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Pat Tiarks, President Mark Holdmann Paul Kasdorf Bill Benjamin Gerald “Jerry” Orvis Michael Thew Tom Sardina


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From the Administrator

Happy Spring! As we turned the page into 2020, we reminisced on our great accomplishments in 2019 while renewing our drive for success in 2020. One of those successes has been our Road and Infrastructure Improvement Program. Our 2020 project has been in the works for months and we are finally ready to bring you all up to speed on the necessary details.

In 2020, we will be repaving the Community Building Parking Lot and 127th Street from Frontier Park to Ruby Ave. This will be a major project combined with some sewer and stormwater utility upgrades as well. The Village Board awarded a contract for this project in March and we will be hosting community informational meetings about this project, how it will affect residents, traffic, access, etc. All residents directly affected by this project will receive a mailing out- lining details and meeting dates, but the informational meetings are open to the public.

We will also post regular updates on our website,, the Village’s social media outlets, and in our e-newsletter.

We expect the project to begin in June with the Community Build- ing Parking Lot working South to Ruby Ave. It is expected that the project will be complete by early Fall. Please keep an eye out for updates on the phasing, progress, and timeline. We appreciate your cooperation in advance.

Given the timing of this project, we have re-routed the 4th of July Parade to travel down 126th Street to Frontier Park. Please check for updates from the Park and Recreation Committee on parade updates and logistics.

As you may already know, I recently got married in February.

Please make note of my new name, Kayla Thorpe, and my new email I appreciate all of the well wishes my husband and I received from the community.

Thank you!

Kayla Thorpe

Village Administrator

Spring 2020


Police Department

Greetings from the Village of Butler Police Department!

The Newbie, Kinda

As the calendar was turning to 2020, the Butler PD hired a new officer. Officer Dustin Biermann is a seasoned officer with over 7 years of

experience at the City of Racine PD. We are overjoyed that he chose to make the move, joining us here in Butler to make an immediate impact in the community. He has already completed his field training and has been assigned to 3rd shift (8p-6a). When you see him out and about, be sure to introduce yourself and give him a heartfelt welcome to our great Village.

Who Knew!?!?!

Last year I participated in the Police Unity Tour where we honor officers that have died in the line of duty. This tour is a 300-mile bicycle ride over 4 days and ends in Washington DC with over 2000 officers and survivors arriving at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Mid-May during Law Enforcement memorial week.

On 2/27/20, I received an email from a friend who rode with me last year. In his email, he wrote he was having a conversation with a co-worker who said that his grandfather was an officer for the Village of Butler and had died in the line of duty. According to what he was told, his grandfather was placing flares out at an accident scene when the tragedy occurred.

His grandfather’s name was Leroy Bauer and the incident occurred sometime in 1951 when he was only 26 years old.

In my 25 years at the Village, I had never heard any mention of an officer dying in the line of

duty, so I contacted some of the Village elders to inquire if they had heard any stories. Nothing.

I started to do some digging and first reached out to the Waukesha County Register of Deeds Office. They located the death certificate for Leroy John Bauer who passed away on 10/9/51 due to a vehicle/pedestrian accident. I started to think this may have really happened, the name and story matched, but how was it that no one knew about it?

Going on the assumption Mr. Bauer was an officer, I turned to the Waukesha Library since they archive news articles from the Waukesha Freeman. This type of event would have gar- nered some media attention, especially in 1951, right? I located old articles in 1951 and to my amazement, Leroy John Bauer was a Marshal for the Village before the Police Department was founded in 1954. He held the position for only 6 months before he died and was also a truck driver for the Village. According to news articles, he was struck while deploying flares and died from his injuries a day after the acci- dent on 10/9/1951. He was survived by his wife and two daughters who were 8 and 4 years old at the time. Marshal Bauer was also a Marine and served 4 years during WW II.

Over the next few months, I will be meeting with Marshal Bauer’s family to honor him here in the Village and the Law Enforcement memorials in Madison and Washington DC.

