Town Tidings Official publication for the Town of Brookfield - Fall / Winter 2020-2021 Covering the news, events and happenings in the Town of Brookfield www.townofbrookfield.com
Chill Out This Winter In Town!
Christmas tree lighting at The Corners!
- Take It From the Top: Great News On the TID - Fire Department: Fireplace Safety Tips - Police Report: True Crime in the Town - Public Works: Ready for Winter! - New Eagle Scout
New Tourism Site for Our Town!
Town Staff / Department Heads
Town Administrator Tom Hagie
Town Information and Contact Numbers Read the Town notification boards - These boards are located at:
Marx Park • Town Hall • Mayrose Blvd. • Davidson Road. Weyer Road • Wisconsin Ave. • Woelfel Road • The Waukesha Freeman is the Town’s official newspaper for all notices and updates. • Attend Town meetings. They are held at Town Hall, 645 North Janacek Road
Building Inspector Steve Paglianti
Police Chief Chris Perket
Judge Joann Eiring
• Visit the Town website at www.townofbrookfield.com for agenda, minutes and Town information.
Visit Town Hall! The Town hall is north of Bluemound Road on Janacek Road (196th and Bluemound). Call us 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at 262-796-3788 for additional directions or information
Fire Chief Andy Smerz
Parks & Rec Chad Brown
Town Hall Numbers Emergency: Police and Fire
Police Dept. Administration (non-emergency)
Police 24-Hour Dispatch
Fire Dept. (non-emergency)
Clerk of Courts
Park & Recreation
Public Works & Highway Jeff Golner
Sanitary District Tony Skof
Introducing the new Town of Brookfield Tourism Department - Discover Brookfield! Discover Brookfield is here to help promote the businesses in the Town as well as the unique and exciting features you can only find in here in the Town of Brookfield. Our tagline “Small Town, Big Options” really solidifies what the Town represents; one of Wisconsin’s top shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Whether visiting for the day or a whole week, visitors will continue to find something new here. For more information on Discover Brookfield please check out our website discoverbrookfield.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @discoverbrookfield. Discover what’s happening with Discover Brookfield! Be sure to visit the new website!
Shop Local - It is more important than ever for people to shop within their community so Discover Brookfield is working on a “Shop Local” campaign for the holiday season. This website and social media campaign will run November 23rd – 29th and will contain the deals and promotions businesses are featuring this holiday season. After November, be sure to watch out for additional deals and promotions from Discover Brookfield. Fall Chef Picks - Are you familiar with all the great places to eat in the Town of Brookfield? This promotion highlights some “Chef Picks” or “Chef Favorites” from Town restaurants! This social media campaign will run in the month of November and include pictures and descriptions of menu items chefs have chosen to feature. This highlight will also have a permanent home on the Discover Brookfield website as a “Seasonal Chef Favorites” digital booklet. We are continually updating the Discover Brookfield website and social media accounts with new activities and promotions so be sure to check back often!
Town Hall Take It From the Top!
