August, 2020
Dear Chamber Members,

I hope that this message finds you well and that your staffs and families are staying safe and healthy! As we continue to navigate these unprecedented, ever changing times, we appreciate your unwavering support of our organization and our community!

Last month, we surveyed you, our members, to try to get a better understanding of what types of concerns you may have regarding Chamber events, particularly, the ones coming up within the next 4 months, including our Annual Meeting, Chamber Networking Events, our Annual Golf Outing and our Holiday Events-Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa and the Grafton Christmas Parade. Clearly, the majority of respondents focused on the importance of social distancing at events, and were most comfortable with outdoor events. Based upon the Governor's most recent order, masks will be required at indoor events,, however, the majority of respondents also indicated that they would not be comfortable attending an event indoors where a meal was being served.

I would like to be able to tell you that we feel confident moving forward with all of our events, but that is not the case. The Board of Directors will be meeting next week to discuss strategies for our events. If you did not complete the survey, but have some suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

In the meantime, thank you to those of you who have renewed your membership. We understand the negative economic impacts that many of you are facing, so if you need to discuss a payment plan for your membership, please contact me as well.

Again, thank you for your support of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce!

Pam King
Executive Director

Grafton Farmers' Market
Each Thursday in August

Grafton School District
Student Registration
August 10th-12th

Partisan Primary Election Day
Tuesday, August 11th

Grafton Lions Golf Outing
Monday, August 24th

Grafton's Traveling
Food Truck Tour
Tuesday, August 25th

Labor Day
Monday, September 7th

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

The Grafton Together Allstar Team

The GACC and Bank Five Nine are proud to present the Grafton Together Allstar team and its first week of members. This program's mission is to ackowledge and thank those front line workers in retail and non-profit settings.
Allstar Team Members - Week One

Sarah Eisentraut: Sendik's Food Market
Brandon Arnold: Costco Wholesale
Shaina Buckner: Advocates of Ozaukee County
Abby Dowty: Pick 'N Save
Lucy Weller: Family Sharing
Janice Fountain: Saukville Food Pantry
MaryBledsoe: Meijer
Jeff Nelson: Grafton School District
Allstar Team Members - Week Two

Jill Papaniknikalaou: Sendik's Food Market
Ashley Sarbacker: Costco Wholesale
Alyssa Ellis: Advocates of Ozaukee County
Kevin Meier: Pick 'N Save
Logan King: Family Sharing
Nancy Gierach: Saukville Food Pantry
Franz Werkmeister: Meijer
Joe D'Acquisto: P&R Cleaning
We have created a Covid-19 Update page as a resources for chamber members, businesses, and community members to access. You'll be able to find information regarding updated hours and policies about restaurants & bars, medical services, retail, attractions, hospitality and financial institutions in Grafton.

If you have information about your business that you would like us to update, please email Annalise Jasinski at with the details.

Furthermore, this provides a central hub to helpful links from state and federal officials regarding tax credits, small business loans, Covid-19 F&Q's and so much more. Click on the button to access the Covid-19 Updates website.
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Village of Grafton 2020 Construction Update - 7/30/2020

1st Avenue Reconstruction –The Village will be reconstructing the roadway of 1st Avenue (both northbound and southbound) from Highland Drive to Washington Street. The road is closed to through traffic for the duration of the project. The BIKE LANE is also closed, and bicycle traffic should utilize the downtown loop of the Interurban Trail instead. The contractor began work in June and completion is required by late August. Bio-swales are being installed in the median to help filter out contaminants in storm water before the water further enters the storm system piping and makes its way into local waterways. Final roadway grading is in progress and asphalt paving is scheduled for later this week. 

17th Avenue Lift Station – The Village is replacing the sanitary sewage lift station on 17th Avenue near Nancy Lynn Court. The contractor began work in June with updates to the existing sewer main. This project is anticipated to take several months to complete. The new lift station has been set into place and currently all the mechanicals are being installed. 