As always, be well and on behalf of all the members of the Police Department, it is an hon- or to serve you every day.

Chief Dave A few things coming in 2020!

x The Fifth Year Road Project will be initiated on 127th Street – from Ruby Avenue to Frontier Park. Additional information will be shared in the coming months.

x This summer/fall watch for our new form of communication with a new Electronic

Signboard which will keep you informed of all upcoming events, meetings and

important information

x Congratulations to Village Administrator Kayla Chadwick, (now Kayla Thorpe), on her mar- riage February 1st to Colin Thorpe.

Pat Tiarks, Village President

From the Village President


Fire Department

As the weather gets nicer, everyone, including children will be outside more. Please be extra careful as you are driving through the village.

Spring Forward -

Change the batteries when you change your clocks.

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They

should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove. People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Ambulances: The fire department runs two ambulances to cover the village.

Ambulance 2354 is housed at Station 1 at Village Hall. This is our primary ambulance and is first out on all EMS calls. We also have a second fully equipped ambulance,

Ambulance 2355 that runs out of Station 2 near Lower Frontier Park. This is the second out ambulance and allows us to cover multiple EMS calls or large incidents. 2355 has been utilized several times over the last few months.

Enjoy Spring! Be Safe, Stay Healthy!

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2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote Information

The upcoming election is Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

(Village board meeting will be moved to April, 8th due to the election.)

The polling place for the Village of Butler:

Butler Village Hall

Voting Room: Boardroom

12621 W Hampton Ave, Butler, WI 53007-1705

Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

You need a valid Photo ID in order to vote.

Visit the website MyVoteWisconsin at to receive Important voting information including:

x Voter Information

x Find my Polling Place

x What’s on My Ballot

x Update my Name and Address

x Register to Vote

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Reminders for Brush Collection Starting in April

Beginning in April, the regular brush pickup service will begin. Pickup will be on the first and third Monday of each month through the summer and ending mid-October (weather dependent). Brush should be stacked or piled at the curbs by 7 a.m. of the pick-up day, but no sooner than 6 p.m. Sunday night before a brush pick-up day.

Brush Pickup Quick Facts:

x 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month (April – mid-October, weather dependent)

x The brush should be stacked neat and orderly at the curb (NOT in the street)

x Branches should be no greater than 4 inches in diameter

x Branches only…NO full trees

x DO NOT place the branches in garbage cans or bags

x DO NOT put other yard waste in with the brush

The Village of Butler is happy to provide the brush pick up service to its residents, but your cooperation is vital to ensure efficiency and safety. Please understand that if the

above-mentioned instructions are not followed, your branches may not be picked up. If you have any questions about the brush pickup service please feel free to contact Village Hall at 262-783-2525. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Looking for something fun to do? Looking to get involved in community events and you just don’t know where to start? Want to meet a new club of high energy enthusiasts where the ages range from 18 to 85, and include retirees, mailmen, weekend warriors, nail technicians, students, full time moms?

Optimist Clubs International was formed over 100 years ago, but this local chapter, the Optimist Club of Sussex-Lisbon-Lannon-Butler, is 2 ½ years old. It already has 50+ members.

The motto of this club is “Friend of the Youth.”

Their purpose is to fundraise to help the community and youth groups reach their goals. All funds raised go back into the community for academic and sport teams and scholarships to students in the Hamilton School District. The SLLB Club has already given thousands of dollars to the youth of your community. The SLLB Club donates to the St Agnes and Sussex Food Pantries,

volunteers at school events and holds several Brat Frys to raise money. They Christmas Carol at senior citizen homes, give out candy in the park at Easter and delivered truck- loads of water to Lannon Elementary School when they were in need. SLLB members cook chili and bake desserts to show appreciation to local firefighters each January and to show appreciation to local law enforcement each May. May 16 will be SLLB’s 2nd

Perennial Plant Sale held at Therapeutics Wellness Center in Sussex. Thin out your plants and donate them to this sale. Also, on May 16, 2020, is the first Jeff Pulvermacher Memorial Bag Toss to be held in Sussex Park.

