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Mequon’s Licensed Child Care Facilities

Range Line Michael

This is another post that focuses on the services available in Mequon and Thiensville.  The following link provides a chart, based on the on-line records of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, of all licensed child care facilities in these two communities.

Licensed Child Care Facilities

As used in the chart, a “Traditional Daycare” provides year-round services for newborns through young teens or preteens, and includes daycare services, preschool education programs, summer programs and before and after school care.

Forgive me for putting in a plug for Range Line Preschool and Child Care.  There are many great centers in Mequon and Thiensville, but my sister Janet owns Range Line, and I played a small part in her deciding to open that daycare, so I am partial to that facility. I of course hope for success for all of the facilities.

Mequon Update: June 9, 2017

Friends and Neighbors:

I am writing again to update you on the upcoming matters that the Mequon Common Council and City committees will be considering.

If you like these updates, please forward them to your friends and suggest that they sign-up. All they have to do is click here and fill out their contact information. People have told me that they do not hear what is happening at City Hall. These updates are one of the ways that I am trying to change that.

Also, please let me know if you would like different content or a different format.  For example, another newsletter like this editorializes.  I have generally avoided that, but if people would prefer, I can do that.

Planning Commission
The Mayor and one alderman represent the Common Council on the Planning Commission. The other commissioners are appointed by the Mayor. Starting last month, I became the aldermanic representative.

On, Monday, June 12, starting at 7:00 p.m., the Planning Commission will hold a meeting. Highlights include applications for approval of:

  1. A new daycare at 10510 North Port Washington Road.
  2. Division of one 18 acre lot off a 67 acre parcel fro the construction of a new home at 11627 West Highland Road.
  3. The Final Plat for Phase II of the Veridian Homes development (The Enclave at Mequon Preserve) at 10839 North Wauwatosa Road.
  4. A Fill Permit and Development Agreement for Phase III (the final phase) of the above-described Veridian Homes development.  I plan to ask why the Wauwatosa Road street light for the subdivision has not yet been installed.
  5. Three lot land division at 9805 North Cedarburg Road for the construction of three homes.
  6. Six unit condominium development at 10950 North Cedarburg Road.  The units would replace an existing office building at that location.
  7. A 6,000 square foot batting and hitting building next to Kapco Park on the grounds of Concordia University. The exterior would match Kapco Park and would not be visible from the road.

More information regarding the Planning Commission meeting and these items can be found by clicking here.

Common Council
On Tuesday, June 13, starting at 7:30 p.m., the Common Council will hold its June monthly meeting.  Highlights include:

  1. A vote on the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Schneider to represent the 7th Aldermanic District on the Common Council until April.  The Common Council sitting as a committee of the whole  selected Dr. Schneider to fill the vacancy in this district.  Two candidates were interviewed.  Both were excellent.  Pamela Ploor was the other candidate. Please thank her for going through the process.
  2. The development agreement for Phase III of the Veridian Homes development (The Enclave at Mequon Preserve) described above as Planning Commission Item #4
  3. Discussion of the traffic and parking study for the Logemann Center property.
  4. An ordinance addressing the location of vegetable gardens in front yards.
  5. An ordinance changing Mequon’s ordinances regarding water skiing flotation requirements to make them consistent with state law.
  6. The sale of water utility bonds.
  7. Sanitary sewer lateral work on West Shoreland Drive, Corey Lane and Lake Shore Drive.
  8. An agreement with the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society for improvements to the Isham Day House (across from City Hall) to use it for a postage stamp museum.
  9.  Discussion of negotiating strategies for the sale of the Logemann Center property. This is scheduled for closed session in order to give staff negotiating direction. Any proposed contract will be debated and voted on at a future public meeting. I may request that the Council hold this month’s meeting in open session.

More information regarding the Common Council meeting will be found by clicking here. As of the time I am writing this update, materials are not on-line; however, I expect they will be there later on Friday.

City Committees
As stated above, I am now the aldermanic representative to the Planning Commission. I also will continue to serve on the City’s Public Welfare Committee. All Common Council members serve on the Appropriates Committee, the Sewer Utility District Commission and the Water Utility Commission. In addition to my own committees, I will try to report on items of significance being considered by other committees.

Public Welfare Committee (Tuesday, June 13, at 5:00 p.m.). Click here to learn more. The Public Welfare Committee will consider:

  1. Modifications of the ordinances that govern the City’s boards, commissions and committees. I have reported on these modifications in most of the updates over the past year. The Pubic Welfare Committee began this process in July of 2016 and completed its initial review in March of 2017 (nine meetings). Then, the recommendations of the Public Welfare Committee were forwarded to each of the City’s boards, commissions and committees. Over the past three months, those bodies have reviewed the recommendations.  Their reports and suggestions will now be considered by the Public Welfare Committee before it forwards recommendations to the Common Council.  I expect that much of this meeting will be spent discussing comments related to a proposed merger of the Park Board, Open Space Preservation Commission and Tree Board. The resulting body would be called the Natural Resources Committee.  Some members of the three bodies being proposed for merger do not approve.
  2. A review of residential lighting standards.
  3. The methods for delivering materials to Common Council members.

