June, 2020
Dear Chamber Members,

I find myself conflicted. My term as president has come and gone at lightning speed and yet it seems like it has been an eternity since I have seen and heard from some of you. I will miss watching all of you supporting each other at so many of our community events. While this may seem like a setback to the work we have done to make Grafton a more family and tourism friendly place, remember that now more than ever, people are looking for that “happy place” that so many of us have found here in Grafton.

I have prided myself on working to do my part to help improve our already wonderful community, most of the heavy lifting these past few months has fallen on our fantastic Chamber staff. I truly believe that this pandemic has given many of you a chance to see the work that Pam, Sarah, and Annalise put in to make sure that our business community is as prepared as we can be.

As a parting thought, I want you to think about how fortunate we are that while we can’t be together in person at some of our favorite businesses and events, we have a unique support system with our Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you for an amazing year as president and I look forward to continuing our good work with Mary Karnitz at the helm.

Sincerely ,

Dustin Beck
Chamber President

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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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2020 Construction Updates
(May 29, 2020)

13 th Avenue Reconstruction – The Village is reconstructing the roadway of 13 th Avenue near Veteran’s Park from Washington Street to North Street, as well as North Street from 12 th Ave (N Green Bay Road) to 13 th Avenue. Work began in early April and is expected to continue through late May. The road is closed to through traffic until the project is over. Roadway work is close to complete, with only pavement marking scheduled for next week to be completed. Access to BMO Harris Bank is available at all times.

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 will be closed to through traffic during construction which is tentatively scheduled for a mid-June start. Work is to be completed by late August.

Sidewalk Replacement – Sidewalk replacement work to remove tripping hazards will occur in the neighborhood bounded between Maple Street and Falls Rd from 9 th Avenue to 12 th Avenue, as well as the area bounded between N. Pine Street and Valley Drive from the Milwaukee River to 17 th Avenue. All concrete replacements are complete, and restoration of grass areas will begin next week.

Blue Stem Residential Subdivision – Underground utilities were installed over the winter for Phase 2 of this development and roadway work will begin in the next few weeks. 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 will begin in the next few weeks. 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 roadway work will begin later this spring/summer.
Ozaukee County Highway Department -  P lans to place a 2.5” asphalt overlay on CTH W from CTH C (Pioneer Road) to Opportunity Drive (just north of Falls Rd, construction is planned for August.

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.
- 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.

If you have any questions about these projects please feel free to contact me, thanks,

Amber Thomas, P.E.
Director of Public Works/Engineer
675 N Green Bay Road
Grafton , WI 53024
Phone: (262) 375-5325
Fax: (262) 375-5330

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County is taking its Berry Big Run 2020 online for a Virtual 5k Run/Walk! Check out their flier HERE to learn more about how it will work and how you can sign up for the event happening from July 27th to August 2nd.
Bloomin' Olive is excited celebrate roses during the month of June. Each week they will feature a different type of rose.
Check out their flyer to learn more.

Commerce State Bank has selected 10 nonprofit organizations impacted by Covid-19 to help with a $2,000 donation to each group. In addition to these amazing donations, find out the other ways the bank is helping through the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Carters Salon is now open again Tuesdays through Saturdays.. They have also added Sundays and Mondays to regular business hours (only for a few weeks). We will need to take more time to sanitize in-between guests and we will not be able to use a blowdryer to style you. All guests will be required to come alone and wear a mask. We have many new procedures to follow. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Carterssalon.com for more information as it becomes available.
The Sons of the American Legion are hosting the 10th annual Sons of the American Legion Golf event on Saturday June 13th Find out how to sign up and details of the event by checking out the event flyer here.
Milwaukee Ale House is open and is continuing to offer a limited T0 Go menu for family-style meals that feed four. Check out the menu and what it's offering by reading their flyer .
Ozaukee Economic Development discusses the context of adaptation and innovation amid immense change for business in its most recent blog post .
Ozaukee Family Services needs our help. The need for mental health services is increasing because of the pandemic. Many of our clients were already facing challenges such as isolation, dpression or other mental health issues or the lack of support/resources. Please consider donating to our virtual fundraiser at: https://OFSfamilies1st.givesmart.com