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2016 Fall Newsletter
In This Issue
Mayor's Message
Elections Office
Treasurer's Office
Police Department
Fire Department
Public Works
Building Inspection
Parks & Recreation
W.J. Niederkorn Library
Senior Center
City Officials Directory
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Dear City Residents:
Can we really be moving into the final few months of 2016? As I draft this message, the holidays - and dare I say a New Year? - are approaching.  Time is flying by, but perhaps that's because we've had so much happening right here in "Our Home Port."  What a year it has been for us!  And, looking forward, 2017 appears to hold even greater potential for us. Indeed, these are exciting times in our great City of Port Washington!

 

In case you may have missed it, here are just four of our many recent collective accomplishments to celebrate:

  • We complete another successful "Summer with the Sullivan" with the "Haunted Sullivan" engagement October 14th-16th. The "Sullivan," of course, refers to the tall ship Denis Sullivan, Wisconsin's flagship and the world's only recreation of a 19th century three-masted Great Lakes schooner that offers sails to the general public. Our city's partnership with Discovery World, bringing that amazing tall ship asset to ports other than Milwaukee for numerous engagements, is the first-of-its-kind for the organization, a true testament to our ability to advance such mutually-beneficial regional partnerships - and leverage them as opportunities to positively impact our city's economy.  

We'll know more soon about the true impact the partnership had in our community during the Summer and Fall of 2016, but we've already received so much positive feedback from the people who sailed and our city business partners who have benefited from their time here in our community. We now look forward to 2017 and another year advancing a very productive partnership!

  • Speaking of our lakefront, in September we learned our City had successful secured a $550,000 Recreational Boating Fund award.  This RBF award, the second significant such award we have received from the Wisconsin Waterways Commission (Department of Natural Resources) over the past three years, was significant on two levels: (1) it provides us with a vital level of support for our efforts to fund repair of the surface cap of Sections C, B, and A of the north breakwater (leading out to the lighthouse);  (2) it is recognition of the importance of our Harbor and Marina in providing recreational boating access to Lake Michigan for our residents and visitors - and with that access, the impact these incredible assets have upon our local economy. We now pivot and focus our energy and efforts on procuring additional funding for additional breakwater work - and I am confident we will continue to be successful! In fact, the next phases of repair work on our breakwater are slated to begin in early winter, with the new "gateway" section of the breakwater set to be complete and ready for unveiling by the end of June 2017!
  • At the beginning of October, our City officially launched a first-ever city-branded line of merchandise apparel and headwear. The items, featuring a variety of colors and styles and the city's trademarked logo, are now available to the public for purchase via an online merchandise store created and hosted by Express Promotions of Milwaukee.  This represents another important and exciting step in our collective efforts to more effectively market and promote our great City of Port Washington. We are immensely grateful for the work of our City Marketing & Communications Team members and our Express Promotions partners who advanced this initiative and positioned it for success. The online merchandise store can be found at: http://portofwa.epromo.com/.  All orders will be processed by Express Promotions, with shipment direct to the delivery address provided.  All sales are final, so if you have a question about sizing or color, please contact Express Promotions directly.  The initial offering of items will likely be supplemented over time with new offerings, as public interest in purchase of city-branded apparel only continues to grow. So order yours today - and help us get the message out to others about "Our Home Port!"
  • For those of you who may know someone who works at Franklin Energy, when you next see him/her please extend your congratulations! Franklin Energy was named the Ozaukee Economic Development "Large Business of the Year" - a very well-deserved honor! The Award breakfast was held on Tuesday morning, October 4th at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds, with City leadership and elected officials in attendance to help celebrate this great city business partner of ours! In fact, this marks the third consecutive year a City of PW business partner has been chosen as "Large Business of the Year" -in 2014 it was Ansay & Associates, and in 2015 it was Port Washington State Bank. So, lots for us to celebrate! To read the Proclamation we drafted to celebrate Franklin, please click here: http://cityofportwashington.com/pdf/proclamations/FranklinEnergy09-20-16.pdf
Finally, as you begin your preparations for the holidays, I ask two things of you: (1) please share in the spirit of community and celebration by joining us for our annual "Christmas on the Corner" event hosted by Main Street on the first Saturday in December; and (2) please be sure to do your holiday spending in our downtown - every dollar you spend here is an investment in our city business partners!