WWTP New Headworks Facility – The Village is constructing a new facility along the back of the Wastewater Treatment Plant property, adjacent to Falls Road. The headworks facility separates out the large particles before sending the liquids for further treatment, and will replace a portion of the old original 1970’s plant. Excavation and shoring for the new building continues, as well as construction of some of the new above ground facilities and a new connection for water service.  

Blue Stem Residential Subdivision – Phase 2 includes the extension of Cheyenne Avenue to the south property line and all development to the west of Cheyenne Avenue. Underground utilities and roadway work are complete. WE is currently installing electric and gas mains throughout the development. Sidewalk work and final site grading will be completed once WE’s work is complete. 

River Bend Meadows Residential Subdivision - Phase 1 extends the existing River Bend Road to the east to Port Washington Road. Underground utilities and roadway work are complete, sidewalks are under construction this week. 

Shady Hollow Residential Subdivision - Underground utilities and roadwork for Phase 3 of this development are complete. Final site grading should be occurring soon.
Ozaukee County Highway Department -  Pavement and shouldering work is complete. Pavement marking is scheduled for next week.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
 Has several projects occurring around Ozaukee County as follows:
-       Work began yesterday on the STH 60 bridge over I-43. Both Eastbound and Westbound traffic on STH 60 are limited to one lane for the duration of the project (several months). Additionally, the I-43 Southbound OFF Ramp to STH 60 Left turn movement and the I-43 Northbound ON Ramp is completely closed to all traffic during the project. Please plan your travels accordingly, and avoid this area if possible.
- STH 60 from Washington County line to Five Corners (STH 181/CTH NN/Washington Ave/Covered Bridge Rd): Asphaltic Overlay, planned for late April start.
- STH 60 & CTH Y (Granville Road): New Roundabout Construction. County Y (Granville Rd.) will remain closed until early September. STH60 remains closed to all but local traffic between Eagle Drive and WIS 181 (Village of Jackson). Maple Road access remains closed at STH60.
- I-43 Bridges: Various work on multiple bridges from STH 60 to CTH D, started in early Spring. Expect daily I-43 lane closures and night-time full closures. 

From Our Chamber Members
Chamber member Connect Cell/U.S. Cellular is pleased to share this contest with its fellow Chamber members.

Click the picture to enter.

Connect Cell/U.S. Cellular
1510 Port Washington Road
Grafton, WI 53024
Bank Five Nine has had four Ozaukee County (Grafton-based) nonprofits on its weekly radio program "That's So Money" on WISN 1130. Below are the links to each podcast segment. "That's So Money" talks about banking topics in a non-judgmental, easy breezy sort of way, putting the fun back into learning! Tune in to WISN-AM 1130 from 11am-noon, each Sunday.
The Grafton Lions Club will be hosting its 22nd Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser on Monday, August 24th at Edgewater Golf Club.. Registration will kick off at noon and a semi-shotgun start will happen at 1 p.m. Please contact Lion's member Dan Hubacek at (414) 899-8989 for more information and sign up at
Ozaukee Family Services invites you to a FREE virtual presentation: Transitioning to Fall during the Pandemic being held on Thursday, August 20th, from 6-7:30 p.m., via zoom.
Jennifer Strom, MA, LPC is the Assistant Clinical Director at North Shore Center, LLC. She will lead an open discussion on preparing for and managing these unprecedented times. Participants will learn: 1.) About Current Research and ideas regarding safety for you and your children. 2.) Ways to manage the changing world both in-person and virtually. 3.) How to call on your inner resilience and courage to help accept the present. 4.) How to intentionally make the most of the current situation for you and your children. Please click HERE the register for this FREE presentation.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts is featured in the upcoming September issue of MKE Lifestyle Magazine. Click HERE to read the article on the Quarantine Quilt project, which is an upcoming exhibit at the museum.
Port Washington State Bank has announced that lobby access to any branch has now returned to their previously scheduled business hours. For new account openings or loans, an appointment is still recommended to deliver the best service possible.