Monthly Newsletter - September 4, 2023

Message From Village President Jim Koleski

As we move into September, please be aware of the changes around the community. First and foremost, school will be back in session. Please be extra careful as children will be waiting for busses and walking or biking to school. 

Additionally, construction will commence on the Caroline Heights project and associated municipal water main under Watertown Plank Road. During installation of the water main, Watertown Plank will be closed to thru traffic. After input from Police and Public Works Leaders and considering the 15,000 vehicles using the road daily, the following detour was approved. Traffic will be detoured north on 124th street. At Elmhurst Parkway traffic will proceed west to Legion Drive and then south back to Watertown Plank. Temporary stop signs will be placed at Elmhurst Parkway and Legion Drive. The detour will last for about 2 months and will help expedite construction.  

Have a great September!

-President Koleski

Monthly Meeting Briefs

Board of Trustees

August 22, 2023

View the meeting agenda here

1) Committee Appointments

President Koleski appointed Elizabeth Hermsen to the Sustainability Committee; Trustee Hillman to the Fire and EMS Futures Study Committee; Jennifer Morris to the Library Board

2) Special Event Approvals

Oktoberfest: September 15 & 16 (more details below)

Walk the Plank - A Business Trick-or-Treat: October 21

3) Approval of Final Plats

The Red Barn and Green Meadow Final Plats, as part of the School Sisters property development were found to be in substantial conformity with the Preliminary Plats and approved.

4) Approval of Temporary Stop Signs

In conjunction with the pending traffic detour associated with the Watertown Plank Road staged closures, the Board approved temporary stop signs at the intersection of Elmhurst Parkway and Legion Drive. See below for more details.

Public Works Committee

August 14, 2023

View the meeting agenda here

1) Update on Municipal Water Extension

The Committee was informed that many commitment agreements for connection to the municipal water system had been received and staff continued to answer may questions from residents. It is anticipated the water extension project will begin at 118th Street in Wauwatosa on September 6, 2023. It may take 2-3 weeks before there is a staged road closure on Watertown Plank in Elm Grove.

2) Review of BID for Private property Inflow/Infiltration (PP/II) Project

The Committee reviewed the proposed bid and focused on the existing funding mechanisms available for the project. Direction was given to staff to determine if additional funding will be available through the PP/II project for 2024.

3) Review of 2028 DPW 5 Year Capital Budget Summary

The Committee discussed long term DPW capital funding needs funding needs in anticipation of the August 24 Capital Budget Workshop.

Plan Commission

August 7, 2023

View the meeting agenda here

1) Approval of Special Exception at 700 Brinsmere Drive

The Commission approved the Special Exception

2) Approval of Demolition Request for 1745 Westmoor Drive

The Commission approved the demolition request for this single family home.

3) Discussion on Downtown Master Planning

The Commission discussed the existing draft Downtown Master Plan. Staff introduced the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's (WEDC) Connect Communities Program. One of the many benefits of this program is the ability to hold a strategic planning session, run by the WEDC representative with community stakeholders, in order to identify existing assets within the downtown corridor and establish visionary goals.

Village Project Updates

Gebhardt Road/Pathway

As of drafting this newsletter, the Gebhardt Road and Pathway project is nearly finished! Make sure to check out the newest Village Pathway which transitions west onto the Brookfield pathway system at Gebhardt and Pilgrim, or east into the Indian Hills Subdivision with opportunity for connection onto the Juneau Pathway.

Caroline Heights -

Construction Update Webpage

This page is intended to provide demolition and construction updates on the Caroline Heights housing development. Included in the scope of this project is the extension of municipal water into the Village from the City of Wauwatosa. Please sign up for "Village News" (bottom of landing page) as construction updates will be posted to this page as they become available.

Underwood Creek Daylighting

The Underwood Creek Daylighting project is advancing and will be on your ballots as a referendum item in spring 2024. To learn more about recent updates and the importance of the project, visit the project website.

Click here to learn more about the project!

Updates from Village Hall

Fall Program Registration Now Open!

The Village has some exciting programs to offer this fall! Resident registration opened on August 28 and non-resident registration opened on August 31. Most programs begin the week of Labor Day so make sure to sign up early!

Access the online registration portal here!

If you do not already have an account, click "Login/Create Account" then click "Create Your VOEG Account". You will be able to create an account for yourself and other members of your family!

Capital Budget Discussions Begin

The Finance & Licensing Committee met on Thursday, August 24, to discuss the draft 5-year Capital Budget. Department Heads were present at this Workshop to discuss their departmental budgets and answer questions of the Committee.

