News & Notes: June 14

June 12, 2012

Residents in two districts will vote in new locations

Oak Creek - Residents of the city's 4th and 5th districts will vote in new locations during the next election.

The 4th District polling location will move from Carollton Elementary School, 8965 S. Carollton Drive, to Deerfield Elementary School, 3871 E. Bluestem Drive.

Residents of the 5th District will now go to Parkway Apostolic Church, 10940 S. Nicholson Road, instead of Meadowview Elementary School, 10420 S. McGraw Drive.

Meadowview Elementary is lacking handicapped accessibility. Parkway Church has two accessible doors, 800 parking spaces and 16 handicapped-accessible parking spaces.

Parkway Apostolic Church will be able to hold about 1,000 people in its gym and about 150 in its banquet hall. Meadowview can only hold 200 people in its gym.

City Clerk Catherine Roeske said there is a communication plan in place for this relocation.

"Postcards will be mailed to districts 4 and 5, the change can be seen on our city website, Facebook page and Channels 25 and 99, and there will be signage at the old location directing them to the new location," Roeske said.

The Common Council voted unanimously June 5 to change the locations.

Auto Zone planning hits a snag

Oak Creek - A new Auto Zone is in the works to be placed at 2555 W. Ryan Road in Oak Creek. This will be the second Auto Zone in the city.

The council is in the process of reviewing plans for the property, but has run into a problem with the dimensional requirements of the space. Because of this, a variation would be required for approval the certified survey map.

"Auto Zone has identified a service need in this area," Mayor Steve Scaffidi said. "They have an aggressive attitude when researching potential store locations, good business and they do a nice job."

Further plans for these projects will be released at future Oak Creek Common Council meetings.

Oak Creek firm to clean up Kuwait oil spill

Oak Creek - Oak Creek's Biogenesis Enterprises announced today that it has been selected by Kuwait officials to remediate the Kuwait oil spill, which occurred when Saddam Hussein's forces blew up more than 600 oil wells in 1990, many of which were not capped for weeks or months.

The oil, as well as the billions of gallons of sea water used to extinguish the flames, altered the desert sand. Some of the oil has reportedly seeped over 40 feet into the sand and into the drinking water aquifer.

The UN War Reparations Fund has allocated $3 billion for the Kuwait sands cleanup.

Biogenesis has an initial contract of $15 million to wash the sand and extract and separate the oils, salts and other contaminants, according to a company news release.

"After our unique cleansing system is employed, it our goal to give the Kuwaitis clean, construction-grade sand and refinable oil for sale," said Phil Skrade, CEO of Amiran Technologies, which owns Biogenesis, in the release.

About 200 people will be employed in the initial phase of the cleanup work.

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