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| MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Dear City Residents:
Happy New Year! I hope you and yours are well, with your 2017 off to a great start.
Together, we look forward to another exciting year in our great City's sustained growth and continued progress. And, while we will have many things to celebrate over the course of the next 12 months, there is much we have to celebrate in the year just completed as well.
In fact, each January I ask our City Department leaders to take a few moments and reflect back upon their Departmental accomplishments during the prior year and to share with me the three of greatest significance or the three in which they take the most pride. This is a difficult exercise for them to complete, because as they tell me and I am well aware, there are far more than three accomplishments to celebrate! As I tell them each year, I am genuinely grateful for all that our Department leaders and their team members do each year to
help make our City of Port Washington such an amazing place to call home - and I know I convey that sense of gratitude on behalf of our entire City. To that end, I believe it is only fitting to begin a new year celebrating some of the best of the year past.
Today, I thought I would share with you just one of the accomplishments they shared with me. I am truly honored, proud, and privileged to be partnering with such a talented, experienced, passionate group of people. Here are just a few of their - and our - successes from 2016!
- Reconstructed/resurfaced over 2 miles of streets; reconstructed 1,500 lineal feet of concrete alleys; lined over 3 ½ miles of sanitary sewer main; and replaced nearly 2 miles of water main.
- Worked with Utility Service Co. to repaint the Thomas Drive Water Tower and added the new official City of Port Washington logo.
- Continued the outstanding performance of our Wastewater Treatment Plant with 100% compliance, all "A's" on "Compliance Maintenance Annual Report" submitted to the DNR in June.
- Worked with our City Community Development Authority and the Main Street Design Committee on the design of a Marina District Plan that includes parking, pedestrian, and landscaping improvements.
- Beyond welcoming a new Library Director (Tom Carson) and providing our City access to more library materials and services with minimal additional costs, Library leadership and staff have continued to expand the very successful relationship with City teenagers - in fact, since October, "Teen Café" numbers have doubled and a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) has started and the membership continues to grow. Teen members are very interested and willing to develop ways to give back to our community!
- Over the last three years, our Police Department has diligently worked to keep its accreditation status with the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG). On November 7, 2016, our Department received its most recent reaccreditation under WILEAG 4th Edition Standards. In order to receive accreditation, an agency's operations must be independently reviewed and evaluated. Law enforcement accreditation provides the basis for an enhanced sense of professionalism and pride, the security knowing our agency is well-managed and the assurances that enforcement operations and personnel are consistent and well-directed. Additionally, this is a reflection of the positive, healthy relationship our Department enjoys with our citizens - a relationship that has enabled them to recruit and retain highly qualified officers. Over the past year and a half, our Department has hired three officers that have excelled in our field training program and have become true assets to our Department and community.
- Chief Mitchell continued our Fire Department's ongoing Fire Prevention Public Education programs. Port Washington Fire Department personnel had contact with over 600 adults and over 1300 children in 2016. Our Department's Open House in October was the biggest event we have ever hosted. Thanks in part to the success of these Fire Prevention programs and outreach events and, of course, to the professionalism and capability of our Fire Department staff, our City of Port Washington residents and building owners continue to be some of the safest around when it comes to fire prevention (the estimated dollar loss from structural fires in 2016 was under $20,000).
- Received the "National Council on Aging" Grant for the Aging Mastery Program Pilots, one of 13 in Wisconsin. Port Washington served as the coordinating center for the collaborative venture with Cedarburg and Grafton Senior Centers. It is a 2 year grant; the graduation rate goal was 75% for this round of pilot grants, and our rate was 83%. Senior Center leadership also successfully led forward efforts to secure a Community Development Block Grant-Planning Grant (CDBG-PG) from the State of Wisconsin, a very competitive funding process.
PARKS & RECREATION
- Implemented an online registration system. This fully-hosted, web-based recreation management system helps our Department work more effectively and efficiently with our resources and budget. It also allows us more time to focus on the important things, such as providing more quality programming and enhanced services to our communities.
- Removed bushes and trees, added new landscaping and flower boxes, poured a concrete patio and built a new fire pit for Marina tenants and to enhance aesthetics and the overall waterfront experience for all customers.