Tom Hagie, Town Administrator
Season’s Greetings Town Residents and Businesses! On a drive home in early November, I was flipping through radio stations and landed on a station playing non-stop Christmas music already! I of course…left it on! My kids and I enjoy listening to Christmas music and the earlier, the better. My wife, however, does not. She is a firm believer in no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. So, I did what any good husband would do in this situation and tuned the radio in her car to Christmas music! I’ll pay for that later I’m sure. On a more serious note, I truly hope this message finds you and your families well. 2020 has been a strange one to say the least and it seems it will not disappoint as we head into the holiday season. For the Town, much like many of our local businesses, the largest impact has been to our 2020 budget. The Town has experienced significant shortfalls in revenues while at the same time seeing an increase in unbudgeted expenses in response to COVID19. To offset some of these expenses, the Town submitted for and received grant funding from the State of Wisconsin through the Routes to Recovery (R2R) program. While this certainly helps, the R2R funding was provided to cover unbudgeted expenses related to COVID19, not to reimburse for uncollected revenues. As a result, the Town was staring down a significant shortfall for fiscal year 2020. In an effort to overcome this shortfall, the town instituted policies to reduce spending and prepared a revised budget with input from all of our departments to get us through the remainder of the year. Short of any other major unforeseen events (2020 isn’t over yet!), we feel that these efforts have positioned the Town to remain within budget through 2020. Most importantly, we were able to accomplish this with little or no change to the services we provide our residents! Despite the impacts this year may have brought to the Town, the Town Board has approved a modest increase to the 2021 levy and no increases to user fees for other services. The proposed 2021 levy of $4,261,963 is a 1.3% increase over the 2020 levy, or an increase of $54,802. This results in an increase of $23.51 to the average single family home. The Tax Incremental District No. 1 (TID1) continues grow as new businesses continue to invest in the Town of Brookfield. The Department of Revenue (DOR) reports that the 2020 value of TID1 is $313,535,800 with an increment value of $247,548,900 (compared to the value of base year 2015). This is an increase of $23,766,800 (8%) over 2019. This includes the opening of Brooks Brothers and La Macaron at the Corners of Brookfield. Belaire Cantina also expanded and Bonness Body and Face Medi Spa relocated and expanded it’s services at the Corners. I hope you and your family have a fun and safe holiday season. I would also like to encourage everyone to shop local whenever possible. This helps support a strong local economy and I know our town businesses would appreciate it! As the Town Administrator, I’m always available to find an answer to your questions as they apply to the Town. Please feel free to contact me by email, phone, or stop in to see me.
New Business in Town
Supervisor Steve Kohlmann
TechniBlend 21800 Doral Road www.TechniBlend.com After a complete remodeling of a very dated building, TechniBlend opened its operations in the Doral Road Industrial Park. Itâ€™s yet another business investing money and its future - in our town. TechniBlend designs and manufactures engineered process systems and solutions for the food & beverage, consumer products, chemical, and liquid processing industries. They employ a staff of mechanical and electrical engineers, plus service technicians, with over 100-years of combined experience in the food & beverage sector. Recently, TechniBlend redefined their line of batch blending technology to better meet the needs of customers producing hand sanitizer and other health & personal care products to combat Covid-19.
Clerk s Corner What does the Municipal Clerk’s Office do? You may have stopped in to Town Hall to pay a utility bill or register to vote and have been met by those smiling faces behind the counter, but have you ever wondered what the employees in the Clerk’s Office actually do? The employees in the Town of Brookfield Clerk’s Office wear many hats and change them quite frequently throughout the work day. Our job descriptions typically say things like, “The Town Clerk is a statutory officer who is responsible for: preparation of agendas and official minutes for Boards, Commissions, and Committees, and legal notification to the public, maintenance of financial records, election administration, alcohol and bartender licensing, dog licensing, and management of records of which the clerk is the legal custodian.” Whew! And that’s just one job description! The Town of Brookfield Clerk’s Office staff work together to make sure our Town residents are well taken care of and that they know they can always rely on us to answer any questions or concerns. Our super-multi-taskers are always ready to switch from answering inquiries from our residents, whether over the counter or on the phone, to taking payments for various things such as utilities, permits, licenses, citations, or invoices. It may seem like a lot, but we are committed to providing quality services to our residents and we take all aspects of our jobs very seriously. So the next time you stop in and see our staff, give them a smile and a wave. They have huge hearts and are proud of their contributions to the Town of Brookfield and are proud to serve our community. Burning Ordinance In July of 1988, the Town Board passed an ordinance relating to outdoor fires. Burning permits for residential burning are not required as long as the following conditions are met: 1. There is no burning of: garbage, material producing a noxious odor, material creating a health hazard, flammable liquids, open areas of standing grass, woods or brush, or combustibles in an amount exceeding two feet in height and five feet in diameter. 2. Burning is allowed during daylight hours only. 3. No burning when the wind exceeds 10 miles per hour. 4. Burning in roadways or ditches is prohibited. 5. Burning or combustibles must not exceed five feet in diameter and two feet in height. Burning must occur at least 25 feet from the front lot line, 15 feet from the side lot line and ten feet from the rear lot line. 6. Adequate protection, such as a garden hose or fire extinguisher, must be readily available. 7. When burning in a container, it must have a wire mesh cover with opening of ½ inch or less and be more than 25 feet from any building.
