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Town Tidings Official publication for the Town of Brookfield - Fall / Winter 2017 Covering the news, events and happenings in the Town of Brookfield

Happy Holidays! INSIDE: - Take It From the Top - Clerk’s Corner - Santa is Coming to Town - Fire Dept. Joins File of Life Program - From the Judge’s Bench - Police Report: Scam Alert - Sanitary District News - Winter Parking Regulations




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Town Staff / Department Heads

Town Administrator Tom Hagie

Fall / Winter 17 - 18

Town Clerk Elisa Cappozzo

Building Inspector Gary Lake

Police Chief Chris Perket

Judge Joann Eiring

Fire Chief Andy Smerz

Parks & Rec Chad Brown

Public Works & Highway Jeff Golner

Sanitary District Tony Skof


Town Hall Take It From the Top!

Tom Hagie, Town Administrator

Greetings Town Residents, This year has been the witness of many new and exciting changes for the Town. The most noticeable of these changes is the opening of The Corners project! I have been to The Corners many times and it truly is a remarkable space. My favorite place to be at The Corners is the Market Square, which is located right in the heart of the development across from Von Maur. If you haven’t been to a movie, Tacos and Tunes Tuesdays, or one of many fun events at the square, I highly recommend a visit. You’ll be glad you went! Also new this year is the Town’s revamped newsletter. The newsletter is a great way to communicate important information about the Town and keep residents informed about upcoming Town events. The newsletter is a ‘work in progress’ so expect it to evolve over time. I think you’ll agree it’s a nice look and easier to read. This year, the former administrator Rick Czopp retired from the town February 28th. He came to the Town after serving as the administrator in the then-Town of Bristol in Kenosha County. Of his accomplishments, Rick stated in a December 20, 2016 article by Geoff Bruce with the then-Brookfield Now, that The Corners project is his biggest in his 39 years of public administration. Rick was known in the Town for his tax-payer minded fiscal responsibilities when preparing the annual budget and day to day operations of the Town. Rick was, and still is, a personal friend of mine and all of us here at the Town wish him and his wife Cathy all the best during their retirement. Congratulations Rick! I also want to give a brief background of myself. I’m originally a native of West Allis and spent much of my youth in the Town of Genesee. I graduated from Kettle Moraine High School and earned a degree in civil engineering at UW Milwaukee. My wife Jennifer and I have been married for 13 years and currently live in the Oconomowoc area. Over that time we have been blessed with four beautiful children. Our oldest is our eight year old daughter followed by her six, four, and 1 year old brothers. We enjoy spending time together playing games, hiking, going to the beach, and family movie nights. I enjoy deer hunting, fishing, model railroading, and watching the Packers! 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 just stop in to see me. On behalf of the entire Town staff and myself, we wish you a very happy holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.


Clerk s Corner Elisa Cappozzo, Town Clerk ELECTION NEWS 2017 was a quiet year for the Clerk’s Office with only two elections, but it looks like 2018 is going to make up for it with four elections: Spring Primary: February 20, 2018 Spring Election: April 3, 2018 Fall Primary: August 14, 2018 Fall General Election: November 6, 2018 To save time at the polling place on Election Day, make sure your registration is up to date. To check your voter registration information, or find information on polling places, sample ballots, or elected officials, you can visit:

Holiday Closings The Town of Brookfield administrative offices will be closed on the following dates: Thursday, November 23 Friday, November 24 Friday, December 22 Monday, December 25 Friday, December 29 – Close at Noon

