Monthly Archives: February 2012

Units responding for cars block Hwy. S

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At about 3:50 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 7200 block of Highway S, in Somers.

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The Hope Council receives grant for conference

The Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Inc. received a $5,000 grant from the John J. and Ruth F. Kloss Charitable Trust in order to continue holding the annual Help & Hope for the Future: Serving Those with Substance Use Disorders Conference. This year’s conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at UW-Parkside’s Student Center.

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KUSD Board approves transformation/budget plan

The KUSD Board met tonight to consider the 2012-2013 Transformation/Budget Plan and approved it by a vote of 6 to 1 (Carl Bryan was the sole dissenting voter).

This vote came after 26 people spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting.  The public comments went for longer than the one hour regulated by the by-laws, and the board did agree to let the last five people speak.  Comments came from students who spoke in favor of the language programs, from parents concerned about class sizes and the inaccuracy of the budget numbers presented, to one parent who spoke on the McKinley Middle School closing.  In fact, she was disheartened to see that she was the only parent who spoke on the school’s closing.  She expressed the sentiments of the other parents, feeling that they were defeated.  “They feel that this is a done deal,” she said.

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Dredging is a topic on the Public Safety & Welfare Committee agenda

At last night’s Public Safety and Welfare Committee meeting, the following topics were discussed:

  • The proposed ordinance to repeal and recreate a section of the Code of General Ordinances for the city regarding temporary closing of a city street was unanimously approved.  Alderperson Theodore Ruffalo commented that this revision cleans up existing language.  It clarifies what civic event uses can close a city street.  Alderperson Michael Orth named a few examples:  marathons, Food, Folks & Spokes, Jazz Fest, Tall Ships, Blooming Days, Taste of Wisconsin, etc.
  • The proposed ordinance to repeal and recreate a subsection of the Zoning Ordinance for the city regarding delinquent special assessments was deferred for two weeks.  Ed Antaramian, city attorney, was present to explain.  “Real estate taxes are not ultimately ours (the city’s) to keep.  We settle with the County every year.  They buy the real estate roll.  Therefore, we can’t withhold permits because these are not ours to collect.  Re-inspection fees are ours to collect, and these can be used as a basis for withholding permits.”  The reason for the deferral was because Orth was concerned about there being a loophole for tax payers.

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Gateway motorcycle rider program to provide four free motorcycle and driver programs

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Gateway Technical College’s motorcycle rider program will provide four free motorcycle and driver programs designed to make roads safer through providing accurate tips and information on sharing the road, perception in traffic, group riding, and the “seasoned rider.” Sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in March at the Horizon Center for Transportation Technology, 4940 – 88th Ave., in Kenosha.

They include:

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More park events approved

At tonight’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting, the following events were approved:

  • A request from Christina Salinas on behalf of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to place the stand for three non-consecutive days in Veteran’s Memorial Park on the corner of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue.  Salinas stated that they were able to raise over $1,000 last year.  She also requested permission to make use of a 10 x 10 tent to provide shade, and the commission gave its approval on that as well.
  • A request from the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Gift of Wings to hold their Outta Sight Kite Flight in Kennedy Park on June 2-3, 2012; and for full sponsorship.  Scott Fisher stated that this was the society’s 11th annual event.  “It’s a fun, free, family event,” said Fisher.

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Native varieties of trees and shrubs available through Kenosha County Tree Program

A wide variety of trees and shrubs are available for sale through the Kenosha County Tree Program. Kenosha County has offered these native species for more than 25 years and, in that time, nearly one million trees have been sold. The purpose of the program is to promote conservation and to help area residents to plant a more beautiful, healthy, and ecologically balanced environment. The program offers transplants and seedlings of a variety of pines, hardwoods, and shrubs in bundles of 25 at a cost of $20-$25 per bundle. Varieties of trees and shrubs change from year-to-year depending upon availability, weather conditions, past sales success, tree performance, and general demand trends. This year, among various other species, available are White Pine, Frasier Fir, Black Walnut, White Flowering Dogwood, Canoe Birch, Hazel Nut, Lilacs, Oaks, and Maples. The sale is open to the interested public in the Kenosha County area. Order forms can be obtained at the Department of Planning and Development, 19600 – 75th St., in Bristol, or on the Kenosha County Website at http://www.kenoshacounty.org/plandev/conservation/tree_prgm.html. Deadline for ordering is March 2. Tree pickup is typically in mid- to late April. Purchasers will be contacted by mail when the pick-up date is finalized. Supply is limited, so don’t hesitate. For more information, contact the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development at (262) 857-1895.