The Capital Budget is prepared evaluating the needs for the next 5 years. The Village procedure is to initially include capital items, those greater than $5,000 with a life greater than 1 year, in the budget in the fifth year which allows for financing at 20% over a 5-year period. Some equipment/projects are then moved around in the 5-year cycle as needed due to changing conditions, breakage, or Village Board/Committee direction. Also included in the Capital Budget is funding for new equipment in the upcoming year. "New Equipment" is considered to be items in value of $1,000-$5,000 with a life greater than 1 year.

The upcoming budget includes a tax levy of $586,395, an increase of $8,395 from the 2023 levy. The current budget includes $5.3M in capital needs offset by estimated revenues other than tax levy of $1.5M. The Village has seen substantial increases in the costs of equipment/projects that were budgeted in previous years and are planning and adjusting accordingly. The current draft of the Capital Budget supports equipment that is needed to continue services efficiently and fund projects that the Village has prioritized. As the Operating Budget is developed, the Committee will review capital items and the overall Village needs. Such budget Workshops will begin taking place in October.


Leaf Disposal

The Village's contracted waste hauler, John's Disposal, offers a leaf disposal service every fall from September through November. Customers are able to visit Village Hall or the Elm Grove Police Department to purchase specially marked stickers with the Johns Disposal name. Stickers are sold for $1.00 per sticker in packs of 5.

Beginning this year, John's Disposal will not be providing leaf collection bags. Customers are responsible for providing their own biodegradable bags. Bags must be placed at the street end of your driveway prior to 7:00am on trash pick-up day.

Seasonal Brush Pick-Up Starting Soon!

The Village Public Works Department picks up brush on a scheduled basis three times a year. The below weeks are when your area will be picked up!

Area 1 - The week of September 11th

Area 2 - The week of September 18th

Area 3 - The week of September 25th

Area 4 - The week of October 2nd

As a reminder, when you're preparing brush to be picked-up make sure to keep the following things in mind:

  • Brush may not be piled at roadside any earlier than the weekend preceding your scheduled pickup, or later than Sunday night preceding your pickup week. 
  • Brush piles must be in lengths of 6' or less, not one continuous pile.
  • Brush must be piled parallel with the road, all cut ends pointed in one direction.
  • Brush must be piled separate from logs, with logs no longer than 3'.
  • Brush cannot be piled on tarps, in garbage cans or bags, or with trash and other yard waste.

For government meeting and community event information, visit the calendar below.

Village Calendar

Elm Grove Police Department

Water Main Construction to Begin

Stages 1-3 of the Caroline Heights water main project will cause Watertown Plank Road to close from 124th Street extending west of Juneau Boulevard beginning on September 5, 2024. During construction, the businesses on Watertown Plank Road between Juneau Boulevard and Legion Drive will remain open for business. Signs will be posted directing access to the affected businesses. Below is a map of the detour route directing traffic around the closure. As part of this detour, a temporary three-way stop will be made at the intersection of Legion Drive and Elmhurst Parkway. 

As a reminder for everyone, Wisconsin State Statute 346.18(1) states in part, “when 2 vehicles approach or enter an intersection at approximately the same time, the operator of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. The operator of any vehicle driving at an unlawful speed forfeits any right-of-way which he or she would otherwise have under this subsection.” 

Please slow down, look both ways, and watch for bicycles and pedestrians.

Back to School Traffic Safety!

As children begin returning to school, we would like to remind the motoring public: 

  • Yellow flashing lights on a school bus mean slow down — don’t speed up — because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children.
  • Red flashing lights mean stop — and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus — because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.
  • Even when lights aren’t flashing, watch for children, particularly in the morning or mid-afternoon, around school arrival and dismissal times. Be alert as you back out of a driveway, or drive through a neighborhood, school zone or bus stop.

A vehicle owner can be cited when the driver of a car passes a school bus illegally. A law enforcement officer need not witness this violation if the school bus driver reports it to the law enforcement agency within 24 hours. Fines can be quite high for illegally passing a school bus, but the risk of hitting a child is even higher.

Elm Grove Fire Department

E-Bike and Scooter Safety

Electric bikes and scooters have increased in popularity over the past few years. These devices are usually powered by Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries can catch fire or explode if damaged or charged improperly.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when charging or storing these devices:

  • Damaged or defective batteries can overheat, catch fire or explode
  • Lithium-ion batteries give off toxic gases and they burn very hot

Other tips:

  • Only purchase items, batteries and chargers that are listed by a nationally recognized testing lab
  • Follow the manufactures instructions
  • Do not over charge the device battery after it is fully charged
  • Only charge one device or battery at a time to prevent circuit overload
  • Keep batteries at room temperature
  • Do not store batteries in direct sun light or inside hot vehicles
  • Store e-bikes, e-scooters, and batteries away from exit doors
  • Only have repairs done by a qualified professional
  • Never put lithium-ion batteries in trash. Take batteries to a battery recycling location

Stop using the device if you notice any of these problems with the battery:

  • Unusual odor
  • Chang in color
  • Too much heat
  • Change in shape
  • Leaking
  • Smoking or not keeping a charge

If you see a fire:

  • Leave the building immediately
  • Don’t try to extinguish
  • Call 911

For further questions, contact the Elm Grove Fire Department.

