Bucky’s Super Video to close

November 15, 2010

By Katherine Keller

An anonymous source contacted the Compass today to report that Bucky’s Super Video will announce tomorrow that the store will close. Tom Ebert, manager, declined comment.

Check back tomorrow for more news about the closing.


Online info for veterans about medical care, employment, housing

November 10, 2010

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has compiled a list of a number of federal, state, and third-party websites designed to aid veterans, as well as employers looking to hire veterans.  The list is available at dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans.

Among the resources available to veterans through the website are employment programs and services; a list of veterans service organizations; an explanation of state and federal laws that apply to veterans rights and privileges; and health and medical benefits, for which veterans can apply online.

Source: Wired Wisconsin


Invitation to public to attend Milwaukee Public Library board meeting, Nov. 11

November 10, 2010

From 3rd Aldermanic District Ald. Nik Kovac

Please join me and other members of the Library Board
at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, November 11) during a
community meeting at East Library, 1910 E. North Ave. We
will discuss options for our neighborhood library, as well as
for the library system as a whole.

Background:

The 2011 city budget includes capital funding to convert
East Library into a mixed-use development that would
include a ground floor library, built together with another
proposed development above.

This mixed-use concept is currently premiering on the
northwest side.

Villard Square, the first mixed-use MPL branch, at N. 34th St.
and W. Villard Ave. had a ground breaking ceremony in September.
The new library will include the Villard branch library on the first floor,
and three stories of residential apartments above. The new ground
floor library will replace the existing Villard branch library at 3310 W. Villard Ave.

I look forward to seeing you at East Library tomorrow evening.

Nik


Public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 10 about mixed retail and 70-unit development proposed for KK at Conway St.

November 9, 2010

A mixed-use development is proposed for the 2400 block of S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, at the southeast corner of Kinnickinnic Avenue and Conway Street, the current site of Lonefeather Trading Post, apartments, and homes. Plans include 70 high-end loft apartments, 9,000 square feet of street-level retail space, and 85 off-street parking spaces. Fourteenth District Alderman Tony Zielinski said the project is in the preliminary stages but that it is “aligned with Bay View’s vision” and “incorporates many green and sustainable components.” He added that he’s worked closely with the project developers to “ensure the project’s design is incorporated into the current Kinnickinnic Avenue and neighborhood streetscape and scale.” Rent for the one- and two-bedroom units would range from $700 to $1,500.

SE corner 2300 S Kinnickinnic photo by K Keller

These buildings are located on the southeast corner of the 2300 block of Kinnickinnic, where the new structure would be erected. —photo Katherine Keller

The project developer is Third Ward-based HKS Holdings, LLC, and the architectural firm is Engberg Anderson, based in Milwaukee, Madison, and Tucson, Ariz.

Engberg Anderson recently completed One at North End, 1551 N. Water St., a project of similar scale at the former site of the Pfister & Vogel Tannery. That mixed-use development features 83 residential units plus 12,700 square feet of ground-floor retail. Its green features include high-efficiency air systems and an Energy Star stainless steel appliance package, according to developer Mandel Group’s website.

A community meeting hosted by Alderman Zielinski to inform residents about the project is Nov. 10 at 6pm in the Bay View High School Auditorium.

For more information contact Alderman Zielinski at (414) 286-3769 or tzieli@milwaukee.gov.


Read the 2011 County Budget adoption results (list of amendments)

November 9, 2010

Total expenditures for 2011 are $1,301,923,862. Under the adopted budget, the 2011 tax levy is $269,554,701, an increase of 2.389% over the 2010 levy of $263,264,740. Under this scenario, owner of an average City of Milwaukee home would see the County portion of their property tax bill rise by approximately $7.49.

Rundown of 2011 Budget Amendments not approved unanimously:

(full log of amendments voted upon can be found here)

13-6 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Mayo, Rice, Schmitt) to obtain consulting support necessary to gain a more complete understanding of the projected $440 million expense for 2011 wages and benefits (increases tax levy by $75,000)

15-4 (No: Broderick, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo) to maintain the position of Economic Development Director within the Department of Public Works and provide $95,595 in professional services for specialized real estate, development, engineering or other services to support the activities of the office. Also provides $25,000 for the County’s membership in Milwaukee 7 and $25,000 for the East Wisconsin Counties Railroad Consortium. (decreases tax levy by $102,714)

11-8 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Weishan) to allocate $125,000 to retain outside consultant assistance and related services to continue to serve the Task Force on Work Reform for Men. (increases tax levy by $125,000)

15-4 (No: Cesarz, De Bruin, Rice, Sanfelippo) to conduct a reallocation study to determine if a new wage classification is warranted for several highway maintenance and mechanical services manager positions. (no tax levy impact)

14-5 (No: Broderick, Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Thomas) to review the Park Maintenance Workers and Forestry Workers to ensure efficiency in the use of these positions to perform routine parks maintenance.

