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Northwoods League meeting

One of the team owners, Vern Stenman, addressing the crowd.

One of the team owners, Vern Stenman, addressing the crowd.

There were about 150 people present at the Northwoods League Baseball meeting, which was held tonight at the Civil War Museum.  Mayor Keith Bosman and members of the league signed the lease agreement.  Refreshments, including brats, popcorn, peanuts, soda, water, cotton candy, and bacon glazed doughnut cheeseburgers, were served.

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CVS Pharmacy license vote deferred to fix sales numbers

Licensing & Permit Committee PictureOn Monday night, the Licensing & Permit Committee met.  One of the agenda items was the application of Wisconsin CVS Pharmacy, LLC, for a beer/liquor license located at 3710 – 57th Avenue, in the 5th district.   The application requested that the license be effective on January 24, 2013.  Michael Martin, agent, was present, as well as the CVS district manager.

Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia, alderperson for the district, said that he was supportive of the application.  “They’ve installed card readers, gates, cameras.  The expensive liquor will be locked up,” he said.  Alderperson Anthony Kennedy pointed out the second page of the application.  The sales figures on the application stated that the stores does $140,000 in beer sales per month, as well as $251,000 in beer sales for the year.  The committee voted unanimously to defer the application to the next meeting to give the applicants a chance to amend these figures.  (If sales figures are not met, the committee has the authority to pull the license.)

Below is a summary of other agenda item votes:

  • Seven new operator’s (bartender) licenses were approved, some with demerit points attached; one was deferred.

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Play ball!

Northwoods_League_LogoThe Northwoods Baseball League is hosting a “Kenosha Baseball First Pitch” event this evening at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, in downtown Kenosha.  The public is invited to see the league’s plans for its Kenosha team, including renovations of Simmons Field.  The free program starts at 6:30 pm.

The event will feature music by our own K-Town Dixie Ramblers (for the first hour), children’s games and ballpark food — including something they call a “Bacon Glazer Doughnut Cheeseburger.”  There will also be popcorn, brats, peanuts, and cotton candy.

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Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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Photo by kconnors with morgueFile.com


At about 9:45 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy is responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and 35th Avenue.

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Parking restrictions change

No Parking SignAt Monday night’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting, a proposed ordinance to repeal and recreate a subsection of the code of general ordinances was discussed to allow for exceptions to certain parking restrictions.  This had to do with public utility vehicles.

The ordinance change has to do with the parking of certain motor vehicles and equipment prohibited on the exterior of any residential property and on any public street, highway, alley, thoroughfare or right-of-way in any residential zoning district of the city.

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Disciplinary hearings ordinance change gets shot down

Disciplinary HearingsAt Monday’s Licensing & Permit Committee meeting, the proposed ordinance change sponsored by the committee was unanimously approved without the change that Alderperson David Bogdala, 17th district, first presented at the Common Council meeting last week.  To read what was discussed at that meeting, click here:  “Liquor License Quota Ends.”

Bogdala again brought up the language that had been discussed with Chairman Jesse Downing two weeks ago.  The amendment was to add the language, “or any other person where there is a contractual client relationship of trust or reliance.”  He cited the rationale as being the Supreme court decision.  The language comes from it.  He felt that was in the spirit of the ordinance.  He wanted to make sure someone had an actual relationship with the licensee being heard at the hearing.  He wanted it to coincide with the Supreme Court decision.  He felt that it would avoid undue litigation moving forward.

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Louisiana travelogue on Friday

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Another travelogue in the Kenosha Public Museum’s 76th annual season will be shown on Friday, January 18th, at the Reuther High School Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  It’s entitled, “Hello Louisiana/Bonjour Louisiane, presented by Monty and Marsha Brown.  They will be narrating the digital presentation.  It starts at 7 pm, and it’s free and open to the public.

