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The process of vacant property registration undergoes the following general steps:
Owners of vacant residential and commercial properties must register by the earliest of the following three events:
Property is considered "vacant" if:
Applicants must fill out an application form on the Vacant Property Registration website for a Vacant Property Registration Certificate. The bank, lender, or other financial institution or its responsible agent or servicing company shall submit a $250 registration fee and register the property in the name of the lien holder on the application form.
Property owners can consult Section 39-4 - Minimum requirements for vacant property for the Village codes to familiarize themselves with the exterior and interior maintenance standards needed to keep a property in good standing.
Applicants for a Vacant Property Registration Certificate must submit a $250 application fee upon submission of the application.
Certificates are valid for one year from the date of issuance. The annual renewal fee is $250.
Issuance of a Vacant Property Registration Certificate does not excuse owners from normal obligations in regards to property maintenance. Citations arising from code violations may be issued independently by Police Officers, Building Inspectors, or other code enforcement officers if code violations are not addressed promptly.
Fees that are left unpaid will be attached to the current tax bill for the unregistered property.
The Village Board has been talking about the current Brown Deer Library’s fiscal challenges since 2014, including a possible relocation of the library. The topic of relocating the library stems from a recommendation in the Village’s Comprehensive Plan from 2010. View a timeline of the discussion (PDF).
While staff did not spend several thousand dollars to do a formal appraisal, we engaged our certified assessor to provide feedback on the building’s value, proposed sale price, and current market valuations. Through due diligence with our assessment team, we learned the following:
The Village performed a professional inspection of the building and found it to be a solid structure, "built like a tank". The following professionals looked at the building from top to bottom before purchasing the building.
Here are the facts about the purchase of the building that was given to the entire Village Board:
There was no rush for the Village Board to purchase this building. The seller wanted to write‐off the $1,500,000 as a charitable donation to the Village of Brown Deer and requested the Board make the decision before the end of the year. In exchange for his generous gift, the building seller asked only that we install a plaque commemorating the life of his sister, who was an avid reader and book lover. The seller will supply the plaque to the Village. This was not a pressured sale.
Zoning laws regulate how land is used and how buildings are constructed. Zoning is a powerful tool but limited. Zoning can’t do everything, and it’s misused far too often.
Many community members think zoning legislation can be used to coax developers in a different direction and to address community complaints about lack of development.
Unfortunately, zoning codes are not a vehicle for forcing desired changes in a community. Here is a breakdown of what zoning can actually do well and what it can’t do.
Check out the Public Works Presentation (PDF).
The best way to explain this complex issue is with an example. Let’s suppose we create a Tax Incremental District (TID) of one property. This one property is currently assessed at $100,000. A developer proposes to develop this one property and build a new store. After they complete the project the new value on the property adds an additional $900,000 to the assessed value. This makes the assessed value on the newly developed property now worth $1,000,000. Who gets the taxes from the newly developed property? All the taxing entities (village, school, county, state, MMSD, etc.) would continue to receive taxes as if the property were assessed at $100,000. This is called the "tax base".
The new taxes that created an additional $900,000 in assessed value would stay within the TID. This is called the "increment". What does the municipality do with this new "increment" tax? The municipality can use the money to make additional improvements within the TID or it can help the developer. If the developer requests funding to help them complete the project, then state law allows a municipality to help developers using this new "increment" tax. The developer must sufficiently prove they would not be able to complete the project without TIF help because of higher than normal project costs. The state calls this the "but-for test". This new development would not occur ’but-for’ the use of TIF. The municipality then uses the new "increment" tax to help the developer over the course of the life of the TID. The maximum statutory life of a TID is 27 years. The "tax base" taxes would continue to go to all the taxing entities.
This is a very complex question. It requires the public to answer the following question. What level of risk are the citizens willing to take and how much should local government get involved in the private market?
Here are the ways the Village has tried to get involved in the private market.
The Village has nothing to do with the decisions made by private business to locate or shut down their restaurants. Private owners and developers make location decisions based on demographics, service radius, other franchises/competitors, and of course profits. In fact, if a property is zoned commercial for a business the business doesn’t need approval to locate within the Village limits. McDonald’s made a business decision based on economics to shut down this location.
This is a complicated issue. The library is facing two essential problems. The first is an aging facility in need of repairs along with outdated or nonexistent equipment. The second is expenditures are exceeding the revenues. The first issue can be addressed by borrowing more money to fix the building, upgrade the equipment, and add new equipment. However, does the public want to invest an estimated $1 to $1.2 million dollars for these things or build a more efficient modern library for $2 to $3 million dollars?
