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    LAKE SPRAY TREATMENT PERMIT INFORMATION
    Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
    The Village of Chenequa has applied for a permit for Aquatic Plant Management of Pine and Cornell Lakes from the WI-DNR. Riparian owners may review the permit for both Pine and Cornell Lakes and a copy of the legal notice published in the Lake Country Reporter. Residents will be updated with the exact dates of the proposed treatments as that information becomes available.
    pdf icon Pine Lake Public Notice 2013 (PDF)

    pdf icon Cornell Lake APM Permit Application 2013 (PDF)

    pdf icon Pine Lake APM Permit Application 2013 (PDF)

    pdf icon Pine Lake Permit Map 2013 (PDF)

    DRUG COLLECTION: SAVE-THE-DATE
    SATURDAY, APRIL 27 

    Waukesha County Drug Free Communities will be holding a countywide prescription drug collection on Saturday, April 27 in an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings in Waukesha County as well as help protect local waterways. Residents are invited to bring unwanted prescription medication, over the counter medication, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications to the Waukesha County Drug Collection. Drop off your items on Saturday, April 27th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following eight locations:
    • Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls • WCTC, Pewaukee
    • D.N. Greenwald Center, Mukwonago • Waukesha State Bank, Downtown Waukesha
    • Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc
    • Muskego Police Department, Muskego
    • Highway Department Recycling Center, Brookfield
    For more information visit: waukeshacounty.gov/drugcollection

    Venison LotteryVENISON LOTTERY 2012: 

    We will no longer accept phone/fax or email requests. Due to an overwhelming demand from the public, the procedure to acquire unprocessed venison from our sharp shooting program has changed. Please see the Venison Lottery 2012 PDF detailing this year’s Venison Lottery.

    PINE LAKE WEED TREATMENT SCHEDULED
    The treatment of Pine Lake for Eurasian Milfoil is scheduled for:
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 (weather permitting)

    The chemicals will not be applied if the applicators feel conditions are unsafe, such as storms, heavy rain or high winds. We have allowed September 19th and 20th , as rain dates. If conditions still do not allow treatment, you be notified.

    The recommended precautions after treatment are as follows:
    NO swimming for 1 day
    NO garden watering for 14 days

    Should you not want this treatment, please notify the Village Hall prior to this date. Please call us even if you have a standing no spray request.

    We have instituted a phone message system that enables residents to call in at any time and get an update. The message will indicate if the treatment took place as scheduled, and if not what plans have been made for the rescheduled treatment. To access this information line, dial 367-4681 and follow the instructions.

    Additional Informational Documents:

    pdf icon Pine Lake Weed Treatment: SUMMER 2012 UPDATE (PDF)

    pdf icon Lake Weed PERMIT APPLICATION, August 2012 (PDF)

    pdf icon Lake Weed MAPS ACERAGE, August 2012 (PDF)

    pdf icon Lake Treatment PERMIT MAP, August 2012 (PDF)

    pdf icon Lake spraying notice 9-18-12 (PDF )
    Same information as posted above on Village Letterhead

    Supporting our friend, Bonita

    Bonita has been chosen to be a part of a stem cell research trial at the Mayo Clinic beginning in January 2012. Please feel free to drop off or mail any cards, messages and notes for Bonita to the Village Hall and we will happily forward them on to her.

    Bonita Fundraising Scale

    Spring 2013: $25,000
    October 2012: $18,000
    August 2012: $16,500
    July 2012: $15,500
    June 2012: $1600

    Fundraiser for Bonita Started: 27 June 2012
    The Village is beginning a fund raiser for Bonita. This is outside of the government body and is being set up by residents of the village. Your consideration and support would be appreciated. Please see the attached PDF.

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    AUGUST 14, 2012 Partisan Primary Election Results
    The Village of Chenequa reports the following at the close of election:
    Outstanding provisional ballots: 0
    Outstanding absentee ballots: 2

    Chenequa had 48% turnout.