My very best wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy holiday season. 

Tom Mlada
Mayor - City of Port Washington

ELECTION'S OFFICE
  Voting On Election Day
The Fall General Presidential Election will be on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  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
October 10 - November 4, 2016. City Hall is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Photo ID is required to early vote/absentee vote.
 
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 November 3rd at 5:00 p.m.  All absentee ballots must be returned by Election Day at 8:00 p.m. to be counted.
 
Voter Registration
Voter registration applications can be found on our website at www.cityofportwashington.com/elections , or by going to www.myvote.wi.gov .  In person voter registration at the City Clerk's Office can be completed until November 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  All voters must have Proof Of Residency to register to vote.  If you have a Wisconsin driver's license or Wisconsin State ID you must use that number to register to vote. If that does not have your current address on it you must provide another form to prove your residency. 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
▪ Residential Lease
▪ 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
▪ID card issued by employer - photo required (NOT a business card)

VISIT THE CITY OF PORT WASHINGTON ELECTIONS WEB PAGE
As always, visit our Elections page on the City of Port Washington website for more information: http://cityofportwashington.com/elections

 
 TREASURER'S OFFICE
Look for your property tax bill in December!
 
Payments in full or first installment payments are to be paid to:
 
City of Port Washington
100 W. Grand Ave.
PO Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074-0307
 
Payments are due by January 31st, 2017.
Payments are also accepted at both PWSB and BMO Harris banks until January 31st.
 
Need a copy of your property tax bill?
 
You can always find property tax information on the City of Port Washington website at http://cityofportwashington.com/treasurer.htm under property tax search.
 
Water & Sewer Accounts
Water bills are always due by the 25th of the month issued and payments may be mailed to or dropped off at:
 
City of Port Washington
100 W. Grand Ave.
PO Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074-0307
 
Online Billpay for your water & sewer bill is now here!
Check your water bill or go online at http://cityofportwashington.com for details.
 
A yellow drop box located at the back entrance to City Hall is also provided for your convenience and is available for your use 24 hours a day. 
 
Landlords: Delinquent tenant reminders are sent out two weeks after each billing due date and you are welcome to contact the Water Billing Department any time at 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 1 and March 31. 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.
 

VISIT THE CITY OF PORT WASHINGTON TREASURER'S WEB PAGE 
As always, visit our Treasurer's page on the City of Port Washington website for more information: http://cityofportwashington.com/treasurer
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POLICE DEPARTMENT
 
Halloween Health and Safety Tips
For many people, autumn events like Halloween are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and attend parties. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.  Port Washington's Trick or Treat hours are scheduled for Saturday, October 29th, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Check out these tips from the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?
Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
 
 
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

You know it's coming . . . so be prepared! 
Winter Reminders and Safety Tips . . .
 
Winter Parking Restrictions
 
Now is the time to plan and make "off street" parking arrangements for your vehicles over the winter months.  The annual winter parking restrictions go into effect December 1st through April 1st.  Winter restrictions prohibit the parking of any vehicle on any street within the city between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. between those dates. 
 
Clear Sidewalks and Walkways of Snow and Ice
 
For your safety and the safety of others please remove snow and ice deposits from sidewalks promptly.  City ordinances require "every person in charge or control of any building or lot of land fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant or otherwise, shall remove and clear away, or cause to removed and cleared away, snow and ice from such sidewalk within 24 hours of the cessation of any snow fall, sleet or freezing rain". 
 
When removing snow this winter please remember the following:
 
Do not shovel, throw or deposit snow in the street during snow removal efforts.  City ordinances prohibit such actions  ---  "no person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow and ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, roadway, or loading or unloading areas except that snow and ice may be windrowed on public roadways incident to the cleaning of sidewalks in business districts".  Also, please remember to clear snow away from fire hydrants so they remain readily accessible, in the event of a fire.
 
Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to comply with these ordinance requirements throughout the city.  Violations may result in the issuance of a citation.
 
Wisconsin Winter Driving Safety Tips!
 
The Port Washington Police Department reminds all resident drivers to drive safely and responsibly this winter season.  While traveling during the upcoming winter months common sense is more important than ever.  In an effort to keep motorists safe throughout the upcoming Wisconsin winter your Police Department makes the following suggestions:
 
  • Make sure your car is properly winterized before the cold weather begins.  Winterizing should include replacing the wiper blades, changing to a "winter weight" motor oil, making sure tires are in excellent condition, making sure all lights are in proper working order, engine thermostat working properly, heater and defroster in good working order, anti-freeze set to proper level, battery in excellent shape for those cold winter starts, non-diluted windshield washer/de-icer, etc. 
  • DRIVE CAREFULLY! 
  • Be sure all to clear all windows, mirrors and lights of snow and ice before operating your vehicle.  Failure to remove snow from windows could result in a traffic citation with a fine of $98.80 and 2 demerit points!
  • Keep your gas tank as full as possible.  Use a gas line de-icer product to prevent moisture in the tank.
  • Remember, winter road/weather conditions may require increased stopping distances.  Always slow your vehicle to a speed appropriate for the existing conditions, regardless of posted speed limits. 
  • Allow extra travel time when road/weather conditions warrant it.  Be alert to changing conditions and weather forecasts.  Plan accordingly. 
  • Carry winter storm supplies in your car such as extra warm clothing, a blanket, container of sand or cat litter, flashlight, shovel, windshield scraper, cellular phone, battery booster cables, small first aid kit, etc.  
  • Have a designated driver when you go to any event where you plan to drink this holiday season-even if your designated driver is a taxi.  It's simply not worth the risk of a crash to drink and drive. 
  Be Safe At Home This Winter
 
The Port Washington Police Department encourages residents to be prepared by reviewing the following safety tips and to practice winter safety at home.  
  • Use extreme caution when operating snow blowers and snow removal equipment.  Never try to clear an obstruction in a snow blower while the engine is running.  Always stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire before attempting to clear an obstruction. 
  • Use caution and common sense when shoveling snow.  Wisconsin snow can be extremely heavy and wet.  Don't overdue it.  Take frequent breaks.  Enlist the help of a friend or neighbor in the event of a heavy snowfall.  If necessary, contact a snow removal service.  
  • Dress appropriately for winter weather and activities. Multiple layers of lightweight clothing are more effective than a single heavy layer of clothing.  Stay dry and stay warm! 
  • Think about safety before trying to clear the snow from your roof.  Use a snow rake specifically designed for clearing roofs and follow the manufacturer's directions and safety recommendations. 
  • If families use alternative heating sources during the cold weather (it's a good idea to have one available in case the furnace fails), be sure to allow proper ventilation and place it in a safe location, away from flammable objects.  Always turn off alternative heat sources before leaving or going to bed and do not leave children or pets unattended around any heating source. This includes extinguishing the embers in the fireplace - and never leave a fire burning unattended in the fireplace.  Wait until all embers have been extinguished for at least 12 hours before removing them from the fireplace to another receptacle.
VISIT THE PORT WASHINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
Please visit the City of Port Washington Fire Department website at:  http://www.pwpd.org/

FIR E DEPARTMENT
Trash & leaf burning prohibited
Residents are reminded that Chapter 5.13.160 of the City Code states that all trash burning is prohibited. Trash defined includes leaves, grass, branches, and yard waste, as well as rubbish, construction and industrial waste.


