Monthly Archives: March 2012

Kenosha FD investigating smoke and smell report

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At 8:17 p.m., a  Kenosha Fire Department unit is responding to an investigation in the area of 62nd Street and 18th Avenue, Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash at 75th and Pershing

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At 6:45 p.m., Kenosha Fire and Rescue and police are responding to a report of a crash with injuries at 75th Stret and Pershing Boulevard.

UPDATE 6:49 p.m. — Everyone out of their vehicles.

The Hope Council to offer free alcohol and drug screenings

The Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse will offer free screening for alcohol and other drug problems on Thursday, April 5, to individuals who may question if their use of alcohol or other drugs or that of a loved one is risky or abusive.

The screening is in recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day and will take place at the Hope Council, 5942 Sixth Avenue, Kenosha, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

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Drug and gang crimes units make heroin/marijuana arrest after chase

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department released the following statement about a drug related arrest on Thursday, March 29:

On 3/29/12 members of KDOG with the assistance of the Kenosha Police Dept Gang Crimes Unit conducted a controlled buy of heroin from a 44-year-old male suspect. At the completion of the buy, the Gang Crimes Unit stopped the man in the 5100 block of 38th Ave. After initially stopping for officers, the man fled northbound at a high rate of speed. A pursuit was initiated and ended at 4807 40th Ave. where the suspect pulled into the driveway, struck a wooden fence, bailed out of the vehicle while it was still in motion, and fled on foot. The vehicle continued on striking a two car detached garage for the residence.The man was located hiding under a wooden pool deck behind 4801 40th Ave .and was taken into custody. The suspect is currently held at PSB-Jail on charges of: 1 count Fleeing an Officer (felony), 2 counts of delivery of heroin, and 1 count of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. The investigation resulted in the seizure of 19.6 grams of heroin, 31.6 grams of marijuana, approximately $2,700 of US-Currency, and a vehicle.”

Units responding to crash on I-94

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At about 3:10 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department are responding to a report of a crash on Interstate 94 at the northbound Highway 165 off-ramp.

One person reporting neck pain.

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Units responding to crash involving pedestrian

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At about 6:40 a.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a crash involving a pedestrian in the 9100 block of Sheridan Road, Pleasant Prairie.
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Rebuilding of I-94 southbound lanes between Highway 50 and 158 to begin soon

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Major lane reductions are taking place on I-94 between Highway 50 and Highway 158 as part of the ongoing I-94 North-South Freeway Reconstruction Project.

Until late 2012, I-94 will be restricted to two lanes in each direction between Highways 50 and 158 as the southbound roadway is reconstructed and widened. Speed limits will be reduced, and all traffic will be crossed over to the northbound side of I-94.

In addition, the Highway 50 entrance ramp to I-94 southbound and the I-94 southbound exit ramp to Highway 158 will be closed until summer 2012, starting this week.

The Highway 158 entrance ramp to I-94 southbound will be closed Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1.

Bristol Fire Chief Peter Parker said his department has worked out a mutual response agreement with Kenosha for the stretch of interstate, which will likely be more difficult for emergency vehicles to access during the road work.

Click here for the latest project brief.

Public Works Committee report

At yesterday afternoon’s Public Works Committee meeting, the following items were acted upon:

  • The committee unanimously approved the request for the use of HarborPark by Wisconsin Marathon, LLC, on May 5, 2012.  Johnathan Cain and Dennis DuChene were present and spoke on behalf of the marathon.  Cain stated that they are expecting a sell-out this year; he estimated 4,000 people would be signed up with about 3,600 actually participating in the race.  Last year, there were approximately 1,500 participants.

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Units responding to injury at Boys & Girls Club

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At 4:48 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department is responding with a medical unit to the Boys & Girls Club on 52nd Street for an injury.

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Units responding to injury at Bullen Middle School

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At 3:56 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department is responding to a injury at Bullen Middle School, 2804 – 39th Avenue, Kenosha.

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Helicopter inspecting lines

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A black and gold helicopter flying low over transmission lines on the north side of Kenosha is performing an inspection, according to Joint Services Dispatch.

Police responding to two crashes at Washington Road and 39th Ave., Kenosha

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At about 7:50 a.m., police are responding to two separate and apparently minor crashes at Washington Road and 39th Avenue, Kenosha.

The first crash involved two buses — one school bus and one city transit bus. The second appears to involve a city dump truck and a car. Involved vehicles are off the road and in a business parking lot.

