July, 2020
Dear Chamber Members,

With my first Chamber greeting, I’d first like to thank Dustin Beck for his service this past year. To be sure, the last few months of his tenure saw some unprecedented changes occur; we value the leadership that he brought to the Chamber Board.
Truly this is beginning to feel like a summer like no other – no Giro d’ Grafton, no 4 th of July celebration and no Ladies Night Out to look forward to. However, we have seen more families partaking in outdoor sports and activities, biking on the Interurban Trail and hiking at Lion’s Den Gorge. Slowly we are seeing businesses re-open and welcoming folks back, most with new precautions in place. We are also looking forward to the start of our Summer Farmer’s Market (grab-and-go style), which will be held in the Twin City Plaza parking lot on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm starting July 9 th . Drop in to check out the variety of produce, honey, flowers, etc and support local businesses. During this time we hope that you find the Chamber’s weekly newsletters informative and a place to highlight your business. We encourage you to renew your membership (invoices will be sent this month)and to look to become involved in a new activity through the Chamber this year – Young Professionals, ONCE or any number of seminars or activities during this upcoming year.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely ,

Mary Karnitz
Chamber President

Portal inc.'s Virtual Run,
Walk & Roll
July 3 rd - July 20 th

Independence Day
Saturday, July 4 th

1st Day of Grafton Farmers' Market
Thursday, July 9 th

BBBS Virtual 5K
July 27 th - August 2 nd

Grafton Lions Golf Outing
August 24 th

Labor Day
Monday, September 7 th

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
Thursday, September 10 th

The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce has been awarding scholarships to GHS students since 1996 totaling over $95,000 to date! The criteria for the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarships included:
  1. Scholastic record
  2. Qualities of leadership and character within the school and community
  3. Extracurricular activities including sports and work.

This year, three very worthy students were awarded scholarships. Our 2-year Scholarship recipient is Jacob Guerra. He will be awarded $1000. Our Four - Year Scholarship Recipients are Aleezah Manzoor and Kirsten Van Ryzin and will each be awarded $2000.

We appreciate this very generous donation from
Chamber Member 
Port Washington State Bank ! Their $2500 donation to our organization will be used to support programs and initiatives that help our Chamber Members in the coming months. We are extremely fortunate to have this amazing community partner!
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.

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 - 7/1/2020

1 st Avenue Reconstruction – The Village will be reconstructing the roadway of 1 st Avenue (both northbound and southbound) from Highland Drive to Washington Street. The road is closed to through traffic for the duration of the project, until late August. 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 with excavation for the bio-swales in the grass median. The bio-swales will help filter out contaminants in storm water before the water further enters the storm system piping. Work this week continues with old stone base removals, preparing the roadbed and placement of new base materials.

17 th Avenue Lift Station – The Village is replacing the sanitary sewage lift station on 17 th 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. 
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 for the new building continues.
Blue Stem Residential Subdivision – Underground utilities were installed over the winter for Phase 2 of this development and roadway work is currently underway. Phase 2 includes the extension of Cheyenne Avenue to the south property line and all development to the west of Cheyenne Avenue.

River Bend Meadows Residential Subdivision - Underground utilities were installed over the fall/winter for Phase 1 of this development and roadway work is currently underway. Phase 1 extends the existing River Bend Road to the east to Port Washington Road.

Shady Hollow Residential Subdivision - Underground utilities were installed over the winter for Phase 3 of this development and grading and roadway is currently underway. 
Ozaukee County Highway Department -  Plans to mill and repave asphalt on CTH W from CTH C (Pioneer Road) to Opportunity Drive (just north of Falls Rd). Construction is slated to start next week and will take several weeks to complete. Traffic will remain open throughout the project but will be limited to one-way with flaggers.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
  Has several projects occurring around Ozaukee County as follows:
- 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 close to all traffic at 6:00 am, Monday June 8 th and 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 a couple of weeks ago. Expect daily I-43 lane closures and night-time full closures.
Welcome New Chamber Members
Habitat for Humanity Ozaukee is a volunteer run non-profit group dedicated to the enrichment of our local community. By helping residents realize their dream of home-ownership, we help families and children achieve strength, self-reliance and stability. We also help those who need assistance with home repairs and modifications to maintain their ability to be in their homes.

Contact: Diana Eggold
Phone: 262-284-6880
E-Mail: info@ozhh.org
Oasis Healthcare provides convenient, walk-in access to high quality healthcare that is cost effective. Using 20 years of experience in emergency and urgent care services, Oasis Healthcare is a clinic designed to meet the healthcare needs of individuals struggling with the high cost of care and high deductible costs. Oasis is a flat rate walk-in clinic meeting acute healthcare needs that is convenient, cost effective , and caring.

Contact: Laura McKinnis, APNP
Phone: 262-370-7032
E-Mail: info@ozhh.org
Two Guys with Balls is an online retailer of premium used golf balls. We carry all major brands and models with over 60% savings compared to buying retail or new.

Contact: Lashan Wanigatunga
Phone: 404-455-0594
E-Mail: lashan@twoguyswithballs.com
From Our Chamber Members
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County is inviting chamber members to join in on their virtual 5k run/walk of the Berry Big Run for the Kids. Pick your favorite 5k route and participate any time during the week of July 27th through August 2nd. Register at www.bbbsoz.org/events/berry-big-run
The Grafton Lions Club will be hosting its 22 nd  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 graftonlions.com.
Ozaukee Economic Development discusses the context of adaptation and innovation amid immense change for business in its most recent blog post .
Ozaukee Family Services is planning Summer Groups for kids ages 10-13 years old. Our summer Guys Groups and Girls Groups are aimed at getting kids out of the house, staying active, and having positive social interactions. This will all be done while social distancing. Safety is our priority and we will stick to CDC guidelines. Groups are scheduled to start in July. If you have questions or want more information email info@ozaukeefamilyservices.org or call 262-376-7774. www.OzaukeeFamilyServices.org
Portal, Inc. invites you to celebrate its 55 years of continuous service to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities through their virtual "Can't Stop at 55!" Run, Walk and Roll from July 3rd through July 20th. Sign up for the run by visiting this website .
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.
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