13-6 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Lipscomb, Sanfelippo, Weishan) to transfer one Accountant 4 position from the Treasurer’s Office to DAS-Accounting Section (no tax levy impact)

15-4 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to implement a pilot Universal Screening program within Courts-Pre-Trial Services to provide significant returns on upfront investments through court diversion and reduced pre-trial bed days. (increases tax levy by $250,000)

15-4 (No: Borkowski, De Bruin, Mayo, Schmitt) to continue and transfer the Criminal Justice Resource Center under the operational and administrative authority of the Chief Judge as an alternative to incarceration. (increases tax levy by $679,910)

14-5 (No: Borkowski, Lipscomb, Mayo, Rice, Weishan) to seek changes in State law and Wisconsin Constitution to allow Milwaukee County to consolidate the functions of the County Treasurer and the Register of Deeds into the County Clerk’s office, and abolish the Treasurer and Register of Deeds positions, as a step toward streamlining County administrative/customer service functions that currently are performed by separate constitutional offices, and potentially achieving tax levy savings. (no tax levy impact)

6-13 (Yes: Borkowski, Coggs, Johnson, Mayo, Weishan, West) item fails to create one unfunded position of GIS Info Tech within the Register of Deeds office. (no tax levy impact)

15-4 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo) to continue the Farm and Fish Hatchery and create one position of Fish Hatchery Coordinator to oversee the operation and one position of Parks Worker 3, delete reference to the closure of the program, and negotiate the lease with the Hunger Task Force, including moving away from the use of inmate labor at the farm and fish hatchery to the hiring of job training program participants (New Hope and the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership. (increases tax levy by $139,400)

16-3 (No: Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo) to delete language related to negotiating with the City of Wauwatosa for the sale of the DTPW-Water Utility. (no tax levy impact)

17-2 (No: Cesarz, Sanfelippo) to eliminate Freeway Flyer Routes 45, 47 and 39 due to low ridership and reinstate late night/early morning/weekend service cut in the County Executive’s Recommended Budget, partially offset by a federal “State of Good Repair” grant, and study and review the space needs of the County. (decreases tax levy by $35,620)

17-2 (No: Cesarz, Sanfelippo) to create an Inspection Unit with five positions within the Director’s office of DTPW. (no tax levy impact)

12-7 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Lipscomb, Rice, Schmitt) to restore and realign the Detox program to utilize a nationally-recognized patient placement model for care. (increases tax levy by $300,000)

10-9 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Thomas) to adopt a substitute resolution budget for $1,500,000 in revenue associated with Section 1915(i) of the Social Security Act and continue to work with the State to either further narrow the functional eligibility and/or replace/reduce Milwaukee County’s local commitment with State funding, while including a total of $1.5 million in the Appropriation for Contingencies related to this initiative. (increases tax levy by $1,500,000)

18-1 (No: Cesarz) to add “per advice from the Director, Department of Administration Services, and,” language relating to the County’s payment for BadgerCare Plus/General Assistance Medical Program (GAMP). (no tax levy impact)

12-7 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to include funding for the Youth Sports Authority in the amount of $100,000. (increases tax levy by $100,000)

15-4 (No: Dimitrijevic, Harris, Mayo, Weishan) to develop a plan to downsize the 72-bed Rehabilitation Center-Hilltop Title XIX certified facility for persons with developmental disabilities. (no tax levy impact)

15-4 (No: Cesarz, De Bruin, Rice, Sanfelippo) to seek a separate line item on the County property tax bill for Parks and cultural institutions (no tax levy impact)

15-4 (No: Cesarz, Johnson, Rice, Sanfelippo) to provide the Parks Director the flexibility to set Parks fees lower or up to an additional 10% higher than the 2010 Adopted Budget in order to respond in a timely manner to chancing market competition, weather conditions, etc. (no tax levy impact)

17-2 (No: Mayo, Sanfelippo) create a Workgroup to explore and potentially develop a new lease agreement with the Milwaukee Kicker Soccer Club for the Uihlein Soccer Park facility. (no tax levy impact)

17-2 (No: De Bruin, Weishan) to deem the Crystal Ridge ski hill surplus parkland and direct the Parks Director to perform the tasks necessary to sell the property in 2011, the proceeds of which will be used to pay off outstanding bond debt related to the property and to finance Parks major maintenance projects. (no tax levy impact)

12-7 (No: Borkowski, Broderick, De Bruin, Dimitrijevic, Larson, Mayo, Weishan) to develop a strategic plan for future operation of the Villa Terrace/Charles Allis Art Museums that maximizes self-support. (no tax levy impact)

11-8 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Larson, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo, Weishan) to approve a number of wage and benefit modifications, including new health plan design changes for both active employees and retirees, a 4 percent employee pension contribution for all non-represented employees, two one percent wage increases for non-represented employees (as part of the four percent employee pension contribution) and plan for corrective actions (including possible layoffs, furlough days and service cuts) if an agreement is not reached with union employees.