Elm Grove Emergency Medical Services

Looking for Paramedics!

Elm Grove EMS is looking for paramedics to join the team.

Enjoy flexible scheduling, no quartering requirements, and $25/hour all while serving your community.

Visit our website for more information!


September 23 at 3:00pm

Elm Grove EMS is hosting a FREE class to educate the public on how to recognize and treat life-threatening traumatic bleeding before help arrives. The in-person 90 minute class is open everyone ages 10+ and will cover techniques to stop bleeding, sufficient wound packing, and proper application of tourniquets. 

Complete the registration form HERE

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Elm Grove Library

Temporary New Library Hours

Beginning Thursday, August 31, the Elm Grove Library hours will change. This will be temporary reduction in hours due to staff shortages.

Mondays: 10:00am-8:30pm

Tuesdays: 10:00am-5:00pm

Wednesdays: 12:00pm-8:30pm

Thursdays: 10:00am-5:00pm

Fridays: 10:00am-5:00pm

Saturdays: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sundays: CLOSED

Writing the Past: An Evening with

Pam Jenoff

Thursday, September 14 at 7:00pm

Elm Grove Woman's Club

13885 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, WI 53122

The Elm Grove Public Library proudly welcomes New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff to the Elm Grove Woman’s Club. Pam will discuss how her experiences as a diplomat for the State Department, political appointee at The Pentagon, Cambridge-trained historian and attorney led to her becoming a bestselling author of historical fiction.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Elm Grove Library. It is free to attend, however a ticket will be required for entry. Get your free tickets at Seating capacity is limited. Books will be available for sale on site through Boswell Book Company, and a signing and meet and greet will follow the event.

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Code Name Sapphire, The Woman with the Blue Star, The Lost Girls of Paris, The Orphan’s Tale and The Diplomat’s Wife. She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her J.D. from UPenn. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her family near Philadelphia, where she teaches law. 

Elm Grove Beautification Committee

The calendar may say we are moving into fall, but your Elm Grove Beautification Committee has loads of activities planned for you this month!

Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting is Wednesday, September 6, at 6:30pm in the Park View Room of Village Hall. Please join us!

Our Winter Lecture Series kicks off on Thursday, September 14, at 6:30pm. Jayne Jenks is speaking on Understanding Your Role in the Underwood Creek Project. More information here.

Our Book Club is reading Dan Egan's book The Devil's Element. Reach out to if you'd like to join our wine and cheese discussion group on September 20.

Meet up with our Invasive Species Task Force every Sunday from 11:00am to noon. Help eradicate invasive species from our beautiful community. Get added to the weekly notice by emailing

Elm Grove Community Foundation

Elm Grove Oktoberfest Scheduled for 3rd weekend in September

The Elm Grove Community Foundation is pleased to kick off the 7th annual Oktoberfest in Elm Grove Village Park (13600 Juneau Blvd.) on Friday, September 15 at 5:00pm with German and local beers, lively music from the Tom Leahy Band, and food trucks.

The fun continues Saturday September 16 at 3:30pm with a 0.5K Fun Run, followed at 4:00pm by the traditional Oktoberfest celebration, with authentic German music from the Jeff Winard Band, festive food from food trucks, activities, and lots of local and German beer options. New games this year include log sawing, stein racing and keg rolling.

Our Oktoberfest celebration is a great way for residents to come together to celebrate everything that’s great about Elm Grove. But did you know that the event wouldn’t be possible without countless volunteers who donate their time? They’re your neighbors; they’re Oktoberfest heroes. If you would like to get involved, we would love to have you! If you could give us a hand for a couple of hours during Oktoberfest weekend, we would greatly appreciate you. To see opportunities, visit the Oktoberfest page at and click the volunteer button. You can also register for the 0.5K Fun Run on our website here.

Elm Grove Business Association

Elm Grove Woman's Club

Saturday, September 9, from 11:00am - 4:00 pm

Elm Grove Woman’s Club is hosting the grill at Sendik’s. Come and have lunch with us!

Wednesday, September 13, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Elm Grove Woman’s Club is hosting an OPEN HOUSE in the clubhouse at 13885 Watertown Plank Road. All communities are welcome. Join us and find out what the Club is all about!

Premiere Event!

Saturday, September 23, from 10:00am - 2:00pm

PEEK INSIDE ELM GROVE Home Tour presented by the Elm Grove Woman’s Club. Limited tickets are available. Purchase online here.

All proceeds benefit the Elm Grove Woman's Club, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Announcing a New Music Series!