UPDATE 7:53 a.m. — Police officer on scene says only one crash, involving one of the buses and the dump truck. Not blocking traffic.

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Units responding to crash at 75th St and Green Bay Road

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At 10:37 p.m., Kenosha Police are responding to a report of a crash at 75th Street and Green Bay Road, Kenosha.

Fire hydrant flushing

At this afternoon’s Board of Water Commissioners meeting, the following informational item was discussed:

  • Fire hydrant flushing – all hydrants north of 60th Street are being tackled by city crews.  They are performing about 100/day.  Ads in the paper have been placed informing the public about this, as well as radio ads.  St. Peter said that cloudy water may start coming out of residents’ faucets.  If this happens, he suggested running the tap in the basement for a while.

The following items were unanimously approved:

  • The resolution for adoption of a Greater Kenosha Sanitary Sewer Service area amendment.  Bill Staubers from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission made a brief presentation regarding two amendments to the Regional Water Quality Management Plan for the Greater Kenosha Area.

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Mayor and county executive announce plan for transferring highways

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An intergovernmental agreement to transfer Highway K (60th Street), from 60th Avenue to I-94, and Highway G (30th Avenue), from Washington Road to Trunk Highway E, from the county to the city was announced Wednesday at a joint city-county press conference.

The agreement will allow the roads to be transferred in segments from Kenosha County to the City of Kenosha as improvements are made. Improvements will include increasing the two-lane rural roads to four-lane urban roads. The terms of agreement must be approved by the County Board and the Common Council.

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Units responding to vehicle fire

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At about 5 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department is responding to a report of a vehicle fire on 75th Street at about 60th Avenue, Kenosha.

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Units responding for crash near I-94

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At 4:32 p.m., units from Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and police are responding to a report of a crash on Wilmot Road at East Frontage Road, Pleasant Prairie.

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Units responding to a crash at 46th Ave. and 55th St.

At 3:15 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department and police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 46th Avenue and 55th Street, Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash

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At about 1:40 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a crash at 35th Street and 22nd Avenue, Kenosha.

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KUSD board approves closing of McKinley Middle School

At tonight’s KUSD monthly board meeting, the  following awards were presented:

  • James Mason is the Wisconsin National Geographic Bee Semi-Finalist.  He will be going to the finals competition on Friday in Madison.
  • The National Scholastic Art Awards Regional Winners.
  • Andrew McNair is the American Choral Director’s Association Winner.  He was present with his teacher, Polly Amborn, from Tremper High School.
  • National Honors for Tremper German Students.  Twenty-five students won honors, and three were in the 90th percentile or higher.  Several students wore “RIP German Program” t-shirts.
  • The Tremper Battle of the Books Team.
  • The Academic Showcase Logo Design Winner, and
  • The Scholastic Writing Awards Regional Winners.

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Crash closes 52nd Street

52nd Street was closed in Kenosha early this morning due to a multi-vehicle crash, is reporting.

The street reopened at about 7:15 a.m.

New sign ordinance presented

A presentation of the proposed on-premise sign ordinance was given by Brian Wilke from the Community Development & Inspections Department at tonight’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting.  The on-premise sign ordinances which are in place in Greenfield and Brookfield were the basis for drafting Kenosha’s ordinance.  Staff was looking for input from the Committee.  Wilke stated that this is a work in progress.  Below is a summary of the presentation:

General Notes

Permits will be required for most new signs.  Non-conforming signs may be repaired or altered, but they must be made to conform if they are damaged or removed.  Alderperson Michael Orth suggested including a definition of the word “damaged,” and Chairman Jesse Downing suggested including a definition of the word “altered.”  A change in ownership, tenancy, or conditional use requires the sign to come in to compliance with the ordinance.  Paula Blise, zoning coordinator, stated that that is not how the ordinance reads today.

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Milisauskas named KABA Mentor of the Year

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Helping people find their place in the world—that’s the thread that has coursed through the life of John Milisauskas.

For the past 12 years, through the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) Mentor program, he has channeled that passion to guiding third- to fifth-grade students at Jeffery Elementary School in Kenosha.

On Thursday, April 5, Milisauskas will be recognized as Mentor of the Year at KABA’s Annual Meeting at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha. In his nomination, Tom Schock, a counselor at Jeffery Elementary School, cited Milisauskas’s warmth, patience and commitment with those he has mentored.

“John understands children,” Schock wrote. “John understands that children often show hurt and loneliness different than us adults. He understands their needs including the need to just listen. Listening can sometimes be the best medicine for loneliness.”