CHIEF CHRIS PERKET
POLICE UPDATE The members of the police department wish to thank the residents of the Town of Brookfield for their continued support this year. We continue to always strive to find ways to provide quality services to the residents and visitors of the Town of Brookfield. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season! - Chief Chris Perket The Town of Brookfield Police Department works hard each day to provide the highest level of service to our residents and business community. Most days this service goes on without much notice but every now and then our services find their way onto the front page. One such time was on Sunday, November 18, 2018, the Town of Brookfield Police Department responded to what would be its first homicide in over 20 years. Madeline Kim was found unresponsive in her home and it was quickly determined to be a homicide. Through a coordinated effort with Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies, the prime suspect, Madeline’s husband, Sunkeun Kim, was located and arrested less than 48 hours later. The Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office charged Mr. Kim with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, among other things, on November 21, 2018. Over the next two years, the Town of Brookfield Police Department, assisted by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department along with several other law enforcement agencies from as far away as Denton, Texas set out to gather evidence and build a case against Mr. Kim and find justice for Madeline and her family. That day finally came when the trial of Mr. Kim commenced on September 28, 2020. After two weeks of testimony a jury found Mr. Kim guilty on all nine charges which were brought against him, including 1st Degree Intentional Homicide of Madeline. On October 16, 2020, Mr. Kim was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of extended supervision. The Town of Brookfield and Waukesha County take the public’s safety and security very seriously. We are proud to serve the citizen’s whom live in and visit our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Madeline’s family and friends. Snow Season & Over Night Parking Restrictions 7.06(3) (D) Snow Season Parking Restrictions: No person shall park, stop or leave standing any vehicle upon any street or highway in the Town from NOVEMBER 1 through APRIL 30. (E) Overnight Parking Restrictions: No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle upon any street or highway in the town from 2:00 am to 6:00 am all year Please call the Police Department for parking permission if you need to have vehicles on the roadway. Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (262) 796-3798 or the Waukesha County Communications 24hr-Dispatch Center (262) 446-5070. BOW HUNTING IN THE TOWN Bows and arrows, as well as crossbows may legally be used to hunt all game animals in Wisconsin, which include deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, raccoon, foxes, and bobcats. All WI Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting regulations must be observed, e.g. proper hunting license, season, hours, duty to pursue wounded games animals, etc. Bow hunting during the DNR sanctioned seasons is only permitted on private property and only with the prior written permission of the property owner. 2013 WI Act 71, State Statute 29.038(3) regulates the following: a.Prohibits a person from hunting with a bow and arrow or crossbow within a specified distance, not to exceed 100 yards, from a building located on another person’s land. b.Requires a person who hunts with a bow and arrow or crossbow to discharge the arrow or bolt from the respective weapon toward the ground.
CRIME PREVENTION During this busy holiday season, it is easy to forget that criminals don’t take the holidays off. They are out there trying anyway possible to separate you from your valuables. Here are some tips to help keep you from becoming a victim of a crime and to have a more enjoyable holiday season: Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you Place packages and other valuables in your trunk Park in well-lit locations and always lock your vehicle Don’t shop alone if it can be avoided Don’t give money to organizations you are not familiar with Don’t give personal information, i.e. social security number, to persons you don’t know Be alert to the persons and things around you and if you see something or someone unusual, call the police
PREVENTING THEFT FROM VEHICLE Most thefts from vehicles occur during the night, and are crimes of opportunity, many times involving unlocked cars. The Town of Brookfield Police Department is asking and reminding all residents to lock their vehicles while parked in their driveways. Whenever possible, please place vehicles in secured garages. If vehicles need to be left on the driveway please secure valuables (GPS units, laptops, briefcases, purses, other valuable items) out of sight, in the trunk, or bring into your residence overnight. At times, people are using garage door openers to make entry into homes. The suspects take the garage door opener with them and come back at a later time to burglarize the residence. Please report these incidents and all other suspicious activity so we can perform extra patrol and track the incidents which are occurring.
