit Dhindsa, Agent (Roosevelt Oil), and Aces I, LLC, Richard Yuenkel, Agent (2901 Pub & Grub).  Keating requested that both of these be deferred until December 12th, and the committee was agreeable.  During that time, they promised to discuss resolutions to the issues with the interested parties.

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Country Inn and Suites special needs Halloween event coverage

The Country Inn and Suites in Kenosha, just west of I-94, hosted Halloween a party and indoor trick-or-treat for adults and children with special needs on Oct. 27 at the hotel.

The event was a Halloween celebration for those with special needs and their families. Participants dressed up in their favorite costumes and then trick-or-treated in a safe, accessible environment on the first floor of the hotel. Area businesses and organizations (including sponsored rooms and provided fun stations for the trick-or-treaters. Food was also served for those participating.

This is the fourth year for the event at the Country Inn & Suites, Kenosha. Because of the success of the Kenosha event, “another Country Inn & Suites in suburban Milwaukee decided to host a similar event this year,” Jennifer Dodd, director of sales at the Kenosha location, said.

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Interim fire chief named for Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue

The Pleasant Prairie Police and Fire Commission has named an Interim Chief of Fire & Rescue.

Assistant Fire Chief Doug McElmury was selected as Interim Chief on Oct. 18. McElmury will serve as Interim Chief throughout the recruiting and selection process, which could last as long as six months.

McElmury has been with the department since March of 1989 and has subsequently served as Firefighter/Paramedic, Training Officer, Captain, and Assistant Chief. Prior to his service with Pleasant Prairie, McElmury was a member of both the Wheatland and Lake Geneva Fire Departments.

During September, Fire Chief Paul G. Guilbert, Jr., announced his retirement after 25 years with the Department and 41 years in the field.

The Village will conduct a national search for a new Chief of Fire & Rescue. An Assessment Panel comprised of other area Fire Chiefs will interview top candidates. Top candidates will then be presented to the Police and Fire Commission for their consideration. It is anticipated that a final selection will be made during the spring of 2012.

“We appreciate Doug’s willingness to lead the Department through the selection of a new Chief of Fire & Rescue,” commented Carol Willke, Director of Human Resources for Pleasant Prairie. “His leadership and experience will provide continuity for the Department as they continue to provide high quality fire and rescue services to residents and visitors in Pleasant Prairie.”

Trick or treat in Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers is today

Official trick or treat hours in Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers this year are today, Oct. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. Will there be more folks on the street than ever without a Packer or Bears game conflict?

Before heading out, check out these safety tips from the Kenosha Police Department we featured earlier this week.

And just to get into the mood of the holiday, look to the KPD again, with this video below:

Last call for “Power of a Purse” fundraiser tickets

The Women’s Fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation announces a final call for tickets for its “Power of a Purse” fundraising event.

“Power of a Purse” will take place 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, , at the Best Western Harborside Hotel, 5125 Sixth Ave., in Kenosha. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased in several ways:

The highlight of the event will be an auction of purses – fashion, one-of-a-kind and artist designed – many filled with “surprises.” Cocktails, including a wine and martini bar, food by local caterers, and special live entertainment will also be a part of the evening’s festivities. Visit the “Power of a Purse” page on Facebook to find out how to purchase tickets and to see a selection of purses up for auction.

Proceeds from “Power of a Purse” benefit the Women’s Fund endowment at the Kenosha Community Foundation. Past Women’s Fund fundraising events, including “Power of a Purse,” have raised over $78,000. The Women’s Fund is a component fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation that supports programs and organizations that create opportunities for women and children through direct grant and responsive philanthropy.

The Kenosha Community Foundation, organized in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, actively manages permanent endowments established by individuals, families and business organizations, as well as field of interest funds, such as the Women’s Fund.


Congressman Paul Ryan hosted listening session in Kenosha

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This afternoon, Congressman Paul Ryan hosted a listening session at the Gateway Technical College’s Madrigrano Auditorium.  Last week, Ryan met with Wisconsinites in Muskego, Oak Creek, and Racine.  Today, he had sessions planned in Janesville, Elkhorn, and here in Kenosha.

About 200 people were in attendance.  Ryan’s plan was to give his PowerPoint presentation and then allow time for questions and answers.  However, some people in the audience didn’t want to hear his presentation and started rabble-rousing.

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Cub Scouts to have hot dog and brat sale Oct. 29

Nothing warms you up on a late October Saturday like a steaming hot dog or brat!

Cub Scout Pack 435 is having a hot dog and brat fundraiser on October 29, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gander Mountain, Highway 50 and I-94.

Proceeds help support Pack 435.

RecPlex Aqua Arena reopens

The RecPlex Aqua Arena has reopened following repairs to resolve an issue with the plaster in the pool.

The pool is now available for members and day-pass users for lap swimming. On Saturday, Oct. 29 the Aqua Arena will resume hosting swim meets, with varying meets scheduled on: Oct. 29-30, Nov. 5-6, Nov. 12, Nov. 18-20, and Dec. 2-4.