16-3 (No: Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo) to pursue changes in State law to permit the County Board to remove appointed department heads upon a two-thirds vote of the County Board. (no tax levy impact)

11-8 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo, Thomas) to reduce the use of contract personal services – short term (temporary help) to reflect fiscal constraints. These savings, plus an additional $653,522 is placed into the Appropriation for Contingencies to mitigate potential shortfalls in 2011. (tax levy decreases $371,978)

12-7 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo, West) to delete the Bus Rapid Transit program from the Capital Improvement Budget. (no tax levy impact)

13-6 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to add a New Parks Capital project to study alternatives to relocate South Shore Beach. (increases tax levy by $40,000)

15-4 (No: De Bruin, Sanfelippo, West, Holloway) to budget $50,000 to repair retaining walls located in Estabrook Park. (no tax levy impact)

5-14 (ITEM FAILS) (Yes: Broderick, Coggs, Jursik, Mayo, West) to utilize half of the funds available in the allocated contingency fund within Capital Improvement Project WE033 – Behavioral Health Division to construct a Crisis Resource Center in the northern portion of Milwaukee County. (no tax levy impact)

8-11 (ITEM FAILS) (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Harris, Jursik, Lipscomb, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Weishan, Holloway) To approve a New Courthouse Complex Capital to install a canvas canopy at the 10th Street entrance of the Courthouse to clearly define the 10th Street Entrance and offer protection from the elements for Courthouse visitors, including those visiting the recently moved Department of Family Care. (no tax levy impact; would increase general obligation bonding by $90,000)

14-5 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Rice, Sanfelippo) to fund repairs to the O’Donnell Park parking structure, contingent upon County Board approval of a detailed plan for the improvements that will include safety and design elements. (no tax levy impact)

All other amendments in the blue packet were approved unanimously

Budget Amendments approved after failing in Finance & Audit Committee (yellow packet):

10-9 (No: Broderick, Coggs, Harris, Johnson, Mayo, Schmitt, Thomas, West, Holloway) to establish a deposit fee of $250 for Humboldt Park rentals.(no tax levy impact)

10-9 (Yes: Broderick, De Bruin, Dimitrijevic, Harris, Johnson, Larson, Lipscomb, Thomas, Weishan, West) to deny the transfer of $6,175,000 in 2010 general obligation bonding related to the Pulaski and Noyes Indoor Aquatic Center projects to WO114-Countywide Infrastructure Improvements. (no tax levy impact; increases general obligation bonding by $6,175,000)

11-8 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Rice, Schmitt, Sanfelippo, Weishan) to include $5,008,380 in general obligation bonding for the refurbishment of Moody Pool, which closed in 2001. (no tax levy impact; increases general obligation bonding by $5,008,380)

11-8 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Rice, Schmitt, Sanfelippo, Weishan) to increase expenditures $2,054,162 and general obligation bonding $2,054,162 to replace the HVAC systems and install security systems at the King and Kosciuszko Community Centers. (no tax levy impact; increases general obligation bonding by $2,054,162)

All other Budget Amendments approved by the Finance & Audit Committee were approved with no objection. Click here for the complete list of amendments.

Separate from the Budget file, the Board also voted:

14-5 (No: Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, West) to utilize the balance of funds available in the allocated contingency fund within Capital Improvement Project WE033 Behavioral Health Facility to construct a new behavioral health hospital on the Milwaukee County Grounds.

15-4 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Sanfelippo, Weishan) to approve Amendment No. 2 regarding Personnel Actions by the County Board through November 4, 2010 no reflected in the County Executive’s Recommended Budget

11-8 (No: Borkowski, De Bruin, Harris, Jursik, Larson, Mayo, Weishan, Holloway) to approve an Ordinance to conform to the County Executive’s 2011 Recommended Budget for Org. Unit 1996.

18-1 (No: De Bruin) to approve the $830,845 special levy for Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

10-9 to approve a 2011 Property Tax Levy of $269,554,701, a difference of $6,289,761 from 2010.

10-9 to approve the 2011 County Budget, as amended.

Supervisors who voted in favor of adopting the 2011 County Tax Levy (10-9):

Gerry Broderick, Elizabeth Coggs, Marina Dimitrijevic, Nikiya Q. Harris, Willie Johnson, Jr., Chris Larson, Theodore Lipscomb, Johnny L. Thomas, Peggy West, Chairman Lee Holloway

Supervisors who voted against:

Mark Borkowski, Paul Cesarz, Lynne De Bruin, Patricia Jursik, Michael Mayo, Sr., Joseph Rice, Joe Sanfelippo, Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, John F. Weishan, Jr.