Other upcoming travelogues include:

  • February 8, 2013 – The Heart of San Francisco, by Sandy Mortimer
  • March 8, 2013 – Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Marlin Darrah
  • March 22, 2013 – The Great Trans-American Train Ride, by Doug Jones

A travelogue is a professional 90-minute presentation shown on a big screen with one intermission.  It documents interesting places around the world, describing art, music, architecture, culture, and history from a first-person perspective.  Travelogues are produced in an enhanced digital format and narrated live by the filmmaker.

Travelogues open the world for people of all ages, enhancing student classroom experiences and enabling adults to relive (or plan for) vacations and business trips around the world.

For more information, call (262) 653-4140, or visit:  KenoshaPublicMuseum.org.

Units responding to semi-truck on fire

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/Sam Abel photo

At 3:30 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a semi on fire in the 2800 block of West Frontage Road.  The fire is underneath the truck.

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Unified immunization deadline looming

The Kenosha Unified School District has made the following announcement regarding immunization and attendance:
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Yield signs to go up on 70th Street

Yield signsEven though the alderperson of the district (8th district, Kevin Mathewson) requested stop signs be placed at three intersections, the Public Safety & Welfare Committee approved yield signs.  This was approved unanimously at the meeting yesterday.

The intersections in question are:

  • 35th Avenue and 70th Street;
  • 36th Avenue and 70th Street; and
  • 38th Avenue and 70th Street.

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Kennedy Park picked for handicapped accessible playground

DREAM PLAYGROUNDAt tonight’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting, Jeff Warnock, parks superintendent, stated that his recommendation for the location of Kenosha’s handicapped accessible playground is Kennedy Park.  Warnock said that he has worked with Tammy Conforti, the spearhead of the project, and they reveiwed three locations.  He and Shelly Billingsley, director of engineering, and Conforti took a ride to Port Washington to view the model for Kenosha’s playground in person.  That site is in a nice setting, on a bluff.  They wanted to try to duplicate it as much as possible and pick a lakefront location, one that would fit the footings of the playground.

South of the dead end of Washington Road was chosen so as not to block the sight of the lake, rather than the north side.  Homes are at street level there.    Other locations reviewed were Tot Park and Simmon’s Island.  “Of course,” said Warnock, the Park Commissioners would choose where it goes.  But, we felt that it was a centralized location, close to the museums, Scoops, Trolley Dogs, within walking distance,” said Warnock.

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Neighborhood Watch programs bring safety to communities

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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:

“It works!” was the most common answer given by Neighborhood Watch (NW)  participants when asked why people of Kenosha should start an NW program in their neighborhoods.

“It’s also fun,” said Angie Howard, NW block captain.  “When our group gets together, it’s like having a party.  We have become such great friends.  Not only have we learned how to keep ourselves safe, but I now have another group of friends.”

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Units responding to report of gas line leak in Kenosha

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At 7:42 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a gas main leak  in the 6800 block of 24th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Kenosha Engine Plant II

More pictures were taken yesterday at the former Chrysler Kenosha Engine Plant, 5555 – 30th Avenue.  Most of the newest building is down now.  These pictures were taken off 60th Street:

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Mayor’s Youth Commission clothing drive

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The City of Kenosha Mayor’s Youth Commission is sponsoring their third annual winter clothing and food drive from January 8th through the 15th, 2013. The group is seeking donations of new and gently used winter clothing for all ages, along with hygiene supplies, non-perishable food items and new undergarments.

Donation boxes are located at the following locations:

  • Piggly Wiggly, 7600 Pershing Blvd.
  • Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue
  • First Assembly Church, 10700 – 75th Street
  • Kenosha Public Library, 1500 – 27th Avenue

If you have questions or need assistance with donations, please contact Kimberly Voss at (262) 818-7077.

Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 10:02 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash in the 1500 block of 22nd Avenue, in Kenosha.

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KPD communications equipment

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At Monday’s Board of Water Commissioners meeting, authorization was given to allow Kenosha County to install 4.9 GHz communications equipment on two Kenosha Water Utility elevated tanks that currently have city of Kenosha Police Department (KPD) communications equipment for a trial period not to exceed six months.