This past summer, a small piece of plaster lining the competition pool at RecPlex dislodged.

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Fire in downtown Kenosha

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At 3:30 p.m. p.m., Kenosha Fire Department is fighting a fire in a building in the 5700 block of Eighth Avenue, Kenosha. Initial report said smoke was showing from the roof of the building.

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Units responding to report of crash

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At 2:22 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a crash in the 8300 block of 75th Street (Highway 50), Pleasant Prairie.

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CUSH hosts bus service meeting

The Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) organization, a local interfaith group, hosted a meeting tonight at the Beth Hillel Temple, 6050 Eighth Avenue, in Kenosha.  The purpose of the meeting was to tackle the issue of the 2012 budget proposal discontinuing Saturday bus service.

The meeting opened and closed with a prayer.  Sandy Milligan introduced herself and explained the purpose of CUSH, to address the needs of the community and to ensure that justice is served.  Transportation is not a new issue for CUSH to be involved in.  Ten years ago, there was no bus service out to the senior housing in Pleasant Prairie, and CUSH was instrumental in getting that service started.  Now, the City of Kenosha has handed CUSH another issue, and that is the discontinuation of Kenosha’s Saturday bus service.

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Temporary structures will need to apply for a permit

At last night’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting, the committee heard from Paula Blise, zoning coordinator, about the need for taverns to apply for a permit in order to have a temporary outdoor smoking structure.  Structures of this type are included in the current ordinance regarding temporary structures.  “There are currently rules on the books that allows us to require this permit.  No new ordinance is needed,” stated Blise.  The permit would allow the structure to stand for 180 days and would cost $60.  These will be sold only to alcohol establishments. 

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KUSD forced to take lower tax levy

At tonight’s KUSD board meeting, Mary Snyder, board president, informed the roughly 125-member audience that the KUSD is at the maximum tax levy according to the State formula.  Therefore, a decrease of 1.04 % from last year’s tax levy was unanimously voted upon.  Snyder made it clear that “it was not the board’s choice to lower the tax levy; they are bound by State law.  We have difficult decisions coming up,” she said.

Superintendent Michele Hancock gave a presentation to the board and the audience entitled, “The Truth of Reality.”  She presented the facts as to how the district finds itself in the ‘financial crisis’ it’s in today.  “In an unprecedented move, eight hundred million dollars ($800 million) was taken out of  public education in one fell swoop,” Hancock stated.  “This is a major decline in support.  Plus, a 4.7% decrease in property values is something that the KUSD cannot control.  Some people say that we can’t afford to provide a quality school system.  But, I say that we can’t afford not to provide a quality school system.”

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Well known children’s book author Florence Parry Heide dies

Florence Parry Heide, the Kenosha-based but internationally known author of children’s books, died Sunday at the age of 92, is reporting.

Anderson pool will be closed next summer

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At tonight’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting, one topic of discussion related to the Park Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for 2012 was the Anderson and Washington Pools.  Apparently, the Health Department inspected both pools and found issues to be addressed at each one.  The issues which need to be addressed at Anderson Pool, however, will close the pool for the entire summer next year.

Jeff Warnock, park superintendent, explained the mechanical fixes needed.  The valve and filter house controls needs to be brought up from an underground pit.  Currently, maintenance persons need to climb down a ladder, which is a dangerous proposition.  It’s possible to bring the pipes up by extending them.  The current pipes and wheels are rotting from the inside out.  The pressure gauge has crumbled around the pipe itself.  The fixes will make it more accessible and safer to work on.     Continue reading

Coast Guard rescues boaters off Kenosha

Five people who thought their boat might catch fire were rescued by personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Kenosha Sunday evening.

From a Coast Guard press release:
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Keep your little monsters safe on Halloween

This is the latest in a series of articles that will regularly appear on from Kenosha Police Department Crime Prevention Unit Officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis:

Don’t take candy from strangers! Oh, except on Halloween, of course.

Are we confusing our children? Not if we take the time to communicate with them and explain why, one day every year, there is an exception to this safety rule.

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Units responding to report of crash on I-94

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At 7:45 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a two-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of I-94 just south of Highway KR, Paris.

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More areas of frost forecast tonight

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Enjoy the relatively pleasant forecast for for today — 63 and sunny. Areas of frost are again in the forecast tonight, with a low of 36, according to the National Weather Service.

After that, the lows will be back up in the 40s Sunday through Wednesday.

Crash overnight on I-94

/Earlene Frederick photo

The car pictured above was involved in an apparent crash on I-94 about 1 a.m. this morning.

The car was unoccupied and no one was at the scene when emergency workers arrived at the scene in the southbound lanes of I-94 just south of Highway 50.

Bristol Fire Department, Sheriff’s deputies and State troopers all responded to the scene.

Kenosha to get federal funding for seven buses from KRM cash

Kenosha will receive $2.3 million in federal funding to purchase seven new buses to replace existing buses for the Kenosha Area Transit System, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser announced Friday.

