News & Notes: July 16

July 16, 2012

New Berlin curtails sprinkling to save water

New Berlin - Because of the high demand for water created by extremely dry conditions and unusually high temperatures, the city last week issued a lawn sprinkling schedule for those getting water from the New Berlin water utility.

Lawn sprinkling is now only allowed from 6 to 10 p.m. The city also will enforce its rule that states those with even-numbered addresses are to sprinkle their lawns only on even-numbered days and those with odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days.

The restrictions are being imposed to be ensure an adequate water supply for public safety concerns, especially firefighting and other emergencies.

Those who are trying to establish a new lawn should contact the utility office at (262) 786-7086 for a free special-use permit.

Hand-held watering of flowers and small gardens is permitted but hoses must not be left unattended.

More information is available from the utility office between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (A message can be left after hours.)

Elite athlete running after cash

Muskego - As a top athlete who is on the Elite US Team that's headed to the Duathlon World Championships in September, Monica Schoeneck, 33, of Catalina Drive is used to challenges. After all, a duathlon is a long-distance grueling race involving running and cycling.

But right now Schoeneck is thinking about fundraising as well as training. She anticipates competing next year in the World Games on the U.S. team and is raising money to cover travel, equipment and coaching. The Duathlon World Championships in September in France is one of only two races in the world that would serve as a qualifier to the World Games in Columbia in 2013.

She has to squeeze her training in somewhere between her full-time job as a spa manager at the West Wood Health and Fitness Center in Pewaukee and a part-time job.

More information about donating is available from Schoeneck at (262) 745-1999.

Two major road projects to be pushed back a year

New Berlin - Residents and businesses along portions of Coffee Road and Lincoln Avenue who have been bracing for road work next year will have a reprieve at least until 2014.

New Berlin could not fulfill all the requirements in order for the state to be able to bid the projects in time for next year, officials said. The projects are Coffee Road from Calhoun Road to National Avenue and Lincoln Avenue from Calhoun to Moorland roads.

Among the things slowing the process are land acquisitions and various approvals.

The New Berlin Board of Public Works on Aug. 20 may officially move the projects back a year. The Coffee Road east project estimated cost is $689,200 and the Lincoln Avenue estimated cost is $2.5 million.

Moving them back would leave only one major road project next year - Ryerson Road from Calhoun to Moorland roads. That $4 million project has a $176,700 federal urban road grant going for it.

Also next year, the city also would do many small road rehabilitation projects totaling $2,769,500. City officials expect a $98,000 grant to help with that cost.

If Coffee Road east and Lincoln Avenue are moved to 2014, they would join two other major road projects already slated for that year. One project is actually three roads - Michelle Witmer Lane, Library Lane and Wilbur Drive - all in the New Berlin City Center, totaling about $382,000 in construction costs. The other project is Woelfel Road from Coffee to Observatory roads. Construction is estimated at $595,000.

The smaller road rehabilitation projects in 2014 would total $2.8 million.


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