Monday, January 1 First-time Wisconsin voters, or if you need to update your name or address: You can register online at, in person at the Clerk’s Office located at Town Hall, or you can mail your registration to Town Hall. Make sure to have acceptable proof of your current address. ONLINE: You can now register to vote online up to 20 days before the election. Voters who have a valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can register to vote online on the MyVote Wisconsin website: To register online, the voter must enter a name, date of birth, Driver License or ID number and address that matches what is on the file with the Wisconsin DMV. If all of the fields match, the voter will be able to register to vote completely online without needing to send a proof of residence document. Voters who are not able to match their information with the information in the DMV database will be given the option to register by mail or in person at the Clerk’s Office. MAIL: Mail in registration is accepted with a postmark up to 20 days before an election. You may complete the form online, then print, sign and mail (or you can simply fill it out by hand) according to the instructions provided. To register by mail, send your completed registration form and required acceptable Proof of Residency to: Town Clerk, ATTN: Elections, 645 N Janacek Road, Brookfield, WI 53045. IN-PERSON: After the mail-in cut-off date, you will only be permitted to register in person at Town Hall, Monday-Friday preceding Election Day, between the house of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at the polling locating on Election Day. Acceptable proof of residency is required. You can always call or stop in at Town Hall with any questions.

From the DPW Jeff Golner, DPW WINTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER… The Town’s Highway Department is starting to get prepared for another Wisconsin winter, which means getting their equipment and the Town’s roads ready for snow. Our Highway Superintendent is asking residents to check and repair any lamp posts or mailboxes that might be loose or damaged. Hazards that can cause damage to public and private property when the Town is plowing snow should be removed, such as rocks, stakes and other obstacles that are within approximately 3 feet of the road. If your mailbox happens to get damaged by one of our plows, please call Town Hall right away so that we can send out staff to assess the situation. It is impossible for us to investigate claims that are reported weeks or months after the incident, so be sure to report any damage promptly. The Town will only replace a mailbox with a standard black #1 mailbox and a temporary metal post. The Town will NOT replace mailboxes that were already loose, or knocked over by snow alone. Also, there will be no replacement of underground sprinkler heads, lamp posts or other obstacles located in the Town’s right-of-way if damaged during normal plowing operations. A monetary claim with a maximum of $50.00 with a paid receipt may be requested as well. The Highway Department can be reached at (262) 796-3795 for more information.

GUIDEPOST MARKERS FOR SNOWPLOWS Snow plow drivers will be coming around in the next few weeks to install plow guidepost markers. The markers tell drivers where the edge of the road sits, and are often used when there are curves in the road. Please leave them where they are installed, as they can be quite expensive to replace. Town residents can feel free to install their own marker posts at their own expense. If you choose to do so, remember that they should be flexible and/or the break-away type, so that there isn’t any accidental damage to passing vehicles (or your own!). Wooden and metal stakes are NEVER allowed, and the Town cannot be held liable for any damage to the private markers placed in the public Right-Of-Way.

Removable tank holds1000 gallons of brine pre treatment for BIG snow storms. Look for the brine stripes on the pavement.

Rolling tarp covers salt.

PLOW TRUCK FACTS Plow driver sits 6 feet off the ground. 600 Horse power Cummins diesel engine. High mounted lights help driver see over the plow blade.

Warning stick shows the driver the end of the plow blade.

Side Blade: 8 feet long. Blade edge removes for sharpening.

Front blade: 11 feet long.


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 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 - if you see something or someone unusual, call the police

THE GRANDPARENT SCAM A scammer calls, claiming to be your grandchild and indicates they were involved in an incident or accident and need you to send them money right away. They will typically ask for the money in a Western Union or Money Gram wire type service or ask you to purchase pre-paid gift cards/ debit cards and request the information on them. Tell the caller that you will call them back and ask for their phone number. Then call your grandchild or another family member to verify if the call you received is legitimate. These types of scams are very difficult to follow-up on as money is often transacted overseas to unknown destinations. Do not disclose any of your own personal information and as always, contact us anytime if you have any questions or concerns.

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.

Don’t get caught in the rain or snow!

