Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Three of five alderpersons voted for a 2.74 percent tax levy increase, more than the 1.98 percent bump proposed in Mayor Michael Neitzke's 2013 budget.
A majority of Greenfield alderpersons voted to raise the property tax levy above what Mayor Michael Neitzke proposed in his 2013 budget Tuesday. Neitzke’s budget called for a property tax levy of $21,834,243, but an amendment by Alderperson Tom Pietrowski tacked on an additional $161,204, raising the tax levy 2.74 percent compared to 2012. Neitzke’s proposal included a 1.98 percent levy increase over 2012, largely to pay off debt. Alderpersons Karl Kastner and Shirley Saryan backed Pietrowski’s amendment, which called for the additional $161,204 to go to the general fund to pay for public safety while shifting state transportation aids from the general fund to capital projects such as roads. Alderpersons Linda Lubotsky and Pam Akers voted …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The moves open the door for the Ridge, to use approximately 60,000 square feet of the property for church-related functions with the rest of the building, or 50,000 square feet, to be leased commercial space.
The Ridge Community Church moved one step closer to permanently moving to Greenfield – again. More than six months after the city rezoned land on Layton Avenue so that the Ridge could build a church in a residential area – that deal fell through at the last minute – the city once again paved the way for the Ridge to something even more dramatic. On Tuesday, the Greenfield Common Council voted to amend the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan at 4500 S. 108th Street, a nine-parcel piece of land that currently houses Walmart, from planned business to planned mixed us and rezoned the property from regional business district to planned unit development. The moves open the door for the Ridge, which has an accepted offer-to-purchase the entire …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A request by a business owner to add a banquet hall to his existing wedding chapel was shot down by the Greenfield Common Council on Tuesday for the second time this year.
With concerns from neighboring residents about parking, safety and a myriad of other issues not going away, the Greenfield Common Council stood by a decision it made earlier this year to prevent a local wedding chapel owner from expanding his business to include a banquet hall. On Tuesday, alderpersons voted 4-1 to deny Jeff Kohl’s special use permit request – again – that would have allowed him to serve alcohol in a private, 1,100-square-foot banquet room in space adjacent to his Parkside Wedding Chapel, 9008 W. Forest Home Ave. “I don’t think it’s fair to the people who live on this street,” Alderman Thomas Pietrowski said. “They bought their houses knowing that there was a business by them but they didn’t know they’d be impacted by …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Alderpersons Karl Kastner, Shirley Saryan and Pam Akers officially started their new terms as Common Council members Tuesday.
Before selecting a new president, the Greenfield Common Council welcomed back three of its own. Karl Kastner, Pam Akers and Shirley Saryan, three alderpersons who ran unopposed in the April 3 election, were sworn in at a ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday before the Common Council’s regularly scheduled meeting. State Senator Mary Lazich, Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski, several Greenfield department heads, Whitnall and Greenfield School Board members and dozens of others celebrated the event. Later, at the Common Council meeting, Alderman Thomas Pietrowski, who won re-election last spring, was voted the council’s president, taking the reins from Kastner. Pietrowski and Kastner nominated themselves for the position. “I think …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Common Council agreed to place an advisory referendum on the spring ballot.
Joe Sanfelippo was making the rounds to city and village meetings Tuesday night, essentially asking the various boards he spoke in front of to let his constiuents say if he deserves a pay decrease or should even keep his job. Sanfelippo, the 17th District Milwaukee County Supervisor who has consituents in Greenfield, is one of a handful of supervisors seeking County Board reforms that would reduce the number of supervisors from 18 to nine and make the position part-time rather than full-time. “The overwhelming majority of the calls we get are in support of reform,” Sanfelippo told the Greenfield Common Council on Tuesday at City Hall. “We’ve been hearing from our citizens loud and clear that reform of some type is needed. The board, …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Hours of discussion over the last several weeks culminated in a brief public hearing Tuesday.
With little opposition voiced by residents, the City of Greenfield’s annual budget hearing was relatively smooth sailing. And with only a few minor tweaks and the addition of a few footnotes added to the mix, the budget proposed by Mayor Michael Neitzke last month was passed, 4-1, by the Common Council on Tuesday at City Hall. The city’s 2012 operating budget will be $23,715,134, up 2.78 percent from last year, and includes a 2.15 percent property tax increase. The tax rate of $7.21 per $1,000 of assessed value equates to $34 more per year for a property owner with a home assessed at $200,000. Only three residents spoke at the hearing, and only one of them was opposed to budget, specifically the potential borrowing of nearly $11 million …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Common Council voted 4-1 to rezone land from residential to institutional to make way for the church.
Like a family that outgrows a starter home, the congregation of The Ridge Community Church is just about ready for a bigger dwelling and a sense of permanency. The Greenfield Common Council paved the way for The Ridge Community Church to put down its roots in Greenfield when it voted 4-1 in favor of rezoning land in the 9500/9700 blocks of West Layton Avenue from residential to institutional Tuesday. The move all but assures The Ridge Community Church will build a 23,000-square-foot-building on 12 acres of land, barring any unforeseeable problems between the church and the city’s planning commission. The church originally held its services at The Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and has spent the last one and a half years at Whitnall High School…
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Greenfield Common Council voted in favor of rezoning land in the 9500/9700 blocks of Layton Avenue.
The Ridge Community Church moved one step closer to finding a permanent home Tuesday. The Greenfield Common Council voted 4-1 in favor of rezoning land in the 9500/9700 blocks of Layton Avenue as institutional at the council's meeting at City Hall. Alderman Thomas Pietrowski voted against the move that paves the way for a 23,000-square-foot church, whose officials had been eyeing the land for some time. The church previously held prayer services at The Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and has been operating out of Whitnall High School for the last year and a half. Next up for the church is a return visit to the city's Plan Commission to finalize some site and landscaping concerns. Check out Greenfield Patch on Wednesday for a complete story.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
A similar ordinance had business owners up in arms last summer.
One year after creating an uproar with its resale ordinance that was later rescinded, it appears the City of Greenfield got its redo done right. The Greenfield Common Council approved the repeal and recreation of its ordinance relating to pawnbrokers, second-hand article dealers and second-hand jewelry dealers Tuesday by a 3-1 vote. Alderperson Thomas Pietrowski voted against the ordinance; Alderperson Pam Akers was not in attendance. “The creation of this ordinance was kind of an unprecedented thing, at least as long as I’ve been around, which is 21 years,” Greenfield Interim Police Chief Brad Wentlandt said. “The ordinance, as it sits before you, is probably 50 percent input from the business and 50 percent regulatory issues we had …