- With the sudden and tragic passing of our then-Treasurer Doug Miller, all our Finance Team members pulled together under very trying circumstances to get the job done and meet our usual standards of excellence in serving our City residents. Despite all of the challenges and the learning experiences of a very difficult year, our Finance Team worked together, stayed positive, and helped welcome a new City Treasurer, Jennifer Clark.
- Led forward four elections during an incredibly busy and nearly unprecedented election cycle. Despite the extraordinary commitment of time and energy required to ensure election integrity and a trained election workforce, also managed to find time to lead forward our City Recodification process, which will soon result in an updated and searchable (online!) City code.
- Issued permits for the new construction of 35 single family homes, 1 condominium complex (14 units), and 12 multi-family apartment buildings (72 units) for a total of 121 new living units in the City. The 35 new single family homes is the most in one year since 2007. The 121 new living units is the most in one year since 1994.
When you see our City Department leaders and their team members, whether at City Hall or out and about throughout the City, please take a moment to thank them for the fantastic work they do on our behalf. And, as always, please accept my similar appreciation for all that you, our City residents and business owners and partners, have done and continue to do for our great City of Port Washington. Together, we make "Our Home Port" an exceptional place!!
INTRODUCING THE NEW CITY ASSESSOR
Beginning on January 1, 2017, the City began a new contract with a new assessment firm. Any questions should now be directed to Ryan Andersen at Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc. at 1-800-721-4157.
Common Council and Plan Commission meetings are available on live streaming during meetings, and are also archived for viewing later. Please visit the City of Port Washington website at the address below
and click on the "Meetings - Archive & Live Streaming" button. To keep up on meeting dates and times, please click here.
CABLE CHANNEL 25
City information is available anytime on Time Warner Cable Channel 25. St. Mary's Sunday Masses are also available for viewing on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
| ELECTIONS OFFICE
There are two scheduled elections in 2017:
- SPRING PRIMARY - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
- SPRING ELECTION- Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Polling locations open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Photo ID is required to vote.
EARLY VOTING/ABSENTEE VOTING IN THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE
February 1 - February 17, 2017. City Hall is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Photo ID is required to vote absentee or on election day.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS BY MAIL
Absentee ballots by mail can be applied for during this time, but those application requests must be received by the City Clerk by February 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ALL ABSENTEE BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED BY ELECTION DAY AT 8:00 P.M. TO BE COUNTED.
Voter registration applications may be accessed at
or by going to
In-person voter registration at the City Clerk's Office can be completed until February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Voters must have proof of residency to register to vote. If you have a Wisconsin driver's license/Wisconsin State ID you must use that number to register. If that does not have your current address on it you must provide another form. The list includes the following:
Utility bill (gas, electric, phone, cell phone, cable TV, satellite, internet)
Bank or credit union statement
Paycheck or paycheck stub
Real estate tax bill or receipt
University, college or tech college ID - photo required
Check or other document issued by a unit of government
ID card issued by Wisconsin governmental body or unit
| TREASURER'S OFFICE
PROPERTY TAXES DUE
Payments in full or first installment payments are to be paid to:
City of Port Washington
100 W. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074-0307
Payments are due by January 31st, 2017. Payments are also accepted at both Port Washington State Bank and BMO Harris until January 31, 2017. After January 31, 2017 payments will only be accepted by the County Treasurer.
NEED A COPY OF YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL OR A RECEIPT OF PAYMENT?
You can always find property tax information on the City of Port Washington website at
and clicking on the TAX DATA SEARCH button on the right. Once on the Tax Data Search site, you may also find a history of your taxes for the last six years.
WATER & SEWER ACCOUNTS
Water bills are always due by the 25th of the month issued. Payments may be mailed to or dropped off at:
City of Port Washington
100 W. Grand Avenue
PO Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074-0307
VIEW AND PAY YOUR WATER/SEWER BILL ON-LINE
It's quick! It's easy! Visit our website at
and click on the CLICK TO VIEW BILL OR PAY ONLINE button.
You may also use our convenient 24-hour yellow drop box located at the back entrance to City Hall or the drop box inside the City Hall lobby during normal business hours.