The second issue is more complicated. The Village can’t simply raise taxes and give more money to the library. The state since 2011 has frozen municipal tax increases other than for capital expenses. The Village can’t simply give the library more money. The problems are complicated but they do not need to be solved immediately. There is time to get input from the public. Here is an article written by Mary Buckley (PDF) and a PowerPoint presentation (PDF) covering some of the discussion.
They are building a BP gas station and convenience store with additional first floor leasable commercial space. The second floor will have offices for the owner of the gas station. It will also have a car wash.
The Village did not solicit Walmart to relocate into Brown Deer. Walmart purchased the property from Lowe’s. This was a private land transaction. The Village cannot regulate who purchases private land. The land was zoned for commercial use (as it was for Lowe’s and other previous businesses) therefore there was no legal reason to deny Walmart the same use. The Village can regulate building design, parking ratios, storm water management, and other codes which it did when Walmart sought to remodel the building/site.
As a part of the regulatory process Walmart agreed to repay a $1.7 million-dollar debt to the Village on behalf of Lowe’s, and guaranteed a minimum assessed value of $11 million in perpetuity for the site and improvements.
In July of 2017 a developer was asked to work in partnership with the Village to purchase the long vacant former gas station. The Village drafted an agreement that provided financial incentive in exchange for input into what kind of development would occur on the site. The Village took $340,000 from the sale of a cell tower and then an additional $160,000 from hotel room tax to help the developer purchase the property.
As part of the agreement, the Village mandated that a coffee user be established at that location. This requirement stemmed from a community wide survey and subsequent data analysis by Colliers International. Colliers identified a coffee shop as the Village’s most glaring retail need and the retail use most requested in the survey. The developer is continuing to work with regional and national coffee companies to locate to this site. If the developer does not secure a national chain it either needs Village approval for a similar alternate development or they would need to return the $500,000.
The purpose of Town Hall meetings is for elected officials to hear the community’s views on public issues. There are no specific rules or guidelines for holding a Town Hall meeting. The format of the meeting can vary. Usually, the elected officials, along with Village staff, will make opening remarks and presentations. Following the presentation and remarks, the floor is opened up to questions and comments from the audience. Attendees generally present ideas, voice their opinions, ask questions of the elected officials and Village Staff.
In contrast, the purpose of a Village Board meeting is to conduct business of the Village. It is a formal process with specific agenda items that must be followed and where motions are made and voted on. There are limited opportunities for the public to make comments during a Village Board meeting. It is not an open format like Town Hall meetings.
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The Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department office is located in the Department of Public Works building at 8950 N Arbon Drive.
Registrations take place at Village Hall at the main desk at 4800 W Green Brook Drive.
The Village Hall is located one block north of W Brown Deer Road at N Arbon Drive in Brown Deer.
Our office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Checks are to be made payable to the Village of Brown Deer or the Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department.
The Brown Deer Pond is open from 11 am to 5 pm daily, weather permitting. The Pond is closed on July 5th. For information related to the weather conditions, please call the Brown Deer Pond at 414-357-0119 during season hours.
A resident is an individual who resides in the Village of Brown Deer. Non-residents may register but must pay an additional fee for each program.
Resident ID cards may be obtained at the Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department or Village Hall reception desk during regular office hours.
The Brown Deer Golf Course is operated by Milwaukee County Parks. For information or reservations, call 414-352-8080.
Algonquin Park is operated by Milwaukee County Parks. For wading pool information, call 414-257-6100.
To reserve a Milwaukee County Parks facility, call 414-257-8005.
To obtain a copy of your crash report, please visit the link below.
Accident Report Information
No person, firm or corporation shall park or cause to be parked any automobile, truck trailer or motor vehicle on any state, county or village road or highway, or on the shoulder thereof, between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 PM without permission. Permission is granted by the police department for up to five nights per calendar month. For more information, click on the link below to make an overnight parking request or visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Overnight Parking Request
To obtain a copy of a police report, please complete the form below. Completed forms can be submitted in person at the Police Department, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Records Request
Payments for parking tickets can be made by using Village of Brown Deer Point & Pay. To pay your Municipal Citations go to Village of Brown Deer Court.
Payments can also be made by phone by calling 1-844-435-3982. For more information, visit Village of Brown Deer Citation Payments.