    Burn Ban LIFTED: 2 August 2012
    The burning ban is lifted effective Monday (7/30/12) at noon. Jack Edwards, Fire Chief, LCFR

    Further Fireworks and Burning Ban: 27 June 2012
    Due to the extreme dry conditions, the Village has imposed a burning ban until further notice. The Fire Chief, injunction with the Police Chief and Village President have further imposed a banonall fireworksand other open flame type of devices such as flares, sparklers and other similar flammable objects until further notice. We ask for your cooperation and personal policing of this order. The Village Police Department will be actively monitoring this order. This decision was made for the protection of personal property and life.

    As of this writing, the professional fireworks will still be set off from the Pine Lake Island on July 4th. Should the decision come to cancel those we will notify residents by e-mail and post it on our website. As of now we are leaving that decision to the fireworks company and their potential liability.

    To clarify the burning ban, no burning of any kind which would include burn barrels, campfires and other sources of open flame fires. Grilling is fine but if you are using charcoal assure that it is properly stored and completely out before discarding.  Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.

    Fire Chief Jack Edwards         Police Chief Bob Douglas        Rob Foote Jr.
    Lake Country Fire Dept.           Chenequa Police Dept.             Village President

    NO BURN: 22 June 2012
    Effective immediately, until further notice, Fire Chief Jack Edwards placed a temporary burning ban until our dry conditions change. There was a small grass fire in the City of Delafield and some neighboring communities due to these conditions.

    FIREWORKS: 22 June 2012
    Beaver, North and Pine Lakes will celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks beginning at dusk (9-9:30 pm).

    Recall Election Results: June 2012
    For the June 5, 2012 Recall Election, the Village of Chenequa reports the following at the close of election:
    Outstanding Provisional Ballots: 0
    Outstanding Absentee Ballots: 1

    Important Personnel Changes: June 2012
    Here is the complete information in a Word document.

    Cornell Lake Spraying: Thursday, May 24
    Pine Lake Spraying: Tuesday, June 5

    On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, Pine Lake will be chemically treated for Eurasian Milfoil. Wisconsin DNR Invasive Species.

    The chemicals will not be applied if the applicators feel conditions are unsafe, such as storms, heavy rain or high winds. We have allowed June 6th and 7th , as rain dates for Pine Lake. If conditions still do not allow treatment, you be notified.

    The recommended precautions after treatment are as followsNO SWIMMING for 1 (one) day following treatment and NO garden watering for 14 (fourteen) days following treatment.

    We have instituted a phone message system that enables residents to call in at any time and get an update. The message will indicate if the treatment took place as scheduled, and if not what plans have been made for the rescheduled treatment. To access this information line, dial 367-4681 and follow the instructions.

    Mar 30, 2012: Provisional and Outstanding Ballots
    The number of provisional and outstanding ballots for the village of Chenequa can be found by going to the County website at www.waukeshacounty.gov

    Recycling Update: Caps on Plastic Bottles Now Accepted for Recycling
    Effective Mar 27, 2012
    The Waukesha County Recycling office announces an addition to what is accepted in the recycling bin for residents. Effective immediately, plastic caps on empty #1 and #2 plastic bottles, jars and jugs are accepted, however the containers must be free of any liquids. So residents can now leave the lids on all empty plastic soda, juice, water, milk, detergent, and cooking oil bottles when they put them into the recycling bin.
    pdf icon Download of PDF of the press release.

    2012 Household Hazardous Waste One-Day Collection Dates Set
    All sites are open and free to any county resident (proof of residency required).
    pdf icon Download of PDF of the dates.
    There are also 4 year-round sites in Menomonee Falls, Muskego, Waukesha, and Franklin. Visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste or call 262-896-8300 for more information and information on accepted items.

    Wisconsin Election Laws: Photo ID and Other Recent Changes
    Effective 2012 
    Posted October 30, 2011
    Beginning in 2012, you cannot receive a ballot until you have met ID requirements.(See the “Photo ID Exemptions and Exception” section.) Wisconsin does not issue a separate “Voter ID” card. Instead you must use one of the photo IDs listed below. Your photo ID does not need to show a current address.
    pdf icon Download a PDF brochure for viewing and printing.

