Crusaders cruise into state final

Oct. 30, 2009 7:44 p.m. | The state semifinals haven't been the problem for the Catholic Memorial boys soccer team.

The Crusaders defeated Madison Edgewood, 3-0, Friday afternoon at Uihlein Soccer Park and have now won three semifinals in the last three years by a combined score of 9-0.

The problem has been Green Bay Notre Dame in the championship game.

The Crusaders have lost the title to the Tritons the last two seasons, but they don't have to worry about them this time.

Memorial, the first Division 2 team to reach a state final three years in a row, will play Fox Valley Lutheran at noon Saturday. Notre Dame did not make it to state.

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Join our prep football chat

Oct. 30, 2009 8:07 a.m. | There's still time to submit questions for our prep football chat, which begins today at noon.

Journal Sentinel, NOW Newspapers and Lake Country Publications reporters will answer questions about the high school football playoffs in an online discussion. You can post your questions anytime in advance of the forum.

Join the discussion.

After large turnout in Waukesha County, final swine flu vaccine clinic canceled

Oct. 28, 2009 4:32 p.m. | Waukesha County's planned H1N1 flu immunization clinic Thursday has been canceled because health officials used up the county's supply of nasal mist vaccine doses Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday's clinic attracted about 2,000 people who waited from one to two hours for their vaccination, spokeswoman Julianne Klimetz said. Wednesday's clinic was scheduled to run from 1 to 7 p.m. at the county's Expo Center but closed about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after the remaining 1,000 doses were administered.

Klimetz said a much smaller crowd showed up at the beginning of Wednesday's clinic and, except for the opening line, no one had to wait during the day though traffic was steady.

The clinics were targeted to healthy people between 2 and 49 and caregivers of infants under 6 months. Some people had to be turned away, either because they showed symptoms of illness or had underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or asthma. Some were too young. Only a small number of injectable vaccinations were available and they have been reserved for emergency responders and health care providers.

The county has not yet received the injectable vaccine in quantities that would permit more widespread immunizations. That form of the vaccine is targeted to pregnant women, children 6 months to 4 years and children ages 5 to 18 who have chronic medical conditions.

Memorial crushes Brown Deer

Oct. 27, 2009 11:10 p.m. | Brown Deer — The first possession took 11 plays and moved 42 yards for the Brown Deer football team in its WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff game with visiting Catholic Memorial on Tuesday.

But it ended in a fumble on the Crusaders' 25, and seven plays later Memorial was in the end zone and then never looked back as the Falcons' Classic 8 Conference opponents rolled up 461 total yards in a 48-14 season-ending rout.

"We had to score on that first possession," said Brown Deer coach Rob Green. "You can't turn it over against a great team. We go in there, it would have given us momentum, but we didn't get it."

The loss ended the Falcon season at 7-3, while the Crusaders advanced to a Level 2 game Saturday against New Berlin Eisenhower, a 17-10 victor over Whitefish Bay.

Behind the power running of tailback Pete Karczewski (18 carries for 174 yards and a touchdown), the Crusaders started opening gaps in the middle of the Falcons defense on the second possession. The march took just seven plays to move 74 yards with Karczewski going over from eight yards out.

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Arrowhead cuts short Lancers trip to state soccer

Oct. 24, 2009 4:05 p.m. | Arrowhead defeated Brookfield Central, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Central and advanced to the WIAA State Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Field next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It was the second time this season that the Warhawks blanked the Lancers as they also defeated Central during the regular season, 2-0.

With the game scoreless at intermission, Arrowhead came out and scored quickly 37 seconds into the half, as Kyle Peterson kicked a ball out to Andy Fox, who drilled in a shot from 20 yards out for a 1-0 lead. And that was the way it stayed until Logan Martell scored with an assist from Jordan Dai with 58 seconds left in the game.