‘If vehicles need to be left on the driveway please secure valuables (GPS units, laptops, briefcases, purses, other valuable items) out of sight, in the trunk, or bring into your residence overnight.’
Be aware of the warning signs of Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft. Contact us if you have any questions and never give out personal information.
There are many scams in operation, and anyone can become a victim. Some are well-known but others are much rarer but also more convincing. There are several signs an offer is a scam. Credit card or bank account information needed: You should never have to give credit card or bank account information in order to claim a prize. Pressure tactics: Don't allow yourself to be pressured into giving out your personal information. If you question what they are asking, there’s probably a reason you are. Sound "official": Scammers sometimes use offi cialsounding words like "national," "IRS" , "federal", “warrant” to fool you into thinking they are legit.
Request for Access to your computer: A common scam is a phone call from someone claiming to be a technician who has detected problems with your computer and would like to fi x them for you free. Never give anyone remote access to your computer unless you have contacted them and are 100% certain they are not a scammer Untraceable payment method: Scammers will request payment methods that are untraceable, such as Western Union or gift cards. The best way to avoid being the victim of a scam is to be aware of the warning signs. Also be aware that scammers understand psychology and know how to manipulate people into doing what they want.
Town Truck Day was a HUGE success! Thank you everyone for coming out on such a beautiful day!
FIRE FIRE CHIEF ANDY SMERZ
FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS Have your chimney inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary by a chimney professional to ensure it’s clear of obstructions and creosote. Have a cap installed at the top of the chimney to avoid the possibility that debris or animals can block the chimney. Install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors making sure that the batteries work. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Make sure that the area around the fireplace is clear of furniture, books, newspapers and other potentially flammable materials. Always close the fire screen when in use. When cleaning the fireplace, store the ashes in a non-combustible container with a tightly fitting lid and place the container away from the house.
Adopt-a-hydrant Protect our community and adopt-a-hydrant! Fire hydrants are part of the suburban landscape and sometimes can be almost invisible to passers-by and those who live or work near them. The need to keep them clear remains vital year-round, but especially during winter months. Winter storms often hide fire hydrants under a mountain of snow, making hydrants impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out buried fire hydrants before hooking up to them, losing precious time that could have been spent saving lives and containing a fire on property. Please don’t let your neighborhood hydrant remain “undercover” - by snow, leaves and other debris. Helping the Fire Department - and your neighbors - by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow, leaves, building debris and trash. Fire Department needs a 3-foot clearance on all sides. When shoveling snow, please be aware of vehicle traffic. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway. Also, please do not pile the snow in the roadway.
Park & Rec CHAD BROWN, PARK & REC
Special Events Annual Tree Lighting Join us at The Corners for a holiday tree lighting to kick off the season! Chairman Henderson will be on hand to light the tree in addition to carolers who will delight us with holiday songs. Hot cocoa will be served to keep our bellies warm and our spirits high. Sponsored by The Corners and Discover Town of Brookfield. WHERE: Market Square at The Corners
WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 6:00 pm
Town Skate Night Skate away those long winter blues! Just come on down to Skateland at 1931 E. Main St. in Waukesha and strap on some skates. Who needs an excuse to get out of the house during the winter...but here is one anyway! Roller-skates will be provided or you can bring your own (including rollerblades!) We’ll skate the day away listening to music and just gathering with all of our Town friends and families. Make sure you are there!!! WHERE: Waukesha Skateland WHEN: Sunday, February 14, 2021- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm FEE: FREE (skates included or bring your own!) Easter Egg Hunt All children 8 years old and under are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Children will be grouped by ages. We will again have an Easter Egg "Crawl" for the tiny egg-hunters. Bring your own basket and your camera for pictures after the hunt with the Easter Bunny! WHERE: Marx Park; 700 S. Barker Rd.