Supervisors who voted in favor of adopting the 2011 County Budget (10-9):

Gerry Broderick, Elizabeth Coggs, Marina Dimitrijevic, Nikiya Q. Harris, Willie Johnson, Jr., Chris Larson, Theodore Lipscomb, Johnny L. Thomas, Peggy West, Chairman Lee Holloway

Supervisors who voted against:

Mark Borkowski, Paul Cesarz, Lynne De Bruin, Patricia Jursik, Michael Mayo, Sr., Joseph Rice, Joe Sanfelippo, Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, John F. Weishan, Jr.

The County Board will consider any vetoes from the County Executive, as it relates to the 2011 Budget, Wednesday, November 17th at 1:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Source: Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors



Annual Bay View Holiday Event is December 4

November 9, 2010

Saturday, December 4 is the annual holiday event in Bay View sponsored by the Bay View Neighborhood Association.

The event poster describes the event: Bay View’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. Caroling, specials, shopping, crafts for kids, decorations, prizes, cookies, hot cocoa, family fun, music, Santa…and more.

Details: bayviewneighborhood.org.


Neighborhood meeting about new bar proposed for 2511 S. Howell

November 9, 2010

A neighborhood meeting for residents to be informed about and to give input about a new bar that is proposed for Bay View.

Meeting details: Friday, November 12, 6pm at 2511 S. Howell Ave. (Map)

More info, or if you can’t make the meeting, contact Ald. Zielinski: 414.286.3769 or tzieli@milwaukee.gov.


Revised Alterra plans demolish former Maritime Bank building in favor of new construction

November 3, 2010

By Katherine Keller

Alterra will begin demolition of the former Maritime Savings Bank building at the intersection of Kinnickinnic, Lincoln, and Howell avenues in January 2011, 14th District Alderman Zielinski said today. Construction of the new Alterra cafe and bakery is planned to begin in March and April and to be completed by fall of 2011, he said.

The Compass contacted Alterra yesterday seeking an update about the Bay View project that we reported on in May 2010. Alterra partner Lincoln Fowler said, “We’re still performing our due diligence,” and declined to comment further. Later in the day, Zielinski’s office issued an announcement about the project, including Alterra’s plans to demolish the former bank building.  Alterra “encountered significant challenges, from greater environmental contamination than originally estimated, accessibility issues for the disabled, space/layout concerns and structural issues when converting a bank to a café and bakery,” according to Zielinski’s press release.

Alterra applied for and received approval from the city’s  Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) in May 2010, which cleared the way for them to site a cafe and bakery at the Lincoln/Howell/Kinnickinnic intersection.

“Significant challenges, from greater environmental contamination than originally estimated, accessibility issues for the disabled, space/layout concerns and structural issues when converting a bank to a café and bakery” were cited in the news release as factors causing Alterra to ditch their original plans to work with the existing bank structure.

The revised plan moves the cafe’s orientation toward Lincoln, with a portion “wrapping Howell.” The Kinnickinnic portion of the cafe would feature indoor, outdoor, and indoor/outdoor seating.

The MCTS bus stop on Lincoln Avenue, which Alterra wanted moved, will remain where it is.

It appears that it is likely that Alterra’s revised plans will be presented to BOZA at the December 16 meeting, 2pm, at City Hall. We will announce the BOZA meeting agenda and date of the meeting when we have a confirmed date of their appeal to the board.

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Chris Larson wins Wisconsin, State Senate, District Nine seat; Richards, Sinicki retain seats

November 3, 2010


Larson , Chris Dem 37,164    57%
Ripp , Jess GOP 27,779                43%
State Senate – District 7 – General
Precincts Reporting – 100%
Sinicki , Christine (i) Dem 10,844    53%
McGartland , Molly GOP 9,502                   47%
State Assembly – District 20 – General
Precincts Reporting – 100%
Richards , Jon (i) Dem 15,122    69%
Burns , Krista GOP 9,502                     31%
State Assembly – District 19 – General
Precincts Reporting – 100%

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Agenda: Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors meeting; Nov. 4, 9:30am

November 2, 2010

MILWAUKEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Thursday, November 4, 2010

9:30 a.m.

Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 200

PRESENTATION BY SUPERVISORS

APPROVAL OF/CORRECTION TO JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

County Board Meeting, September 30, 2010

Located at the following website:

http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/imageLibrary/Groups/cntyclerk/JOP_2010.pdf

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

(File No. 10-322, Journal, September 30, 2010)

A resolution by Supervisors Holloway, Dimitrijevic, Schmitt, Lipscomb, Weishan, Broderick, De

Bruin, Thomas, Larson, Harris, Johnson, and Borkowski to utilize the balance of funds available

in the allocated contingency fund within Capital Improvement Project WE033 Behavioral Health

Facility to construct a new behavioral health hospital on the Milwaukee County grounds.