Yes, an Officer will respond to all alarms but homeowners and business owners should be aware that they could be subject to a service charge as established by the Village Board for repeated false alarms.
Yes, all dogs and cats five months of age or older that are kept within the Village require a license. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Unreasonable loud and raucous noises, whether from loudspeakers, public address system, yelling, shouting, and similar activities are generally prohibited between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM on weekdays, and 11:00 PM and 10:00 AM on weekends and holidays. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Generally, signs are not permitted in single-family dwellings with some exceptions. Temporary signs, such as political signs, for sale signs, and rummage signs, are allowed as long as they meet the guidelines established in the Village Code of Ordinances. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Yes, but you must obtain a permit from the Village. Sales shall be conducted only between the hours of 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM and no more than three rummage sales in one calendar year may be conducted from any premises. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Some of the first radio-controlled airplanes (drones) were developed in the 1930ʼs by the Radioplane Company. The military used these aircraft as flying targets to train and hone the skills of anti-aircraft gunners. During World War II, the Radioplane Corporation produced over 15,000 of these aircraft for the U.S. Army. Since then technology has improved greatly, and although the term "drone" is still commonly used in the military, we prefer to use the more current, and more descriptive term, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
Very simply stated Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) fly using a sophisticated autopilot system that assists the pilot when flying the aircraft manually, or has the ability to fly the aircraft by itself using a pre-loaded flight plan designed by the pilot for that specific mission. Our aircraft is powered by a clean, efficient battery system, and during flight the aircraft sends a constant stream of information to the pilot indicating the:
If there is a loss of communication or the batteries are getting too low, the aircraft has the ability to execute a "fail-safe" procedure and automatically return to the point of take-off for landing or gently land immediately.
They will be used in a variety of incidents, the use of which will increase the safety of the officers on scene and the general public. Incidents in which the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Unit may be deployed include:
Our UAS will not be used to pursue vehicles, carry weapons of any kind, or conduct general surveillance.
At this point, the aircraft can only be flown during daylight hours and less than 400 feet above the ground. The small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) must be flown within line of sight of the officer who is remotely piloting the UAS, which essentially means it must be flown in the general area where it takes off. The equipment has to be driven to the incident scene and unloaded. The police department is not allowed to fly directly over crowds such as football games or parades.
No, your privacy will not be impacted. Maintaining an individual’s privacy and protecting the civil liberties of all persons is of paramount importance to the department. The Brown Deer Police Department is bound by federal law and the laws of the State of Wisconsin that direct the use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) systems of all types and sizes, as it relates to the privacy of citizens. This same case law that applies to manned-helicopter programs that are used in many urban police departments across the country is the same case law that applies to these unmanned systems as well.
Both statutory laws and case laws dictate when search warrants must be obtained and provide limits on the use of technology by law enforcement to investigate suspected criminal activity in our community. In other words, if a search warrant is needed to access private property now such as looking in a backyard, then a search warrant would also be needed for accessing private property with our UAS. Again, our UAS program will not be used for arbitrary surveillance and must comply with all federal regulations and laws.
Your water bill is based on actual consumption. If it is noticeably higher and you are unaware of a reason for higher usage (such as watering lawns, filling pools, or more people living in the residence) you probably have a leak.
Over 95% of leaks occur at the toilet. These leaks can be very expensive if left unfixed. Many toilet leaks are silent. Very often you do not hear the water dripping or running. Even a pinhead size drip can account for over 17,000 gallons in a quarter.
If you have food coloring put several drops into the toilet tank. Do not flush. Wait ten to twenty minutes. If the color appears in the bowl - you have a leak.
You can also read the meter in your basement before you retire for the night (or sometime when you know no water will be used for several hours). Reread the meter first thing in the morning before any water has been used. If the numbers on the meter have changed that means water has moved through the meter. Our service employees can not repair leaks but they would be glad to come by and help locate it.
View the How to Read Your Non-Digital Meter (PDF) for more information.
Yes, a one-time late payment charge of 3% but not less than $0.50 cents will be applied to any unpaid balance for the current billing period’s usage. An additional 10% penalty will be charged if the utility has to transfer any unpaid delinquent balances at the end of the year to the tax roll.
Per Public Service Commission guidelines, the Utility is not allowed to reverse or waive late fees.
The Brown Deer Water Utility does not perform final readings for utility bills for sales of property. The buyers and sellers should have the utility charges prorated, you should contact the Finance Department ted as part of the closing process. If you are currently signed up for automatic withdrawal payment, you should contact the Water Department to make sure this is removed and the bill is mailed to the correct address moving forward.
