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City of Port Washington - News And Information Archive - 2017

June - 2017

Recent Development Projects
Recent development projects reviewed by the Plan Commission on June 15, 2017:
Prairie's Edge - Final Concept Development Plant with Phasing - South Bluff Development
Prairie's Edge - South Bluff Development
Hidden Hills Active Adult Community
Pier Street Apartments & Harborview Lane
Lakepointe Townhomes
Lakepointe Townhomes - Landscape Plan

Railing at Coal Dock Promenade
Badger Railing will be installing railing on the Coal Dock Promenade starting Monday, June 19, 2017. The Coal Dock Promenade will be closed. Please stay away from the construction area. The new railing installation should be completed by Friday, 06/23/17.

Library Telescope Program
The Niederkorn Library has been chosen by the Northern Cross Science Foundation to receive an Orion Stgarblast 4.5 telescope. Patrons will be able to check out the telescope beginning in August. Grafton and West Bend Public LIbraries are the only other libraries receiving this gift. For more information, please visit:

Water Rate Increase
The Port Washington Municipal Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates. The increase is necessary due to a 23% increase in utility plant investment and a 6% increase in operating expenses in the 9 years since the last water rate case in 2008. Click here for the Public Notice and the PSC (Public Service Commission) Report.

May - 2017

Bring Your Bikes - It's The 2017 Bike Rodeo!
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, 1325 Theis Lane. Presented by the Port Washington Police Department. There will be a bicycle raffle, free helmets and give-aways, free bike registration, bicycle safety training and agility courses. All ages are welcome!

City Hall Holiday Hours
City Hall will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day. City Hall will re-open Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Have a great holiday weekend!

North Breakwater Lighthouse
Click here to view Mayor Mlada's presentation from the May 16th, 2017 Common Council meeting regarding the North Breakwater Lighthouse.

Newest Proclamation
Mayor Mlada presented a proclamation at the 05/16/17 Common Council meeting declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month and the week of May 1st as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. Please visit our Proclamations page for more information.

Tall Ship S/V Denis Sullivan
Discovery World's tall ship, the S/V Denis Sullivan, will be back in Port Washington again this summer! Ticket for June 1-4, 2017 sails are now available for purchase online at

2017 Marina Study
The 2017 City of Port Washington Marina Study is available for download and viewing. Click here.

Breakwater Fact Sheet
At our Common Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Mayor Mlada shared with all members of the public in attendance this "Breakwater Fact Sheet" for their reference and use as a guide in the ongoing discussion about the necessary investment to repair the breakwaters protecting our harbor, marina, lakefront, and public access to Lake Michigan. This is a relatively concise summary of a very complex topic, but Mayor Mlada believes that in preparing and sharing it with our City and County residents we can advance a better understanding of the many important considerations involved.

As the Mayor highlighted in his 45-minute presentation, there are simple ways for YOU to make a difference for "Our Home Port." Please use this opportunity to contact your Ozaukee County Board Supervisor, our elected State representatives, and our elected Federal legislators -- and let them know you (we!) need their support of our community efforts to repair this vital infrastructure! Your voice matters!

Once more, thank you for engaging on these topics, part of the Mayor's "Challenges and Opportunities" series that will be a focus at every Council meeting until the end of 2017. We are grateful for your continued support of and advocacy for our City leadership efforts!

Download the Breakwater Fact Sheet.

2016 Annual Reports
2016 Annual Reports for City Departments are in. You may view them on our Annual Reports page.

Spring 2017 City Newsletter
The Spring 2017 City of Port Washington Newsletter is here! You may sign up to receive City Newsletters and other important notices by clicking the "Newsletters & Alerts Sign Up" button above on this page. To read the 2017 Spring Newsletter, please visit our City Newsletters.

Newest Proclamations
Visit the City of Port Washington Proclamations page to see the newest proclamations presented for Creative Economy Week and Buddy Poppies Poppy Drive.

Changes To City Brush Collection Policy
Please visit our Department Of Public Works website for updated information regarding changes to the City Brush Collection Policy.

