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    Volume 24, Issue 36 • September 5, 2015 (262) 238-6397 • www.discoverhometown.com

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    Event raising money to build homes for two area military heroes: A Community Family Tailgate Party fundraiser to raise money for Operation Finally Home to build homes for two specially chosen mili- tary heroes and their fami- lies is set for Sunday, Sept. 20, 3 to 6 p.m., at the

     Jackson Area Commun ity Center, N165 W20330 Hickory Lane. The event will include food, games, live music, raffles, a silent auc- tion and a Legion Color Guard presentation. Operation Finally Home is

    dedicated to providing cus- tom-built homes for America's military heroes. One hundred percent of the money raised will go toward the two homes being con- structed in Wisconsin. Forms can be obtained at www.actioninjackson.com.

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    The annual Neighbors Against Crime event was held at the Germantown Police Department Aug. 20. Attendees enjoyed free food, safety demon- strations and children's activities.

     Above left: Attendees toured a Washington County  Rescue Vehicle. Above: Kids gathered to pet the beloved police department K9 unit Rambo. Left: Hubertus resident Cathy Nirschl colored safety- themed drawings with daughters Natalie and Kim.

    Photos by Nikki Ackerman.

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    The ReStore is closing in on its one- year anniversary in Germantown.

    The ReStore, which is operated by Habitat of Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties, is located at W188

    N10707 Maple Road, just south of  Gander Mountain. The store sells donated items ranging from construction material to windows, furniture, tools and appliances. It is staffed by volunteers.

    "We are grateful for those who have donated and shopped so far," said Bernie Hletko, manager of the Germantown ReStore. "We're continu-

    ing to pursue people who don't know of ReStore and

    our mission of buildingaffordable housing for res- idents of Washington and Dodge counties."

    Among the donated items accepted by the ReStore are appliances, cabinets furniture and win- dows, millwork and trim, roofing, flooring, hard- ware and lumber. Hletko noted that the ReStore does pick up donated items.

    The proceeds raised from the sale of items at the ReStore go toward the Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties goal of providing

    affordable housing in the area. Habitat for Humanity has built homes for individuals, with the individual homeowners involved contributing 250 labor hours toward the construc- tion of the residences. Habitat for Humanity serves as the financier for the project. The loans are paid back to Habitat for Humanity without interest.

    ReStore celebrating first year in Germantown

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    B Y THOMAS J. MCKILLEN MANAGING EDITOR

    The Germantown Village Board approved a motion Aug. 31 to re-bid the cost of grading and erosion control for the village's sixth Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) district after changes to the project added $650,000 to the original bid.

    The village's sixth TIF is located in an

    area between Appleton Avenue, LannonRoad and Division Road. In a TIF, taxes normally directed toward local govern- ment units (municipal, school district, tech- nical school district, county) are instead used to pay for infrastructure improve- ments, with the local government units later benefitting from the increased property value generated by the improvements.

    While the village originally had a ten- ant lined up for the TIF at this time last year, the company later dropped its plans for expanding into the area. The grading and erosion control contract with Super Western originally came in at $1.497 mil- lion last year. However, with changes to

    the plan, an additional $650,000 was added to the cost of the revised project.

     Josh Regent-Smith, project manager and estimator for Super Western, said the industry for excavators "has complete- ly changed" over the past year.

    "Last year, we were at a time when all our scrapers and the rest of the industry scrapers were all parked, everybody was

    looking for scraper work. This year, it'scompletely opposite," Regent-Smith said, referring to equipment used to grade the land.

    Regent-Smith cited the recent approval of a subdivision by the village as part of  the growth. As a result, people in the indus- try have had to start renting scapers to do the additional work. Regent-Smith added that materials prices have "skyrocketed" due in part to the Zoo Interchange project.

    Village Engineer Brionne Bischke said the village should re-bid the project. He said the risk in doing that would be losing a potential tenant for the business park.

    "There's really nothing we can do

    about this. These costs exceed 15 percent of the cost of the contract," Bischke said.

    Regent-Smith said he later agreed with Bischke's recommendation to re-bid the project.

    "Right now, you're not going to find any excavating company that's going to give you numbers that you guys are look- ing for, whatever your budget is," Regent-

    Smith said. "It's the industry right now,everybody has enough work to finish up the rest of this year.

    Regent-Smith added that there were risks in doing the project before the end of  this year "are huge" and are part of the reason for the increased costs. He noted that a rainfall on Friday and Saturday delayed work for other projects for several days because the ground was wet.

    Village Administrator David Schornack added that costs have skyrocketed in spe- cific areas of the contract.

    "I don't think there is a lot of question here, this will have to be (re) bid out," Schornack said.

    He added that with the curre bers "this thing is too risky" and sai lage should examine if there's reduce the excavation costs. Attorney Brian Sajdak said that ject's cost increase by more than cent, the village is required to re project.

    Village President Dean Wolter

    would be a good time for the v"regroup" to get village staff an sentatives from MLG (which is dev the TIF) to examine options re costs for the project going forward

    "As stewards of that TIF, we really seriously look at that and m we're making the right decision a we are being financially astute in start that process," Wolter said.

    Wolter said he favored re-bid project but also meeting with al involved in the TIF to prevent the from being in a similar situation future.

    A Washington County Circuit Court  Judge ruled in favor of the village of  Richfield in a challenge to the village's ordinances to regulate certain aspects of a proposed clean fill site,

    Scenic Pit LLC sought a temporary restraining order against the village June 5 but it was denied by Washington County Circuit Judge Andrew Gonring. Scenic Pit

    LLC received state approvals for clean fill to be placed at the location and has argued that it does not need village approvals on any items related to the proj- ect.

    During a hearing on a temporary injunction on Sept. 1, Judge Andrew Gonring dismissed the request by Scenic Pit for a temporary injunction, ruling that

    the firm had to comply with local ordi- nances related to the request.

    Bruce McIlnay, an attorney for Scenic Pit, indicated that barring any unexpected developments, Scenic Pit will appeal the ruling as soon as the written order is entered by the court.

    Richfield Village Administrator Jim Healy was pleased by the court ruling.

    "The Village is thankful that the Hon.  Judge Andrew Gonring found merit in the architecture of the Village’s legal analy- sis," Healy said. "The findings by the judge punctuate the importance of local control,

    especially when dealing with item nificance, such as a local gove right to enforce its own municipal

    He added that the village "is pared to respond to a petition to th of Appeals and we are also simil pared to process any application the Village Board regarding th approvals necessary for Danah a Zoulek (Scenic Pit LLC) to apply regard to their stated desire to op clean fill landfill at 609 Scenic Ro

     -By Thomas J. McKillen, M Editor 

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