Delinquent tenant reminders are sent out after each billing due date. You are welcome to contact the Water Billing Department any time at (262) 284-5585 for a review of your tenant accounts.
DOG AND CAT LICENSE-DID YOU FORGET?
Dog and cat licenses must be renewed annually between January 1st and March 31st. City Hall has the necessary forms. Fees are $6.00 for spayed/neutered or $11.00 non-spayed/non-neutered. Also required is a current rabies certificate from your veterinarian. A late fee of $5.00 will be assessed on payments made after March 31st.
| POLICE DEPARTMENT
VISIT THE PORT WASHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
For more information on the above and much more, please visit the City of Port Washington Police Department website at:
ADOPT A FIRE HYDRANT
The prospects of deep or accumulating snow could cover the main link in the fire fighting chain...Fire Hydrants. In an emergency, many valuable seconds are lost trying to locate or shovel out a fire hydrant covered in snow. The city's fire hydrants have posts attached to them to assist in locating them. However, a deep snow or a build up of plowed snow may make the hydrants inaccessible until the snow is cleared away. The Port Washington Fire Department is asking residents to Adopt a Fire Hydrant and keep it clear and accessible.
Electrical fires account for a shocking number of fires in the U.S. every year. During a typical year, home appliance and wiring problems are responsible for over 90,000 fires, over 500 deaths and almost $800 million in property losses.
United States Fire Administration data indicates that 40% of electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom, living/family room, or kitchen. Fixed wiring, which refers to junction boxes, switches, outlets and wiring coming out of a fuse box or circuit breaker box, accounts for more than thirty percent of all home electrical fires. Most often, this was the result of non-professional electrical additions or repairs.
To avoid electrical fires, look for signs of overloaded wiring and follow basic safety guidelines. Signs of overloaded wiring include: frequently blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers, slow heating appliances, frequent dimming of lights, and shrinking television pictures.
Some prevention tips are:
- Unplug small appliances after use.
- Never wrap a cord around a warm appliance.
- Replace broken plugs or frayed and worn out cords immediately.
- Plug in only one appliance per outlet.
VISIT THE PORT WASHINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
| PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
HOLIDAY REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTION
When holidays fall on a weekday, refuse/recycling collection will be one day late starting after the holiday and for the remainder of the week. Holidays in 2017 that will alter normal pick-up days are: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Click here to download a Refuse/Recycling Pick-Up calendar.
BRUSH & LEAF COLLECTION
The City of Port Washington is requesting that all residents record the serial numbers of the garbage and recycling carts and report these numbers to the Department of Public Works. This will assist in locating your cart if it is missing. If there are any questions regarding this information, please call the Department of Public Works at (262) 284-2600 or email:
CHANGES TO CITY BRUSH COLLECTION POLICY
Beginning in 2017, the City will charge residents for the cost of collecting brush for 15 minutes or more (less than 15 minutes is free). The minimum charge for 15 minutes is $19.16, plus $1.83/minute after 15 minutes. To avoid these charges, please neatly stack your brush with the cut ends pointed in the same direction as traffic, so it can be more easily run through the chipper. Separate logs and brush into two distinct piles for easier pickup. For those residents who have smaller terraces or no terraces at all, please place brush in your front yard parallel to the sidewalk. Also, if you have a contractor remove a tree, direct the contractor to take or chip the branches.
Brush collection is made bi-weekly from April 10th - May 27th, weekly from June 5th - September 1st, and bi-weekly from September 11th - October 27th. Brush will be accepted at the Street Yard from October 28th - December 2nd. Brush shall consist of all "woody" material with a maximum diameter of 8 inches. Place brush (c
ut ends with the flow of traffic) at road
side. Brush and logs cut by a contractor must be disposed of by the contractor. Leaves may be raked into the street October 2nd - November 26th only, weather permitting. Leaves may be bagged and taken to the Street Yard until December 2nd.
STREET YARD DAYS/HOURS
The Street Yard is located at 333 North Moore Road. It is open Saturday, April 1, 2017 and closes Saturday, December 2, 2017. Days an
d hours are:
- Tuesdays - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Thursdays - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturdays - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Street Yard accepts grass clippings, leaves, dead plants and other small yard items. Please call 262-284-2600 for more information.
