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News & Notes: April 27

April 27, 2010

Olympian comes home to celebration

Hales Corners - A welcome home event for Olympian Alyson Dudek will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 6 at PyraMax Bank, 7001 W. Edgerton Ave., Greenfield.

Dudek, a Hales Corners native, will bring her bronze medal to the event, sign autographs and pose for photos.

Dudek and her teammates took third in the 3,000-meter speedskating relay in this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

City will study residency rules for department managers

Oak Creek - Police Chief Thomas Bauer is asking the Common Council to reconsider its rule that department managers must reside within the Oak Creek city limits.

The request comes at a time the city is searching for a new city administrator. In addition, Police and Fire Commission members are establishing the succession process for the police and fire chiefs.

Bauer, a lifelong Oak Creek resident who is planning to retire soon, supports eliminating the residency rule. It made sense when it was established in the 1980s, but technology has evolved to the point where immediacy is less of an issue, he said.

Moreover, it could preclude good candidates from becoming the manager of a department, he said. Not only is it difficult to sell a house in today's market, it's asking a lot of people to uproot their families from their neighborhoods and schools, Bauer said.

The council could establish requirements similar to that of other full-time employees - police officers and other city union employees must live within a 20-mile radius and firefighters must live within roughly a 15-mile radius of Fire Station 1.

The council has not taken action and it is not known when, or if, a formal ordinance change will be proposed.

Oak Creek takes steps to improve safety by high school

Oak Creek - The city is planning improvements near Oak Creek High School trying to address safety issues related to traffic congestion problems before and after school.

The council on Tuesday approved installing crosswalk pavement markings and school-crossing signs at Puetz Road and Mayhew Drive. That will be on top of the flashing signs there now that warn motorists that the speed limit is 15 mph when students are present.

Many students park along Mayhew Drive rather than in the parking lot of the school, 340 E. Puetz Road.

Students often do it to avoid paying the $85 parking fee, Alderman Dan Bukiewicz said, but that has created safety issues with students crossing busy Puetz Road to get to the high school.

Officials hope the pavement markings and signs "bring more attention to the drivers of the pedestrians crossing in that area," according to a report to council members.

Bukiewicz and others hope the area around East Middle School, 9330 S. Shepard Ave., will be next in line for improvements. The school has experienced congestion problems similar to those at the high school, Bukiewicz said.

Tenants sign leases at Hales Corners Plaza

Hales Corners - Multiple tenants have signed leases in the Hales Corners Plaza, located in the 5300 block of South 108th Street.

Those businesses and the square footage of their stores are:

• Gemma Rae's Home Style Cheesecake, 1,650 square feet;

• Bethesda Thrift Shop, 15,176 square feet;

• Great Clips, 1,246 square feet;

• Milwaukee T-Shirt Vendors, 15,294 square feet; and

• Dad Tobacco, 1,312 square feet.

NAI MLG Commercial, a Wisconsin real estate brokerage firm, brokered the leases.

Two blocks away, Fish Window Cleaning has opened at 5122 S. 108th St.

Milwaukee resident Donald Stormoen owns the business. Fish Window Cleaning has more than 220 stores in the United States.

Franklin School District installing fiber-optic network

Franklin - More than 9 miles of a new fiber-optic network will be laid into the ground in Franklin over the next few weeks to improve the Franklin School District's technology infrastructure.

Officials said in a news release that the $600,000 improvement will allow networks to operate at higher speeds, have unlimited bandwidth, and transmit data longer distances.

Students will also have new learning opportunities using streaming video, video conferencing and virtual field trips.

The district previously rented fiber lines from a service provider and expects that having its own network will save money over time.

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