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News & Notes: Nov. 12

Nov. 12, 2012

School thanks veterans in ceremony Monday

Muskego - Country Meadows School held a Veterans Day assembly on Monday to show students appreciation to veterans who gave so much for the country.

The thrust of the assembly was to say thank-you.

City asks volunteers for affordable housing board

New Berlin - The city is seeking a resident to appoint to the new Housing Trust Fund Board that will distribute money from the new fund, which is intended to promote affordable housing locally.

Both the Housing Trust Fund and the board are the result of the settlement of a lawsuit in which the federal Department of Justice charged that New Berlin violated the Fair Housing Act when it balked at approving a lower-income housing project in the City Center.

Common Council President Harenda will make the appointment, under city ordinance. Those interested may contact him at (262) 971-1048 orkharenda@newberlin.org.

The board will evaluate requests for funding from the Housing Trust Fund after the requests have been submitted to and reviewed by the New Berlin Department of Community Development. It also will adopt rules, guidelines and criteria for granting requests and to help it implement any other responsibilities.

The board also will suggest sources of financing for the Housing Trust Fund to the Common Council.

Hearing to affect $375,000 in redevelopment money

Muskego - A Nov. 20 public hearing will seek input on whether the city should expand a special taxing district to enable Muskego to use some of the $375,000 it has left over in redevelopment funds.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The special taxing district, known as Tax Incremental Financing District No. 8, ends at Lannon Road. A proposal would extend it nearly a half mile west to about the W17500 block.

If the district is extended, the city could offer businesses there low-interest loans or give loans or grants that could bring businesses to Janesville Road, said Jeff Muenkel, community development director.

Possibilities including cleaning up a former BP gas station on Janesville and getting it back onto the tax rolls, he said.

Years ago, the city borrowed money to make infrastructure improvements to encourage development and redevelopment in TIF 8 from Lannon Road east to about the W16500 block. Not all of that TIF money was used, and it cannot be returned to the city budget, Muenkel said.

But if the TIF isn't enlarged, the money could be used to repay the original loan faster, he said.

Ultimate Tailgate aims to mimic Lambeau experience

New Berlin - With its patios recently redone, Matty's Bar and Grill, 14460 W. College Ave., is offering football fans the Ultimate Packer Tailgate.

The all-outdoors tailgate party seeks to re-create the atmosphere outside Lambeau Field, with a few improvements.

The bean bag toss, a traditional tailgate party favorite, will be played and there will be a couple of footballs to toss around. And the day will start with breakfast of corned beef hash.

Matty's will also serve lunch, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages hot off the grill.

There will be videos before the game and at least two TVs for watching outdoors, just like at Lambeau.

But unlike Lambeau, the new patios have heaters, and Matty's will have additional blowers to warm the tailgaters. There will also be a roaring fire big enough to warm 20 pairs of hands and feet.

The all inclusive price is $30 and more than 50 people have signed up for Sunday's game. It will be the first of four Ultimate Packer Tailgate experiences. The others will be Dec. 4, 16 and 30.

Growing web firm moves to bigger quarters

New Berlin - Due to growth at Top Floor Technologies, the New Berlin company has moved to bigger quarters at 2725 S. Moorland Road in the city.

Top Floor Technologies provides comprehensive web development and Internet marketing solutions for businesses. Its areas of expertise include web design, web development, search engine optimization, PPC management, social media strategies and web analytics.

The company, founded in 1999, started with six employees to 25. It had been at its former location for more than 12 years.

Absentee voting, big turnout mark election

As of press time, the official results for last week's election were still not in.

But absentee voting played a significant role in this fall's round of balloting. In Muskego, 46 percent of voters cast absentee ballots. In New Berlin the total was about 30 percent.

But the election results were disappointing for the majority of voters in Muskego and New Berlin, who gave the Romney-Ryan ticket and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson the vast majority of their votes, to no avail.

Barack Obama prevailed, winning four more years and Tammy Baldwin stepped up to the U.S. Senate in her win over Thompson.

The unofficial vote totals for Muskego, where the turnout was 91.7 percent, are:

For president: Romney, 10,760 votes, and Obama, 4,608.

For U.S. Senate, Thompson, 10,405, and Baldwin, 4,597.

Unofficial totals for New Berlin, where the turnout was 90 percent, are:

For president: Romney, 16,835 votes, and Obama, 8,817.

For U.S. Senate, Thompson , 16,377, and Baldwin, 8,622.

Both communities helped Ryan win re-election to his Congressional seat. The unofficial vote totals are:

Ryan, 10,309 votes in Muskego and 2,776 in New Berlin; and Rob Zerban, 465 in Muskego and 1,084 in New Berlin

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