If you discover sewage backing up through your basement floor drain, you are asked to please notify the City prior to contacting a plumber. This allows the City to determine whether the blockage
causing the back-up is located in the sewer main or in the sewer lateral. If the blockage is in the main, City crews will be able to correct it in the shortest time frame possible. If the blockage is in
the house's lateral, City crews will instruct you to call a plumber. Please contact City Hall if you experience a basement back-up at 262-284-2600 during normal business hours, or, outside of
normal business hours, contact the Police Department at 262-284-2611.
. Please include the street address and the pole number that is located near the bottom of the pole on an aluminum tag.
REPORTING STREET LIGHT OUTAGE
To report a street light outage please call (262) 284-2600 or email
VISIT THE PUBLIC WORKS, ENGINEERING AND PLANNING WEBSITES
| BUILDING INSPECTION DEPARTMENT
VISIT THE BUILDING INSPECTION WEB PAGE
| PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 - PORT WASHINGTON COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP
Come help us beautify Port Washington in collaboration with Earth Day on April 22nd! This is a day for ALL of us to join together in helping clean up our community. Kickoff will start at 8:00 a.m. in the Pirates' Hollow Waterpark parking lot.
SCHOOL DAY OUT TRIP TO DISCOVERY WORLD
Join us for a fun day at Discovery World in Milwaukee on Friday, February 10th. This trip is available for all boys and girls in grades 4-8. Bus transportation, admission, interactive exhibits, movie in digital theater and more included in the low price of $26.
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
Drop the kids off and head out for a date night! We will have fun activities planned for the kids from a fun craft, tasty snack and movie to keep them entertained while parents have some time for themselves. This is for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Dates are Friday, February 24th, March 24th and April 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
FUTSAL INDOOR SOCCER CLINIC
Come join in this European Futsal game during the month of February! Clinics are for ages 8 and up.
LIL' GUYS TENNIS
This class is for lil' guys and girls ages 3 to 6 years old. The focus of this class is to keep the kids moving while learning tennis basics and having fun! The second session will be March 11th, 18th & 25th.
YOUTH INDOOR TENNIS CLINICS
The Tennis Clinics and Game Days are for children ages 7 to 14. The clinics will cover the basic skills of tennis, expand on strokes, work on serving, rallying and much more. The second session will be March 4th, 11th & 18th.
SPORTAPALOOZA: SUMMER CAMP IN THE WINTER!
This non-competitive program will introduce children ages 4 to 10 to a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, tennis and football. This is a great opportunity to give kids a chance to try several sports, learn what they are interested in, develop skills, work as a team and burn some energy. While your child is occupied, parents/caregivers are welcome to take a free yoga class. Register now for the next Sportapalooza on March 25th.
YOGA & MORE: NEW - SPRING YOGA WORKSHOPS & JANUARY DISCOUNT
Our Yoga & More classes are a great way to get into shape before the summer! Check out a detailed schedule of all our class offerings on our website at
. Classes are held at the Recreation Center, 201 N. Webster St. (at the base of Waterpark) unless otherwise stated. New this Spring are 4 yoga workshops taught by Rhiannon Lucente. Each one of these workshops will be the best two hours of your week. Now until the end of January, we are offering a Freebie 5-Pack with a purchase of a 20-class pack. All class packs are good until the end of 2017. Register now!
ADULT GOLF LESSONS
Enjoy learning golf fundamentals or knock off the winter rust by taking golf lessons at the Bog Golf Course starting April 26th. Two PGA certified golf professionals will help improve your golf game in five weeks. Register soon as space is limited to 10 people per session.
INDOOR GOLF DRIVING RANGE
It's time to tune up your swing and get ready for golf season! Our indoor driving range located in the Rec Center is warm and dry and allows you to do just that! Six spaces are available each day, Monday through Friday. Ages 15 and up. The fee is $3/visit for Residents and $5/visit for Non-Residents.
The game of Pickleball has swept the nation! It is a fun sport with many social benefits. What is Pickleball? Check out Pickleball's official website at
. Pickleball takes place at Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost is $3.00 per person, per visit.