April - 2017

Challenges & Opportunities
Please visit Mayor Tom Mlada's page for a message regarding City Challenges and Opportunities for the remainder of 2017.

Harbour Lights ProclamationNewest Proclamations
Please visit the City of Port Washington Proclamations page. Read the latest proclamations presented for Volunteer Appreciation Month honoring the many volunteers who make Port Washington great, and to Harbour Lights for being honored as Main Street "Best New Building".
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2017 Parks Plus
The new 2017 Parks Plus from the City of Port Washington Parks & Recreation Department is out! View it here:

2017-2018 Wisconsin Municipal Guide
For a listing of contacts at Wisconsin Municipalities, State and Regional Contacts, State Assembly, State Senate and U.S. Congress, please visit the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Municipal Guide.

Joint Review Board Meeting
The Joint Review Board will be meeting on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit our Boards, Committees and Commissions page and click on "Agendas/Minutes" for the Joint Review Board.

Holiday Hours
City Hall will be closed Friday, April 14, 2017. City Hall will re-open on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Newest Proclamations
Visit the City of Port Washington Proclamations page to see the newest proclamations presented to Alderman Bill Driscoll, Alderman Dan Becker, Alderman Kevin Rudser and J.D. Rudser.

Community Recycling Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Port Washington High School, 427 W. Jackson St. Proceeds benefit Port Washington High School FIRST® Robotics Team and Thomas Jefferson Middle School FIRST® LEGO® League Teams. For more information on items that are accepted, please click here or visit

2017 Street and Water Main Improvement Project
On Monday, April 3, the City's contractor, Dorner Inc., will begin working on the 2017 Street and Water Main Improvement Project. Main St. will be closed and parking will be prohibited between Wisconsin St. and Franklin St. This work will take approximately three weeks. Also scheduled for Monday, April 3rd on Harrison St. and Dodge St., the pavement over the water main trenches will be pulverized and compacted. The watermain and street improvements are otherwise scheduled to proceed as follows:

April 6 - June 10: N. Harrison St. (Jackson to Dodge)
May 5 - June 26: W. Dodge St. (Webster St. to Wisconsin St.)
May 26 - August 11: N. Montgomery St. (Dodge St. to Walters St.)
July 9 - September 1: W. Pierre Lane (Montgomery to Wisconsin)
July 18 - September 1: W. Walters St. (Holden to Wisconsin)
July 18 - September 1: N. Holden St. (Walters to Jefferson)

All roads will be closed to through traffic, but abutting residents will have access to their driveways except when they are being re-constructed.

The schedule is subject to change based on weather, utility conflicts, and other factors. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or the City’s Project Representative, Robin Semanko, 414-403-0895.

March - 2017

New City Assessors
The City of Port Washington has new assessors, who may be going door to door, leaving postcards. Their contact information is: Ryan Andersen, Associated Appraisal Consultants, 1314 W. College Ave., P.O. Box 2111, Appleton, WI 54912-2111, Phone: 1-800-721-4157, Fax: 920-731-4158, email:, website:

Answers Regarding Surplus Lands In Downtown Port Washington
Questions have been raised as to why the City is in a “rush to sell” public land, in particular, downtown parking lots. For more information, please click here.

NEW - 2016 Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report
The new City of Port Washington 2016 Consumer Confidence Report is now available to view online. Click here to view.

Employment Opportunities
The City of Port Washington is accepting applications for part-time summer positions in the Water, Wastewater and Street Departments. Please visit our Employment page for more information.

Snow Ordinance Lifted
Based on the extended weather forecast for the remainder of March, the Port Washington Police Department will be lifting the snow ordinance. You may now park your vehicles on the roadway overnight without calling in for permission. Please remember there is no overnight parking anytime on Grand Ave., Franklin St. and N. Wisconsin St. as these are considered state highways.