(9/23/10 Referred to the Budget process. 10/26/10 approved by the Finance and Audit

Committee 4-3: Noes: West, Jursik, Coggs)

REPORTS OF COUNTY OFFICERS

1. Matters returned unsigned by the County Executive, from the County Board meeting on

September 30, 2010.

File No. 10-280

A Resolution by Supervisor Holloway amending Chapter 17 of the Milwaukee County

Code of General Ordinances to require all employees hired on or after August 1, 2010 in

the unclassified service to establish and maintain residency within Milwaukee County.

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File No. 10-335

From the Milwaukee County Task Force on Work Reform for Men, requesting Milwaukee

County issue a one year consultant contract, not to exceed $125,000, to Northcott

Neighborhood House, commencing October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011, to

provide more focus on equitable employment opportunities in work reform, particularly

fathers and other males of color.

2. Confirmation of Appointments. (12)

(File No. 10-355)

From the County Executive, reappointing Ms. Mary Spencer to serve on the Emergency

Medical Service Counsel, as a Community representative, for a term ending August 31,

2012.

(File No. 10-356)

From the County Executive, reappointing Mr. Bill Brazen to serve on the Emergency

Medical Service Counsel as a Hospital Association representative, for a term ending August

31, 2012.

(File No. 10-357)

From the County Executive, reappointing Ms. Barbara Simmons to serve on the Emergency

Medical Service Counsel as a Community representative for a term ending August 31,

2012.

(File No. 10-358)

From the County Executive, reappointing Mr. Carl Stenbol to serve on the Emergency

Medical Service Counsel as the representative of Milwaukee County Emergency

Management, for a term ending August 31, 2012.

(File No. 10-359)

From the County Executive, reappointing Dr. Richard Shimp to serve on the Emergency

Medical Service Counsel as a Medical Society representative for a term ending August 31,

2012.

(File No.10-360)

From the County Executive, appointing Supervisor Peggy West to serve on the Care

Management Organization Governing Board, for a term ending August 31, 20103.

(File No.10-382)

From the County Executive, reappointing Hales Corners Fire Chief Michael Jankowski to

serve on the Emergency Medical Service Counsel as the Suburban Chief BLS

representative, for a term ending August 31, 2012.

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(File No. 10-383)

From the County Executive, reappointing Franklin Fire Chief James Martins to serve on the

Emergency Medical Service Counsel as the MATC liaison, for a term ending August 31,

2012.

(File No. 10-384)

From the County Executive, reappointing West Allis Fire Chief Steve Hook to serve on the

Emergency Medical Service Counsel as the Suburban Chief ALS representative, for a term

ending August 31, 2012.

(File No. 10-385)

From the County Executive, reappointing Mr. Carl Krueger to serve on the Veterans Service

Commission for a term ending December 31, 2012.

(File No. 10-386)

From the County Executive, reappointing Mr. Antonio Guajardo to serve on the Veterans

Service Commission for a term ending December 31, 2011.

(File No. 10-391)

From the County Executive, reappointing Mr. Thomas Reid to serve on the Emergency

Medical Service Counsel as the representative for one of the paramedic positions, for a

term ending August 31, 2012.

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PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS/ORDINANCES BY

COMMITTEES

UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

AND REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL (3 items)

[Supervisors Borkowski, De Bruin, Schmitt, Rice, Larson, Sanfelippo, and Jursik (Chair)]

1. [File No. 10-22(a)(a), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the County Board Chairman relative to reclassification of

existing positions, reallocations of non-represented positions, advancements within the pay

range and all revisions to Executive Compensation Positions (ECP). (Recommendations to

be implemented unless Supervisor(s) object.)

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the

reclassification of the following positions located within the Office of

the Sheriff:

CURRENT CLASSIFICATION PROPOSED CLASSIFICATION

(6)Correctional Officer 1

Stationery Engineer (PR16Z) Power Plant Operator (PR20)

(1)Correctional Officer 1 Lieutenant

Stationery Engineer (PR23CM) Power Plant Operator in Charge (PR27M)

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

2. (File No. 10-376, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Interim Director, Human Resources, requesting authorization to extend the

Temporary Assignment to a Higher Classification (TAHC) for Ms. Laurie Panella for the

position of Chief Information Officer.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 5-0)

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3. (File No. 10-379, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Interim Director, Department of Health and Human Services, requesting

authorization to abolish one Child Care Program Specialist and create one position of

Contract Specialist in the Milwaukee Early Child Care Administration, Division of Early

Care and Education. (Also to the Committee on Finance and Audit, Department of

Administrative Services, and Division of Human Resources.)

RECOMMENDATION: No recommendation on Classification and rate

of pay by reason of a TIE VOTE in Committee on a motion to approve.

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 3-3: NOES – De Bruin, Sanfelippo, and

Jursik)

Note: See Item No. 11, Page 8, from the Committee on Finance and Audit. (Creation of

the position.)