Finance–Personnel Committee (Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.). Click here to learn more. The Finance-Personnel Committee will consider:

  1. Renewal of the liquor license for the Sybaris. There is an alleged history of problems.
  2. Renewal of the liquor license for Vietnamese Noodles. There have been alleged license violations.
  3. The lease of the Isham Day House described above as Common Council Item #8.

Public Works Committee (Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.). Click here to learn more. The Public Works Committee will consider a priority plan for drainage projects in the City and drainage improvements along Donges Bay Road just west of Port Washington Road.

Sewer Utility District Commission (Tuesday, June 13, at 7:15 p.m.). Click here to learn more. The Commission will consider the sewer work described above as Common Council Item #7.

Architectural Board (Monday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.). Click here to learn more. The Architectural Board will consider four new homes and 12 additions or other residential construction projects. Seven of the other construction projects are resubmittal from a prior meeting.  Applicants are in all aldermanic districts except 2 and 8.

River Advisory Committee (Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m.). Click here to learn more. The River Advisory Committee will meet with the Mequon Boat Patrol Officer, review boating informational cards being prepared for Mequon and Thiensville and discuss ordinance changes being proposed in Thiensville.

Of course, please provide comments to me or to any elected official.

Pamela Ploor and Kathleen Schneider – One will be the Next District 7 Member of the Mequon Common Council

The Common Council has a vacancy in District 7. Following state law, the Council will interview candidates on Tuesday and choose a person to serve until an election can be held in April. May 11 was the deadline for applications to fill the vacancy.

Two residents of District 7 applied: Pamela Ploor and Kathleen Schneider. Both have impressive credentials, and both have resided in Mequon since 1998.

Dr. Schneider resides at 10424 North Country Club Drive (Wey Acres) and practices medicine with Vistas Innovative Hospice Care. She is a graduate of University Wisconsin – Eau Claire and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. She has two children and is a long time volunteer for literacy programs.

Ms. Ploor resides at 10305 North Provence Court (Lac du Cours) and is partner with the law firm of Quarles & Brady. She is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. She practices management-side employment law. She has two children and provides pro bono legal services.

Neither candidate has, from what I can tell, volunteered for a city board, commission or committee. Of course, serving on such a body is not a prerequisite for serving on the Council.

On paper, both appear to be excellent candidates. We will learn a great deal from their interviews. However, if you have information about either that you believe might be pertinent, please let an alderman know.

Mequon: A City of Restaurants, Part II

Mequon has an amazing number and variety of restaurants. That was the theme of my last post.  However, one person told met his evening that she believes I said there are too many restaurants.  I do not read it that way. In fact, having read it again, I cannot see how anyone might interpret it that way.

Howwever, to be clear, I hope that our restaurant options keep expanding. People benefit from greater options. Additionally, the restaurants in a community typically derive a benefit when a community becomes a dining destination..

MEQUON: A CITY OF RESTAURANTS

For years, I have heard people say that Mequon needs more restaurants.  Heck, I have said that also.

However, in reality, I doubt there is another community our size with so many restaurants. Here is the list I put together of places to eat. The list excludes our four grocery store delis and two private country clubs.

  1. Café 1505
  2. Café Hollander
  3. Chancery Pub & Restaurant
  4. China Buffet
  5. Colectivo Coffee
  6. Crave
  7. Culver’s
  8. Dairy Queen
  9. Dominoe’s Pizza
  10. Einstein Bros Bagels
  11. Ferrante’s
  12. Fiddleheads
  13. Finn McGoo’s
  14. First Watch
  15. Harvey’s Central Grill
  16. Highland House
  17. Hong Anh Palace
  18. Jimmy Johns
  19. Jodi’s 19th Tee at Mee-kwon Park
  20. Joey Gerard’s Mequon
  21. Landmark
  22. Laura’s Donges Bay Clubhouse
  23. Leonardo’s Pizza Parlour
  24. Libby Montana
  25. Mama Mia’s
  26. McDonald’s
  27. Mequon Pizza Company
  28. Midori
  29. Nines American Bistro
  30. Noodles & Company
  31. On the Way Café
  32. Panera Bread
  33. Pizza Hut/Wing Street
  34. Range Line Inn
  35. Ruby Tap
  36. Smitty’s on the Edge
  37. Sobelmans Pub N Grill Mequon
  38. Spanky’s Hideaway
  39. Starbucks
  40. Subway
  41. Taco Bell
  42. The Fox Den
  43. Vietnamese Noodles
  44. Wooden Goose Café
  45. Yummy’s
  46. Zaffiro’s
  47. Zarletti