Casual Evenings featuring live music by local artists, food, and beverages close to home!

Tickets available here.

Thursday, October 12, 2023 – Warren Wiegratz Jazz Night

Thursday, January 25, 2024 – Dairyland’s Finest String Band

Friday, March 15, 2024 – Paddygrass

Thursday, April 18, 2024 – Nora Collins

All proceeds benefit the Elm Grove Woman's Club, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Elmbrook School District

Pilgrim Park's NASA TechRise Students Celebrate Launch of Their High-Altitude Balloon

On Friday, July 21, the work of six PPMS students were put to the test as NASA launched a high-altitude balloon that contained their Low-Pressure Propeller System. The balloon had components built from 60 different student teams, and the launch was successful with a flight of more than four hours of float time at approximately 70,000 feet up. The balloon traveled for 7 hours and 42 minutes for a total of 137 miles and reached a top speed of 96 miles per hour! The students will now receive data on atmospheric exposure from the launch that they’ll be able to analyze and see footage of Earth from their balloon.

“We are so proud of what our students have accomplished with this project,” reflected PPMS teacher and project advisor, Rochelle Halstead. “They learned so much with this unique experience, and we appreciate all that NASA has done to guide our students along the way. Watching the balloon finally take flight was thrilling!”

The Pilgrim Park students’ proposal was accepted in January and this Spring they worked under the supervision of Ms. Halstead and NASA scientists to build a functional low-pressure propeller system for the balloon. Congratulations to the team of Quentin Justin, Etienne Justin, Jack Antonetti, Emma Socha, Grant Dugan, and Auggie King on this exceptional achievement!

You can view the full flight path here. You can also see footage from the launch on Elmbrook’s Instagram here or on YouTube here.

Elmbrook Historical Society

Elmbrook Historical Society/Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

1075 Pilgrim Parkway, Brookfield, Wisconsin

The Inn will be open for guided tours on Sunday, September 17, October 1, and October 15, 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Tour the fully restored 1840’s stagecoach inn and learn what life was like in Brookfield and Elm Grove in the mid 1800’s. 

Admission required, cash only. Free parking on site.

Join us for Halloween at the Haunted Inn, Saturday, October 14 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  

Free lecture at the Brookfield Public Library, Monday, September 18, 7:00pm. Jessica Michna will portray

Mrs. Cordelia Harvey, the “Wisconsin Angel” a philanthropist, nurse and teacher who organized relief for Wisconsin soldiers and their children during and after the Civil War. 

Feel free to email the Elmbrook Historical Society at

Visit the Elmbrook Historical Society website here.

Elmbrook Rotary

Nominations Sought for the 2023 Business Person of the Year Award

Brookfield, WI – The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) is seeking nominations for its 7th annual Business Person of the Year Award. ERC will present the award to a majority owner and/or operating head of a successful for profit business or non-profit organization. Additionally, applicants must be living in and/or have a business located in the City/Town of Brookfield or Village of Elm Grove.

“ERC presents the Business Person of the Year Award to honor a strong local leader who has entrepreneurial skills and strategic vision,” said Award Program Co-Chair, Ralph Gould. “This award helps ERC shine a spotlight on a successful business owner or non-profit director who is making a difference in our community.” Prior winners include Lisabeth Passalis-Bain of the Elm Grove News-Independent, Mark Mirsberger, of Dana Investment Advisors, Jamie O’Donough, of O’Donough’s Irish Pub, Bill Selzer, retired Elm Grove Fire Chief, Phil Landry, Owner of C3E Geomatics, LLC and Neil Palmer, retired mayor of Elm Grove Village.

Award nominations will be accepted on-line only through Saturday, October 14, 2023 via the Elmbrook Rotary Club website: A selection committee of ERC members and local government officials will review all nominations and select the award recepient. ERC members are not eligible for the award. The 2023 Business Person of the Year award winner will be honored Friday morning, October 27th at the Elmbrook Rotary Club meeting. ERC will also make a $200 donation to a charity specified by and in the name of the person who has nominated the award winner.

Established in 1983, the Elmbrook Rotary Club has been active in our community for 40 years. We are a part of Rotary International, founded in 1905. ERC is an energetic group of more that 80 individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, from business professionals to community leaders to those dedicated to public service. The Rotary International official motto is “Service above Self” and our Club slogan is “We rise & Shine” referencing our being the first breakfast club in our Rotary District 6270.

Community Links

Elm Grove Business Association

Elm Grove Community Foundation

Elm Grove Junior Guild

Elm Grove Kiwanis Club

Elm Grove Library

Elm Grove Woman's Club

Elmbrook Historical Society

Elmbrook Humane Society

Elmbrook Rotary

Elmbrook School District

Waukesha County

Village of Elm Grove

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