VISIT THE PORT WASHINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
Please visit the City of Port Washington Fire Department website at: http://www.pwfd.org/


PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
2016 Recycling Calendars
2016 Recycling Calendars are available at City Hall and on the city website at
cityofportwashington.com/publicworks.html  
 
Garbage and recycling carts
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: jklumb@ci.port-washington.wi.us
 
Street Department Yard
Street Department Yard is open from Saturday, April 2, 2016 and will close on Saturday, December 3, 2016.  The Street Yard accepts leaves, grass clippings, garden waste and other materials.  These materials may also be disposed of at the Street Department yard during the following hours of operation:
 
The hours of operation are as follows:
 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m.  -  6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
The Street Department Yard will close for the season on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
 
Leaf pickup
The raking of leaves only into the street is allowed beginning on October 1st, until November 20th. Raking of grass, garden waste, and other materials into the street is not permitted at any time.
The last day of operation at the Street Department yard for 2016 will be Saturday, December 3rd.
 
Brush pickup
Brush Collection is bi-weekly April 18 - May 7 , weekly May 16 - August 27, and bi-weekly September 6 - October 29. Brush will be accepted at the Street Yard November 1 - December 5. 

Brush shall consist of all "woody" material, maximum eight inches in diameter.  Place brush (cut ends with the flow of traffic) at roadside.  Brush and logs cut by a contractor must be disposed of by the contractor.
 
Leaves may be raked into the street October 1 - November 20 only.
 
The last day of curbside brush pickup for the year will be the week of October 2.  Brush pickup will resume in April 2017.
 
Reporting street light outage
To report a street light outage please call (262) 284-2600 or email jklumb@ci.port-washington.wi.us. Please include the street address and the pole number that is located near the bottom of the pole on an aluminum tag.
 
New: Live streaming!
Live streaming is now available for meetings that are normally only available on Time Warner Cable Channel 25. Also, you can watch Cable Channel 25 at any time and St. Mary's Sunday Masses are available for viewing on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.  
Currently, only Common Council and Plan Commission meetings are available for live streaming.
Just a reminder -
Please check our City's website: http://www.cityofportwashington.com/boardsCommitteesCommissions.html  for dates and times.   Also, you can access past meeting videos by visiting our Meeting Video Archive


VISIT THE  PUBLIC WORKS, ENGINEERING AND PLANNING WEBSITES 
BUILDING INSPECTION DEPARTMENT
Unvented heaters prohibited
With the start of the heating season it is a good idea to review the regulations regarding unvented space heating appliances. These unvented heating units come in many shapes and sizes, including fireplace, wall, stand alone, and torpedo-style units. They are usually fueled by kerosene, natural gas, or alcohol. The State of Wisconsin prohibits the use of unvented heaters and fireplaces in homes built after 1980, and all commercial buildings, apartments and condominiums regardless of construction date. Many municipalities, including Port Washington, also adopt these regulations to cover homes built prior to 1980 as well. The specific Wisconsin Code section referenced is 323.04(2)(b) which states "The use of unvented furnaces and space heaters fueled by natural gas, kerosene, alcohol or other fuel shall be prohibited due to concerns about oxygen depletion; contamination from carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and other combustion related contaminants; and water vapor buildups."
 
Did you know?
According to the Department of Energy, you can save 10 percent on your winter heating bills by adjusting your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler for the eight hours you're at work. Cut it back an additional eight hours when you sleep and you might save 20 percent.
Water heaters are often factory set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The Department of Energy says most of us can live comfortably with 120 degree water. You can save 3 percent to 5 percent on your water heating costs for every 10 degrees of setback.

VISIT THE BUILDING INSPECTION WEB PAGE 
For more information, please visit our website at:  http://cityofportwashington.com/buildingInspection.html

 
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
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 Kindergarden through 5th grade. Next two nights are October 21 and November 18 from 6:00 to 9:00p.m.
 
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 first session will be November 5, 12 & 19.
 
Youth Indoor Tennis Clinics & Game Days
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. Game Days are a chance for kids to play games to learn tennis even better. There will be 4 dates to choose from. 
 
Sportapalooza:  Summer Camp in the Winter!
This non-competitive program will introduce children ages 4-10 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. The first date is November 5, register now!
 