"Arrowhead defends the goal fantasically," Central coach Jon Mroz said. "I’ve been following them real close all season. I believe they’ve allowed 11 goals all season.
"They have a very staunch defense. Their goalkeeper is fantastic. You don’t want to fall behind to a team like that."
Second-seeded Central finished with a 13-5-2 record, while the top-seeded Warhawks improved to 18-2-3.
They will meet the winner of tonight's game with Marquette/Whitefish Bay at 5 p.m. next Thursday at state at Uihlein Field in Milwaukee.

Muskego, Waukesha West sectional soccer photos now online

Oct. 23, 2009 11:12 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery featuring Muskego's 6-0 victory over Waukesha West in a boys soccer sectional semifinal game last night.

With the victory, the No. 1-seeded Warriors advance to Saturday's sectional semifinal game and will take on No. 3 Madison La Follette at 11 a.m. at Kettle Moraine. The winner advances to the state tournament.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Waukesha can move forward with bid for lake water, state tells Barrett

Oct. 22, 2009 3:00 p.m. | Waukesha's pursuit of Lake Michigan water does not have to wait until state rules are adopted implementing a Great Lakes protection compact, state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank says in a letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

In June, Barrett and Ald. Michael Murphy had asked Frank not to accept an application to divert Lake Michigan water outside of the Great Lakes drainage basin until state rules for reviewing the requests were in place.

In the letter sent this week, Frank says the Great Lakes compact itself has sufficient criteria to guide DNR staff in reviewing an application before adopting state administrative rules.

Barrett said Thursday that he disagreed with Frank's decision.

"If administrative rules aren't needed to implement the compact, what purpose do the rules serve?" Barrett asked.

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Waukesha to solicit water deals with Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Racine

Oct. 21, 2009 10:32 a.m. | Waukesha — The next step in the city's quest to drink Great Lakes water is asking officials from Milwaukee, Racine and Oak Creek for letters stating their willingness to negotiate selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha.

The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized Mayor Larry Nelson to request potential water suppliers to submit letters by Jan. 31, 2010.

Waukesha would be required to have at least one such letter in hand before it can submit an application to use Lake Michigan water to the state Department of Natural Resources, under terms of a Great Lakes protection compact. The city intends to make the application early next year, Nelson has said.

After DNR review, the city's bid would need the approval of each of the governors of the seven other Great Lakes states.

In an e-mail sent to officials from the three communities, Nelson offered to meet with the officials soon to discuss the letters.

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Highway 164 Wal-Mart to close

Oct. 19, 2009 11:25 a.m. | The Wal-Mart store on Highway 164 on the east side of Waukesha will close in the fall of 2010, when the new Wal-Mart Supercenter on Hwy. 59 at W. West Ave. opens. Read more in Shop Talk.

Waukesha North, Greendale continue marching band dominance

Oct. 18, 2009 4:18 p.m. | The Northstars marching band from Waukesha North High School won its third consecutive Wisconsin State Music Association championship on Saturday by outpointing arch rival Waukesha West in the large schools division.

North has won five titles this decade, and the two Waukesha schools have dominated the Class AAAA category since 1996. Oak Creek High School took the third spot in the competition at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

In Class AA, Greendale High School scored a fifth consecutive victory, with a performance that topped bands from West De Pere and Fort Atkinson.

Kevin Thays, communications director for the music association, said more than 30 squads performed in the annual competition, and that spectators nearly filled the stadium, despite the cold weather.

Bands from two schools, Lancaster and Onalaska, withdrew from the competition because of illnesses, he said.

Water main break causing problems in central Waukesha

Oct. 16, 2009 10:26 a.m. | Waukesha — An estimated 1.5 million gallons of water have poured out of a long crack in a water main along St. Paul Ave. Friday, causing a drop in residential and commercial water pressure throughout the central city, Water Utility Administrative Services Manager Donna Scholl said.

