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Franklin stadium deal is dead, developer Mike Zimmerman says

April 24, 2014 7:19 p.m. | Developer Mike Zimmerman is dropping his proposal for a city-financed baseball stadium in Franklin, even as local officials say they'll continue studying the issue after again rejecting a financing plan.

Zimmerman said he can't meet his schedule to build the stadium for the 2015 Frontier League season after the Common Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to oppose the financing proposal.

As a result, "this deal is dead," he said Thursday.

"In my opinion, this is an epic failure by our elected officials," Zimmerman wrote in an email. "They lost a stadium, a downtown and other new development I was lining up."

In response, City Administrator Mark Luberda said Zimmerman's time line was driven by his construction schedule. The city's typical decision-making process on financing a major project would generally require more time, Luberda said.

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Firefighters respond to report of smoke at home, find DJ smoke machine on

April 23, 2014 9:57 a.m. | The Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a 911 caller who reported smoke was pouring out of a mobile home to find a smoke machine on.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Firefighters and police responded to the call about a mobile home at Sunrise Shores, 8481 S. 5th Ave., about 7 p.m. April 19. When emergency workers arrived they saw smoke coming out of the windows of the trailer.

Officials determined the smoke was coming from a DJ's smoke machine that was left on inside the residence.

An officer spoke with the resident, who stated that he and four other people were at the trailer and left about 6:45 p.m., and that someone must have left the smoke machine on prior to their departure.

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Franklin council rejects funding minor league ballpark

April 22, 2014 10:41 p.m. | A minor league ballpark planned for Franklin has again struck out in its bid for public financing.

But city officials on Tuesday night once again left open the possibility of the plan resurfacing.

The Franklin Common Council voted 6-0 to reject a plan to provide $10.5 million in city funds for the stadium.

Developer Mike Zimmerman would build the stadium at The Rock, a sports complex Zimmerman operates near S. 76th St. and W. Loomis Road.

The stadium would be mainly used by a new Frontier League baseball team Zimmerman hopes to have playing by the start of the 2015 season. The stadium also could be used for high school games, as well as concerts and other public events.

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Stella and Chewy's to relocate, expand to Oakview Business Park

April 22, 2014 7:32 p.m. | Oak Creek — Stella and Chewy's will relocate and expand its premium raw pet food manufacturing facility to Oakview Business Park in the second quarter of 2015, the Oak Creek Plan Commission approved Tuesday.

With 45 percent growth year over year, Stella and Chewy's eyed the 164,007-square-foot manufacturing space at 111 Oakview Parkway to "put down some long term roots in the community of Oak Creek," said Jen Guzman, chief executive officer.

The 20-plus year lease offers an opportunity for Stella and Chewy's to purchase the building after five years. The company expects 130 starting employees in 2015 and up to 160 or more by 2016.

"This is going to be our leading, signature company at Oakview Business Park. It's a tremendous, first class company. Welcome to Oak Creek," said Mayor Steve Scaffidi.

This item was approved at the Plan Commission level and does not need Common Council approval. 

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Police, firefighters respond to brush, leaf fires in Oak Creek

April 21, 2014 9:53 a.m. | Oak Creek police and firefighters responded to two fires, both caused by a resident or business burning leaves or brush, on April 10 and 11.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

In the first incident, the Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a ditch fire in the 9000 block of South Chicago Road at 12:55 p.m. April 10.

The fire, which was extinguished before firefighters arrived, was caused by someone who was burning leaves nearby. Apparently, an ash flew into the ditch due to gusting winds, which caused damage to a 100-foot by 30-foot area. No citation was issued.

In the second incident, police and firefighters responded to a report that a grass fire was out of control in the 800 block of West Oakwood Road at about 12:10 p.m. April 11.

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