Monday, April 1, 2013
Many of this year's local races, including that for mayor, are uncontested. But there are still plenty of reasons for voters to go to the polls.
Before you hit the voting booth Tuesday, April 2, we want to give you all the information you know about all the candidates you'll see on the ballot. Three races are uncontested: mayor, Greenfield School Board and Whitnall School Board. But voters will have other choices to make. See below for information on the upcoming election and a breakdown of every race, with links to individual candidate profiles. Sample Ballot: The state provides sample ballot information on its Voter Public Access website. Registered voters can enter their name and birthdate to see their voting history and a sample ballot. Polling locations: There are six polling locations in Greenfield: Here are the races and candidates who will be on the ballot: Greenfield Mayor…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Greenfield mayor is running unopposed in the April 2 spring election, only the second mayor to do so in the city's 56-year history.
Michael Neitzke admits he doesn’t think of himself as the mayor of the third-largest Milwaukee County suburb and the 20th largest city in Wisconsin. He has a hard time getting used to people calling him mayor, even though he’s held that title here in Greenfield for the last eight years. In his own eyes, he’s just a hometown kid who really cares about the community he grew up in. “There are very few jobs on earth, I think, where you can wake up and drive by something, or see a police officer in a car or go by a park that formerly wasn’t one and say, ‘You know, I make a difference,’” Neitzke said. Neitzke, 49, will continue to make that difference presumably for four more years. Greenfield’s 10th mayor is running unopposed in this spring’s …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The group consists of local school districts and municipalities and is designed to increase community engagement in Hales Corners, Greendale and Greenfield.
What needs to happen in our community to get the schools we want? That’s the key question a new group focused on community engagement is hoping to get an answer to as it continues to interact with the citizens, community and business leaders, parents and other stakeholders. The group, called “Forward Thinking” is a collaboration of the Greenfield, Greendale and Whitnall school districts, as well the City of Greenfield and Villages of Hales Corners and Greendale. Over the last few months, administrative leaders of all six entities have been meeting every other week with the aim of building a stronger bond between public schools and the communities they are in. Future Whitnall School Board member LuAnn Bird has played a key role in …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Quick, name another community that doesn't have its name on its water tower. You'll probably be hard-pressed to do so.
Sometimes it’s nice to stand apart from a crowd and be lauded for your individuality. But not all the time. The City of Greenfield continues to miss out on a terrific branding opportunity and chance to strengthen community identity by failing to address its “naked” water tower. It’s been two years this month since the Common Council was last asked by Mayor Michael Neitzke to approve funding to put the city’s name on the water tower near 92nd and Howard Avenue. Back in 2011, Neitzke suggested to the alderpersons the city use $7,000 from the city’s hotel/motel tax tourism account to paint “Greenfield” on the tower, which is operated by Milwaukee Water Works. Alderperson Shirley Saryan moved to approve the spending, but the motion died for …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Residents are encouraged to participate in a community interest survey.
Greenfield officials are beginning to organize a community farmers market that would begin in summer 2013 to take advantage of the full growing season. Details of dates, times and location are still being determined. “We strongly believe that a farmers market will be a vibrant addition to the city,” Mayor Michael Neitzke said. “A market providing access to fresh, healthy and locally grown produce will be a great benefit to our residents and will contribute to making Greenfield a better place.” In an effort to create a farmers market that serves the needs of the Greenfield community, a planning committee has developed a consumer feedback survey. The survey aims to assess the level of community interest and to assist in determining the …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Ridge Community Church, which just began renovations of the former Walmart building, gave the city Walmart's lawn and garden building.
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Wednesday, January 30
Pastor Mark Weigt of The Ridge Community Church has said often his church would “be a good neighbor.” And though The Ridge is not expected to move into its new home on Highway 100 until the spring, it has already made good on that promise. The church, which began renovating the former Walmart building Jan. 11, has donated the lawn and garden building on the north end of the old Walmart to the City of Greenfield. The Division of Public Works plans to use it to store city equipment. “The donation by the church allows the city to obtain a useful structure that we would not otherwise have the means to afford,” Mayor Michael Neitzke said. “For pennies on the dollar, when one takes into account that we have to remove it and reinstall it, the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Greenfield resident Julie Degaro was appointed to the city’s Police and Fire Commission on Tuesday.
Greenfield resident Julie Degaro's mayoral appointment to the city’s Police and Fire Commission was approved by the Common Council on Tuesday. Since 2005, Degaro has worked at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee as the accounts payable supervisor. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s degree in business administration from Alverno College. “I think we found a fantastic candidate,” Mayor Michael Neitzke said. Degaro replaces Kelly Biever.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Mayor Michael Neitzke will run unopposed in 2013, though Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky flirted with a campaign.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
No candidates emerged after Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky pulled out of the race.
Barring a write-in campaign, incumbent Mayor Michael Neitzke will be unopposed in his bid for a third four-year term. Only Neitzke filed the necessary paperwork to run for mayor in April. The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Jan. 2. "It’s an honor for me to serve the city that I grew up in and raise my family in," Neitzke said in an email to Patch just before the filing deadline. "Whether or not someone enters the race, or re-enters the race, I’ll continue to do the best that I can for the city. I can’t really worry about that stuff." First District Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky had initiated the paperwork process for candidates last month but pulled out of the race two days later. She then took a few shots at Neitzke and said there…
Saturday, December 22, 2012
First District Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky decided to challenge incumbent Michael Neitzke but two days later changed her mind. That didn't stop her from taking a few shots at him.
Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky took initial steps to run for mayor of Greenfield this week, filing papers Tuesday to challenge incumbent Michael Neitzke. Two days later, however, Lubotsky withdrew her name from the race. Had she stayed in, things would have gotten interesting, at least based on comments she made about Neitzke, who announced earlier this month he would be running for a third term in April. Lubotsky told Greenfield Patch via email she was offered a part-time job with a law office in New Berlin on Wednesday, a position she said she applied for a few weeks ago. “For a (part-time), job they will pay me over half what I'd make as mayor,” Lubotsky said. “I truly believe things happen for a reason. Mike will be happy I'm sure. He gets…