Registration begins at 1130am. Get a team together. Enjoy the live music, food and a community family fun day.

The SLLB Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Hamilton High School. For more information on SLLB’s events or how to join the club, contact or call 262 894-3008.

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Park & Recreation

Butler Ball Park Advertising Returns

Highly visible to patrons and passersby, fence-line advertising returns to Butler's ball park in April. There is still time to purchase a banner for your business for the upcoming season. Banners from last year can be renewed at a discount price. Contact for more information, or inquire at Village Hall.

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Infinity Exteriors has been around for 22 years and looking forward to many more. We are a proud family owned and operated business by Josh and MaryJean Sparks. As a former Marine, Josh takes pride in this giveaway and is happy to give back to one of our service members. We are now accepting submissions until April 30, 2020. From there we will pick our winner and they will receive the free roof. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Hello Butler community!

My name is Melissa Paap-Young and I am the Youth Librarian at the Butler Public Library. My focus is creating fun and inviting activities for visiting families and caregivers. As a mother of three, having another place to take youngsters is key to getting through Wisconsin’s endless winter!

I also serve the Teen Area of the library. Creating a more inviting space for teens was key this year. We’ve added a bean bag chair and a large variety of board games to play in the library. We have also pur- chased new items in the Young Adult non-fiction collection to better serve our youth with projects and research.

Programs I run at the library include: Storytime, Lego Club, and Summer Reading. I also fa- cilitate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) every November for writers of all ages.

Storytime has been a great way to meet much of our community; if you have a youngster, we meet every week on Wednesdays at 10:30am.

Lego Club is one of my favorite programs to run. Thanks to funding from the Friends of Butler Library, we were able to kick off the program over a year ago. Lego Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month and ages 3 to 18 are welcome to come and build. Adults who tag along for the event are also welcome to build. All builds are displayed in the Children’s ar- ea for three weeks.

I am having way too much fun planning our 2020 Summer Reading activities! This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story” with a slant toward whimsical and fairy-tale themes. We are kicking off Summer Reading Registration with a cookout sponsored by our Friends of the Butler Library group on Saturday, June 13th from 11:00 - 1:00. Please join us! Summer Read- ing runs Monday, June 15th – Saturday, August 1st. There will be coupon giveaways, chanc- es to win raffle prizes and other surprises! A huge thank you to Friends of the Butler Library for sponsoring prizes and surprises, and our Bridges Library System for sponsoring three pro- grams again this year!

Friday, June 26th - Wendy & DB Friday, July 17th - Kidsplay Friday, July 31st - Steve Girman

All programs start at 1:00 at the Butler Library. Look for more details soon!

It is truly a pleasure to be working in such a beautiful library with such friendly patrons.

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Butler Business Bio


Interview and article by Janet Holdmann It’s common

knowledge that our village of Butler is home to a varied and diverse group of businesses. Action Graphics located at 5203 N. 125th St. is one of those companies that is pleased and proud to call Butler its home. Originally located at 74th and Bradley in Milwau- kee, owner Raphael Horvath moved his company to Butler in 2003. A convenient location in the metro-Milwaukee area and a reasonable price for the building made the move a wise choice.

While in college, Raphael worked at a Kinkos.

After graduating, he managed Clark Graphics for 12 years. “The ink got in my blood,” stated Raphael. So in 2000, when the opportunity to purchase Action Graphics came along, he took it.

As a full service business-to-business printing firm, Action Graphics has tripled in size since 2003, expanding from printing to including mailings, signs, and graphic and marketing services to help other businesses grow. The number of print products is quite extensive and includes banners, booklets, brochures, business cards, envelopes, flyers, magnets, newsletters, parking lot signs, posters,

promotional items, window decals, and yard signs just to name a few. Visit the website at to see all this company has to offer. High quality

standards, extraordinary service, and exceptional printing delivered on time, on

budget, and with a competitive price are trademarks that have led to the success of this company. It serves clients throughout Wisconsin providing print and marketing materials to customers such as Kohl’s, Aurora Health Care, Badger Meter, Brady, Horizon Home Care, Marquette University and many others.