Ed St. Peter, general manager of Kenosha’s Water Utility, showed the piece of equipment that would hang in the tanks.  One of thentanks is the 60th Street tower, the 300-foot tower.  “Right now,” he said, “we are in negotiations.  We’re re-looking at the agreement being modified.”

One of the 4.9 GHz units would be used by the Sheriff’s Department, the KPD and the Kenosha Fire Department, and for other county public safety uses.  The other is a 2.8 GHz unit which is owed by the county and leased to a company called Higher Communication, offering broadband access.  This is a commercial venture.  The county is leasing the equipment to them.

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Legosaurus labs

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Tomorrow, on Saturday, January 12th, at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, there will be five Legosaurus Labs sessions.  The museum is located at 5608 Tenth Avenue.  Times for the labs are 11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, and 3:45 pm.  The 11:15 am session is full.  There is still space available in the other four sessions.

Join father and son Lego builders David and John Xandegar in a 30-minute Creativity lab using some of their more than 1 million bricks to create your favorite dinosaur.  The Xandegars will provide assistance and some instruction during the labs.  Three winners will be selected from all the participants, and the winning creations will be on display at the DDM.  Only the three winners will get to keep their creations.

These sessions are open to children ages 5 to 12 with an adult.  The cost of each session is $5, or $2 for Friends of the Museums.

Rollover crash in Kenosha injures two

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/Earlene Frederick photo

A van rollover crash this morning left two people injured.

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Kenosha artist’s work debuts on national TV program

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Katie Dylewski (photo courtesy of Joe Barr)

Back in November, we reported on a Kenosha artist who had created an incredibly detailed painting of TV personality Anderson Cooper.  Katie Dylewski usually works with with oil paints and sometimes watercolors, but a while back, she decided to try experimenting with a different medium: brewed coffee.  Dylewski had created a whole series of coffee-painted work before getting the idea to paint a portrait of Cooper, after watching his TV show, “Anderson Live”, this past summer.

The Cooper portrait was part of a show that Dylewski had at the Pollard Gallery in downtown Kenosha in September, and a photograph of the painting was included in a Kenosha News story.   Unbeknownst to Dylewski, a local resident saw the News’ photo and “tweeted” about it on Twitter, “CC-ing” the “Anderson Live” show.  After seeing the Twitter post, it only took about an hour for the show’s producers to contact Dylewski and interview her about the portrait, asking if she would be willing to ship it to them to possibly be featured on the show.

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City Plan Commission approves rezoning for Meijer’s

meijerAt tonight’s City Plan Commission meeting, the petition to rezone properties at 7729, 7733, 7741, and 7811 Green Bay Road from RS-1, single-family residential district, and a portion of a property at 7800 – 60th Avenue from M-2, heavy manufacturing district, to B-2, Community Business District, in conformance with Section 10.02 of the Zoning Ordinance was approved.

One of the Meijer representatives presented the plans to the commission.  Once the five parcels are rezoned, it would give them a 23-acre parcel of land.  The plan is to build a 191,000-square-foot store with a drive-thru pharmacy and garden center.  The back of the store would point out towards 77th Street.  In addition, a 24,061 convenience store and gas station would also be built off Green Bay Road.

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Harbor Park porch permits

Harbor Park_optAt Monday night’s Finance Committee and Common Council meeting, an agenda item had to do with a request from Steve Marovich, president of the Harbor Park Parcel C Condominium Association, to rescind all or a portion of the permit fees, plus penalty fees, associated with work started without permits totaling $3,240 for eleven porch permits on eleven separate parcels at 301 to 341 – 54th Street.

Marovich, Don Miller, treasurer, and Eric Routman, Harbor Park resident, all spoke at the Finance Committee meeting.  Marovich said that, due to the severe settling of the porches, and the rotten wood, the eleven porches had to be replaced.  They submitted a single plan to the city because all porch work was identical.  They were told they had to pay for a permit for each porch, and there was a penalty involved also due to the fact that work had already started on seven of the porches with no permit.