The pipe break at St. Paul Ave., immediately north of Wisconsin Ave. downtown, was discovered about 2 a.m. Friday and crews have excavated pavement and soil around a long section of the main to determine the extent of the crack, Scholl said. The pipe was continuing to leak water at 9:30 a.m. and the break was not under control at that time.

Callers complaining of loss of pressure and rust in water had overwhelmed utility phone lines, Scholl said. Complaints had come from as far east of downtown as Carroll University.

Waukesha mayor to head Wisconsin Alliance of Cities

Oct. 15, 2009 5:08 p.m. | Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson was elected president of the 36-member Wisconsin Alliance of Cities on Wednesday, the alliance said in a news release.

Nelson, elected during an alliance meeting in Appleton, succeeds Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna, who was president for more than five years.

Hanna will remain on the alliance's board.

The alliance said Racine Mayor John Dickert was elected vice president and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Whitewater City Manager Kevin Brunner and Oak Creek City Administrator Patrick DeGrave were re-elected to its board.

The alliance advocates for urban property taxpayers, wise land use and sustainable communities across Wisconsin.

Regents OK deal to house wildlife center on UW-Waukesha land

Oct. 15, 2009 4:28 p.m. | A committee of University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents gave the green light Thursday to a deal that would let the Wildlife in Need Center build new headquarters on land belonging to UW-Waukesha.

Lawyers for the UW System and the non-profit group are still ironing out details, but the committee's approval allows the proposal to proceed to the State Building Commission.

Essentially, through a 25-year ground lease, the UW System would allow the wildlife center - a non-profit group devoted to rehabilitating injured wildlife - to build and maintain quarters at UW-Waukesha's Sherman Field Station in the Town of Ottawa in western Waukesha County and connect it to an existing classroom.

In exchange, the campus would have some access to the facility as well as the group's expertise, according to UW-Waukesha Dean Patrick Schmitt.

"This will greatly expand our capabilities of what we do at the field station," Schmitt told the regents Capital Planning and Budget Committee, meeting in Eau Claire.

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Wal-Mart breaks ground in Waukesha

Oct. 15, 2009 12:46 p.m. | Wal-Mart will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Oct. 19 for their new supercenter on the southwest side of Waukesha. Read more in Shop Talk.

Long-time Waukesha real estate agent Kollmansberger files for bankruptcy

Oct. 14, 2009 5:13 p.m. | The long-time operator of a Waukesha-based realty agency and former president of the Wisconsin Realtors Association has filed for personal bankruptcy protection.

Richard Kollmansberger, and his wife, Banga, filed a Chapter 7 petition recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Milwaukee. They listed assets totaling $2.37 million, and liabilities of $5.14 million.

Kollmansberger couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

According to the bankruptcy filing, Kollmansberger owns Bethesda Real Estate Inc., which does business as First Realty GMAC and recently was placed under control of a court-appointed receiver. The receiver, Seth Dizard, is seeking a judge's permission to sell some of Bethesda's assets to help raise cash, according to Waukesha County Circuit Court records.

First Realty has offices in Waukesha and Greenfield. As recently as December 2007, First Realty also operated offices in Brookfield, Mukwonago, Oak Creek and Port Washington. Those offices since have closed as home sales have dropped.

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Old firehouse could become home to Waukesha Housing Authority

Oct. 14, 2009 4:38 p.m. | Waukesha — A former firehouse that later served as storage space for Waukesha's parks and forestry operations would become headquarters for the Waukesha Housing Authority under a proposal set to go to the Common Council on Tuesday.

The housing authority offered to pay $175,000 for the 5,828-square-foot one-story block structure at 600 Arcadian Ave. It would invest about $425,000 to $450,000 to gut and refurbish the building, according to information presented to the Finance Committee this week.

The property had been appraised at $400,000, but several interested buyers found needed repairs too costly to proceed, according to Steve Crandell, the city's director of community development.