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By the Committee on Finance and Audit (2 items)

[Supervisors Thomas, Mayo, Schmitt, Johnson, West, Jursik and Coggs (Chair)]

1. A resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE a report from the Fiscal and Budget

Administrator and the Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, titled

“Space Reallocation,” dated October 18, 2010. (File No. 10-393) (Vote 5-0)

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

2. A resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE a report from the Fiscal and Budget

Administrator titled “Department of Administrative Services Passenger Vehicle Review,”

dated October 19, 2010. (File No. 10-394) (Vote 7-0) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND AUDIT (16 items; Items 1 & 14 require twothirds

vote) [Supervisors Thomas, Mayo, Schmitt, Johnson, West, Jursik and Coggs (Chair)]

3. [File No. 10-12(a)(m), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the County Board Chairman, relative to reports from

Departments regarding revenue deficits greater than $75,000 [MCGO 56.02].

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to RECEIVE AND

PLACE ON FILE a report from the Clerk of Circuit Court-Register in

Probate, titled “2010 Revenue Deficit,” dated October 11, 2010.

(VOTE 6-0) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

4. [File No. 10-42(a)(b), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the County Board Chairman, relative to reports from the

Manager, Real Estates Services, DTPW, monthly informational report for land sale closing

on UWM/Innovation Park.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to RECEIVE AND

PLACE ON FILE a report from the Manager, Real Estates Services, titled

“Monthly Informational report for the land sale closing on

UWM/Innovation Park” dated October 13, 2010. (VOTE 6-0) (COPIES

DISTRIBUTED)

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5. [File No. 10-284(a)(b), Journal, September 30, 2010]

From the Interim Director, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the

Fiscal and Budget Administrator, Department of Administrative Services (DAS), requesting

the release of $1,825,890 from the 2010 Behavioral Health Division (BHD) allocated

contingency fund within capital funds to address issues related to the Statement of

Deficiency (SOD). (Also to the Committee on Health & Human Needs.)

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to RECEIVE AND

PLACE ON FILE the said status report on the SOD. (COPIES

DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

Note: The Committee on Health and Human Needs at their meeting on October 27,

2010, took no action.

6. (File No. 10-354, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Milwaukee County Treasurer, requesting changes to the Milwaukee County’s

investment policy.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request (VOTE 6-0) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

7. (File No. 10-373, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Interim Chief Information Officer, Department of Administrative Services –

Information Management Services Division (CIO) requesting authorization to enter into a

professional service agreement with Noema LLC for architectural engineering support..

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request (VOTE 5-1: NO-Mayo) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

8. (File No. 10-370, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Interim Executive Director, Department of Family Care, requesting the creation of

an imprest fund in the amount not to exceed $200.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to approved the said

request (VOTE 6-0) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

9. (File No. 10-380, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), expressing official intent regarding

certain capital expenditures to be reimbursed from the proceeds of an obligation.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (VOTE 7-0) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

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10. (File No. 10-228, Journal, June 24, 2010)

From Fiscal and Budget Administrator and Director of Human Resources, a report on the

abolishment of 127 positions from various county departments.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (VOTE 6-1 : NO-Mayo) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

11. (File No. 10-379, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Interim Director, Department of Health Human Services, requesting

authorization to abolish one Child Care Program Specialist and create one position of

Contract Specialist in the Milwaukee Early Child Care Administration, Division of Early

Care and Education. (Also to the Committee on Personnel, Department of Administrative

Services, and Division of Human Resources.)

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to abolish one Child Care

Program Specialist and create one position of Contract Specialist in

Milwaukee Early Child Care Administration in the Department of Health and

Human Services, effective November 4, 2010. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

(VOTE 5-1 : NO Jursik)

REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF MEMBERS ELECT (13).

Note: See Item No. 3, Page 5, from the Personnel Committee. (Approval of the

classification and rate of pay)

12. [File No. 10-132(a)(g), Journal, November 4, 2010]

From the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), requesting approval of a resolution

to delegate final approval for the Taxable General Obligation Corporate Purpose, Series

2010C (Build America Bonds – Direct Payment) and General Obligation Promissory Notes

Series 2010D, including all finalized sale details, to the Finance and Audit Committee.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution delegating the Finance

Committee to award the sale of Taxable General Obligation Corporate

Purpose Bonds, Series 2010C (Build America Bonds-Direct Payment) of

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, in an aggregate principal amount not to

exceed $38,165,000, providing details, prescribing the form of bond,

authorizing the award of the bonds to the best bidder, and levying

taxes. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 5-1 – NO: Thomas)

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13. [File No. 10-132(a)(h), Journal, November 4, 2010]

From the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), requesting approval of a resolution

to delegate final approval for the Taxable General Obligation Corporate Purpose, Series

2010C (Build America Bonds – Direct Payment) and General Obligation Promissory Notes

Series 2010D, including all finalized sale details, to the Finance and Audit Committee.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution delegating the Finance

Committee to award the sale of General Obligation Promissory Notes,

Series 2010D of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, in an aggregate

principal amount not to exceed $9,770,000, providing details,

prescribing the form of note, authorizing the award of the notes to the

best bidder, and levying taxes. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 5-1 –

NO: Thomas)

14. [File No. 10-1(a)(v), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the Chairperson relative to 2010 fund transfers.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution relating to transfer of

funds: DEPARTMENTAL-RECEIPT OF REVENUE “A” [A1, A2 A3 & A4].

