Friday, April 12, 2013
Recount in April 2 election gives Alderman Roger Patton one more vote over Lenny Miller.
Roger Patton gained one more vote during Friday’s recount of the April 2 election, officially winning re-election. Patton defeated Lenny Miller – who also challenged him in April 2012 – 203 to 195 votes. Miller was surprised by the results on April 2, he said, because people he had spoken with during the election shared their hopes for a new alderman in the downtown district. “I just want to rule out any machine errors and human errors,” Miller told Patch last week. “I don’t suspect fraud or anything, I just want to make sure everything was done and that no mistakes were made.”
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Has the flooding reached the three bears in downtown Waukesha yet?
Homes along the Fox River on Bethesda Court in Waukesha are experiencing flooding problems. Six to seven homes have 2 feet to 3 feet deep water resting in the back yards, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage for the Fox River is 6 feet. As of early Thursday afternoon, the water was 6.5 feet. If the water reaches 6.8 feet, the banks in Frame Park will overflow, according to the National Weather Service. The flood warning remains in effect until the river falls below 6 feet. As for the bears and the dragonfly? The dragonfly statue is almost completely covered in water. Water is nearing the smallest bear along the riverwalk.
Challenger Lenny Miller was seven votes shy of Alderman Roger Patton, so he requested a recount in the April 2 election.
The recount between District 11 aldermanic candidates Lenny Miller and Roger Patton will be held Friday. The downtown district election was close. Patton defeated Miller by seven votes after the official canvassing was recorded 202 votes for Patton and 195 votes for Miller. Miller picked up one vote last week after an absentee ballot came into City Hall, according to interim Clerk/Treasurer Gina Kozlik. Miller was surprised by the results, he said, because people he had spoken with during the election shared their hopes for a new alderman in the downtown district. “I just want to rule out any machine errors and human errors,” Miller told Patch last week. “I don’t suspect fraud or anything, I just want to make sure everything was done and …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Sen. Marco Rubio says there has not yet been an agreement on immigration reform legislation.
Dozens of people heading to Washington, D.C., this week to fight for immigration reform rallied in downtown Waukesha before traveling across the country. The national rally will feature thousands of people fighting for a path to citizenship for undocumented/illegal immigrants, according to the Huffington Post. While there is some support among senators for immigration reform, Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, says there is not yet final agreement on what that reform should be: “I’m encouraged by reports of an agreement between business groups and unions on the issue of guest workers. However, reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature. “We have made substantial …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Fifty-nine percent of property owners remained on petition to dissolve the downtown Waukesha taxing district after two months.
The Waukesha Business Improvement District will officially disband after more than 59 percent of the property owners in downtown Waukesha want the special taxing district gone – despite attempts to save the BID. The petition to dissolve the BID was presented two months ago. Despite public hearings, attempts to change the operating plan and a major property owner withdrawing from the petition, owners representing $31.6 million remained on the petition, according to Community Development Director Steve Crandell. One hundred properties were on the petition – a total of 154 properties are in the district. The total value of the district is $52.9 million. “The appropriate staff will meet to develop a timeframe for the required audit of the BID…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
There are still enough property owners on the petition to dissolve the Waukesha Business Improvement District – unless more remove their name by Friday's deadline.
Property owners who signed a petition to dissolve the Waukesha Business Improvement District have until Friday to remove their names from the petition or the process moves forward. As of Thursday morning, officials with The Clarke Hotel removed the hotel property from the petition, according to Steve Crandell, community development director. But that isn’t enough to stop the process. Without The Clarke Hotel on the petition, 58.7 percent of property owners remain on the petition to disband the BID. The petition was filed Feb. 5 after controversies and resignations plagued the board. The majority of the property owners in the downtown area signaled that they no longer wanted to be part of the special taxing district. The BID has been in a …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
As the weather has become more mild, the Waukesha GuitarTown has moved the giant guitars outside for the warm season.
There's something a little different about downtown Waukesha this week. The Waukesha GuitarTown guitars were moved outside on Monday as the cold, snowy winter has left and spring is here – even if it is still cold outside. The guitars are in various locations in downtown Waukesha. And the fun is only just beginning. The Waukesha GuitarTown will unveil phase two of the public arts project in June. Currently, artists are working on the large guitars and on the smaller playable guitars that will be on display throughout downtown Waukesha. Gibson Guitars gave Waukesha a GuitarTown distinction because Waukesha is the birthplace of Les Paul – the Wizard of Waukesha.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Downtown Waukesha coffee shop and tea room has plenty to drink for everyone.
The Steaming Cup has a wide arrange of flavors for tea drinkers in downtown Waukesha. Waukesha Patch caught up with the café’s owner, Kerry Mackay, and asked him to provide a list of the top five most popular teas. For the month of March, the popular teas are:
Friday, March 22, 2013
Simply Irresistible Catering is opening Saturday at 309 W. Main St. in Waukesha.
Megan Day’s love for the culinary industry is taking her to downtown Waukesha where she is opening a take-and-bake homemade meal business for food lovers who have a busy lifestyle. Customers can purchase her take-and bake meals for a family dinner, small party or to save for the future. “It is really supposed to cater to the customer, helping them out with fresh, homemade meals,” said Day, who is a certified chef. Simply Irresistible Catering is celebrating its grand opening Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at 309 W. Main St. The take-and-bake business has a website and the business can be reached at 262-549-0508 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The business’ hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. In …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Drawing for Bert the Bunny in downtown Waukesha will be held Saturday.