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News & Notes: Jan. 21

Jan. 21, 2013

Secondhand, escort

businesses to be licensed

New Berlin - Secondhand stores that buy gold or loan money and escort services doing business in the city will now have to be licensed in the city of New Berlin.

Not wanting to be a magnet for thieves looking for a place to fence their goods, the licensing requirement the New Berlin Common Council approved recently requires daily reporting of purchases to police. The ordinance applies to the three shops in New Berlin that buy valuable items, but not to Goodwill or to consignment shops.

Similarly, if the city finds an escort service slipping into illicit business it can now deal with it instead of sending complaints to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office. The new licensing ordinance will help police weed out escort services that are not obeying the law, Police Chief Joseph Rieder said. The escort licensing ordinance is a proactive one, he said. The city hasn't had a problem so far with escort services getting out of line, he said.

With the licensing requirement, the city can revoke the license of a resale shop or an escort service that has shady dealings.

Parks Board OK

with lights at Denoon

Muskego - Temporary lights for night soccer practices in the fall were recommended for Denoon Park by the Muskego Parks and Recreation Board last week, pending Plan Commission approval of the lights themselves.

The Muskego Kickers asked for the lights because their teams need to practice until 8:30 p.m., when it's dark in the fall and spring. Currently, the 23 teams from five communities including Muskego, practice until late at Calhoun Park, 5400 S. Calhoun Road, New Berlin, and plan to use school grounds in Franklin. Lights were added only last season to the Calhoun Park location and no complaints resulted.

The Kickers would like to also use a Muskego location so that practices can be rotated so that players and their parents don't have to always drive so far.

The Kickers had also asked to use temporary lights at Kurth Park, but the board didn't support that request.

Home deemed unfit

to be torn down

New Berlin - A home at 12520 W. Grange Ave., New Berlin, was declared unsafe and unfit for human habitation by the New Berlin Common Council that went on to approve an order to raze it.

The home is unoccupied and among its defects is a roof that is open to the elements.

Rec board divided

on 8- or 6-foot trails

Muskego - Initial discussion of Muskego's long-range trail plan showed some division among Muskego Parks and Recreation Board members in terms of whether recreation trails should be 6- or 8-feet wide.

One liked the flexibility of a 6-foot trail in being able to meander around trees," so the city doesn't have to cut them down. Another liked the 8-foot trails because a pickup truck with a plow can easily clear them. The 6-foot wide trails also can be cleared, but not as easily as using a pickup, said Craig Anderson, parks and recreation director. Currently, 17 6-foot recreation trails are planned, slightly more than the 14 8-foot trails.

The long-range trail plans will be on the board's Feb. 11 agenda where the width issue will come up again, along with potential changes in the trail priority and construction schedule.

Muskego Legal Center moves, gets new name

Muskego - The Muskego Legal Center has changed its name to the Muskego Law Group and changed its location to W17095 Janesville Road.

Its new more than 2,000-square-foot suite on the upper level of the North Shore Bank building will provide the additional space the firm needs as it reaches out beyond Muskego to serve clients in Milwaukee and Racine counties as well as Waukesha County.

The firm does adoption and family law, bankruptcy, business and corporate law, elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, immigration law cases, personal injury, probate, Society Security, special needs, traffic and worker's compensation.

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