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Contractors can protect against construction site theft

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:

As copper and other metals continue to rise in price, so does construction site theft. Metals are only one area of concern according to former new home builder, Rob Wikstrom of Anstrom Developers. “Wire, copper, and tools are favorite targets of thieves.  I once had someone break into a house while it was under construction and steal the compressor right out of the basement.”

Construction site theft is literally a big business. Industry experts estimate annual losses at roughly $1 billion. Contractors, equipment dealers, insurance companies, home owners, and employees all suffer when job sites are vandalized or equipment and materials are stolen.

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Revived business investment sparks surge in KABA’s Revolving Loan Fund

KABA’s Revolving Loan Fund program just completed a blockbuster year, granting over $5.3 million in funding to local businesses in 2011.

The program makes low-interest loans available to businesses throughout Kenosha County, stimulating business growth and expansion and encouraging private investment and economic development.

It was the second-best year on record for the financing program, which began in the 1990’s and has provided over $50 million in loans to Kenosha County businesses since its inception.

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Units responding to report of an explosion

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At 10:30 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire Department units are responding to a report of an explosion in the 7800 block of 88th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie.

UPDATE 10:39 p.m. — All units still responding told to continue “non-emergency.”

UPDATE 10:42 p.m. — Birch Drive being blocked.

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Seven sign permits approved


At tonight’s City Plan Commission meeting, six conditional use permit requests from Adams Outdoor Advertising for off-premises signs were acted upon.  Jason Saari, real estate manager for Adams, was present at the meeting and spoke on the requests.  He stated that he was happy with all of the staff recommendations, but he had some comments on the sixth request, which he said he’d reserve until that point in the agenda.  These requests were the result of a long process culminating in a new sign ordinance for the city.  Mayor Keith Bosman stated that “this has been a long process to get to where we are.  I’m happy to see it moving forward.”

Richard Schroeder, a specialist from community development and inspections, gave a quick overview.  The new ordinance calls for two kinds of signs that require conditional use permits:  digital signs, and ones that don’t meet the criteria of the ordinance (such as height or spacing requirements).  They are considered exceptions if they don’t meet the criteria spelled out in the ordinance.  The ordinance does still place a cap on the number of signs in the city (which is 94).  If a new sign is placed, one will need to be removed.

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Warm weather prompts early opening for city yard waste/ brush drop-off site

The city of Kenosha has released the following statement regarding the yard waste/ brush drop-off site:
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Common Council report

At the beginning of Monday night’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Keith Bosman called to the podium Alderperson Michael Orth, Mike Lemens, public works director, and Shelley Billingsley, director of engineering.  He recognized them for their work on the receipt of $750,000 in grant monies to implement the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan (CORP).  This money will be spent in six of Kenosha’s parks.

The city, in conjunction with the project designers, SAA Design Group, received recognition for their work on the plan by receiving the American Society of Landscape Architects annual award.  (To read more about this award, click here:  Kenosha Receives Park Grants and ASLA Award.)  Orth stated, “A lot of cities can put a plan together.  The challenge is implementing the plan.  I believe that three years ago, the consolidation of the Parks and Public Works Departments helped us in our endeavors.”  Billingsley stated that “the CORP is a well-drafted document that will be useful for the budget years to come.”

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Common Council approves harbor silt solutions

On Monday night, the Common Council unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Theodore Ruffalo and Tod Ohnstad to place a request for proposal (RFP) for engineering services to discover a long-term solution to eliminate silt deposition in the Kenosha harbor mouth.  “The short-term solution is in the pipeline,” stated Matt Knight, deputy city attorney, when questioned by Alderperson Michael Orth.  “Money has been budgeted in this year’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).”

Two citizens spoke on this subject during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting.  Walter Kreuser is passionate about the Kenosha harbor.  He stated that it’s been neglected the last seven or eight years as far as maintenance and upkeep are concerned.  “Dredging the harbor is definitely needed.  There is five feet of water in the center of the harbor and eight feet at the edges.  It’s a severe problem.  It needs to be done tomorrow, or next week.  The “tidal surge” is preventing slips and docks from being built.  We need to get rid of the silt.  The harbor was designed for international freighters, not small boaters.  The Army Corps of Engineers has never done a study.  For $100,000, they’ll give us the process steps to fix the problem.  No one does weekly harbor cleanings of debris.  We’ve got big events coming this summer with no slips and no docks to put them in,” stated Kreuser.

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