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Man found dead on northside identified

The man found dead on Kenosha’s northside Wednesday has been identified by police as David A. Sipes of Kenosha.

From the official Police Department statement:

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Lance Middle School to perform in Wisconsin Rapids

The following announcement regarding an upcoming out-of-town performance by The Lance Middle School eighth grade Symphonic Band was released by the Kenosha Unified School District today:
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Communication problem?

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Do the alderpersons of the Common Council have a communication problem with the mayor’s office, or with the municipal building administration?  Some believe they do, and some don’t think so.

At Monday night’s Common Council meeting, during the Alderpersons’ Comments portion of the meeting, several of the alderpersons made comments about the front-page article that appeared in the Kenosha News that morning regarding communication issues.  Two alderpersons, David Bodgala and Kevin Mathewson, questioned the trip that happened months ago, the visit to Madison to see a Madison Mallards baseball game, hosted by the Northwoods League.

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Man’s body found in retention basin on Kenosha northside

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Kenosha Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the body of a man found dead today on Kenosha’s north side.

From the Kenosha Police Department press release:
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UPDATE: Hoarding conditions contributed to Sheridan Road fire’s severity

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/Earlene Frederick photo

What a fire official called “hoarding conditions” contributed to the severity of a fire in a home on Sheridan Road Tuesday as well as made it difficult to fight.

From a briefing Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter gave to the media at the scene:

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Liquor license quota ends

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Photo by Lukas Zeman via stock.xchng

At Monday night’s Common Council meeting, it was approved by a vote of 10 to 4 to repeal a section of the city’s zoning ordinance requiring certain distances  be kept between retail liquor license holders.  Instead, the penalties for violating any of the ordinance’s rules became harsher.

At first, Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia wanted to defer the vote for two weeks.  The agenda item before this one had to do with who could appear on behalf of a license holder in front of licensing disciplinary hearings. That item was deferred for two weeks due to the absence of the chairperson of the Licensing & Permit Committee (Alderperson Jesse Downing).  (Read more about this item below.)

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KUSD votes to terminate Simmons Field lease

chalk-board-KUSDThere were three Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) standing committee meetings that took place earlier tonight.  Listed below is a summary of those meetings:

Planning/Facilities/Equipment Standing Committee Meeting

Patrick Finnemore, KUSD’s director of facilities, provided a report of background information on the Simmons Field lease termination.  In the fall of 2005, the KUSD was offered $2 million by the United Hospital System for Durkee Elementary School and related property.  It was decided that a new school would be constructed to replace both Durkee and Lincoln Elementary Schools on the former American Brass site.  A deal was negotiated between the district and the city of Kenosha that included the following:

  • The KUSD received approximately 6.36 acres of land at the Brass site for the construction of Brass Community School.

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TID approved for old KYF site

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Photo by mensatic via MorgueFile.com

At last night’s Finance and Common Council meetings, a resolution proposed by Mayor Keith Bosman to create tax incremental district (TID) #15 was approved.  This is the property that represents the old KYF Building in Library Park, in downtown Kenosha. The vote was unanimous at the Finance Committee meeting, 5 to 0 (Alderperson Tod Ohnstad was not present), and also at the Common Council meeting, 14 to 0 (Alderpersons Eric Haugaard, Jesse Downing and Ohnstad were not present).

At the Finance Committee, John Fox spoke against creation of the TID.  He said that he expressed his concerns at the last City Plan Commission meeting.  (To read about this meeting, click here:  TID Approved by the City Plan Commission.)  His objections were two-fold.  First, when the re-zoning was done on the property, he said that there was no mention on the TID being created.  Also, a question was raised at that meeting by two of the commissioners as to the property’s blight condition.  He said that two of the commissioners were not sure that the property was more than 50% blighted.  He also said that there was no formal city inspection done on the property, only one by the property owner.  Secondly, this is the first TID for 100% housing.  It would be setting a precedent for the future.  He stated that he hoped that the commission would not approve this.  He said that he talked to assistant city attorney Jon Richardson, and Richardson’s comment was that he hoped the inspection had been done.

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