WHEN: Saturday, April 3, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am SHARP
Programs Wacky Wednesdays Ages 6-10yrs Wacky what? Every week we will do new fun themed activities that might seem just a little bit ‘wacky’! Arts, crafts, cooking, giggling and getting a little ‘wacky’ will make this class as fun as it sounds! WHEN: Wednesdays, February 10 – March 17 (no class Feb. 24) Ages 3-5: 5:00 – 5:45 pm - Ages 6-10: 6:00 – 7:00 pm WHERE: Pewaukee Wagner Park
FEE: $44 ages 3-5 - $49 ages 6-10
Music Start Keyboarding Grades K-4th Learn to Read Music and Play Tunes! Brought to you by AES and The Music Path Company, this amazing program teaches young students the beginnings of music. MusicStart® is a keyboard-based music learning system that balances fun and development of skills. Using familiar songs, it teaches all the necessary basics to get started playing music. Our MusicStart educational keyboard is now available using your own device! Prepare your child to take any instrument by giving them a solid musical foundation with this exciting program! No home keyboard necessary! Children must bring their own Chromebook, Ipad, or tablet to every class. WHEN: Thursdays, January 7 – February 25 5:30 – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Pewaukee Wagner Park
Stage Stars Grades K-4th Does your child have a “dramatic side”? You might have a budding Stage Star in your family! These drama classes brought to you by AES, introduce students to the craft of stage acting with a skilled theater instructor. During this exciting class, students will learn theatrical skills, improve basics, and participate in interactive drama games. This program provides opportunities for students to have fun, express themselves, gain confidence, and interact with others, all within the context of theatre arts. WHEN: Saturdays, January 9 – February 27 10:00 am – 11:00 am WHERE: Pewaukee Wagner Park FEE: $150 KidVentures! Ages 6-12yrs KidVentures is all about giving children the chance to be kids! Each week will include fun activities including art creations, science projects, challenges like treasure hunts and puzzles, and more! This program is a chance for kids to explore many different themes and activities all in one place! Each day will be full of new projects for the kids to enjoy and look forward to and some to take home. Our Instructors, Richard & Cherri Larson, are excited to share the fun with your child and offer new activities each session! (Min. 4, Max. 12) WHEN: Thursdays - Session 1: March 4 – April 1 Session 2: April 8 – May 6 TIME: 5:30 – 6:45 pm WHERE: Pewaukee Wagner Park FEE: $58
Spring Soccer This is an instructional soccer program designed to introduce the game of soccer in a fun, local, and convenient environment. Our instructors will teach proper soccer skills like dribbling, passing, trapping, shooting, defending, as well as other basic soccer concepts. The program consists of energized age-appropriate skill-specifi c games followed by organized actual smallsided matches. Cleats are not recommended but shin guards are welcomed. You may begin registering now. Registration ends WHEN: Thursdays, April 15 – May 20 (May 27 make up date) 3-4 years old: 5:10 - 5:50 pm 5-6 years old: 6:00 - 6:40 pm WHERE: Wray Park
Cooking With Class Cioppino - The ACTUAL San Francisco Treat! Cioppino is a fish stew originating in San Francisco, California. It is an Italian American dish and is related to various regional fish soups and stews of Italian cuisine called Cioppin or Cioppio. It is hearty and satisfying and perfect for a cold winter night. I will prepare my version of Cioppino along with a few other recipes to make a perfect menu for winter entertaining. You'll sample... •No-knead Sourdough Bread •Apricot-Almond Baked Brie •Cioppino •Lavender Creme Brulee for a crowd WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Thai One On! Back by popular demand! This all new class will give you a good overview of the tastes of Thai cooking. We will learn about the ingredients, spices, cooking methods and techniques that you can do in your own kitchen. You will taste... •Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce •Tom Kha Gai (coconut and lemongrass soup) •Spicy Thai Basil and Chicken Stir-fry •Mango on Sticky Rice WHEN: Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
All classes are held at Pewaukee Wagner Park and will be $25 per class.
