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Dec. 4, 2012

New Berlin police need funds for police dog

New Berlin - The New Berlin Police Department is trying to raise donations to buy a police dog to work with canine Bac who is almost 11 years old and has been working with the department for nine years.

The New Berlin Police Department

Citizen's Academy Alumni Association is helping the department reach its fundraising goal of $15,000 in time for the new police dog to be purchased and trained before Bac retires.

The department uses the canine for handler protection, drug detection and searches, tracking criminals and finding lost people. The police dog also assists the SWAT team in clearing buildings before officers are sent in.

Donations to the Canine Fund are tax-deductible. More information is available from Capt. Mike Glider at (262) 780-8109 or by email

at glider@nbpolice.org.

Donations can be made payable to the New Berlin Police Department and sent to the New Berlin Police Department, Attn: Captain Mike Glider, 16300 W. National Ave.

Opinions already on Wilbur barriers

New Berlin - With the temporary traffic barricades barely up a week, residents of the Glen Park subdivision were already at last week's New Berlin Common Councilmeeting giving their opinions.

A woman who lives at Cottonwood Road and Redwood Drive said a UPS truck and a school bus could not get through because of the barriers, her son was almost hit by a car when getting off the school bus, and a couple of cars almost crashed because of traffic that careens through the area.

The temporary barriers divert traffic off Wilbur Drive and onto Redwood and Cottonwood and some other area streets. The hope is that the barriers will reduce the amount of cut-through traffic heading to National Avenue through the Glen Park subdivision. The barriers create a more round-about route that city officials hope will discourage shortcuts.

Another resident protested that officials don't know the actual cost of closing off Wilbur. While the council set aside $89,000 for possible permanent barriers, how much did the temporary ones cost and how much will it cost to hire a consultant to see if the temporary barriers are doing their job of reducing cut-through traffic, he asked. He challenged the council that if it knew the real cost, it would not have approved the temporary closure.

Some others, mostly Wilbur Drive residents pleaded with the council to give the barriers more time. Others said neighbors are now getting a taste of what Wilbur Drive residents have been putting up with for a decade. One said if the barriers don't work, Wilbur should be closed off completely.

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