March 30 Issue
Earth Hour
Stay Flood Safe
Bike In to the PD
Oak Wilt
Ordinance of the Week

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This Week in History

On March 29, 1975, two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam as Hanoi frees the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. America's direct eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War was at an end.  The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular foreign war in U.S. history and cost 58,000 American lives.

Thought for the Week 

"Real difficulties can be overcome. It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. "


-- Theodore N. Vail

Recycling Info


We're working to recycle more in 2012.  Let's check our totals: 


3/28/12: 10.42

2011 YTD: 132.8

2012 YTD: 136.8

An Earthly Cause  

Take time this Saturday, March 31 to join in on Earth Hour.  From 8:30pm to 9:30pm, join friends, businesses and others from arouDSTnd the country in turning off your lights to promote energy conservation. 


Earth Hour, a project of the World Wildlife Fund, was started two years ago in Sydney, Australia.  Last year more than 50 million people turned off their lights during the event, including landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Coca-Cola billboard in New York City's Time Square.

The Rainy Season  

Last Friday, the Village saw the first intense rain storm of the Spring.  While we can't prevent when and how much rain we will receive, there are few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of flooding in and around your property.   

  • Make sure that all storm sewer drains are free of debris that could inhibit flow of water.
  • Make sure your ditch and driveway are clear of debris.
  • Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves, sticks, etc., that may block the flow of water from your roof.
  • Properly grade the area under your downspouts and around your home, so that rain water flows away from your foundation.  Splash blocks can help rain water at downspouts flow in the proper direction.  If necessary, extend your downspouts.
  • It is recommended to set plantings away from the foundation to ensure regular watering does not add to soil moisture.
  • Ensure that landscaping around the foundation starts at 8 inches down from the top of your foundation wall and slopes away from the house.  Failure to do so may cause moisture to build up at or around the foundation to promote the environment for mold growth.
Safety Net

It's time to get your bike licensed.  That's right - with Summer on the horizon, many residents are turning to their bikes for recreation, exercise and transportation. 


Stop into the Police Department to have your bike bike licensed.  For just a one time fee of $10, your bike is licensed for life.  Licensing helps provide identification should the situation ever arise that you need to locate or identify a lost bike.  Licenses include the bike make and model, owner information, and serial number.  There currently are over 200 registered bikes in the Village - make sure yours is too!

Get Out and Vote

Don't forget to head over to Bayside Middle School on Tuesday, April 3 for the Spring election.  Depending on the location of your home, the ballot will contain races including:

  • Presidential Preference;
  • Bayside Trustees;
  • County Executive;
  • School Board;
  • Judicial;
  • Milwaukee County Advisory Referendum. 

Polls will be open from 7am-8pm, and residents are asked to use the Pelham Parkway/Standish Place entrance when coming to vote. Also, Friday, March 30 at 5:00pm is the deadline to vote absentee for the April 3 election.  You may stop in to vote absentee at Village Hall.  For more information, contact Lynn Galyardt

Prevent the Wilt

Forest health experts say unseasonably warm weather across Wisconsin is raising concerns that oak wilt, a serious and almost always fatal fungal disease of red oaks, will likely appear sooner than normal and encourage landowners to stop pruning oaks from now through the end of July.  "Very small sap beetles transport fungal spores by landing on fungal mats found beneath the cracked bark of trees that died the previous year," explained DNR Forest Health Specialist, Brian Schwingle. "The spores are then transmitted from a beetle's body onto the fresh wound of a healthy oak tree while the beetle is feeding at the pruned or damaged site"


Homeowners should take special care to avoid wounding oaks from now through July. In fact, any action that might provide an opening into the tree, such as carving initials into the tree or attaching a birdfeeder or clothes line, could provide an opportunity for the oak wilt fungus to invade and establish itself in the tree.  

Ordinance of the Week: Get Permitted


Sec. 14-141 - Building Permits Required

No addition to, alteration or repair of an existing one-family or two-family dwelling may be undertaken unless a building permit for the work is first obtained by the owner or agent from the building inspector after approval of the architectural review committee or unless the work is deemed minor repair or a razing or demolition project by the building inspector.  In this subsection, "minor repair" means repair performed for maintenance or replacement purposes on any existing one-family or two-family dwelling that does not affect room arrangement, light and ventilation, access to or efficiency of any exit stairways or exits, fire protection or exterior aesthetic appearance and that does not increase a given occupancy and use.