The company’s 10 full-time employees enjoy a relaxed, fun workplace atmosphere.

“There’s great chemistry here,” says Horvath.

When asked about the challenges of his business, Raphael noted that the internet is great for marketing but can have the effect of driving prices down. Also, printed

products are used less because there is an increase of brochures, flyers, manuals, etc.

available online. It’s necessary to continually re-invent and come up with new products to keep growing.

The mission of the company is succinctly stated as follows: “To establish Action Graphics as the premiere provider of the finest printing in our region, while maintaining our uncompromising principles of good service and community development.”

Speaking of community development, Raphael is passionate about supporting and giving back to the community. His company generously supports UPAF (United Performing Arts Fund) and is a regular sponsor of the annual Ride for the Arts. He is forming a team of bicyclists to participate in this year’s fundraising ride on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Want to join the fun for a good cause?

Contact Raphael Horvath at 262-373-1999 to get in on the action!

Butler Business Bio is a feature article highlighting a local business. You will discover interesting facts and tidbits about the business that aim to foster communi- ty awareness and pride.


Coffee With a Cop

Thursday, April 30th 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join our neighbors, Chief Wentlandt and Lt.

Engleman at the Butler Public Library for coffee and conversation. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know our Butler Police Department.


Signup for the Village of Butler e-Newsletter

1. Visit the Village of Butler website at

2. Scroll down to the middle of the homepage to “Sign up for our email list.”

3. Enter your email address and click “Go” to receive bi-weekly village announcements, or changes in services.

National Day of Prayer 2020

Thursday, May 7th, 2020, will be Butler’s 3rd an- nual observance of the National Day of Pray- er. Proceedings will be held in the newly ren- ovated and stylish Frontier Park Community Building located at 5251 N. 127th St. beginning at 7p.m. This is a non-partisan, presidential proclamation held each year on the 1st Thurs- day in May since 1952 where people from all across the land and all walks of life gather to pray for the nation and their local municipali- ties. Come and join government servants, faith leaders and residents from Butler and surrounding communities for a time when all are welcome to gather and pray for our country and our community.

Easter Hunt Egg

Saturday, April 4th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


This year, the Historical Clarke House and Butler Public Library are teaming up to host an Easter Egg Hunt. Youth ages 12 and under are welcome to join the festivities. Many of the Easter eggs will contain a special mystery item. Other activities include fun yard games, a photo opportunity, a special Clarke House coloring book, and registering for a free Library card. Raffle prizes will be drawn after the hunt starting at 2:30 p.m.

Inquire at the Library for more details!

Upcoming Events

10 Common Vegetable Garden Problems

Thursday, April 9


6:30 p.m.


We are excited to have Joey and Holly Baird of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardner with us again this spring! Join us at the Butler Public library as they show us how to solve the 10 Most Common Vegetable Garden problems.


Connecting the Community Our mission is to publish a quality newsletter committed to serving the Village of Butler by providing topics of inter- est, news and information.

Mark Holdmann, Village Board Trustee

Diana Armstrong, Resident If you have any questions or comments regarding this newsletter, send an email to

12621 W. Hampton Ave.

Butler, WI 53007



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All meetings are held at Village Hall except the Library Board meeting which meets at the Butler Public Library.


VILLAGE BOARD 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7p.m FINANCE BOARD Before Village Board Meeting

BUILDING BOARD Before Village Board Meeting

PARK AND RECREATION 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

LIBRARY BOARD 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Election Day April 7th, polls open at 7 a.m.

Coffee with a Cop April 30th

DPW brush collection Begins in Early April National Day of Prayer May 7th


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