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News & Notes: Nov. 26

Nov. 26, 2012

Another 5 percent hike to use rec facilities

New Berlin - An across-the-board 5 percent increase was approved for groups using park and recreation facilities next year, continuing a policy of regular 5 percent hikes to keep up with expenses and to raise revenue.

Even so, the city could waive fees for service clubs, Scouts and other nonprofit groups that want to use the New Berlin Community Center on weekday evenings. Officials want to keep weekends free for revenue-producing events such as weddings and other family gatherings.

Commercial and profit-making groups are not allowed to rent the center.

Groups that want to use the community center stage will find they will now be charged $50 to cover the half hour of work by two employees to set up the portable stage.

Park shelter and athletic field fees, mainly for baseball, softball and soccer, also will be up 5 percent. Groups must be 80 percent resident.

Competition means more revenue for city

New Berlin - New Berlin will triple the revenue it gets from future park land being farmed until it's developed into parks.

The city had received $50 an acre from Stigler Farms, which had farmed the 17 acres that will become Milham Park on Cleveland Avenue and 14 acres that will become Rustic Ridge Park on Coffee Road. When another farmer became interested in farming the land, the city asked for proposals. Stigler Farms came in at $150 per acre, beating the other bid of $100 an acre.

So, Bob Stigler will farm Rustic Ridge Park land and Tom Stigler will farm the Milham Park land.

Rotary elects officers, seeks members

New Berlin - The New Berlin Rotary Club has elected Olivia Kelley as its president for the 2012-13 club year.

The newly elected secretary is Dianne Moore and the treasurer is Dale Worden.

The club is conducting a membership drive and is inviting anyone who wants to get more information about the club to be treated to lunch at one of its noon meetings Wednesdays at the New Berlin Hills Golf Club. Anyone who would like to come can call Worden at (414) 422-0042.

City seeks volunteers for two commissions

New Berlin - Mayor Jack Chiovatero is seeking volunteers to serve on the Safety Commission and the Special Projects Commission.

The Safety Commission advises the mayor, Common Council, Police Department and other city officials on providing for the safety of the public on the streets and bicycle paths and in the parks.

The Special Projects Commission recommends grant awards to promote tourism and economic development activities. The commission is instrumental in the distribution of room tax dollars.

Those interested in serving should forward a resume and brief letter of intent to Melody Styba by email to mstyba@newberlin.org; fax (262) 780-4601 or mail to 3805 S. Casper Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151. For information, call (262) 797-2441.

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