Monthly Archives: January 2012

Units responding to report of crash at Highways H and K

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At 3:56 p.m., sheriff’s deputies and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a crash at Highways H and K.

Dispatch reports that there is one vehicle involved, and it is blocking the westbound lane of Highway K. The airbag in the vehicle deployed.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m. — There may be more than one vehicle involved. City police are assisting with traffic control.

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Forecast calls for cold and then more snow

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The National Weather Forecast for the next couple of days can be summed up with three words.

Cold, then snow.

NWS says the low tonight will get down to 8. It won’t get much higher Thursday when the high temp is forecast at 11. Thursday night, the low will be -1.

Temps will warm a little Friday (18 for a high), but there is a 90 percent chance of snow during the day. Two to four inches of accumulation are forecast.

Wilson neighborhood project plan progresses


At tonight’s Redevelopment Authority meeting, the subject of the Wilson Redevelopment Project was discussed.

In discussing the financial report for December 31, 2011, Zohrab Khaligian, community development specialist, reported that they have received all four gas removal quotes from WE Energies.  These are for the four-plex that the Redevelopment Authority owns, the four-plex that the city owns, and the three properties formerly owned by the Boys and Girls Club.  The asbestos sampling annual request for quotes bid was sent out.  After the sampling work is completed, reports will be received.  At that time, they will be able to release the demolition bids to demolish the properties.  Those costs will then start to appear in the financial reports.

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Meet the two new deputy police chiefs

Capt. Lewis T. Lindquist (left) and Capt. Daniel G. Miskinis at last year's Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Kenosha. /Earlene Frederick photo

At the Police & Fire Commission meeting this morning, the promotions of Captain Daniel G. Miskinis to the position of Deputy Chief of Police and  Captain Lewis T. Lindquist to the position of Police Inspector were approved:

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Gateway to honor King award recipients

Olatoye Baiyewu of Racine, Veronica King of Kenosha, and Al Levie of Racine are the recipients of the 2012 Gateway Technical College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

The three will be honored at the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at noon on Monday, Jan. 16, in the Madrigrano Auditorium of the Conference Center on Gateway Technical College’s Kenosha Campus, 3320-30th Ave. The three were selected for exemplifying the daily principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Kenoshan named Miss America

Kenoshan Laura Kaeppeler was named Miss America at the iconic pageant In Las Vegas tonight, the Journal-Sentinel, and many others, are reporting.

Here’s a link to photos and info from the Miss America website.

Teleflex plans approved by Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission

The new Towne V building in LakeView Corporate Park. /Pleasant Prairie photo

Site and Operational Plans were approved for Teleflex, a surgical and medical instrument manufacturer, during a Jan. 9 Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission meeting.

Teleflex has plans to occupy 45,479 square feet of space in the new Towne V Industrial Building at 9505 72nd Ave. It will manufacture surgical and medical equipment from the location.

Teleflex is headquartered out of Limerick, Pennsylvania, and provides medical devices to customers in more than 140 countries throughout the world. The company was originally established in 1943 with a single product, “a multi-strand helical cable and a gear that could convert push-pull motions into rotary motions.” Since that time, the company’s focus has shifted from engineering to the manufacture of medical devices. Teleflex will make modifications to the interior and exterior of the building to accommodate their manufacturing needs. The company expects to employ between 36 and 50 full-time employees from the location. Teleflex will operate two eight-hour work shifts Monday through Friday between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

No snow route street parking in effect in Kenosha

The following statement has been posted on the Kenosha website:

“Two inches of snow has fallen in the City of Kenosha. NO parking is allowed on posted snow routes until further notice.”

UPDATE Friday, 7:50 p.m. — Notice now down from the website.

Pleasant Prairie declares snow emergency

The following statement was released tonight by Pleasant Prairie:

“Snow Emergency will be in effect in the Village of Pleasant Prairie beginning Thursday, Jan. 12, at 10:00 pm and ending Friday, January 13, at 12:00 pm. During a Snow Emergency, no parking is allowed on Village Streets. All Snow Emergency parking restrictions will be enforced throughout this time period. More information related to Snow Emergencies in the Village of Pleasant Prairie is available at”

Alderperson Anthony Nudo hosted listening session

A small group of eleven people attended Alderperson Anthony Nudo’s listening session earlier tonight, which was held in the gymnasium of McKinley Elementary School.  Possibly the weather had something to do with the low turnout.  Present were crime prevention officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis, and Neighborhood Watch block captain Dino Marchesini.