Make your reservation now for a number of our pavilions and park areas for the summer season. These are great spaces to celebrate a birthday party, family reunion, graduation and much more. Don't delay as spaces book up quickly!
Now accepting applications for summer positions! Apply to be a Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Recreation Aide, Parks Maintenance Worker or a Playground Leader. Applications are available at the Rec Office and at
Summer is just around the corner and so is the Parks & Recreation summer brochure "Parks Plus". This brochure will be packed with all of the FUN programs and events for the 2017 summer!
VISIT THE PARKS & RECREATION WEBSITE
| W.J. NIEDERKORN LIBRARY
W.J. NIEDERKORN PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
Preschool Story Times
Weekly through March 29, 2017
Babies 6-24 months - Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
2 year olds - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
3-4 year olds - Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., February, March, April & May, 2017
For students in 3rd - 6th grades.
Kids can hang out with friends and enjoy different activities. Each week there will be different options available: games, crafts, Legos, experiments ... and fun!
Family Story Time
January 28th, February 25th, March 25th and April 22nd, 2017 from 10:00
. -10:30 a.m.
Families with young children are invited to join us for stories, songs and a family craft.
January 28th, February 25th, March 25th and April 22nd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Open to children ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent or an adult. Come to the Library and hear a story and then build a creation.
TEEN CAFE HAPPENINGS
The library Teen Café has been busy, which is a great thing. We are super excited to announce that Teen Café numbers continue to increase each week. At the same time, we would like to encourage the middle school kids to keep coming and bring their friends. We have been noticing more middle school kids in attendance, but would love to see that number increase as well.
The library has started a Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.). It is a great opportunity for teens and an easy, fun way to get their community service hours in. What's nice about the T.A.B. group is that you don't need to attend every meeting - just come when you can. The T.A.B. group is in charge of planning all the cool events for teens. The group tries to meet at least once a week. T.A.B. meetings are always announced on our website and various social media. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter for the most up to date information. If you have any questions regarding the teen programming offered at the library, please contact Harmony Ribbens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VISIT THE W.J. NIEDERKORN LIBRARY WEBSITE
| ADULT COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER
Come to the Travel Show on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to learn more about travel opportunities and receive discounts. The Center has numerous opportunities. Travel with others through day trips and extended tours.
ENRICHMENT, WELLNESS & SOCIAL CLUBS
- This time of year brings new opportunities for trying a physical wellness class! The Center is a Silver Sneaker Flex and Silver & Fit Class location. Check out the Zumba Gold (a slower fitness version) or Circuit Training Classes with your "Silver" benefit.
- Indoor walking is available at the Center.
- Learn new things, including Dr. John Perry's class, the Watercolor Relief course or Mahjongg, to name a few.
- Educational seminars are in the planning stages with the first one on Thursday, January 26, 2017 called Identify Protection by the State of Wisconsin Consumer Affairs.
- Chicks With Sticks & Crafters: Do you knit, crochet, sew, or craft? Join the program and share patterns, idea, and friendship!
- Lakeside Tea Society is a monthly club on the 3rd Wednesday of the month featuring a different tea and topic. February is "How To Keep A Marriage Afloat On A Boat"; March will bring the exchange students from Port Washington High School. Reservations are required for this event.
- Green Felt Club is open for new 8-Ball players.
- Valentine Party with popcorn bar and live music on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Chili Soup Supper with Memorial 8-Ball Tournament on Monday, March 20, 2017, from 4:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
PORT WASHINGTON SENIOR DINING
Did you know the Adult Community Senior Center is home to the Federal Older Americans Act program - Senior Dining? Lunch is on a donation basis for 60 and older and reservations are required a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Home delivered meals are delivered from the Center also to those who fit the federal guideline. For more information call the Port Dining Manag
er at 262-483-9753!
MEMBER RECRUITMENT IS ON FOR 2017!
The Adult Community Senior Center, a department of the City of Port Washington, is also a membership organization for adults 55 and better! The Center Board of Directors approved a new member category for adults under 55 who
would like to participate and support the Center. Call for applicable membership rates or stop by for a tour!
VISIT THE PORT WASHINGTON ADULT COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER WEBSITE
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|Port Washington City Hall
COMMON COUNCIL MEETINGS
1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at City Hall