Enjoy covered parking at The Corners of Brookfield

Open Daily from 7am - 9pm 20222 Lower Union St. Brookfield At the corner of Bluemound & Barker


From The Judge’s Bench

Judge JoAnn Eiring

Since the last publication of our Town Tidings, there have not been any new laws (related to municipal court) passed by the legislature. It was suggested I take this opportunity to share some of my background. I have spent my entire career working in the court system. I have served as the Municipal Judge for the Town of Brookfield since being elected as the town’s first judge in 1991. I was appointed, and continue to serve, on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee where I, and six other judges design the curriculum used to train all of Wisconsin’s 240 Municipal Judges. I have been a member of the Wisconsin Municipal Judges Association since 1991 and served on the Board of Directors starting in 1995 through 2012. In addition to serving as your judge, I have worked for Wisconsin Community Services (formerly Wisconsin Correctional Services) since 1980. I began working as a Court Intervention Case Manager in Milwaukee County and am currently the Director of the Adult Court Service Programs in Waukesha County. I transferred to Waukesha County in 1994 to develop and implement a Pretrial Court Service Program. Over the years, I have worked closely with Criminal Justice system partners to expand Adult Court Service Programs in Waukesha County. I am a member of numerous Waukesha County committees and workgroups which enhance and ensure quality court services, such as Interagency Programs for Intoxicated Drivers (IPID), Criminal Justice Collaborating Committee (CJCC) Pretrial Workgroup, and the Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Policy Team. I am responsible for developing program format, quality assurance, reporting, and the hiring/training of staff in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations. I truly love both positions. They allow me to see things from different viewpoints: the defendant’s perspective, the court’s perspective, the defense attorney’s perspective as well as the prosecutor’s perspective. These dual roles let me shape what people experience during their first encounter with the court system. I enjoy working with people. I cannot help everyone, but if I can make a difference here and there, it’s priceless! It has been my honor to serve as your community judge! If you are curious to learn more, court is held on the first and third Thursday evening of each month, starting at 6pm and the public is welcome to observe court proceedings. JoAnn Eiring




Town of Brookfield Fire Department Participates in the FILE OF LIFE Program The File of Life is a plastic folder that contains a form with a person’s critical medical information. The folder has a magnetic strip that allows it to be placed on the refrigerator for access by emergency responders. Why everyone should have their own file of life - Medical emergencies can happen anytime. When they do, there is confusion, panic and urgency. Paramedics arrive on the scene with no information about the person in need. Seconds count – they can make the difference between life and death. Does the patient have prior medical conditions? Allergies? What medications are they taking? Who do they want us to call? How do we contact their family or friends? File of Life puts these answers at their fingertips. It allows first responders to immediately begin the best possible treatment, notify loved ones, and pass this vital data on to awaiting physicians at the emergency room. File of Life has already saved thousands of lives. It is an absolute asset to emergency preparedness, and peace of mind, for every household and community across the nation. File of Life folders and forms can be obtained at the Town of Brookfield Fire Department.

TANKER TRUCK 71 FACTS Ladder extends 78 feet. Stokes for lifting victims.

High intensity lights cut through smoke.

Snorkel sprays 1500 gallons of water per minute.

Wobble light warns oncoming traffic.

Siren is 130 dBs as loud as a jet engine.

Tank holds 500 gallons of water. Truck 71 carries a crew of four fire fighters.

Warning horn similar to a freight train.


Santa is Coming to the Town - New Location!

Beautiful-bright lights, Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies and whole lot of fun describes this great holiday celebration! So don’t miss this year’s Celebration of Lights which will be held at The Corners Market Square (yes, outside! We can move it indoors if necessary). We will have a great time celebrating the holidays, singing holiday carols with the Hillcrest Elementary kids as well as enjoying snacks and hot chocolate. There will even be a visit from jolly ol’ St. Nick so bring those cameras! WHERE: The Corners Market Square

WHEN: Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 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 11, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm FEE: FREE (skates included or bring your own!)

Eble Ice Rink - Learn to Skate

This 5-week class consists of developing basic ice-skating skills for youth ages 4-12. Youth will develop confidence on the ice by learning to forward and backward skate, turns and stops, and falling and recovery. It is suggested that young children bring helmets (bike or other helmet is fine), gloves, and warm clothes to the class. WHEN: Tuesdays; Feb 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27

TIME: 5:00 - 5:30 pm

WHERE: Eble Ice Rink

Easter Egg Hunt - Presented by WaterStone Bank

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. Refreshments will be served. We are looking for adult volunteers to distribute eggs on the day of the event starting at 8:30 am. Call 796-3781 with questions or go to the website. WHERE: Marx Park WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am Sharp! (Rain or Shine!)

