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Communities net $1.2 million rebate from Waukesha County recycling

April 21, 2014 1:14 p.m. | Waukesha County residents recycled enough waste containers and paper in 2013 to cover an entire football field to a depth of 22 feet, about the height of a two-story building.

The recyclables were collected by 25 municipalities, and they will split more than $1.2 million from sales of the material to help offset their costs of the service, county solid waste supervisor Rebecca Mattano said Monday. Waukesha County has paid out more than $12.1 million to the municipalities since 2001.

The 25 communities spent $3 million to collect and haul plastics, glass, metal and paper in 2013, so the county payments will cover a little more than one-third of the total costs, according to Dale Shaver, director of the county Parks and Land Use Department.

"That's true tax relief," Shaver said. A dozen other municipalities do not participate in the county program.

The City of Waukesha, the county's most populous community, will get a check in the amount of $297,518 for its share of the revenue. The City of Brookfield will receive $212,634.

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New Berlin accepts offers for two former school properties

April 17, 2014 3:04 p.m. | The New Berlin School District accepted offers totaling nearly $2 million for two former school properties at a special meeting Tuesday.

However, the sale of Glen Park Elementary School, 3500 S. Glen Park Road, will need approval from the electorate. A special meeting of the electorate has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the New Berlin West Idea Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., to vote on the sale.

The sale of the former Little Grove Elementary property, 3800 S. Racine Ave., already has electorate approval.

Heritage Christian Schools has offered $1,750,000 for the Glen Park property. The board accepted the offer subject to approval by the electorate. Glen Park closed at the end of the 2011-12 school year because the School Board felt the district had excess capacity at the elementary school level and to save money.

The board accepted an offer of $195,000 from Krish Narayanan for the Little Grove property.

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Waukesha Town Chairman John Marek battles car fire in Muskego

April 16, 2014 2:59 p.m. | Waukesha Town Board Chairman John Marek said he did what anyone else would have done Tuesday afternoon when he saw a wrecked car on fire and dashed into a building, got a fire extinguisher and fought back the flames.

The only fires he had ever seen until that point were in his barbecue grill, he joked Wednesday. But when he saw flames licking out from under a car and in the engine compartment, he knew the fire had to be put out, he said.

The car had just careened into the wall of the Starbucks at Moorland and Janesville roads in Muskego after a collision in the intersection. Another good Samaritan had already helped the 22-year-old Milwaukee woman driver out of the car to safety.

Marek said he wasn't afraid the car would explode.

"I was more concerned about the other people around. I had to put it out," he said.

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Waukesha County Board OKs recycling program with Milwaukee

April 09, 2014 10:35 a.m. | The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the city of Milwaukee for a joint recycling program run by ReCommunity Recycling.

Mayor Tom Barrett has praised the effort as an example of intergovernmental cooperation.

The County Board vote was 21-1. Afterward, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas released a statement saying the collaboration, which will be headquartered in the Menomonee Valley, will increase recycling, reduce processing costs and enhance revenue.

“This unique public-private partnership will ensure the continuation of tax relief for Waukesha County community partners," Vrakas said.

The agreement is expected to generate $2 million in annual revenue for the city.

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Ex-MSOE dean gets year in jail for drunken, wrong-way freeway drive

April 03, 2014 2:17 p.m. | A former college dean who drove 14 miles the wrong way on a Milwaukee freeway while drunk was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail, but could go to prison for 21/2 years if he fails to remain sober.

Patrick Coffey, 70, of New Berlin made the dangerous drive south in the northbound lanes of I-43/94 on Aug. 15, after leaving Irish Fest, according to a criminal complaint.

Coffey, then the dean of students at Milwaukee School of Engineering, retired shortly after he was charged with drunken driving and operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content, both third offenses, along with a felony count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Coffey pleaded guilty in January to operating while intoxicated and recklessly endangering safety counts. The prohibited blood-alcohol charge was dismissed.

On Thursday, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro sentenced Coffey to 30 months in prison and three years of extended supervision on the felony, but suspended the sentence in favor of four years of probation.

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Muskego manufacturer plans new headquarters

April 01, 2014 7:00 a.m. | Muskego-based manufacturer InPro Corp. plans to develop a new headquarters building as the company continues to grow.

InPro is proposing a two-story office building at the southeast corner of Janesville Road and Mercury Drive, according to a report filed with the city.

The 29,810-square-foot building would be north of InPro's current headquarters, an office and light industrial building at S80 W18766 Apollo Drive, in the Muskego Business Park.

It would become the company's new headquarters, Chief Executive Officer Phil Ziegler said Tuesday.

InPro makes handrails, door guards, wall guards, washroom systems and other products for hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, schools and other buildings.

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