Depending on what type of service you have with the village, you may have one or more of the following charges.
See a typical residential bill breakdown (PDF).
There are many factors that go into determining what the average consumption should be, so it is difficult to give an average amount for a residential home. Some factors include household size, if guests are visiting, if you have filled or are maintaining a pool or hot tub, or if you irrigate or water your lawn. A good rule of thumb is approximately 6,000 gallons per person per quarter.
The water meter is typically located in the basement towards an outside wall with pipes coming from both sides. If you do not have a basement, the meter could be located in a utility closet. The water meter is the property of the Water Utility, so access to the water meter must be maintained.
The meter in your basement should be replaced or tested every fifteen to twenty years. This meter accuracy test is a requirement of the Wisconsin Administrative Code section Public Service Commission (PSC) 185.65.
In order for us to comply with this state code and to best serve your needs, we simply remove your old meter and replace it with a new one. The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is done at no charge to you.
The Department of Natural Resources requires that all wells be properly abandoned if they are not operational. If the well is being used, the homeowner must have a permit. Ground water preservation is a major concern. One improperly abandoned or unsafe well can compromise ground water quality over a significant area. When a well is abandoned, a form must be submitted to the state and village verifying proper abandonment.
If you are using your well a permit must be issued. There is no charge for the permit. And it is good for five years.
The water in Lake Michigan is very cold. At certain times of the year water comes into the mains and service lines at a cold temperature but warms up as it travels through the distribution system. Cold water captures extra oxygen. As the water warms, the extra oxygen is released. However, while the water is in a pipe there is no place for this oxygen to go. When you fill your glass from the tap and it appears milky or cloudy this is the extra oxygen in the water escaping.
Do you have galvanized steel plumbing? If so, some of the pipes in your home may be obstructed with corrosion deposits - limiting the flow of water. If you have a drop in pressure at a specific faucet, check the screen on the spigot, it may be filled and slowing the stream of water.
Is the pressure at neighboring residences also low? If so, contact the Utility at 414-371-3080. There may be a main break in your area temporarily reducing pressure in your neighborhood.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) governs all the water utilities in the state. Visit the PSC Homepage for general questions and contact information, or peruse the Rules and Regulations.
A cross connection is a direct or potential connection between any part of the public water supply system and a source of contamination or pollution. The most common form of cross connection is a garden hose, which is easily connected to the public water supply system and can be used to apply a variety of potentially dangerous substances, including chemicals and fertilizer. Other common cross connections include:
Water normally flows in one direction, from the public water system through the customer’s cold or hot water plumbing system to a faucet or other plumbing fixture. Under certain conditions, water can flow in the reverse direction. This is known as backflow, and it occurs when backsiphonage or backpressure is created in a water line.
Back-siphonage may occur when there is a drop in the supply pressure of the water distribution system. This can be caused by a water line break, water main repair, or during a rapid withdrawal of water from a fire hydrant. This creates a vacuum, which may pull or siphon contaminants or pollutants into the drinking water supply.
Backpressure may be created when a source of pressure, such as a pump, boiler, or other building creates a pressure greater than that supplied from the water distribution system; this may force water to reverse direction.
Yes. The Public Service Commission (PSC) requires the Brown Deer Water Utility to change out meters on a 20-year replacement schedule per PSC 185.76(6). This gives the Utility legal authority to access and change out the meter. Failure to allow the Utility to access and replace the meter can result in disconnection.
There are several ways to schedule the meter change appointment. You may call our office at 414-371-3080 during normal business hours. If you reach the answering machine after hours you can leave a message with your name and telephone number where you can be reached during the day. Appointments can also be made online.
A typical meter replacement takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
Appointments are scheduled between 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Your meter will be replaced at no cost to you.
The location of each water meter varies but is usually located in the basement of the home. Typically, it will be along the outside wall closet to the street where the water main is located. In side by sides, water meters may be in each basement, or both water meters may be located in a single unit.
Yes. Water service will be turned off inside the home during the meter replacement. Interrupted service should last less than 30 minutes, and service will be turned back on once the meter has been changed.
Brown Deer Water Utility employees will complete all meter replacements. Brown Deer Water Utility employees carry photo IDs with name, the Brown Deer Water Utility logo, contact information, and position. Please ask for identification before letting any employee into your residence.