Obviously, the officer involved shooting last Friday evening has occupied much of our time and has been foremost in our minds. We’ve received a great deal of community support in social media and in-person. Officer Henning is on administrative leave until the Division of Criminal Investigation completes its report and the District Attorney rules on justification, which could take several weeks. Officer Gerke and Officer Oswald returned to duty. Officers will wear mourning bands until Tuesday evening in memory of the Dallas and DART police officers who were murdered Thursday night. Otherwise, it was a fairly quiet week.
In the last two weeks our call volume has risen, averaging thirteen calls per week. Most of those calls were motor vehicle accidents, with several this week. A multi-vehicle accident on I-41 deployed all of our resources. The two JFD ambulances handled eight patients. Additional assistance was needed for the remaining five. Richfield, Germantown, and Slinger all assisted us in this accident. Patients were transported to several hospitals including Children’s Hospital and Froedtert in Milwaukee, Community Memorial in Menomonee Falls, St Joseph’s in West Bend, and Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. A debriefing is planned for Monday to review what could be improved, in the aftermath of last week’s shooting. The chief has met with all JFD members involved, who seem to be handling the incident well. We also had several carbon monoxide calls. It is a good time to test your CO detector batteries and look at the expiration dates on the detectors.
Joint Parks and Recreation
Beer Garden: Gordon Goggin and Kelly met this week to discuss and evaluate the 2016 Jackson Beer Garden event. It was very positive from both sides and we will be working on a plan for 2017. The WBSD has been delivering 4k supplies. We are in the process of reorganizing. Half of the art studio will now be used to run the Tot Time program throughout the school year. The way we have it planned should not interrupt or disturb current art programming for the Park & Rec. or the Boys & Girls Club. Kelly met with Eagle Scout Evan Beekman to help him prepare for his Eagle Presentation to the Village Board on July 12. Typically the Eagle Scouts do their presentations to the Jt. Park & Rec. Committee, but because they don’t meet in summer it will go directly to the Village Board this time. We are happy to welcome our new 4K Teacher Lauren Dohman. She will be a great addition to our outstanding team in the Park & Rec. Department. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Clancy Family. Pete Clancy passed away on June 27th and will be missed. Pete worked many years for the Park & Rec. and the Boys & Girls Club.
A certificate of occupancy was issued this week for Precision Graphics, located in the multi-tenant building on the northwest corner of Northwest Passage and Alcan Drive. Insulation was installed and inspected this week in the second twelve family building in Cranberry Creek Estates. Drywall was started on Thursday.
The Jackson Water Utility had a normal week with Digger’s Hotline locates, curb stop repairs, fire hydrant maintenance, and meter reading. The meter reading process had 362 problems with readings out of 3,170 different accounts. We only have 715 remaining accounts that still require touch-pad reading. The rest are now FlexNet (radio) capable. The Jackson Water Utility is working with Sysco on their request to discharge their cooling tower water to the sanitary sewer system instead of their private storm water pond. Replacing deduct meters with additional water meters will be necessary for proper billing.
The Street & Parks Department conducted general and vehicle maintenance, replaced broken trash containers, and mowed various Village locations. The tennis court sand is in the process of being leveled out. The intermittent rain is delaying the completion. The screens in the concession stand have been repaired after damage was found. The windshield in the Bobcat was replaced after being hit while loading material in a truck. The recently planted trees in the parkway are being watered between rain storms. At the WWTP, work orders are being completed and crack filling continues around tanks. The sanitary sewer line on Wilshire Drive needed to be jetted when road debris fell into the manhole. The bypass gate and actuator will be delivered next week for installation. The bleeder valve for the septic tanks was repaired this week. All concrete is now complete in the Wilshire Drive reconstruction project. Landscaping will continue next week, with the start of the final grading and black topping of the street being scheduled for July 11th. We-Energies decided to repair the gas line in Jackson Drive that was not marked, on Thursday. They finished on Friday. That decision was one of the reasons that the final grading and blacktopping will start next week. All the mailboxes are back in place, but mail will not be transferred into the mailboxes until after the asphalt is finished. The residents will continue to use the temporary mailboxes until then.
The office has been busy and routine and preparing for the August 9th election. The July Quarterly has been sent to the printer and will be mailed with the utility bills.
The Village Board held a special meeting on Tuesday to adopt a resolution authorizing participation in the preparation of a cooperative plan with the Town of Jackson. This was done so the Town could respond in a timely manner. Their Board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th. Next Tuesday’s Village Board meeting (Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.) will feature a state of the county presentation by County Administrator Joshua Schoemann.