Dave Cappon, executive director of the Housing Authority, said the building would allow his agency to consolidate their administrative offices, maintenance facility and Section 8 Voucher federal rent subsidy program staff by late spring of next year. Currently the housing authority's office space is spread out in four two-bedroom apartments on the ground floor of Saratoga Heights senior high-rise housing near Frame Park. Long-range plans have for more than a decade called for converting the two-bedroom apartments into one-bedroom units that are fully wheelchair accessible for the physically disabled.

Waukesha County gets swine flu vaccine for emergency responders

Oct. 14, 2009 12:06 p.m. | Waukesha — The first mass swine flu vaccination clinic in Waukesha County will be Thursday, but it is open only for fire department and emergency medical services personnel who are under the age of 50, the county's Public Health Division announced Wednesday.

The clinic will be from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Waukesha County Expo Center Forum Building, 10000 Northview Road.

A small initial shipment of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine in the intranasal spray form has arrived and will be targeted to healthcare workers and emergency responders. However, that form can be administered only to individuals under 50, so those older must wait for the injectable vaccine, the health agency's release explained.

In coming weeks, more vaccinations will be made available for the wider community, the agency said. Groups who will be targeted in upcoming clinics include pregnant women, those persons in close contact with infants under six months of age, all children and young adults between the ages of six months and 24 years, and adults under age 65 with compromised immune systems.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation awards grants to Waukesha County agencies

Oct. 13, 2009 12:56 p.m. | The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has awarded grants totaling $416,119 to a number of non-profit organizations in Waukesha County, including $100,000 to La Casa de Esperanza for expansion of its income tax filing assistance program.

La Casa's Earned Income Tax Credit SupersSites program last year helped tax form filers with 842 returns that netted $1.8 million in earned income tax credits and refunds, the agency said. The new grant will enable La Casa to offer three financial fairs and two "Super Saturday" events and to recruit tax preparers and bilingual volunteers.

Among the other grants announced by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Tuesday were: $20,000 to the Waukesha Training Center for help in merging with Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin; $20,000 to the Lake Area Free Clinic for electronic medical record and disease management; $10,000 to Family Service of Waukesha for child abuse community education efforts; $10,000 to Oconomowoc Silver Streak elderly transportation service for a replacement vehicle; $25,000 for La Casa's weatherization program; and $25,000 for several Waukesha high school youth activities, including creation of a documentary on local poverty, drug and alcohol abuse prevention efforts, training in social networking as a way to find jobs and student construction of a nature trail.

Waukesha estimates cost of Lake Michigan water plan at $78 million

Oct. 12, 2009 4:24 p.m. | Waukesha — City officials began rolling out their long-anticipated bid for Great Lakes water on Monday with a glimpse at its possible costs.

Switching the city's water supply to Lake Michigan rather than groundwater wells would cost $56 million in initial construction costs and another $5.3 million a year in operating costs, Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Monday.

Building a pipeline to discharge treated wastewater to Underwood Creek in Wauwatosa so it would flow back to Lake Michigan, as required by a Great Lakes protection compact, would cost another $22 million plus $499,000 a year in operating costs, Duchniak said. He was scheduled to release the latest cost estimates Monday evening at a joint meeting of the Waukesha Common Council and Water Utility Commission at City Hall.

Total price: $78 million to get started and nearly $5.8 million a year to operate the system, according to estimates revised since the city's original 2002 water supply study, Duchniak said.

Waukesha might ask to use a maximum of 18.5 million gallons a day 50 years from now, down from past estimates of between 20 million and 24 million gallons a day, he said. The drop in peak use comes from successful conservation efforts, he said.

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Vrakas chief of staff appointed to new position

Oct. 12, 2009 2:16 p.m. | Waukesha — County Executive Daniel Vrakas has appointed his chief of staff, Allison Bussler, as director of public works effective Nov. 1, pending County Board approval.

Bussler has been Vrakas' chief of staff since January 2006 and also held that position for two years under former county executive Dan Finley.