Polar Express
All aboard!  Hop on the "train" for a magical journey to the North Pole (Cedarburg Community Gym).  This tri-community event, sponsored by Port Washington State Bank, will take place on December 17 and will be hosted in Cedarburg this year.  Tickets can be purchased at the Port Washington, Grafton or Cedarburg Parks & Recreation Departments as well as PWSB, in any of those communities.  The cost is only $6.00.  Tickets go on sale November 14.     
 
Yoga and More: New! Mommy, Daddy & Me Yoga Class
Our Yoga & More classes are continuing through December 31. If you purchased classes in 2016, they will be good only until the end of December. Please check the Parks & Rec website at portwashington.recdesk.com for detailed class offerings. A new class schedule will start in January. Classes are held at the Recreation Center, 201 N. Webster St. (at the base of Waterpark) unless otherwise stated.  New this fall is a Mommy, Daddy & Me yoga class held on Saturday mornings at 9:15a.m. This class combines getting into shape while strengthening the bond between you and your baby.
 
Pickleball
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 www.usapa.org.   The schedule is as follows:  Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm. Cost is $3.00 per person, per visit.
 
Park Rentals
Book your reservation now for 2017 for a number of our pavilions and park areas.  Check out the Park Rental Calendar for availability on our website: portwashington.recdesk.com
 
After the New Year...
Futsal, Parents' Night Out, Yoga & More Barre Classes, Spring Gymnastics, Tennis, Soccer, Sportapalooza and Schools Day out trips to Discovery World & Sunburst!
 
VISIT THE PARKS & RECREATION WEBSITE   
For more information, visit our website at: http://portparkandrec.com 


W.J. NIEDERKORN LIBRARY
Letter from new Library Director
I am Tom J. Carson, your new Library Director at the WJ Niederkorn Public Library. When I told colleagues, friends, and family that I was moving to Port Washington, everyone said how much they loved Port Washington and that they couldn't wait to come and visit.  Everyone in the Port Washington community has been very welcoming and kind.  More importantly, when I tell them that I am the new Library Director, all I hear is positive feedback about how much they love the library.  This is your library, and it is our goal to provide our library users with the best possible library experience.

I have spent the majority of my life here in Wisconsin,  except for the years I attended the University of Minnesota.  I grew up in Beloit with 6 older sisters and 1 younger brother. One of my fondest memories is going with my siblings to the public library three blocks away from home.  It is where I fell in love with books and also magazines and newspapers.  I needed to know what was happening around the world and the library was there to bring the world to me.

I have over 20 years of professional experience as a librarian and department head.  I was the Head of Reference and Adult Services for the Kenosha Public Library for the last 15 years prior to coming to Port Washington.  We accomplished great things in Kenosha and I have brought the same spirit and energy to Port Washington.

Port Washington is fortunate to have such a dedicated library staff and Library Board who are committed to providing exemplary library service to the citizens of Port Washington in an efficient and cost effective manner.  The library is part of the Eastern Shores Library system, which is in the process of expanding, so therefore library users will have access to even more library materials. 
There are many who question the future of the public library but I am not one of them.  The public library is even more important in the digital world.  We have the staff and the right resources to meet your informational needs.  I look forward to seeing you in the library.
 
New Teen Services Coordinator
Attention pirates!!!  There have been changes at the W.J. Niederkorn Library.  Harmony Ribbens is now our Teen Services Coordinator.  You may ask yourself what does that mean?  Well it means that Mrs. Ribbens will be in charge of the many teen programs that are offered at your local library.  Mrs. Ribbens will now be running the Teen Café that is open to all teens on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:30.  Mrs. Ribbens is a local that has lived in Port for the last ten years with her husband and her two children.  Before working at the library, she was a special education teacher in Sheboygan. Mrs. Ribbens has a strong passion for reading and enjoys helping foster that same passion in teens.  She is very excited to be apart of the W. J. Niederkorn Library family.  The first thing Mrs. Ribbens wants to do is expand the Teen Cafe by starting a Teen Advisory Board (TAB).  The group will consist of local teens from the middle and high school that would help create and manage new programs provided to teens within the community.  Being a member of the TAB group has its benefits.  The time spent in TAB counts as community services hours.  Community service hours look great on college and job applications.  Also, their time spent in TAB counts towards community services hours for the Port Pride Program offered at the high school.  Harmony Ribbens is always looking for new ideas and suggestions to improve the teen program.  Please contact Mrs. Ribbens any time through email at hribbens@esls.lib.wi.us.