FEE: Free

FEE: $60

Registration Day Come into Town Hall to sign up for all your activities, teams, and courses. The Spring/Summer Recreation Guide will be mailed to all town residents the end of March but information is always available online or by contacting the Park & Recreation Dept. Registration Forms are available online ( or at the office. Please make sure to sign up in a timely fashion so that classes and teams can be properly staffed and scheduled. If you can't make it to the office, you can always send in forms or drop them off at the Town Hall's Night Deposit Drop Box. Please note that you can sign up for programs at any time throughout the year. Registration Day is to allow those who want to pay in person or ask questions, to do so face to face. WHERE: Town Hall

WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Spring Soccer

KidsSports, a leader in child-oriented sports programming, is bringing its unique Play and Learn (PaL) program to our community. Designed to introduce the game of soccer in a fun, local and convenient environment; our group of highly trained instructors will teach proper soccer skills like dribbling, passing, trapping, shooting, defending as well as other basic soccer concepts. Our program consists of energized, age-appropriate, skill-specific games followed by organized actual small-sided matches. WHEN: Thursdays, April 19 - May 24 (May 31 makeup date) 4-5 years old: 5:10 - 5:50 pm • 6-7 years old 6:00 - 6:40 pm WHERE: Wray Park



Cooking Classes Instructor: Cooking With Class - Staci Joers

WHERE: Pewaukee Wagner Park

FEE: $22

Thanksgiving Leftover Creations - Monday, November 27, 2017; 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm · Brie & Cranberry Relish Bruschetta · Turkey Shepard’s Pie · Turkey leftover Croquettes with Gravy & Cranberry Sauce · Sweet Potato Pancakes with Bourbon-Brown Sugar Sauce Wisconsin Food Favorites - Monday, February 19, 2018; 6:30-9pm Ask someone from another state about the food of Wisconsin and they will most likely say “Beer, Brats, Cheese”. Yet, there is so much more! Wisconsin has some incredible local foods; you can choose from an extraordinary array of edibles: produce from apples and cranberries to zucchini; ethnic sausages and grass-fed meats; fish from lake and stream; foraged foods; and specialties like hand-crafted beers and wines and cream puffs. · Brat-stickers with Beer-Soy dipping Sauce · Captains Steak Joynt-style Beer Cheese Fondue with Captains "Chips" · Chicken Booyah · Cranberry-Cherry Rustic Tart Restaurant Knock-off Recipes from Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - Wednesday, March 14, 2018; 6:30-9pm Forrest Gump is a 1986 novel by Winston Groom. The title character retells adventures ranging from shrimp boating and ping pong championships, to thinking about his childhood love, as he bumbles his way through American history, with everything from the Vietnam War to college football becoming part of the story. Released in 1994 starring Tom Hanks, The Bubba Gump Restaurant chain was inspired by the movie. You'll sample... · Shrimpin' Dippin' Broth with Baguettes · Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp · Shrimp Po' Boy with Remoulade · Mama's Bread Pudding with Whiskey Butter Sauce

Sanitary District #4 SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT Tony Skof, Superintendent