Bussler has been serving as interim director of public works since Richard Bolte retired in March after 25 years as head of the transportation and, later, public works departments. Bussler formerly worked for the Wisconsin Counties Association where she represented county officials on the state and federal level, specializing in transportation and public works issues as well as taxation and finance, personnel and labor relations matters.

The salary of public works director falls in the range of $114,650 to $140, 920. As chief of staff, Bussler was paid $89,586.

Vrakas has yet to name a new chief of staff.

Waukesha scales back mayor's pay raise

Oct. 07, 2009 10:34 a.m. | Waukesha — The Waukesha Common Council skimped only a little Tuesday night in approving a mayoral pay raise - approving a 12.8% increase through April 2014 instead of the 16% raise recommended by its Human Resources Committee.

The mayor elected in April will still get the annual $70,100 paid Mayor Larry Nelson since it was frozen in 2006 for his first four-year term. As approved Tuesday, the pay would increase each April after that, to $73,100 in 2011, $76,100 in 2012 and $79,100 in 2013.

With the city budget anticipating a 2010 pay freeze for all other city employees, aldermen unanimously agreed Tuesday to freeze the annual pay for their positions, as well. Aldermanic pay will stay at $6,500 a year for the next four-year term, while pay will be frozen through April 2014 - unless reversed after 2010 - for the city attorney at $108,677 and the municipal judge at $27,279.

Aldermen also voted, 12-2, to change the assessor and clerk/treasurer from popularly elected positions to mayoral appointments, with council confirmation. Pay for the appointed positions would be frozen next year at the current level, $81,944.The change would take effect next spring, unless electors petition in the next couple of months for a referendum and vote to stop the change.

In other action Tuesday, the council agreed,12-2, to raise ambulance fees - some by as much as 58% by next July - though in many cases those increases will be passed on to private insurers.

Waukesha biotech firm Prodesse sold for $60 million

Oct. 06, 2009 3:32 p.m. | Prodesse Inc., a Waukesha biotech firm, has been sold to Gen-Probe Inc. in San Diego for $60 million, Gen-Probe said Tuesday.

Gen-Probe expects the acquisition to boost revenue by giving its sales force additional products to promote around the world.

Prodesse makes tests used to diagnose diseases, including influenza. The company is owned by 35 people, including a Medical College of Wisconsin professor and other founders and investors.

Gen-Probe, a publicly held company that employs 1,200 people, makes tests used to diagnose diseases and screen donated human blood.

The sale has been approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close within a month. The agreement provides for additional payments of up to $25 million if Prodesse achieves certain financial and regulatory milestones in 2010 and 2011.

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Waukesha County capital projects budget advances

Oct. 06, 2009 1:38 p.m. | Waukesha — While their colleagues to the east in Milwaukee County are scrapping over such things as aquatic centers, employee cuts and higher property taxes, Waukesha County Board members are sailing through the county's 2010 budget proposal without controversy.

On Monday, the Executive Committee approved Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' five-year $111 million capital projects plan without change. County Board action on it is set for Oct. 27.

Next year's plan calls for $1.5 million in federal aid for energy-saving projects, a new secure corridor for prisoner transfers in the courthouse, an environmental study for the west-Waukesha bypass and initial planning for a new $37 million human services office building, to be built in 2012-'13.

Committees are also reviewing Vrakas' 2010 operating budget of $260 million that would generally maintain services while cutting 15 jobs and imposing a two-day unpaid furlough on most employees. It would increase the property tax levy by 2.8% and the tax rate by 4.5%, to $1.87 per $1,000 equalized (fair market) value. Because of declining property values, the average home would see about a $5 tax increase, officials estimate.

County Board Chairman James Dwyer said because Vrakas includes County Board committee chairmen in his own budget deliberations, controversy is virtually non-existent.

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Waukesha considers 16% pay raise for mayor over 4 years

Oct. 05, 2009 4:52 p.m. | Waukesha — Waukeha's mayor - whoever is elected next spring - would get a 16% pay increase over the next four-year term if the Common Council agrees Tuesday night with the recommendation of its Human Resources Committee.

