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News& Notes: Feb. 18

Feb. 18, 2013

Police celebrate

two police dogs

New Berlin - The New Berlin Police Department will be able to acquire two new police dogs, thanks to funding from two sources.

Funds for one of the dogs were raised through a community donation drive, spearheaded by the New Berlin Police Citizen's Academy Alumni Association. The second dog will be purchased with a donation from Stan Kass.

To note the acquisition, a check presentation ceremony was planned for Wednesday in the municipal courtroom, 16300 W. National Ave., to celebrate the acquisition of two police dogs.

West Cheer, Stunt

team going to state

New Berlin - The New Berlin West Varsity Cheer and Stunt Team won the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Southern Regional Competition, for schools its size, held at Wilmot Union High School on Saturday.

The team will now go on to the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State High School Cheer Championships at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Saturday.

The team includes Cat Cameron, Taylor Ehrmann, Shannon Hight, Erin Maloney, Brittany McClellan, Ally McGinn, Elise Menden, Alyssa Moy, Kaylee Rendon, Courtney Tarmann, Allie Thomas and Olivia Waligorski.

They are coached by Meredith Sweeney (Hansen) NBW Alumni '04 and Samantha Miller.

Mayor highlights

city's improvements

Muskego - Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti addressed approximately 60 guests on city improvements and economic development at the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting last week.

Providing a brief recap of 2012, Chiaverotti noted projects that included Phase I of Janesville Road reconstruction, Tess Corners Drive with a recreation trail along it, Pioneer Drive with a trail, and Woods Road with a trail. The city also completed a software upgrade and development of a new city website that will make residents better able to follow city actions, she told the audience.

Contracting out the building inspection services netted a savings of approximately $100,000, Chiaverotti said, a savings that will be realized each year going forward. She also pointed to what she views as successful police union negotiations that resulted in police agreeing to contribute to the state pension fund as other city employees do.

Regarding economic development, there were 55 new home starts and 30 commercial permits issued in 2012, Chiaverotti said. Both are up from previous years, with commercial permits up substantially, adding about $3.7million in new property value.

Comparable communities have a typically have 80 percent of the tax base in residential property and 20 percent commercial, she noted. Muskego has been in the area of 8 to 10 percent commercial for many years, but is now at 12.3 percent, she said.

And new developments are in the works that city officials hope to announce in the weeks and months ahead, Chiaverotti said.

'Murder' nets

more than $2,000

New Berlin - A night of mystery and intrigue as guests tried to solve a "whodunit" during the Murder Mystery event at the New Berlin Banquet and Conference Center enabled the Rotary Club of New Berlin to raise more than $2,000.

About 100 guests attended the Feb. 9 event in which they dined, reviewed the evidence and interrogated the murder suspects. Several individuals had the means and the motive, but who would have thought that it would all come down to handwriting samples and a "left-handed" knife?

Among the many cast members in the Murder Mystery were Joe Garza, New Berlin superintendent of schools, and John Kegel, New Berlin School Board member and former president.

Proceeds will be used to support the New Berlin Police Department's Midnight Volleyball program, Rotary's World Affairs Scholarships for high school students and other community programs.

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