Milwaukee’s best brunch spot is in Your Town!
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275 Regency Court. (In the old Louise’s restaurant.) www.mimosabreakfast.com
New Eagle Scouts Named - Samuel Ewert Congratulations to Town resident and new Eagle Scout Samuel Ewert, who is a member of Troop 87, chartered to Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee! Sam is the son of Richard & Nancy Ewert and is the youngest brother of four Eagle Scout brothers: Charles, Andrew, Daniel, and Matthew (shown). Some of the many requirements Sam completed to achieve Boy Scouting's highest award were to earn 26 merit badges, serve in Troop leadership roles, and complete a community service project. His other Scouting awards include Duty to God, Reverent Scout, World Conservation, Mile Swim, and Master Climber. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is Scouting's Honor Society. Sam's service project was to lead a team of Scouts to assemble four outdoor benches and upgrade a foot bridge for Christ the Life Lutheran Church's Childcare & Pre-School in Waukesha. The benches and bridge were created from recycled deck boards and wood to provide a safe and clean way for children to play in the surrounding creek area. Many friends and family celebrated with Samuel at his Eagle Court of Honor on July 11, 2020, including Town Chairman Keith Henderson (shown). Our State Representative Rob Hutton brought a special citation co-sponsored by State Senator Dale Kooyenga to Sam at his home (shown). Samuel just graduated from Waukesha North High School where he was active in sports, band, and academics, finishing 4th in his class. This Fall he heads to UW-Whitewater to study Computer Science.
Samuel Ewert, the Town’s newest Eagle Scout
Bet you’re gonna get wet!
Did you know that getting kids involved with Scouting builds character, instills values and develops lifelong friendships? It’s true! Learn more at scouting.org
Sanitary District #4 SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT Tony Skof, Superintendent
Another busy and interesting summer is over and we are now enjoying the fall colors while preparing for another, hopefully not too cold and snowy winter. I am happy to share that as we have been in the past we are in compliance with all of our Lead and Copper tests and with all of the other water quality tests that were performed this year. We take great pride in our hard work to keep the water and infrastructure in top condition to be able to continue to provide good quality water to all of our customers. Test results can be found on our website and in the Consumer Confidence Report. We are currently replacing the filter media in the Iron Filter for Well 5 & 6 so we can remove the Iron in the water more efficiently. We are also beginning the inspection and planning process to repaint the Watertower on Barker Rd. next year. Itâ€™ll be 19 years since the last recoat and there are a few rust spots starting to form on the exterior, and pitting and corrosion in the interior coatings, so we need to get it addressed before they cause any deterioration to the steel. We also recently completed the sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation project on Mary Lynn and Springdale Rd. The finished product of the High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) lined manholes will provide structural sound manholes that will be resistant to hydrogen sulfide and any other gases or chemicals so the manholes will last for many years. There was also some infiltration in those manholes that were repaired which will keep costs down since it reduces flows to the sewer treatment plant. Please remember to keep fire hydrants near your properties clear of snow and ice this winter so fire fighters are able to access them quicker if there is an emergency. Every minute helps. They could be working on putting out the fire instead of clearing snow away just to get access to the hydrant. Now that the weather is starting to get colder, please remember to turn off the outside hose bibs and remove garden hoses to prevent freezing. PAST DUE UTILITY BILLS WILL BE PLACED ON TAX BILLSÂ The 3rd quarter utility bills, which includes water, sewer, garbage and stormwater, will be due in our office on Monday, October 26th by 4:30 p.m. Both drop box locations are checked at that time. If you have a prior balance due on your account after the due date, you have been sent a letter notifying you that if the bill is not paid, it will be placed on your property tax bill. Please take the time to read the back of your utility bill, as it contains information that is very important to our customers, especially at this time of the year. In addition to the 1% late charge that is assessed on unpaid balances each month, the Sanitary District in accordance with Wisconsin State Statute 66.0809, relating to utility services which have been furnished prior to September 1, unless the same is paid in our offi ce by October 31, thereafter a penalty of 10% of the amount of such arrears with any such penalty, shall be paid in our offi ce on or before November 15, the same will be levied as a tax against the lot or parcel of real estate to which service was furnished and for which payment is delinquent as above described. Utility bills are mailed to customers about the last day of March, June, September and December. The due date is the 25th of the following month, unless it falls on a weekend. Mark your calendars, and if you do not receive your bill, please call us at 262-798-8631.