Like always, it has been a very busy summer for us along with the normal system maintenance. This year we had extra needed inspections and testing to be completed. The “new” water tower is already 5 years old so we needed to do a complete drain down inspection as required by the DNR code, and I’m happy to say that there was nothing that needed attention. We also had to do a complete drain down, cleaning, and inspection of one of our water storage reservoirs which also passed with no issues, and we will also be doing the same to the water tower on Barker Road. Besides our standard testing, we did extensive water testing - which included lead and copper - and so far the results that have been coming back have been looking very good. I again would like to thank those homeowners for the time and help who collected lead and copper water samples for us. The sewer side was much quieter for us which is great. Our contractor is in town cleaning and videoing some of the sewer mains as they do annually. Remember that grease, oils, and “flushable wipes” can create problems not only in our sewer mains and treatment plant, but also in your home plumbing. So be aware of what you pour down the drain. Since our water meets all of the DNR and EPA standards for safe drinking water we are not a part of the plan to receive Lake Michigan water as the City of Waukesha will be doing. Our 6 wells pump water from the shallow dolomite aquifer and not the deep aquifer that contains a higher level of radium. Because of the good quality of water that we supply, we would not be able to get water from Lake Michigan even if we wanted to. The water that we pump from our 6 wells flow through filters to remove iron that is predominant in the shallow aquifer and we add chlorine that is required for disinfection. From there, it is pumped into the water system via water mains to your homes and businesses. As the weather turns cooler and the snow begins to fall, please remember to keep fire hydrants free from snow this winter so if there is an emergency the fire fighters will have quicker access to them. So you do not have any freezing problems this winter, turn off outside hose bibs and remove garden hoses. Have a great holiday season, and enjoy the winter months. ----------------------------------------Lead and Copper in Compliance The Sanitary District has many older homes that were constructed when lead plumbing materials were commonly used. Lead solder was used with copper pipes until 1984. Even today, lead can be found in some new 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 eleventh 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 6.4 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 230 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. ---------------------------------------------------Voluntary Mercury Removal & Chloride Reduction Reminder Sanitary District No. 4 operates what is referred to as a collection system for our waste. The treatment of said waste is handled by the Fox River Water Pollution Control Center located in the City of Brookfield. The treatment plant is asking for your help in reducing chloride and mercury discharge into the system. Mercury has always been on the DNR’s watch list, and currently they are also asking for our help in the reduction of chlorides. We have brochures: “Water Softeners and The Environment” and “The Waukesha County Mercury Collection Program” available at the Town Hall. Mercury Mercury is an extremely toxic, non-degrading substance in the environment. As an environmental contaminant, mercury travels far and wide in air and water. Mercury poisoning has been linked to nervous system, kidney and liver damage, and impaired childhood development. What can you do to reduce mercury in your wastewater? Remove mercury at the source by bringing your mercury to a hazardous waste or authorized mercury collection site. Mercury can be found in electrical switches, thermostats, fluorescent lights, thermometers, blood pressure gauges, chemical reagents and cleaners. Do not pour mercury down the drain and do not place it in the trash. Please call Waukesha County at (262)896-8327, or go to for more information. Chloride The DNR is requiring the Brookfield treatment plant to identify significant sources of chloride discharged to the sewer system. State regulation NR211.40 authorizes publicly owned sewage treatment works to regulate chloride discharges from all sources. Voluntary source reduction efforts will be sought from any significant dischargers. What can you do to reduce chloride in your wastewater? A major origin of chloride discharge is water softeners and water softening processes. Source reduction efforts include using the minimum salt dosage required during softener regeneration. Or you could use potassium chloride, which is more expensive, instead of sodium chloride. Another way is to replace your old softener with a softener that uses a meter instead of a timer for regenerations. --------------------------------------------------EXERCISING YOUR VALVES When we come out to make a scheduled meter change, we find that many of the valves before and after the meter have not been exercised and are stiff or frozen. This can be problematic when we change the meter. It could be catastrophic if something in your house breaks and you need to turn the water off quickly as that is your main feed line. It would be prudent to exercise the valves, turning them off and on at least once a year, as we do with our main valves.

UTILITY BILL PAYMENT USING CHARGE CARDS You can now make payments of your utility bill by credit or debit card. Go to or call 888-604-7888. Pay Utilities, Pay Location Code 8377. A GovPayNet Service Fee will be added to the amount of your payment based on the amount of the transaction whether it is via Internet or Call Center/Live Agent. You will be given the total amount prior to completing the transaction.

Town of Brookfield | Town Tidings 645 N. Janacek Road Brookfield, WI 53045-6052

Town of Brookfield Town Tidings Fall 2017  

The official newsletter for the Town of Brookfield Wisconsin

Town of Brookfield Town Tidings Fall 2017  

The official newsletter for the Town of Brookfield Wisconsin