New Berlin, Wisconsin

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New Berlin is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 38,220 at the 2000 census. New Berlin is the third largest community in Waukesha County after the cities of Waukesha and Brookfield.

Located on the eastern border of Waukesha County, the City of New Berlin is situated between Madison and Milwaukee. Interstate 94 is located immediately north of the city, and Interstate 43 passes through it.[3]

Money magazine ranked New Berlin #34 in its 2009 Top 100 List of Best Small American Towns in which to live.[4]

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Pronunciation

Area residents put the accent on the first syllable of Berlin /nuːˈbɜrlɨn/, rather than on the second. They originally put the accent on the second syllable making it sound like the German city. However, during World War II they changed it to disassociate themselves with Germany.

Government

Jack F. Chiovatero is currently serving his second term as Mayor of New Berlin. He assumed his first term on April 19, 2005, and was later re-elected for a second term commencing April 21, 2009. Prior to being Mayor, Chiovatero served as Alderman of District 6 for two consecutive three-year terms.[5]

The 8 member Common Council is the elected body that represents the citizens of New Berlin. The Common Council consists of 7 aldermen, representing each of the City’s 7 Aldermanic districts, and the Mayor. The Mayor is elected to serve a term of four years; Aldermen are elected to serve a term of three years. The Common Council meets in the Council Chambers on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month to conduct the City’s legislative business. The Common Council adopts the City budget and passes laws, policies and regulations that govern the City.[6]

History

The first settlers, Sidney Evans and P.G. Harrington, arrived in the northeastern part of what is now the City of New Berlin in 1836. The area first came under local government in 1838 as part of the Town of Muskego, which at the time, was composed of New Berlin and Muskego. The area that is now the City of New Berlin was separated from the Town of Muskego in 1839 and given the name, Town of Mentor.[7]

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