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF MEMBERS ELECT (13).

15. [File No. 10-1(a)(w), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the Chairperson relative to 2010 fund transfers.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution relating to transfer of

funds: CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS “B” [B1, B2 B3, &B4]. (COPIES

DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

REQUIRES MAJORITY VOTE OF MEMBERS ELECT (10).

16. [File No. 10-1(a)(x), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the Chairperson relative to 2010 fund transfers.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution relating to transfer of

funds: DEPARTMENTAL CAPITAL-OUTLAY “C” [C1]. (COPIES

DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

REQUIRES MAJORITY VOTE OF MEMBERS ELECT (10).

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17. [File No. 10-1(a)(y), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the Chairperson relative to 2010 fund transfers.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution relating to transfer of

funds: INTER-DEPARTMENTAL “D” [D1]. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

(VOTE 6-0)

REQUIRES MAJORITY VOTE OF MEMBERS ELECT (10).

18. [File No. 04-267(a)(g), Journal, February 4, 2010]

From the Capital Finance Manager, Department of Administration, a report on due

diligence for Johnson Controls Inc., regarding Phase 2 Guaranteed Energy Savings

Performance Contracting (GESPC) at selected County facilities. (Also to the Committee on

Transportation, Public Works and Transit.) .

RECOMMENDATION: A resolution REJECTING the Department of

Administrative Services recommendation to substitute other projects in

Phase 2 of performance contracting for the Johnson Controls proposal

to convert from steam to natural gas at the Parks Administration, Fleet

Garage, Sheriff’s Building and Children’s Court Center. (VOTE 4-2 :

NOES-Mayo and Jursik) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

*Note: The Committee on Transportation, Public Works and Transit at its

meeting on October 20, 2010, did not have the resolution before them and took no

action on this item.

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By the Committee on Health and Human Needs (1 Item)

[Supervisors Dimitrijevic, Coggs, Mayo, Rice, Lipscomb, Harris and West (Chair)]

1. A Resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE the Power Point Presentation from the

Public Policy Forum along with the Executive Summary from the Human Services Research

Institute dated October 2010. (Vote 6-0) (File No. 10-392) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN NEEDS (5 Items)

[Supervisors Dimitrijevic, Coggs, Mayo, Rice, Lipscomb, Harris and West (Chair)]

2. (File No. 10-342, Journal, September 30, 2010)

From the County Executive, appointing Mr. Frank Gonzales to the Aging and Disability

Resource Center (ADRC) Governing Board to fill a position in the category of “Aging

Advocate” for a term expiring on April 30, 2012.

RECOMMENDATION: Confirmation of the said Appointment.

(VOTE 6-0)

3. (File No. 10-343, Journal, September 30, 2010)

From the County Executive, appointing Mr. David Hoffman to the Aging and Disability

Resource Center (ADRC) Governing Board to fill a position in the category of “Consumer

Advocate” for a term expiring on April 30, 2012.

RECOMMENDATION: Confirmation of the said Appointment.

(VOTE 6-0)

4. (File No. 10-353, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the County Executive, appointing Mr. Larry Knuth of Paratech Ambulance to serve

on the Emergency Medical Services Council replacing Mr. Fred Hornby for a term expiring

on August 31, 2012.

RECOMMENDATION: Confirmation of the said Appointment.

(VOTE 6-0)

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5. (File No. 10-365, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the County Executive, appointing Mr. James Baker, Jr., of Curtis Ambulance to serve

on the Emergency Medical Services Council replacing Ms. Linda Weidmann for a term

expiring on August 31, 2012.

RECOMMENDATION: Confirmation of the said Appointment.

(VOTE 6-0)

6. (File No. 10-381, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the County Executive, appointing North Shore Fire Department Chief Robert C.

Whitaker III to serve on the Emergency Medical Services Council as the Suburban Chief

ALS Representative replacing Wauwatosa Fire Department Chief Dean Redman for a term

expiring on August 31, 2012.

RECOMMENDATION: Confirmation of the said Appointment.