From the Children's Librarian, Cindy Byers
This past month has been a busy one in the Children's Department.  We have made many physical changes to the collection and the room.
 
  • Our annual cleaning of the picture books and easy readers has been completed.  Every book has been cleaned with disinfectant wipes.  This keeps our books looking and feeling bright and inviting, nobody wants to snuggle up with a dirty book.
  • Some of the walls have been painted, to give the space a fresh new look.  The colors are going to be a light blue/gray and a darker blue/gray, cool colors give the space a positive energy.
  • All the fiction materials in the collection have been moved;
I wanted to emphasis the picture book collection, so I moved them to the front so they are the first books patrons will see when they enter the Department.  I want to increase the circulation of picture books, because they are a crucial piece to the development of a reading child.
 
I relocated the easy reader collection to the side wall, so that families will have to move deeper into the library to find them. I am hoping they will collect more items to go home as they pass the shelves. 
 
The graphic novels have also been relocated to the tail end of the chapter book collection. Graphic novels are a good feeder source for readers who may be struggling to read or who may not enjoy reading yet.   Having the two collections closer together may create more interest in the chapter books.
 
Finally, the dvds were moved to the back of the Department.  The location is farther away from the train table, so our hope is that children will play more with Thomas and less with the dvd cases.
 
I am very happy with the new flow of the department.  Stop on in and check it out.
 
VISIT THE W.J. NIEDERKORN LIBRARY WEBSITE  
For more information, visit our website at: http://www.wjnlib.org/ 
   
 
ADULT COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER
Member Recruitment is on for 2017
The Adult Community Senior Center, a department of the city, is also a membership organization for adults 55 and better!    Join now and you get 3 months of 2016 free! 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! 
 
Enrichment, Wellness and Social Clubs
The fall season brings new opportunities for learning in the enrichment classes: the arts have new classes; Hatha Yoga is back, Tai Chi, Strength classes, Silver Sneaker Flex Classes and soon Silver & Fit classes for people with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin.  Knitters, crocheters, sewers, and crafters join our programs!  Check out more details at include city link here. 
 
Special Events
Casino Night Oct. 24, Power of Attorney for Healthcare (POA) Free event on Wed. Oct. 26 1:00-3:00 by appointment, Your Hospital Stay:  Lunch and Learn Seminar Wed. Oct 26 12:45-1:30, and Mah jongg Tournament Fri. Oct. 28.  Check out more details at include city link below.
   
Bake, Craft and Silent Auction Fun'raiser
Opens Nov. 14 at 10:30 - 6:00 p.m. then open daily during business hours to Dec 7
Purchase handmade items, bakery and bid on unique items from Allen Edmunds, jewelry, a Woodfield Mall Shopping trip, Costco gift certificate and many more!  Donations of new craft items and bakery are welcome.

VISIT THE PORT WASHINGTON ADULT COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER WEBSITE 
Please visit our website at: http://cityofportwashington.com/seniorCenter.html 
 

CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor
Tom Mlada
262-573-8736
Alderman District 1
Michael Ehrlich
262-689-2668
Alderman District 2
Paul Neumyer
262-689-2668
Alderman District 3
Bill Driscoll
262-284-6640
Alderman District 4
Doug Biggs
262-268-9296
Alderman District 5
Kevin Rudser
414-940-9696
Alderman District 6
David Larson
262-268-1171
Alderman District 7
Dan Becker
262-284-6043
City Administrator
Mark Grams
262-284-5585
Port Washington City Hall

262-284-5585


COMMON COUNCIL MEETINGS

1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at City Hall