Pay for Mayor Larry Nelson has been frozen since 2006 at $70,100. As proposed, the mayor's pay would increase to $81,413 by 2013 - a figure that is still below this year's $82,371 average pay for mayors of comparable communities employing city administrators or managers, according to a survey by City Administrator Lori Curtis Luther. It is also less than is currently paid other full-time elected officials.

As recommended by the committee, pay for other elected positions would be frozen for four years at current levels, including: alderman at $6,500; city attorney at $108,677; and municipal judge at $27,279.

The council will also be asked Tuesday to change the way Waukesha's assessor and city clerk/treasurer are selected - from popular election to mayoral appointment and council confirmation - beginning next spring.

If those positions remained elected, the committee recommended, their pay should be frozen for four years at the current level of $81,944. It is unclear whether the change to appointed position would translate into a pay freeze.

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Internal candidate named chief of police in Waukesha

Oct. 01, 2009 4:58 p.m. | Waukesha — Waukesha police Capt. Russell Jack was appointed chief Thursday, Police and Fire Commission chairman Dan Owens said.

Jack has been with the department since 1990 and oversees the patrol division, Owens said.

Jack's appointment is effective Oct. 21. The Common Council will determine his salary.

The previous chief, Les Sharrock, retired Aug. 3. He headed the Waukesha department since 1996.

The other finalists were Milwaukee police Capt. David Zibolski; Gary Bolt, deputy police chief in Naperville, Ill., and William A. Biang, retired Waukegan, Ill., police chief and currently a special investigator for the Lake County (Ill.) state's attorney's office.

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Trial ordered in stabbing death of Waukesha woman

Oct. 01, 2009 11:52 a.m. | Waukesha — A 50-year-old Waukesha man was ordered to stand trial Thursday in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend after a court commissioner determined during a preliminary hearing that there was evidence to believe the man committed the crime.

A plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease was entered on behalf of Daniel K. Christesen during the hearing before Waukesha County Court Commissioner Martin Binn.

Christesen is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Carol Fisher, by repeatedly stabbing her with a 10-inch butcher knife in his apartment on June 16.

Fisher, 55, and Christesen lived in separate flats in a duplex in the 900 block of Arcadian Ave. Police say Christesen contacted them the evening of June 16, saying he fatally stabbed Fisher in his flat.

According to the criminal complaint, Christesen said he stabbed Fisher because he had grown tired of her constant arguing.

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» Memorial crushes Brown Deer 10/27

» Arrowhead cuts short Lancers trip to state soccer 10/24

» Muskego, Waukesha West sectional soccer photos now online 10/23

» Waukesha can move forward with bid for lake water, state tells Barrett 10/22

» Waukesha to solicit water deals with Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Racine 10/21

» Highway 164 Wal-Mart to close 10/19

» Waukesha North, Greendale continue marching band dominance 10/18

» Water main break causing problems in central Waukesha 10/16

» Waukesha mayor to head Wisconsin Alliance of Cities 10/15

» Regents OK deal to house wildlife center on UW-Waukesha land 10/15

» Wal-Mart breaks ground in Waukesha 10/15

» Long-time Waukesha real estate agent Kollmansberger files for bankruptcy 10/14

» Old firehouse could become home to Waukesha Housing Authority 10/14

» Waukesha County gets swine flu vaccine for emergency responders 10/14

» Greater Milwaukee Foundation awards grants to Waukesha County agencies 10/13

» Waukesha estimates cost of Lake Michigan water plan at $78 million 10/12

» Vrakas chief of staff appointed to new position 10/12

» Waukesha scales back mayor's pay raise 10/7

» Waukesha biotech firm Prodesse sold for $60 million 10/6

» Waukesha County capital projects budget advances 10/6

» Waukesha considers 16% pay raise for mayor over 4 years 10/5

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