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No referendum on banning fireworks in Muskego

Jan. 09, 2013 12:34 p.m. | The suggestion to hold a referendum on banning private fireworks displays was put on hold so that Muskego's new fireworks ordinance can be given a try.

Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan area that allows private residents to put on fireworks displays.

The Common Council meeting as a Committee of the Whole on Tuesday decided it was premature to hold a referendum, favoring instead to see how well the new fireworks ordinance works. The new rules were to get their first tryout last Fourth of July, but due to last summer's drought the city had a burn ban that nixed fireworks. The Public Safety Committee suggested the referendum.

"We have a real good rewrite of the ordinance," Alderman Neil Borgman said.

Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said he would rather see stepped-up enforcement against people being bad neighbors before talking about a referendum.

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New Muskego purchasing policy criticized as being too hands-off

Jan. 09, 2013 12:28 p.m. | Muskego aldermen will review whether a change they made last year to the city's purchasing policy is a little too hands-off.

The new policy came under criticism at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting because once the Common Council approves the budget for the year, aldermen have no more say over how the money is spent.

Priorities change and sometimes spending for a large project isn't such a good idea anymore, Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said. He would rather go back to the way it was before with the Finance Committee signing off on all contracts of more than $25,000, he said. Under the changed policy, no contracts or expenditures come back to the committee or Common Council, if they are in the budget.

Alderman Kert Harenda also criticized the new policy, saying that money saved on one project can be applied to another when the council might not want that to happen. He wanted more council oversight on such transfers.

The Committee of the Whole will meet with department heads as early as Jan. 22 to see if going back to the old policy or modifying the new one might be in order.

Muskego police arrest four suspected in car thefts

Jan. 07, 2013 1:56 p.m. | Muskego police are asking residents who had items stolen from their vehicles over the weekend to contact the department.

Officers arrested four people early Saturday on allegations of stealing from a vehicle in the Meadow Drive area north of Janesville Road and east of Lannon Drive.

"We recovered several items from the thieves which were clearly stolen from other vehicles," police said in a news release Monday. "However, we have no other reports of thefts from the area."

Police are asking victims of vehicle theft to contact police, even if they are missing only minor items.

Victims are asked to call Muskego police at (262) 679-4130.

Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1

Jan. 07, 2013 9:39 a.m. | All letters related to the spring primary must be received at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to be conisdered for publication in our print editions. All letters for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. March 15.

You can e-mail letters to news@cninow.com, fax them to (262) 446-6646 or mail them to:

NOW Newspapers
1741 Dolphin Drive Suite A
Waukesha, WI 53186

Letters must include the writer's first and last names and community of residence. This information will be published.

Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.

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