Monday, March 11, 2013
Caledonia elections are heating up and there are four seats on the Caledonia Village Board up for grabs. Submit your questions and we'll get them answered.
Four of the seven Caledonia village board seats are up for election this spring including the village president's position, and each has a contested race on April 2 along with the other positions. Trustees serve two-year terms and are paid $6,600 per year. The village president is paid $13,000 per year and serves a two-year term. We wondered what questions our readers would like asked during our coverage of the elections this season. Feel free to add them in the comments section. Trustee No 1 *Kathy Burton (filed non-candidacy) Ed Willing, 5754 Winstar Lane David Prott, 2442 Rebecca Drive Trustee No. 3 A primary was held for this race in February, but Jim Tiderman had announced prior to the election that he was pulling out of the race. …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The project seems to be taking forever to complete, but here's the latest update from Mike Hayek, the Village Engineer.
Bridge building will begin on the Four Mile underpass project next week, said Mike Hayek, the village engineer. The project is meant to ease traffic congestion along the railroad tracks on Four Mile Road just west of Douglas Avenue and has been in the works since 2005. The underpass project was initiated because of a $2 billion We Energies expansion, which was completed in January. Progress has been made on the project, but the scheduled open date is now planned for July 2013. The road was originally closed in October 2011 and was set to complete by the end of this year. The project was delayed because the scope of the project had to be changed to include two bridges instead of one. They've also reduced the track shift from three to two. …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
You're busy, so we compiled a list of a few items... you know, like who the football team will play next, what the Village Board will talk about and a few area events you won't want to miss.
1. The Horlick Rebels won against Indian Trail Acadamy 35 to 0, check out the photos here. They'll face the Washington Park Panthers on Sept. 7. 2. The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue. The full agendas are attached as a .pdf in the photo gallery. They'll vote on: 3. In a special meeting that will be held after the regular Village Board meeting, the Board will meet in closed session to discuss the Police Officers’ union labor contract negotiation/mediation issues and Highway Department union labor contract negotiations. 4. Labor Fest Set For Monday, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Caledonia Village Caledonia/Mount Pleasant Park, 10005 Northwestern Ave, Franksville, WI 5. Check …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Caledonia's Village President, Ron Coutts, said he's been talking about the idea of consolidating fire departments with Racine and South Shore for months with the Mayor and Village presidents, but the idea has been tabled.
Caledonia's Fire Department will not merge with any others, after the Village Board voted against continuing consolidation talks with the Racine or South Shore fire departments on Tuesday. In a closed session meeting, Ron Coutts, president of the Village of Caledonia, told the rest of the Board that over the past six months he had met with officials from Racine, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant to talk about consolidating the three fire departments into one. After an hour of discussion, the Board came out of closed session and unanimously rejected the idea of exploring the matter any further. Coutts said he voted against it because of Mount Pleasant’s budget instability as that village tries to plug a $300,000 hole in the South Shore budget …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Get involved in your local government. Here's when they are meeting and what they'll be talking about it.
Legislative/Licensing Committee: 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2012 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave. Zoning Board of Appeals: public hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in the East Side Community Center at 6156 Douglas Avenue, Caledonia Village Board: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue, Racine Caledonia Plan Commission: Public hearings and meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The driver of a semi-truck died after trying to avoid crashing into a car at Nicholson and 5-Mile Road over Memorial Day. The village is now taking steps to make the intersection safer.
A fatal crash between a car and semi truck driver that happened over Memorial Day weekend has served as an impetus for the village to make the intersection safer. At the Public Works Committee meeting last week, Village Board member Tom Weatherston asked to staff make the intersection of 5-Mile and Nicholson roads a four-way stop or to at least have signs under the existing stop signs stating that traffic on Nicholson Road does not stop. Board member Jim Dobbs said there have been five accidents at this intersection in the past three years and said he felt a sign under the stop sign would work, according to minutes from the meeting. Blaine Pfeffer, superintendent of the Highway Department, said signs stating that cross-traffic does not …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Caledonia's Village Board discussed how they fund storm sewer projects, which they currently have on the property tax bills. But they want to make one village-wide district where all property owners pay.
UPDATE: The Storm Sewer Utility District will meet to discuss hiring a consulting firm to study the potential for a storm sewer user fee at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Caledonia Police Department, 6900 Nicholson Road, in the courtroom. Original Story: The Village may ask tax-exempt property owners – including churches, schools and non-profit organizations – to pay for storm sewer projects. Currently the Village funds the projects through a tax levy, but they are looking at establishing a user fee that all property owners pay to fund capital, maintenance, operational and compliance-based projects. The Village Board approved the concept and has asked a Village staff member to put together a draft request for a proposal to fund a study, which …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Legislative and Licensing Committee and a Special Village Board meeting will be held Monday night. Find out what they'll be talking about.
The Legislative and Licensing Committee will met at 4 p.m. Monday at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave. Here's what they'll be talking about: A Special Village Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave. 1. The Sisters of St. Dominic are looking to get an early start permit and conditional use permit so they can raze a portion of the Siena Center and reconstruct the building. To learn more, click here.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Because the old tower is contaminated with radium and isn't being used, the Village is moving forward with building a new water tower.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Village will build a new water tower to replace the existing tower. A 750,000 gallon elevated water tank, located at 4611 Seven Mile Road, will serve as a water supply source for the Village of Caledonia Utility District within the Oak Creek service area. The Village borrowed $1.36 million to build the water tower, which is expected to be online sometime in the spring of 2013. The current water tower, which held 100,000 gallons of water, isn’t being used because it’s contaminated with radium. The color of the tower will be the same as the water tower in the industrial park and will display the words Caledonia on it.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
After the Union Pacific Railroad officials backed out on doing some of the work for the Four Mile Road underpass project, officials with the Village scrambled to rebid out the project and work is set to begin again.
Work on the Four Mile Road underpass project is set to begin again next week, but now the road won't be reopened until July 2013. The road was originally closed in October 2011 and was set to be completed December 2012. Village engineer Mike Hayek told the Village Board last month that he needed to rebid out some of the track work because Union Pacific, the company that originally planned to do the work, pulled out of doing part of the project because they didn't have the manpower to do it, according to a story in the Journal Times. "The hold up with the UP isn't something the Village could have anticipated," Hayek said. The Village Board approved the new contract with Volkmann Railroad Builders, Menominee Falls last week for $367,134. But…