I-94 Visitor Information Center to host open house March 2

On Friday, March 2, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts another fun and informative Open House at its I-94 Visitor Information Center. Travelers taking a break from the road, as well as local residents – tourists in their own town – are invited. First Fridays, a free event, takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at this center, which serves as the gateway to Wisconsin for countless travelers from Illinois, numerous other states, and many countries throughout the world. While at the center, pick up a copy of the new 2012 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide. Featured exhibitors on March 2, bringing samples, brochures, coupons, and smiles are:  Jockey Factory Store, Culver’s of Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (with a chance to win a free hotel stay!).  The I-94 Visitor Information Center is located at the southeast corner of I-94 and Hwy. 165, at 10519 – 120th Avenue (Exit 347). For more details, call the I-94 Center at (262) 857-7164, or the Downtown Kenosha Center at (262) 654-7307, or (800) 654-7309.  For more information about attractions, events, shopping, dining, lodging, recreation opportunities, and more in the Kenosha Area, visit www.KenoshaCVB.com.  Follow us on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook to receive updates about events, specials, and more.

Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off 2012 coverage

The smell of pizza filled the air at the Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off Sunday evening at the UAW Local 72 headquarters, Kenosha.

Proceeds from the event benefited the club and the Octagon Club at Tremper High School, both of whom support youth programs in Kenosha. Attendees sampled pizzas served from different vendors and voted for their favorite. There also was a panel of celebrity judges that selected a winner in two specialty pizza categories — one for chain restaurants and one for local restaurants. This year’s panel — with a chief theme — was made up of Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha Wally Graffen, Sheriff David Beth, Kenosha Chief Of Police John Morrissey, Kenosha Fire Chief John Thomsen, Pleasant Prairie Chief of Fire and Rescue Chief Doug McElmury, and “Chief DJ,” Bill Lawrence.

There also was a silent auction area, 50/50 raffle, live entertainment, and visits from Miss Kenosha, Rebbeca Gaertner, and the Brewers’ Mascots, the Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages.

Participating restaurants, which donated all of their food, were:

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County’s nursing home named among top in US

Brookside Care Center, the county-owned nursing home, was recently named one of the Top Nursing Homes in the Country by US News & World Report. According to the rankings, Brookside was 13th overall among the top Wisconsin nursing homes. All of the homes selected have earned five-star ratings for health services, the highest overall rating from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A facility’s overall rating is based on its performance in health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality care indicators. Homes are ranked in tiers according to their star rating in these individual areas. Brookside was surveyed in December of 2011 and received a perfect health survey, meaning there were no deficiencies identified or cited.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary to host Boating Safety Course

You deserve to have a safe as well as a fun time on the water this summer! The U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to help you by offering the nine hour course, About Boating Safely (ABS) on three consecutive Thursday’s at Gander Mountain, 6801 – 120th Avenue, in Kenosha. The next class begins on March 1st, and the final exam is on March 15th. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling Tim Caufield at (262) 492-6479, or by emailing him at CaptTim@speeddial.net. Not sure you really need this course?  Well, read on . . .  Were you born after Jan. 1, 1989? Do you want to operate a boat or a Jet Ski?  Then, you need this course! (Children are welcome to join us.) Do you want to be prepared for the unexpected?  Then, you need this course.  Are you just plain new to the boating world?  Then you need this course.  ABS is an exciting and highly interactive boating safety class.

Included are:  Boating Laws, Personal Safety Equipment, Safe Boat Handling, Basic Navigation, Boating Problems, Trailering and Storing your Boat, and more.  So, if you’re looking forward to getting your boat in the water this spring, start preparing today with a Boating Safely Course. Your investment will be $30/person and $20/person for each additional family member.

Boy Scout Troop 505 spaghetti dinner is March 10

Boy Scout Troop 505’s 12th annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held on March 10th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kenosha Bible Church (in the gym), 5405 – 67th Street.

Ticket Prices: $6, with kids 3 and under free.

Carry outs are available.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The meal will be prepared and served by the leaders and Scouts of Troop 505.

What’s it like to be a LEGO artist?