    Open Carry in Wisconsin Posted October 2, 2011
    The State of Wisconsin has instituted a new law that allows the concealed carrying of a weapon. That law takes effect November 1st, 2011. A permit is required to legally carry a concealed weapon which is available through the Wisconsin Department of Justice. For more information, please see the frequently asked questions.

    Japanese Beetle Damage 
    To read background information and control of Japanese Beetles, click here.

    Spring 2011 Recycling Newsletter from Waukesha County.
    To read the newsletter, click here.

    Chenequa celebrates International Migratory Bird Day May 9 and May 14
    The Village Board passed a resolution to recognize International Migratory Bird Day. Resolving to recognize IMBD, moves Chenequa closer towards its larger goals of preservation of the great outdoors and its inhabitants. IMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.

    The Village Board has designated the second Saturday in May as IMBD. We will have an educational celebration at our May 9th board meeting. We would like to establish an annual “Chenequa Birdwalk” led by an experienced local birder. Please email Jo Ann Villavicencio jfvillavicencio@chenequa.org if you are interested in volunteering to lead or participate in such an event.

    The Village of Chenequa, WI was recognized by the Bird City Wisconsin project as one of 15 communities in the state that have made a commitment to making themselves better places for birds and other wildlife. The Bird City Wisconsin partnership is affiliated with the national Audubon, the Milwaukee Audubon Society, and several other Wisconsin environmental and conservation organizations.

    The Bird City designation is in its inaugural year, and is modeled on the “Tree City USA” program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. Bird City Wisconsin developed 22 criteria across five categories, including habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting hazards, public education, and recognizing International Migratory Bird Day. By amply meeting the established criteria, Chenequa became one of the nation’s first “Bird City” designees.

    Please join the Board on May 9th to celebrate our new Bird City Wisconsin designation.

    One- and two-family dwellings need smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms Effective February 1, 2011
    As of February 1, 2011, there are Wisconsin requirements for both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in almost all one- and two-family dwellings, regardless of the building’s age. The new carbon monoxide safety net is for dwellings with fuel burning appliances, fireplaces or attached garages. Read complete alarm information here (PDF) from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

    Larger Pier Owner Registration Deadline
    Pier owners may need to register before April 1, 2011.
    Many waterfront property owners with larger piers first put into the water before 2004 must complete a free, one-time registration before April 1, 2011. As required by a 2008 law, this will allow the pier to remain exempt from pier permitting regulations under a law passed in 2004. For more information and instructions to register, go to the Wiscosnin DNR website’s Pier Section.

    Bird City Award Presentation January 10, 2011
    Village of Chenequa receives official flag, signs and plaque from Carl Schwartz, Program Coordinator for the Milwaukee Audubon Society, Inc. — Bird City Wisconsin. Pictured below receiving this award is Village Trustee, Jo Ann Villavicencio. She spearedheaded this effort with Carl Schwartz.

    Bird City Award Presentation January 10, 2011
    Village of Chenequa receives official flag, signs and plaque from Carl Schwartz, Program Coordinator for the Milwaukee Audubon Society, Inc. — Bird City Wisconsin. Pictured below receiving this award is Village Trustee, Jo Ann Villavicencio. She spearedheaded this effort with Carl Schwartz.

    Bird City Award Presentation

    NEW Building Fee Schedule January 1, 2011
    The following schedule is in effect on and after January 1, 2011, for plan review, construction related matters, and permits issued by the Village of Chenequa. Any and all construction, remodeling or replacement work done before a permit is issued will result in a stop order being issued and penalties as outlined in the chenequa village code.
    Fee Schedule (PDF)

    Bird City Status Attained 
    Bird City Wisconsin Names Chenequa Among Nation’s First “Bird Cities.” The Village of Chenequa, WI was recognized by the Bird City Wisconsin project as one of 15 communities in the state that have made a commitment to making themselves better places for birds and other wildlife. The Bird City Wisconsin partnership is affiliated with the national Audubon, the Milwaukee Audubon Society, and several other Wisconsin environmental and conservation organizations.
    • Village press release (PDF)
    • Bird City congratulatory letter (PDF)
    • Audubon press release (PDF)

    Village Seeking Bird City Recognition
    The Village Board is working diligently to seek Bird City Recognition from the Bird City Wisconsin. Towards that effort, many educational recources about bird safety from cats indoor policy, bird landscaping to attract birds and International Migratory Bird declarations were added to the website. Bird City recognition falls directly in line with the Village goals and purpose to preserve nature and tranquility. Birds are a key component of the total ecosystem.