The funding came as a result of the advocacy of County Planning & Development Director George E. Melcher, Kreuser said. Melcher, who serves on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission’s Advisory Committee on Transportation System Planning and Programming for Kenosha, Racine Milwaukee and the Round Lake Beach Urbanized Areas, argued for part of the $15 million originally allocated for the KRM Commuter Link rail line to be used for Kenosha’s needs.

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Common Council meeting re-cap

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Kenosha’s Common Council met on Monday night.  Here is a re-cap of the issues addressed:

  • Nineteen new bartender’s licenses were approved, some with demerit points attached.
  • Two new operator’s (taxi driver’s) licenses were approved, both with some demerit points attached.
  • The special exception request to install a twelve-square-foot (12 sf) sign onto a pre-existing eighty-square-foot (80 sf) monument sign (total area of proposed sign:  ninety-two square feet (92 sf) located at 4235 Green Bay Road, was deferred.  No one was present to discuss the request.
  • Jill’s Place was approved for a beer/liquor license, with the acceptance of a conditional surrender of a similar license at the same location from the McCool Corporation, to be effective October 18, 2011, subject to 40 demerit points.

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Waves along Lake Michigan

Waves have been spectacular along Kenosha’s Lake Michigan shoreline the last couple of days as sustained high winds have blown through.

Here’s some video from about 2 p.m. Thursday, not even the peak of the wind of the last two days:

Officials praise agreement on clean-up of engine plant site

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen speaks while Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman looks on.

City, state and federal officials praised the agreement for the clean-up of the former Chrysler Engine Plant site at 30th Avenue and 60th Street at a press conference today.

There was not a lot of new information from the previous announcement of the agreement being reached. However, city officials did emphasize that clearing the site of buildings would not cost city taxpayers.

The press conference was held at the Kenosha Civil War Museum, another redeveloped industrial brownfield site.

“It’s certainly not the end,” said Mayor Keith Bosman. “It’s more of a beginning.”

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Licensing & Permit committee becomes commission

At Monday night’s Common Council meeting, the second reading of the proposed changes by Alderperson Ray Misner to various sections of the Code of General Ordinances regarding the change in responsibilities of the “Committee on Licensing/Permit,” allocating them to the “Commission on Licensing/Permit” or “Committee on Judicial Review” was approved.  Misner stated that he felt that this change will make the process of getting licenses issued more efficient.

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Agreement on transfer and clean-up of engine plant site to be disclosed

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Details of an agreement to transfer ownership and ensure cleanup of the former Chrysler engine plant site in Kenosha will be announced at a press conference Thursday by city, federal and state officials, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said in a press release Wednesday.

From the news release:
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Best Western Harborside Hotel to be purchased and renovated

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At Monday night’s Finance Committee and Common Council meetings, the issue of the Best Western Harborside Hotel’s purchase was discussed.  The reason for the last-minute discussion was that the assignment and second amendment of the ground lease between Mayra Kenosha, Inc., and the City of Kenosha (lessor), and Parkside Hotel Limited Partnership, for the parking lot was being renegotiated as part of the purchase deal, which is set to close on November 2nd.

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NSI investigation follow-up

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Apparently, the Neighborhood Services Inspections (NSI) investigation has not been completed, as previously reported.  Click here for previous article:  NSI Invesigation Completed.  At last night’s Finance Committee meeting, Chairman David Bogdala was relentless in his questioning of Frank Pacetti, the city administrator, regarding the follow-up on the investigation of waived fees in the NSI Department.  Pacetti continued to plead ignorance.

At last night’s meeting, an earlier agenda item was a request to rescind certain penalty fees assessed to Trottier Chiropractic.  The committee approved rescinding the penalties associated with the applicant’s occupancy permit due to the “unreasonableness” of the fees.  Bogdala’s point was that this was the proper process whereby fees could be waived (by bringing the issue to the Finance committee).

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KFD responds to garage fire

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Kenosha Fire Department personnel put out a garage fire in the 7400 block of 41st Avenue, Kenosha, this afternoon.

The fire was reported at about 1:50 p.m.

Kenosha receives donation of two streetcars

Streetcar 4617, recently donated to the city at no cost, is towed to storage by one of the city's existing streetcars. /Earlene Frederick photo

The City of Kenosha received a gift of two streetcars this past week. They are President’s Conference Committee (PCC) Streetcars.

No. 4617 arrived on Oct. 10, and No. 2185 arrived on Oct. 12. These two cars were previously at the East Troy Electric Railway.

All of the Kenosha streetcar numbers remain unchanged from the cities they came from. No. 4617 was built for Toronto, Canada, in 1951. It was finished at the Canadian Car and Foundry with a shell provided by the St. Louis Car Company. This car was aquired by an individual (Tom Matola) and given to the railroad in 1999. It was one of 19 cars rebuilt in 1986.

No. 2185 was a Philadelphia car built in 1948 for the Philadelphia Transport Company by the St. Louis Car Company. Rebuilt in the mid 1980s, it saw service for the Southestern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) until 1992, when it was aquired by East Troy in 1994.

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