There is currently a LEGO display at the Kenosha Public Museum.  For those of you who don’t know, this is a very specialized art form.  Here are some pictures of the display:


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Commission votes on fate of Heritage House

Heritage House - Kenosha; http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos

At tonight’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting, the members of the commission voted 4 to 1 to defer action for 120 days in order to allow interested parties to contact each other, coordinate their efforts, and submit their ideas to the city.  Don Jensen, chairman of the commission, voted against the deferral.

The meeting was open to the public, and several public comments on the raze order were taken.  Mike Maki, a planner for the city’s Department of City Development, showed photos of the property before the committee took action.  Most of the photos were taken last year, but some were two years old and before the damage from an October 28th fire.  Photos showed broken windows, missing bricks, debris everywhere, mold, peeling paint, rippled hardwood flooring, the growth of moss, and much water damage.

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Snow accumulation forecast for tonight

National Weather Service graphic

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for late this afternoon and tonight, with two to four inches of accumulation.  A winter weather advisory has been issued.

Winds will be northeast from 10 to 20 mph tonight, causing drifting.

Snow showers without additional accumulation could continue Friday.

Downtown strategic development plan meeting

One of three boards for the Visual Preference Survey

The Lakota Group hosted the first of three community workshops tonight at the Kenosha Public Museum.  It was a casual evening with snacks, candy, and drinks.  Participants visited the five interactive stations at their own pace during the open house format, giving their opinions on transportation needs, downtown buildings and areas to develop or tear down, and also a visual preference survey.  This survey asked participants to rate their response to a series of pictures of downtown.  They had to mark whether they liked the picture, didn’t like it, or had a neutral response to it.  Representatives from The Lakota Group manned each of the stations, and asked participants for their input by either placing dots on maps, or by completing surveys.  About 150 people participated.

KABA hired The Lakota Group to serve as the lead consultant on the project.  Lakota intends to engage several partner companies in the effort.  Collectively, these firms have expertise in planning, urban design, landscape architecture, community relations, real estate analysis, transportation engineering, and environmental engineering and analysis.

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Common Council Report

At Monday’s Common Council meeting, two of the city’s engineers, Shelley Billingsley and Kathy Huniaga, were called up to the podium by Mayor Keith Bosman and presented a proclamation recognizing the week of February 20th as National Engineers Week.  Bosman stated that the city keeps its engineers quite busy with Public Works projects, the environmental issues with Chrysler, and the park plans.

Citizens spoke out about the nationwide “See Something, Say Something” campaign, graffiti, and flouride in the city’s water.

The following items were acted upon:

  • Approval of the following applications per list on file in the Office of the City Clerk:  eighteen operator’s (bartenders) licenses; six special Class “B” beer and/or special “Class B” wine licenses; and one taxi driver license.

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Common Council primary results

Here are final unofficial results from the Kenosha alderman primaries.  The top two vote-getters in each district will face-off on April 3:

District 8:  Paul Trombino 202, Kevin Mathewson 154, Bobby Nash 109.

District 10:  Anthony Kennedy 122, Alex Shehadeh 89, Andy Berg 86.

District 11:  Scott N. Gordon 217, Anthony Nudo 203, Aimee Crucianelli 90.

District 12:  Mary Magdalen Moser 341, Steve G. Bostrom 299,  Kim M. Bell 88.

District 13:  Curt Wilson 455, Robert Jensen 377, Ray Misner 174, Laura A. Rozzoni 97.

Kenosha mayor primary results: Bosman and Downing to face off in April

At about 9:42 p.m., some city votes are beginning to be posted.

In the non-partisan primary for mayor, here are the results with about a third of the 79 polls reporting:  Keith G. Bosman 1261, Jesse Downing 386, Nasser Museitif 342, Jeff Baas 294.

The top two will advance to the April election.

UPDATE:  9:50 p.m. – With 70 polls out of 79 reporting:  Bosman 4614, Downing 1333, Museitif 1266, Baas 998.

UPDATE:  10 p.m. – With all 79 polls reporting results, but not final official results:  Bosman 5101, Downing 1446, Museitif 1399, Baas 1078.

UPDATE:  10:02 p.m. – More results:  Bosman 5183, Downing 1462, Museitif 1431, Baas 1093.

UPDATE:  10:24 p.m. – Final unofficial results:  Bosman 5764, Downing 1582, Museitif 1534, Baas 1219.