    Village Board Declares Second Saturday of May
    International Migratory Bird Day

    This past spring, the village board passed a resolution to recognize Intermational Migratory Bird Day (PDF). Resolving to recognize IMBD, moves Chenequa closer towards its larger goals of preservation of the great outdoors and its inhabitants. IMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas — bird migration. Bird Day is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Public awareness and concern are crucial components of migratory bird conservation. Citizens who are enthusiastic about birds, informed about threats, and empowered to become involved in addressing those threats, can make a tremendous contribution to maintaining healthy bird populations. By modeling what can be done and involving people, their interest and involvement in stewardship can grow. One of the most successful vehicles for public education on migratory birds is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). Visit the International Migratory Birds website for more information.

    Past Village President, Peter Friend, honored on Stars and Stripes Flight
    The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington DC on Sunday, September 19, 2010. The day was a filled with sightseeing and assorted tributes. Mail call during the flight home was a wonderful component of this day and Peter was delighted with the many letters from his family and friends. Thank you, Village Neighbors, for honoring him with your notes and letters of love and support. It was a very meaningful trip and a fitting tribute to all veterans who served the United States during World War II. Peter and his family thank you for contributing to this very special day. Below are a few pictures from his adventure.

    Past Village President on Stars and Stripes Honor Flight
    Recyle and Win! Waste Stream Team Challenge
    This fall, Waukesha County is initiating the Reduce Your Waste Stream Team Challenge, a friendly, waste-reduction competition between Waukesha County neighborhoods in 25 recycling partner communities.* The county is looking for passionate, energetic individuals to take on a leadership role. Team leaders will recruit several households in their neighborhood to participate in the challenge. All team leaders will receive a free compost bin.

    The ultimate goal of the Challenge is to identify those solutions that reduce waste, increase recycling and that participants feel are the easiest to do. With this data, the county can then initiate a county-wide program that will significantly reduce the overall waste stream in our communities, increase recycling and minimize what we put into landfills.

    To register as a team leader in your neighborhood, Waukesha County Home Page

    *Partner Communities: Cities of Brookfield, Delafield, New Berlin, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee and Waukesha; Towns of Brookfield, Delafield, Lisbon, Merton, Oconomowoc, and Waukesha; Villages of Big Bend, Chenequa, Dousman, Eagle, Elm Grove, Hartland, Lac La Belle, Merton, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Pewaukee, Summit and Wales

    Maples leaves turning brown?
    Many of the Norway Maples have dark spots on the leaves or the leaves appear brown and dead. This is a leaf fungus known as Tar Spot. This is primarily an aesthetics problem and little harm is done to the trees.

    For more information contact the Village Forester or download this UW Extension PDF.

    Springtime Great Horned Owl Rescue
    On the morning of April 15, 2010, after strong winds the previous evening, a Chenequa village resident and Board Trustee, spotted a juvenile Great Horned Owl huddled against the trunk of a tree near her home’s driveway. Not yet mature enough to fly on its own, it had sought shelter from possible predators under the tree. Download PDF story.

    Rescue Great Horned Owl

    Eagle Nest by Chenequa Resident
    Please respect copyrights.

    Eagle with baby in nest


    Please Report Gypsy Moth Activity

    The Forestry Department has received several calls concerning Gypsy Moth caterpillars in their trees. If you have large dark caterpillars crawling down the trunks of your tree it may be Gypsy Moth. Report any findings to Jeff Kante, Village Forester.

    Any report will be investigated and this will help locate areas which will need a fall survey. The Gypsy Moths are nearing the end of the caterpillar stage and little additional leaf damage is expected. Furthermore, many of the caterpillars are dying from a fungus and a virus which were released in 2003 as a bio-control measure. Please see photo below of a gypsy mothe caterpiller.

    gypsy moth

    July 4th Holiday—Garbage Routes One Day Late
    Observance of the holiday will be on Monday, July 5. Garbage routes will be one day late. Read complete letter from Veolia (PDF).