Francis told the group that there are 160 neighborhood watch groups in the city of Kenosha.  Three components of a neighborhood watch are:

  1. Look out for each other;

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Weather-related incidents

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When the snow falls, crashes seems to happen. We will collect some reports we pick up from the scanner here. If something seems particularly serious, we may break it out into a separate post.

UPDATE 4:27 p.m. — Somers Fire and Rescue responding to a report of a crash in the northbound lanes of I-94 at about the 338 milepost (700 block). Injuries unknown. Vehicle is against a wall.

UPDATE 4:50 p.m. — Bristol, Pleasant Prairie and Newport fire and rescue departments responding to a report of a crash in the 12200 block of the northbound lanes of I-94. Report is that a car and an SUV are involved. One of the drivers is reporting no injuries.

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. — Kenosha police responding to a report of a truck stuck in the snow and blocking the roadway in the 1600 block of 43rd Street. Traffic backing up.

Units responding to crash in Somers

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At 4:16 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 6700 block of Highway S, in Somers.

UPDATE 4:21 p.m. — Dispatch reports that all involved in this multi-vehicle crash are reporting no injuries.

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Units responding to crash involving car and pedestrian

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At about 4:15 p.m., Kenosha Police are responding to a report of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at 39th Avenue and 28th Street.

Child involved is sitting on curb with a crossing guard, dispatch reports.

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Storm water utility committee still wants report

A split tree on the lawn in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse.

At the Storm Water Utility Committee meeting held last night, Alderperson Steve Bostrom reminded the committee that, at the last meeting which was held on December 14th, 2011, it was stated that a final report from city administrator Frank Pacetti and Mayor Keith Bosman on the June 30th storm clean-up would be given at the next meeting.  At the last meeting, it was concluded that there had been inadequate responses and many unanswered questions.  Therefore, it was deferred for 30 days.  Today is the 28th day.

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Weather Update: Snow coming slowly; drizzle and fog in the meantime

Where’s the snow?

The National Weather Service’s latest short-term forecast for the area says the main snow area is making very little eastward progress and that areas far south in Wisconsin (that’s us) may have more drizzle and fog in the meantime.

I just spent sometime outside a little bit ago and the area is incredibly moist. Roads are wet. I’m not an expert, but I would say that could be a recipe for some deceptively slick roads later when temps plunge, snow or no snow. Be careful!

Real winter weather requires awareness

With the seemingly certain arrival of real winter weather today in the form of significant snow accumulations, wind and cold, it seemed like a good time to revisit some information distributed by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department back in November for Winter Awareness Week:

“We all remember the Groundhog Day Blizzard from last February, storms of that magnitude can and will happen again,” said Sheriff David Beth. “It’s important to have an emergency supply kit in your car – it could save your life. Being prepared for winter weather means knowing what different weather terminology means, staying tuned to changing weather conditions, winterizing your car and home and being prepared at home, at work and at school for potential power outages and severe winter weather.” Winter storms/weather are known as deceptive killers, because most deaths are linked to traffic accidents on icy roads, people having strokes/heart attacks from over exertion (shoveling, snow blowing) and people dying from prolonged exposure to the cold. To keep people informed and aware of upcoming weather conditions, the National Weather Service (NWS) has developed key weather terminology so that people will always know what type of weather may be coming their way. People need to be aware of local forecasts and warnings and familiarize themselves with key weather terminology so that they remain safe and are always prepared for what Mother Nature has in store for them. Current and upcoming winter weather information can always be found 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on NOAA All Hazard Weather radios; the radio frequency assigned to Kenosha/Racine is 162.450 MHz; NOAA radios can be purchased at many stores with prices ranging from $30 – $80.

Lots more winter weather related information, courtesy of the emergency management division of the Sheriff’s Department, is available here.

Public works committee report


    The Midwest Street Machine Car Club was approved for its request to use the city-owned vacant lot (Harbor Park Parcel A) for its car fair on September 1, 2012 (rain date will be September 8, 2012).  Tony Puntillo and John Stort were in attendance at the Public Works Committee tonight and spoke to the committee about their plans for the fair this year.  Committee members discussed ideas for the two in the way of advertising and getting assistance from the city on parking signs, sponsorships, etc.

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Winter weather advisory issued for area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday.

Snow accumulations are expected from 5 to 7 inches through the entire snowfall period.

I hope you got those Christmas lights down while you had the chance to do it in 50 degree weather.

