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July 7, 2014

Coffee Road still likely

to be done on time

The rainy weather this spring and summer slowed the Coffee Road east project about two weeks, but completion is still expected by the end of October, New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament said last week.

Crews could catch up in hurry with good weather, he said.

Coffee Road is being torn up down to the ground between Calhoun and Moorland roads. Its 11-foot wide lanes will be widened to 12 feet, a 5-foot shoulder/bike path will be added and then a 3-foot gravel shoulder will be added to that. Turning lanes also will be added in some places, and a steep hill west of St. Francis Drive has already been lowered about 5 feet to improve visibility, Ament said.

In addition, the substantial stormwater work that is part of the project will reduce flooding on the north side of the road in about the 16000 block.

State and federal dollars will pay 80 percent of the project. New Berlin's share will be about $800,000.

Parkland Mall

still awaits decision

It could be October or even January before the 2nd District Court of Appeals rules on the lawsuit that has tied up the former Parkland Mall property in litigation for years.

In March 2013, a Waukesha County Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit brought by the former mall owners against Muskego. The lawsuit alleges that the city virtually took the property by making it too expensive to develop because the owners were required to pay for what they called public improvements that should not have been their responsibility.

Arthur Dyer, spokesman for the owners, said the improvements would have come to $10.5 million. The city offered $6.9 million to Parkland to help with infrastructure improvements, he said. Further, the owners allege there was a conspiracy to keep them from developing the property in the heart of what many consider to be Muskego's downtown.

Last fall, the former Parkland Mall property at W17000 Janesville Road went into foreclosure.

If the Court of Appeals finds an error in the original trial before Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr., another trial could be held or there could be other proceedings, said attorney Remzy Bitar, who represents the city.

Dyer originally sued the city for $120 million in 2009, but that is down to $46 million in damages and lost income.

Waste oil, filters,

antifreeze accepted

The New Berlin recycling center, 3711 S. Casper Drive, is accepting waste motor oil, oil filters and antifreeze in addition to other recyclables.

In 2013, Waukesha County residents recycled 343.4 tons of waste oil, 17.3 tons of oil filters and 26.9 tons of antifreeze at municipal drop-off sites. Recycled waste motor oil, motor oil extracted from recycled oil filters and antifreeze are reprocessed and reused.

St. Joseph Church,

School gets new leader

St. Joseph Catholic Church and School, Big Bend, will welcome its new pastor, the Rev. Kevin McManaman, by holding its first tailgate for the community Sunday, July 13.

The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be followed by the tailgate at 11:30 a.m. at S89 W22650 Milwaukee Ave. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the new leadership and kick off summer.

McManaman was attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison intending to be a doctor when he realized his calling to the priesthood. He was ordained May 21, 2011.

New manager named

at Waukesha State Bank

Rob Kurudza, who has more than 25 years of experience in bank branch management, commercial lending and personal banking, is the new manager of the Waukesha State Bank, Muskego.

Most recently, he worked for Associated Bank as a business banker and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a graduate degree from Southwest Graduate School of Banking in Dallas.

Kurudza is also active in community organizations and committees, currently serving as treasurer for the Muskego Chamber of Commerce, Muskego Lions Club and the New Berlin Eisenhower Girls Youth Basketball Booster Club and as a volunteer for the St. Mary's Hales Corners Festival Committee.

Established in 1944, Waukesha State Bank has 14 locations and is one of the largest locally-owned and independent community banks in Wisconsin.

Muskego ranks 12th

for home ownership

Muskego is the 12th best city in Wisconsin for home ownership, according to NerdWallet, a personal finance website.

Communities that did the best in its survey had a lot of homes priced less than $250,000 and where homeowners spent less than 30 percent of their median household income on their homes.

HerdWallet looked at home ownership rate to determine the availability of homes; the median household income, monthly homeowner costs and median home value to assess affordability; and whether the area was growing as a signal of a robust local economy.

NerdWallet pegged Muskego's median home value at $269,300 and homeowner costs as a percentage of household income at 26.9 percent. Median monthly household income was $7,006 and median selected monthly homeowner costs was $1,885. Muskego's home ownership rate is 85.3 percent. All are based on the U.S. Census American Community Survey five-year estimates.

The first-place community was Suamico, located 10 miles north of Green Bay. Franklin ranked fifth and Pewaukee 10th.

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