    July 1—Discontinuation of Public Dumping
    The liability for accepting residential and commercial public dumping onsite has become too great and the service will be discontinued on July1, 1010. Rented containers for general household and building materials will continue to be available. Read complete letter from Veolia (PDF).

    Waukesha County 2011 Budget Meetings
    County Executive Daniel P. Vrakas invites you to attend a town hall meeting
    Tuesday, July 13, at the New Berlin Public Library • 6:30 pm.
    Thursday, July 22, at Town Bank in Hartland • 9:00 am
    Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Waukesha County Courthouse • 6:00 pm
    Download Invitation Flyer (PDF)

    Lake Spraying
    On Wednesday, June 9, 2010, Pine Lake and Cornell Lake were treated to control the invasive and exotic plant: Eurasian milfoil. The spraying previously scheduled for June 8th was cancelled due to the rain.

    Precautions: NO SWIMMING for one day following treatment and NO garden watering for fourteen days following treatment.

    New Police Officer: Orlin Foat
    of Hartland was hired on as a Part-time Officer. Orlin joins the police department with experience working for the Oconomowoc Lake and Summit Police Departments. Orlin has completed his orientation and will be filling in shifts as needed with our other part-time officers. Orlin has advised he has met some of the residents while on patrol please welcome him if you have the opportunity.

    Summer Boating
    With the warm spring weather many have an early start on the boating season and are enjoying the lakes in our Village. The police water patrol is out and encouraging safe boating and proper equipment. If you or a guest are planning to go out boating please take a few minutes before and check that you have the proper amount of Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) and a Fire Extinguisher if required. Knowing where these items are, if needed, is important. A review of the requirements concerning slow no wake near the shoreline, piers and other watercraft is helpful. If you need a current booklet of the State boating regulations stop and talk to our water patrol officers.

    Ash Trees Dropping Leaves
    Just recently ash trees around the state have been prematurely dropping their leaves shortly after the trees leafed out. Due to loss of leaves, affected trees have a thinner crown compared to nearby broadleaf trees of different species. Read entire document.

    Drug Collection Continues
    Hartland Police Department Drug Collection as a on-going community service program. Prescription drugs have an impact on many different populations — drug abuse among teens and other populations, as well as accidental ingestion by children or senior citizens. With proper disposal of these drugs, we are able to help protect our community and our environment.

    Download Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Disposal

    Spring 2010 Election: Village Trustee Votes
    Carol O. Manegold 66
    John N. MacDonough 75
    Kathleen Seidel 63
    Susan Wilkey 67

    New Village President: Robert T. Foote Jr.
    was appointed by the Village Board of Trustees to serve out the balance of the term for Village President which was vacated by the resignation of Bryce Styza in November 2009. This appointment and term for Village President runs through April 2011.

    New Police Clerk: Pam Little
    of Hartland was hired on as police clerk and assistant to the Village Clerk. Please welcome her to the village when you stop in or call the Village offices. Pam was a part time police clerk with the Village of Hartland. Lynn Grosch who had that position moved on to the Town of Oconomowoc Police Department as it offered more hours and benefits. Thank you Lynn for your 13-plus years of service.

    Highway / Forestry News
    2010 brings a change in responsibilities for our two full time staff members in the Highway Forestry Department. Jeff Kante will oversee all lakeshore zoning and lake management issues, all tree and forestry concerns and other various projects. PJ Schampers will take over the snow plowing, roadway and roadside maintenance and fleet maintenance issues. Please keep this in mind when calling the Village Hall with your questions in these areas.


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    VILLAGE OF CHENEQUA  •  31275 W County Highway K  •  CHENEQUA WI 53029

    OFFICE HOURS:  Monday • Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm  •  Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

    VILLAGE HALL  (262) 367-2239  •  Fax (262) 367-3341  •  POLICE DEPARTMENT  911 or (262) 367-2145

    AFTER HOURS POLICE  911 or (262) 367-2600 (WCC Dispatch Center)