Lead and Copper in Compliance The Sanitary District has many older homes that were constructed when lead plumbing materials were commonly used. Fortunately, we do not have any lead services in our system but lead solder was used with copper pipes until 1984. Even today lead can be found in some brass fixtures. Lead and copper testing is mandated by the EPA’s Lead & Copper Rule which was adopted in June of 1991. Because we are historically in compliance we have taken the fewest samples allowed by law. The law doesn’t give anyone the opportunity to get a pass, so we will continue to sample every three years. Sanitary District No. 4 completed its twelfth round of testing last September on a group of 20 homes that we have been monitoring since 1993. The homes in our test group have copper plumbing with lead solder. EPA regulations require that 90% of the homes in our test group have lead levels of 15 micrograms per liter (µg/l) or less. The 90 percentile level in this round of testing for lead was 2.6 µg/l, well under the EPA maximum level. EPA regulations require that 90% of the homes in our test group have Copper levels of 1300 micrograms per liter (µg/l) or less. The 90 percentile level in this round of testing for Copper was 190 µg/l, also well under the EPA maximum level. Another “thank you’ to those who again have taken time to help us with the testing. Lead is not found in our groundwater or water in the district’s distribution mains, but is absorbed from lead plumbing materials. The utility carefully monitors the corrosion potential of our drinking water to minimize the amount of lead absorbed from household plumbing. We recommend that residents with homes built before 1984 flush their water line before using water for cooking or drinking. It takes time for the water to absorb lead, so the idea is to use water that has not been in contact with lead plumbing materials for more than a few hours. Adequately flushing the water line can require running 1 to 2 gallons of water to draw fresh water from the water main. Please contact us at 262.798.8631 if you have questions regarding lead in drinking water, lead plumbing, or flushing requirements. FORWARDING UTILITY BILL Due to the fact that the U.S. Postal Service does not forward any mail that is addressed to "current resident", if you have moved, or are leaving the area for any considerable length of time and would like your utility bill to be sent in your name to another address, we require that you make that request "in writing". You can come into our office for an Address Change Form or you can download a copy from the town’s website at www.townofbrookfield.com, click on “Departments”, “Sanitary District No. 4 Information” and look for our forms. WATER FACTS • Water expands by 9% when it freezes. • Frozen water (ice) is lighter than water, which is why ice floats in water. • Hot water freezes faster than cold water which is known as the Memba Effect. • The average person spends less than 1% from personal income for water, wastewater, and water disposal services.