Public Meeting For Marine Sanctuary
The City of Port Washington in conjunction with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leadership will be hosting our Public Scoping meeting in the Lakeview Community Room (former Wilson House) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. This is a very important opportunity for us to showcase our strong collective support for the Designation of our proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary. In short, we need to be visible with a strong turnout and a loud unified voice. The public comment period ends on March 31st; please don't miss this chance to offer yours! We are asking for your help in the following ways:

  • Attend the Public Scoping meeting
  • Bring a friend, a family member, a colleague with you
  • Help us spread the word through your personal and professional networks
Attendance at the meetings in Algoma, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan has been very strong. We are fortunate to have partner communities who share our passion for the Designation of our Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary. Remember, this will essentially function as an underwater national park, one of only 15 or 16 in the nation - right here off our Lake Michigan shores -- what an extraordinary opportunity that presents us with limitless possibilities! We've all worked very hard to get this done, and now we are so very, very close. Please help us with a very positive demonstration of support on Thursday night! See you at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Community Room. To read more about our efforts, please visit our Marine Sanctuary page.

Early Voting & Registration
The City of Port Washington will hold in-person early Absentee Voting and in-person Voter Registration Wednesday, March 15th - Friday, March 31st at City Hall, 100 W. Grand Avenue, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. To vote early by Absentee Ballot you must be a registered voter. To check if you are currently registered, go to or by contacting City Hall at 262-284-5585. To vote in-person early by Absentee Ballot you must provide Photo ID. For more information, please visit the City of Port Washington Elections page.

Monday Garbage Pick-Up Suspended
Garbage pickup for Monday, March 13, 2017 has been suspended for today due to the snow storm. Monday's garbage and Tuesday's garbage will be picked on on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Please do not put your carts in the street, please place on the parkway or the driveway approach.

February - 2017

Election Results
You may view election results after any election by visiting the Ozaukee County Elections page.

Breakwater News
After two years of planning work and securing of necessary funds, our City of Port Washington begins work on Monday to completely transform the gateway entrance to the North breakwater! The crane is poised and ready for action! Visit our Breakwater News page for more information.

Employment Opportunities
The City of Port Washington is accepting applications for the positions of Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Street Maintenance, Parks Maintenance Supervisor and summer positions in the Water and Street Departments. Please visit our Employment page for more information.

Mayor's 2017 State Of The City Address
Click here to view Mayor Tom Mlada's 2017 State Of The City Address.

South Bluff Development Proposals
Prairie's Edge
Seven Hills Farm

Cross Connection Control Program
Port Washington is currently replacing water meters throughout the City at residential home sites. During the water meter replacement visit, the meter technician will also conduct a Cross Connection Safety Survey of certain connections to the internal water supply. Areas of the survey include outside hose connections, irrigation systems, boilers and water softeners. Download an informational brochure or visit: City of Port Washington Cross Connection Control Program.

January - 2017

Know The Risks
Join us on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Port Washington High School Auditorium for a conversation around the risks facing youth in Port Washington. This is an adults only event. The information shared with you will help you support your son/daughter and develop your own awareness of the risks facing kids in 2017. The conversation will range from drugs to alcohol. Click here for more information.

NOAA Marine Sanctuary
Great news from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries! The Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary have been made publicly available online. Please visit our Marine Sanctuary page for more information.

Attention Residents - Garbage Pick-Up
If your normal garbage pick-up day is Monday or Tuesday, and your garage was NOT picked up today, please leave it out for Wednesday pick-up. If it is not picked up on Wednesday, please call us at 262-284-2600.

Attention Residents - Garbage Pick-Up
As of 9:00 a.m. this morning, Monday, January 16, 2016, Advanced Disposal has pulled their truck from the City due to weather conditions. Advanced Disposal will be picking up Monday's route, along with the recycling that was missed on Friday, with Tuesday's route on Tuesday. If any garbage is missed, please call 262-284-2600 to report it.

Garbage Pick-Up Halted For Remainder of Tuesday, 01/10/2017
Advanced Disposal will not be able to finish their garbage and recycling route today because of icy conditions. They will be back on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to finish the Tuesday route and do the Wednesday route. If your garbage and recycling were missed today, please leave the carts out for pickup on Wednesday. If you have any questions, please call 262-284-2600. Thank you.

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