Additionally, Thiensville has another 10 places:

  1. Cheel, The
  2. Chuck’s Place
  3. Cousin’s
  4. Downtown Pizza
  5. East Sun Chinese Restaurant
  6. Falafel Guys
  7. Fiddleheads
  8. Prime Minister Family Restaurant
  9. Remington’s River Inn
  10. Skippy’s Sports Pub

The variety is fairly extraordinary: fine dining, family, sports bar, and fast food places.  Note also that only about 20% of these restaurants are national chains.

Mequon and Thiensvile collectively have  about 27,000 people.  That means, excluding the four grocery store delis and two country clubs, there are 57 places to eat or almost one restaurant for every 500 people.  And, we expect two to three more in the Town Center. There is also a rumor that someone is looking at the old Alpine Village site.

Bon Appetit.

(Please let me know if I missed any.)

Congratulations to Our New and Not-So-New Aldermen

On Monday, the Common Council, sitting as a Committee of the Whole, chose Andrew Nerbun to be the new alderman in District 8.  For the last five years, Mr. Nerbun served as the alderman for District 7. He recently moved to District 8.  He replaces the late Ald. Pam Adams.

On Tuesday, voters reelected Ald. Mark Gierl to represent the 5th District.

Also, Glenn Bushee was elected to represent District 2.  Ald. Connie Pukaite opted not to run for reelection.

Finally, Ald. Dale Mayr was reelected to serve District 3. Ald. Mayr, the senior member of the Council, faced no opposition.

In May, the Council will be selecting a new alderman to represent District 7 due to Ald. Nerbun’s resignation.  If you know someone who lives in District 7 and would make a good alderman, please convince her or him to apply for the opening.

The new District 7 and District 8 aldermen chosen by the Council will face reelection by voters in April 2008.

 

2017 Will See Significant Changes on the Mequon Common Council

At a minimum, Mequon Districts 2, 7 and 8 will have new representatives on the Mequon Common Council in 2017.  In April, we will learn whether there will be a change in District 5.

District 2 – A few months ago, Ald. Connie Pukaite announced that she will not be seeking reelection. Glenn Bushee is the only announced candidate to replace her. Presumably, he will take office in April.

District 5 – Ald. Mark Gierl has a challenger, Abby Thompson, in the April election.

District 7 – Last night, Ald. Andrew Nerbun announced his upcoming resignation from the Council. He and his wife purchased a new home in District 8.  An alderman may not retain his or her office if he or she moves out of the district.

District 8 – Ald. Pam Adams, who has served for the past 23 years, passed away on March 28 after a five year battle with cancer.

The Common Council will be interviewing and selecting replacements in Districts 7 and 8.  The replacements will serve until next April, when there will be an election in each of those districts.

People interested in serving in District 8 must send a resume and cover letter to the City Clerk by March 31.  Interviews will be held on Monday, April 3 (and potentially Tuesday, April 4).  A replacement will be selected at the Common Council meeting on April 11.

The schedule for selecting a replacement in District 7 has not been established.  I expect a similar schedule, with a resume and cover letter due in late April, interviews in early May and a selection at the Common Council meeting on May 9. Applicants may send a cover letter and resume now.

Nerbun announced that he intends to apply to fill the District 8 vacancy. Despite being a well-liked alderman, there is no certainty that he will be selected.

Even if Gierl is reelected and Nerbun is selected to fill the District 8 vacancy (of course, neither is a given), there will be two new aldermen on the Council.  I do not believe that there has been two new aldermen at the same time since 2000, when Ald. Dale Mayr and former Ald. Mark Seider were elected.  I have no idea when, if ever, there were three or four new alderman in the same year.

New blood is a great thing.  The changes will hopefully bring new skills and perspectives and a renewed vitality. There is room for improvement. Management needs to be more responsive, efficient and timely.  The Police Department needs additional tools.  We need to reexamine the amounts and type of development in the City and the City’s development processes.  Some facilities need to be upgraded.

On the other hand, I hope that the changes will not end up discarding what is good.  Mequon is a great place, and we need to retain what is positive. Low taxes. Excellent housing. A low population and, generally, modest density. Restrained spending and minimal government intrusion. Decent roads. Excellent safety services.

New Council members, while learning the ropes, often have a tendency to over-rely on City staff’s recommendations. We have some good staff people, but they often have their own agenda.

Here is some unsolicited advice for new aldermen and people considering whether to seek one of these offices:

https://wirth4mequon.com/2016/01/13/thoughts-on-being-an-alderman/

This will be an interesting time.