Kenosha Unified School Board primary election results: Bryan, Snyder, Coleman, Molina, Jacobs, Davis advance

At 8:23 p.m., there are some very early results (one of 86 polls reporting) in for the Kenosha Unified School Board non-partisan primary:

  • Carl J. Bryan:  283.
  • Mary K. Snyder:  215.
  • Charles Leicht:  193.
  • Tamarra A. Coleman:  185.
  • Todd L. Jacobs:  170.
  • Steven Davis:  168.
  • Shanon Molina:  143.

Six candidates will advance to the April 3 election.

UPDATE:  9:24 p.m. – With nine of 86 polls reporting:  Bryan 1304, Snyder 995, Coleman 941,  Jacobs 887, Davis 838, Molina 811, Leicht 729.

UPDATE:  10:18 p.m. – With all 86 polls reporting some, but not complete, results:  Bryan 6208, Snyder 4678, Coleman 4290, Molina 3903, Jacobs 3534, Davis 3313, Leicht 2556.

UPDATE:  10:22 p.m. – Results just above declared final unofficial.

Circuit court judge primary results: Rossell and Antaramian advance

There are some early results (8:19 p.m.) in for the circuit court race in today’s non-partisan primary.

  • Jason A. Rossell:  231.
  • Edward R. Antaramian:  170.
  • William Michel:  149.
  • David R. Berman:  140.
  • David E. Celebre:  52.

The two highest vote-getters will face off  in the April election.

UPDATE:  8:29 p.m. – Six of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 328, Antaramian 204, Michel 20,  Berman 170, Celebre 60.

UPDATE:  9:15 p.m. – 25 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 1887, Antaramian 950, Berman 808, Michel 784, Celebre 368.

UPDATE:  9:53 p.m. – With 95 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 4589, Antaramian 3019 , Michel 2349, Berman 2159, Celebre 1201.

UPDATE:  9:56 p.m. – With 99 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 4721, Antaramian 3131, Michel 2420, Berman 2210, Celebre 1248.

UPDATE:  9:58 p.m. – With 104 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 4742, Antaramian 3142, Michel 2434, Berman 2222, Celebre 1262.

UPDATE:  10:25 p.m. – Rossell issues the following statement via email: “I am happy that we did this well in the primary. Thank you to all who voted, who supported me, and have encouraged me throughout this time. There is still a lot of work to do both on the bench and for the general election. I am looking forward to getting back to work at the Courthouse on Thursday and keeping Kenosha’s safety as my top priority. I am also looking forward to getting out and meeting more people during the next few weeks. Hopefully we can add to the positive momentum from tonight’s result.”

UPDATE:  10:27 p.m. – Final unofficial results:  Rossell 5038, Antaramian 3473, Michel 2705, Berman 2395, Celebre 1436.

Common Council offers to help KUSD

At last night’s Common Council meeting, a rather lengthy discussion surrounded the resolution sponsored by Alderperson Steve Bostrom and co-sponsored by Alderpersons Ray Misner and Theodore Ruffalo, to register the Council’s opposition to the Kenosha Unified School District’s (KUSD’s) elimination of the organized, interscholastic, competitive middle school sports program in favor of an intramural program.  Bostrom mentioned the strong grass-roots effort organized by parents Traci Griffin and Diane Carlin.  Alderpersons David Bogdala and G. John Ruffolo also recognized the many volunteers who combated this.  Apparently, the issue is now “off the table” due to the loud and clear parents’ and students’ response.  KUSD has stated, and it was previously reported, that they will find the proposed savings of $270,000 in other ways.  The lack of funds still exists.  Click here to read that article:  KUSD Transformation/Budget Plan.

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County Parks division to host meeting on open space plan

The Kenosha County Division of Parks is hosting a meeting for county residents and stakeholders to provide information about the county’s park and open space plan, currently in draft form, and to gather public input on the proposed recommendations. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol (inside Bristol Woods County Park).

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser encourages people to attend.

“Everyone who lives, visits, or has a business in Kenosha County has a stake in protecting our natural environment, as well as in how the county parks are developed and what types of outdoor recreation activities are created,” Kreuser said. “This meeting is an opportunity for people to learn about the plan for our parks and open spaces and to share their ideas about the future of Kenosha’s natural areas.”

