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News & Notes: Jan. 28

Jan. 28, 2013

Petition opposing

Wilbur closure filed

New Berlin - A petition that opposes closing Wilbur Drive east of Cottonwood Road has been signed by 70 percent of the 210 homeowners contacted in the Glen Park subdivision.

According to those circulating the petition, the signers believe closing the road would not prevent cut-through traffic but simply throw it onto other streets. So, spending $89,000 on the closure would be an unwise use of taxpayer money, the petition concludes.

The petition was presented to the New Berlin Common Council last week.

Thirty-three of the total 243 homes in the Glen Park subdivision could not be contacted, said a petition organizer Andrew Kowske.

The city plans to do a study in April on whether the temporary traffic diverters on Wilbur installed late last year actually reduce cut-through traffic. The theory is that the diverters routing traffic in a loop onto Poplar Road, Redwood Drive and Cottonwood Road and then back to Wilbur would discourage cut-through traffic. The city has traffic counts on Redwood and possibly other streets from before the diverters went in and will compare them to counts this spring with the diverters.

The Common Council will then decide whether the diverters discourage traffic or if they just move the cut-through traffic problem off of Wilbur Drive and onto other streets.

Kowske said the petition results show Alderwoman Laura Karvala, who lives on Wilbur, is representing her own street, not her neighborhood.

Karvala responded that she doubts the accuracy of the petition because of feedback she has received from residents.

Some said they didn't realize what they were signing, many said they were visited two or three times, and one said a petition circulator spoke to her for more than two hours, Karvala said.

She also has said that she campaigned for office telling everyone that doing something about traffic on Wilbur would be a priority.

Rotary hosts forum

for five mayoral candidates

New Berlin - The New Berlin Rotary Club hosts a candidate forum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at New Berlin West High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., in the school library for the five candidates running for mayor of New Berlin.

The library is easily accessed from the parking lot on the west side of the building about half way back. A tape of the program will be available at the New Berlin Library.

Challenging Mayor Jack Chiovatero are former mayor Mary Claire Lanser (1993-97), Alderman David Ament (also running unopposed for re-election as alderman), Janet Schulz and Joseph Wieneke.

For those unable to attend on Saturday, a recording of the forum will be available for viewing at City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive, and at the New Berlin Library, 15155 Library Lane, starting Feb. 4. It is recommended to call ahead for availability at (262) 786-8610 for the City Hall and at (262) 785-4980 for the library.

New Berlin Lions seek

volunteers, members

New Berlin - While the New Berlin Lions Club awarded tens of thousands of dollars to charitable and other worthy causes two weeks ago it is already looking to next summer's corn roast at the Wisconsin State Fair, where most of those dollars came from.

The club is looking for people and groups that want to volunteer to help out the cause. One business believes so much in what the Lions Club does that it sends a group of 15 or 20 employees to work a day at the corn roast and pays them their regular pay. The company has done this for several years.

The fair will be Aug. 1 to 11.

More information about volunteering is available from Ray McInerny, (262) 746-1162 or Jerry Johnson (414) 861-0454.

In addition, the New Berlin Lions is always looking for new members. Although most Lions are New Berlin residents, the club has members from Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Muskego and West Allis. More of the retired members now living in northern Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida, come back and still work shifts at the corn roast.

The club normally meets at the VFW post on Beloit Road in New Berlin at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The club tries to have a speaker at least once a month. More information is available from McInerny and Johnson.

InPro celebrates

20-year rise from ashes

Muskego - InPro Corporation, W18766 Apollo Drive, Muskego, is celebrating 20 years of growth into a global company after nearly closing its doors two decades ago.

Inpro is now the leading provider of door and wall protection, cubicle track and curtains, expansion joint systems, signage and decorative surface protectors in buildings.

The company fell on hard times and was about to close in 1993 when the company's accountant Steve Ziegler saved it by buying it.

He and his brother Phil Ziegler, CEO, have grown InPro into a global protector of buildings. The company has more than 450 employees, most of them in Wisconsin, and more than $100 million in revenue.

The company is actually 34 years old, having started in 1979 with a literal hole in a hospital wall. At that time, walls in hospitals were constantly under siege from hospital beds and carts. InPro Corporation began manufacturing door and wall protection to prevent this damage.

BuySeasons

gets new leader

New Berlin - BuySeasons, 5915 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin, a leading online specialty retailer in personalized party supplies and costumes, announced that Dev Mukherjee has been appointed chief executive officer.

Mukherjee was most recently president of Sears Holdings' Home Appliances business for stores and online. He has worked at IBM, Microsoft and Ingres Corporation. He has an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mukherjee will also be CEO of Celebrate Interactive, the holding company that includes BuySeasons, Evite - the market leader in online invitations - and Liberty Advertising.

Dan Haight, who as CEO has guided the growth of BuySeasons since late 2010 to become the leading ecommerce retailer of party supplies and costumes, will leave the company in February.

Fabulous growth

legacy of retiring CEO

New Berlin - Ron Krase who as chief executive officer led the New Berlin-based Landmark Credit Union to a milestone in September 2012 reaching $2 billion in assets, is retiring after 39 years with the credit union.

When Kase joined Landmark, then named Chabelco Credit Union, as manager in 1973 the credit union had $2 million in assets, just one location, and four employees. Today, Landmark has grown to 28 branch locations and more than 500 employees.

Paul Reinbold, retired Landmark board member who was on the committee that hired Kase, said, "There were several applicants with more experience who applied for the position of manager back in 1973. But Ron, in his early twenties, showed a level of confidence and drive beyond his years. We knew he was the right one for the job."

During his tenure, Kase developed numerous services and programs to benefit members and the communities Landmark serves including introduction of new loan programs and working with underserved markets.

People think summer

already booking parks

Muskego - As soon as the new year started, the Waukesha County Park System started taking reservations for park facilities for those holding special events such as family reunions, company picnics or outdoor weddings.

Reservations should be made at the County Administration Building, 515 W. Moreland Boulevard, Room AC230, in Waukesha. Payment is due at time of booking.

The only county park locally is Muskego County Park, W20370 Janesville Road.

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