KUSD standing committee meetings report

Four KUSD standing committees met tonight.  Below is a summary of those meetings:

Audit/Budget/Finance Committee Meeting

  • The 2010-2011 financial audit report was reviewed.  Dave Maccoux, CPA, of Schenck, S.C., answered committee members’ questions.  Bob Nuzzo wanted a synopsis of Maccoux’s trend analysis.  Other post-employment benefits (OPEB) cost the district $18 million annually.  Only $3.5 million is funded.

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Pleasant Prairie Police investigating burglaries

The Pleasant Prairie Police Department is investigating and seeking information regarding a pair of burglaries from this weekend.

From a department press release:
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Highs in 50s today and tomorrow; snow Thursday?

Like contrast in your weather? Well, you’re in luck this week:

  • Today, high temp of 53 degrees.
  • Wednesday,  high temp of 53 degrees.
  • Thursday, maybe four inches of snow and a high in the 20s.

How likely is that snow? The National Weather Service says 70 percent.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. — Forecast has upped the probability to 90 percent and the accumulation to 3 to 6  inches.

Golf course concessions project proposal

The proposal put forth by Peter Gochis for the proposed takeover of the municipal golf course concessions was included in the packets for the commissioners at tonight’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting.  This was first discussed at the December 14th meeting.  To read the report from the December meeting, click here:  Presentation on Golf Course Concessions.

Chairman Michael Orth met with the mayor and Gochis on this topic earlier today to toss around ideas.   It will take approximately 90 days for the city to work out the complexities of having someone else run the operation.

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Voter ID Education Fair to explain new law

There will be a Voter ID Education Fair on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, Entrance D, in the Commons Area.

There will be speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union, League of Women Voters, and the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, along with informational videos. In addition, there will be booths set up with helpful information and resources to prepare people for the changes in law requiring a Voter ID, which is effective at the Primary election in February.

County Clerk Mary Schuch-Krebs will have a demonstration of the handicap accessible touch screen voting machine, along with polling place and representatives’ information. For additional information, please contact the Kenosha County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 262-605-6646.

Units responding for vehicle on fire

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At 6:40 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a vehicle on fire in the 1900 block of East Frontage Road, Somers.

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More warm in the forecast

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If you’re liking this unseasonably warm weather we are having hereabouts of late, you’re in luck for a little while longer at least.

The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures of 40 or better through Wednesday with the Tuesday high forecast at 52.

Reality check: Thursday temperatures should plunge 20 degrees and there’s a 30 percent chance of snow.

Teen health and fitness fair at the new Boys & Girls Club

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The Boys and Girls Club hosted a free family event Saturday.  Walkin’ In My Shoes and the Kenosha Community Health Center co-sponsored the event.  Several Kenosha community partner organizations came together to promote healthy lifestyle and wellness for today’s teens and young adults.  The fair ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Exhibitors included:

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Crop production as a conditional use denied

At last night’s City Plan Commission meeting, the topic of crop production as a conditional use was resurrected.  Alderperson David Bogdala was the sponsor of the amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, although he was not present at this meeting.  Anita Faraone stated that she hasn’t changed her mind on this issue.  “We already have the State law, and the Department of Revenue control.  We need to enforce the laws there.  We don’t need to supersede what we have already.  There are two issues here:  the assessment issue and the zoning issue, and they need to be kept separate.”

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Judge’s forum at the Union Club

Tonight, after the regular monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, a judge’s forum was held at the Union Club.  All five of the candidates for the Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge’s seat were in attendance in front of a group of about 75 people.  Each gentleman was given three minutes to introduce themselves, and then each of them was given the opportunity to answer four questions.  They were allowed two minutes to answer each question.

The candidates are:

Jason Rossell (Kenosha) – He is the appointed incumbent.  A private practice attorney who promises to follow the rules of law and treat all that come into his courtroom with dignity and respect, as he addresses problems in the community.

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High temp of 50 forecast for Friday

No, no really it is January. I doubled checked every calendar I could find.

But you won’t be able to tell by the weather Friday. The National Weather Service forecast is calling for a high of 49 degrees.

But the unseasonably warm weather will be short-lived. By Monday, the forecast calls for the weather to be back to 30 degrees.

City department’s reorganization amended and approved

Common Council president, Jesse Downing, moved to amend the current organization chart for the Department of Community Development & Inspections reorganization.  His amendment eliminated the two superintendent positions and combined them into one.  Therefore, the proposed organization chart now reflects a director at the top and a deputy director reporting to the director, with 19 people reporting to the deputy director.  The nineteen people include three planning and zoning, three community development, five property/maintenance and inspections, and three building inspections coordinators (eighteen full-time, two part-time, and one seasonal employee).  The cost savings associated with this change is $91,900, according to the human resources director, Steve Stanczak.

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