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Saturday bus service update

At tonight’s Transit Commission meeting, Ron Iwen, transportation director, gave the commission a brief update of the Saturday bus ridership.  The graph that he distributed started with Saturday, January 7th, which showed a total of 428 passengers on the four Saturday bus routes.  The following three Saturdays were in the 200 range (223 to 282); a possible reason given was the colder weather.  On Saturday, February 4th, the ridership took an upturn, to 395, possibly due to the nicer weather.  And the next two Saturdays showed a total in the 300 range (317, and 328, respectively).  Click here to view this chart:  Saturday Service.  Iwen stated that this was more than he expected.  At the next meeting, he promised to bring more details about the ridership.

Last year, with eleven buses on the road, there was a total of 1,100 to 1,200 riders on a typical Saturday.  “These numbers could include half going to a destination, receiving a transfer, and then a return trip home,” he said.

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Maintaining quality of life in rental property

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

Landlords and property managers can help raise the quality of life in rental communities by attending a free Crime-Free Multi-Housing seminar facilitated by the Kenosha Police Department. Reservations are now being taken for the March 24, 2012, seminar. To reserve a space, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 657-3937, or email at watch@kenoshapolice.com.

From single family homes to multi-family buildings, the Crime-Free Multi-Housing initiative will help reduce crime and calls for service while creating a safer atmosphere for tenants and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off is Feb. 26

A scene from last year's Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club Pizza Bake-Off.

The Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the UAW Local 72 Headquarters, 3615 Washington Road (handicapped accessible).

At the Great Kenosha Pizza Bake- Off, you can sample over 40 pizzas served from local establishments and vote for your favorite tasting pizza to win the “People’s Choice Awards!”  That’s right; you help pick the winners.

Generous Pizza Bakers donating and serving their delicious creations at this year’s event are:  Baker Street, The Brat Stop, Carl’s Pizza West, Charcoal Grill, Jimano’s, Luigi’s, Nick N Willy’s, Papa Murphy’s, Pazzo, Rocky Rococo, Tenuta’s, Toppers and Valeo’s.

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Harbor issues discussed at tonight’s debate

Candidates Nasser Museitif and Jesse Downing/ Photo by Margie Gentner

The Kenosha Yacht Club hosted two mayoral candidates tonight, and most of the questions dealt with the harbor dredging, harbor development, and downtown development.  The Kenosha Harbor Association is made up of the Kenosha Yacht Club and the Kenosha Fishing and Conservation Group.  Jesse Downing and Nasser Museitif were the only candidates present at tonight’s debate in front of a group of about 50 citizens in the upstairs room at the yacht club.  Mayor Keith Bosman sent his regrets, and there was no response from candidate Jeff Baas.

Both candidates were given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group.  Downing said, “I am the best candidate for mayor and, at at the end of the night, I hope you’ll feel the same, too.”  Museitif said that he was an equipment operator for the city.

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Units responding for crash in Pleasant Prairie

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At about 4:42 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is responding for a report of a crash in the 7500 block of 88th Avenue.

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Gateway to host college financial aid sessions

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College Goal Wisconsin – to be held at all three of Gateway’s campuses – can help students and potential students navigate the financial aid process with hands-on help by providing access to free information and financial aid experts. The Gateway events will be held in conjunction with the statewide effort to be held at 29 locations Feb. 18-Feb. 19.

It will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Elkhorn Campus, 400 County Road H, North Building. It will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Center for Bioscience and Information Technology on the Kenosha Campus, 3520 30th Ave.  It will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Great Lakes Conference Center in the Racine Building of the Racine Campus, 1001 S. Main St.

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Candidate forum held tonight

WGTD 91.1 hosted a candidate forum at the BioScience Center at Gateway Technical College tonight.  Len Iaquinta was the moderator.  Present were all of the candidates for mayor, and also the city council candidates who are on the primary election ballot.

First, the four mayoral candidates were asked the following questions:

1.  What is your vision for the Kenosha community?  What are the goals that you’d like to meet during your term as mayor?

Jeff Baas:  Kenosha is a “city of schools.”  We’ve lost 150 years of auto manufacturing, but we have three colleges and four college extensions.  We have a 52% rate of people in post-secondary education, and we need to develop our “knowledge workers.”  We need to market ourselves as the “city of schools.”  Increased tourism will bring in more dollars.

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