Public Works: Ready For Winter Department Supervisor Jeffery Golner
The primary goal of our snow and ice program is to provide the public with a safe roadway system, regardless of winter weather conditions. The Public Works Department has been working diligently on the fleet and is ready for the upcoming winter season. The Departments goal is to have all streets cleared in an 8 to 10 hour period after a normal snowfall event. However, please understand that it will take longer for snow events over 6 inches or more and equipment availability. The Town has established a priority plowing system for its roadways so that main traffic routes and thoroughfares such as Davidson Road, Watertown Road, Brookfield Road and Janacek Drive are plowed first followed by side streets and cul-de-sacs. During light snow events the department crews will plow and salt these roadways first and then move into subdivision streets. During heavy snow events the department crews will plow and salt main roadways more often than side roads leaving more time between side street plowing. The department has six patrol trucks, two loaders and a pickup truck to accomplish snow removal in the Town. The Town would like to remind residents of the following tips to make winter snow removal operations safer and more efficient for all: There is no parking on Town roads from November 1 through April 30. Vehicles parked on the roadways are a hazard to other motorists, plow drivers and the equipment. It also leaves areas of snow ice in the roadway were the vehicle was parked and dangerous conditions. Property owners are responsible for snow removal in commercial parking lots, driveways, mail boxes, fire hydrants and public sidewalks adjoining their homes and businesses. Shoveling or plowing snow into a public roadway creates a dangerous condition for passing motorists and pedestrians. This is a town code violation. Help your neighbors. For many residents age and medical conditions make it difficult to shovel snow without risking health. When approaching a snow plow vehicle give them room to do their job. For more information on the Town of Brookfield's snow removal program you can call the Department of Public Works at 262-796-3795.
HEATHER GEHRKE Elmbrook Humane Society
Winter Care Tips for Companion and Wild Animals The winter season is upon us, and with that comes the need to make sure we make adjustments for our furry family members and wild friends to protect them from the effects of cold, salt, sand, and snow. By following some of these simple guidelines, you will be exercising responsible companion animal ownership, ensuring that your companion animal is able to enjoy the winter months and making sure outdoor animals are kept safe when within your control. 1. Do not leave dogs or cats outside for long periods of time when the temperature drops. They are much safer indoors. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young or old dogs, and all cats should always be supervised while outside. You may want to consider a sweater or coat for small or shorthaired pets when they are outside during cold weather. 2. If you do have an outdoor dog, you must ensure that it is protected by a dry, draft-free, insulated dog house that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but still small enough to hold its body heat. The floor of the doghouse should be covered with clean hay or straw sufficient for bedding and be raised at least a few inches off the ground. The doorway should face away from the wind and be covered with some sort of weatherproof material. 3. If your dog is an outdoor dog, you need to make sure its water is changed several times a day and not allowed to freeze (heated stock buckets are available at farm supply stores and will prevent the water from freezing.) Also, you may need to consider feeding your dog more food since keeping warm uses more of its energy. Consult your veterinarian for more information. One additional recommendation is that you use plastic bowls or pails during the winter months since your dog’s tongue can stick to metal and freeze. This applies to outdoor cats, too. 4. Warm engines in parked cars tend to attract small wildlife and cats seeking warmth. To avoid injury to an animal that may have crawled underneath the hood of your car, knock on the hood to scare them away before starting your car. 5. Salt and other chemicals are often used to melt snow and ice. These can irritate the pads of your companion animal’s feet, cause irritation in its mouth, and possibly result in internal problems if ingested. When you come inside, wash your companion animal’s feet with a damp towel before your pet cleans them. There are pet friendly solutions available for clearing snow and ice that we encourage you to use on your property. 6. Antifreeze tends to attract animals and children due to its sweet taste. But, it is a deadly poison! Make sure to wipe up spills and store it in a place that children and animals cannot reach. You can also use an antifreeze-coolant that is made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt children or furry friends. The best way to ensure that your pet is safe and protected from the elements is to keep her indoors. Dogs and cats are social animals who desire human companionship, often wanting to be part of the pack. We believe they deserve to live indoors with you and your loved ones, while going outside for walks and exercise. As winter draws near, we encourage you to consider this and would be happy to provide information on housebreaking or other topics to help with the transition. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Elmbrook Humane Society at 262-782-9261.
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Newsletter for the Town of Brookfield, Wisconsin covering 2020-2021 Fall and Winter activities and news.