(VOTE 6-0)

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By the Committee on Judiciary, Safety and General Services (1 Item)

[Supervisors De Bruin, Cesarz, Broderick, Jursik, Larson, Sanfelippo and Johnson (Chair)]

1. A resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE a report from the Executive

Director/Secretary, Ethics Board/Personnel Review Board, titled “Status Report on the Ethics

Education Program”, dated October 7, 2010. (Also to be considered by the Committee on

Finance and Audit) (Vote 7-0) (File No. 10-387) (COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

Note: The Committee on Finance and Audit, at its meeting on October 28, 2010,

concurred with the above recommendation. (Vote 6-0)

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, SAFETY AND GENERAL SERVICES (7 Items)

[Supervisors De Bruin, Cesarz, Broderick, Jursik, Larson, Sanfelippo and Johnson (Chair)]

2. [File No. 10-278(a)(a), Journal, July 29, 2010]

An adopted resolution authorizing and directing the Manager, Election Commission to

place campaign finance reports on the internet and to research the technology necessary so

that candidates and County elected officials may file reports directly on line.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE

ON FILE the report from the Administrator, Election Commission, titled

“Informational Report-Election Commission Electronic Campaign Finance

Reporting” dated September 29, 2010. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

3. File No. 10-334, Journal, September 30, 2010)

Report referred back, 9/30/10, to the Committee on Judiciary, Safety and General Services,

recommending adoption of a resolution REJECTING AS NON-RESPONSIVE, the report

from the Office of the Sheriff regarding Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution WITHDRAWING the

Committee’s previous recommendation to REJECT AS NONRESPONSIVE

the report from the Office of the Sheriff, titled “Judiciary

Committee’s Questions Regarding Immigration Customs Enforcement

(ICE)”, dated September 1, 2010 and RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE the

report from the Office of the Sheriff, titled “Judiciary Committee’s

Question Regarding the Number or Inmates ICE Requested to Have

Turned Over to Their Agency in the Last Twelve Months”, dated

October 13, 2010. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

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4. File No. 10-371, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Chief Judge, requesting authorization to receive additional grant funds in the

amount of $16,986 from the State Department of Transportation for services provided by

Wisconsin Community Services WCS in the Repeat Intoxicated Driver Intervention Program

and to modify WCS’s Repeat Intoxicated Driver Intervention Program contract to reflect

total 2010 expenditures not to exceed $490,872.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

5. (File No. 10-368, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Director, Department of Child Support Enforcement, requesting authorization to

extend acceptance of a federal social improvement project grant and extend its contract for

professional services related to the grant from September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2012.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

6. (File No. 10-364, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Office of the Sheriff, requesting authorization to apply for and accept State of

Wisconsin Department of Health Services grant funding to be used for a Comprehensive

STD prevention project in the Milwaukee County Jail in the amount of $24,533.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

7. (File No. 10-367, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Office of the Sheriff, requesting authorization to apply for and accept state and

federal homeland security funding of $380,000 that will be made available to Milwaukee

County for specific projects.

RECOMMENDATON: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

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8. (File No. 10-372, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From Principal Assistant Corporation Counsel, recommending placement of Shannon

Chachere-Mindingall into a Clerical Assistant I position in the Clerk of Circuit Court’s

division, the placement of her name on certification lists for Clerical Assistant 2 positions,

excluding the Office of the Sheriff and a payment totaling $32,500.00. Of this amount,

$7,500.00 will be paid by the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation and

$25,000.00 will be paid by Milwaukee County in return for a dismissal of the pending

discrimination complaint and a release of all employment claims against Milwaukee

County.

RECOMMENDATON: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

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FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PARKS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT (3 Items)

[Supervisors Sanfelippo, Coggs, Dimitrijevic, Rice, Larson, Lipscomb and Broderick (Chair)]

1. [File No. 07-111(a)(f), Journal, March 1 2007]

An adopted resolution creating an environmental and conservation “Green Print “initiative

for Milwaukee County.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to RECEIVE AND

PLACE ON FILE the report from the Green Print Workgroup, titled

“Status Report on the Implementation of the Green Print Resolution

Provisions-Informational Report”, dated October 8, 2010.

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

2. [File No. 10-52(a)(a), Journal, February 4, 2010]

An adopted resolution From Director of Audits, submitting an Audit: A Tale of Two

Systems: Three Decades of Declining Resources Leave Milwaukee County Parks

Reflecting the Best and Worst of Times, dated December 2009 (Also to be considered by

the Committee on Finance and Audit)

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to RECEIVE AND

PLACE ON FILE the report from the Director of Audits, titled “Updated

Status Report – Audit of Parks Infrastructure “, dated October 12,

2010. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

Note: The Committee on Finance and Audit, at its meeting on October 28, 2010,

concurred with the above recommendation by a vote of 7-0.

3. (File No. 10-374, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Director, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture (DPRC), requesting

authorization to execute the exchange of land in Falk Park.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

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By the Committee on Transportation, Public Works and Transit (1 Item)

[Supervisors Weishan, Borkowski, Cesarz, Dimitrijevic, Thomas, Harris, and Mayo (Chair)]

1. A Resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE, the informational Power Point Presentation

entitled “Milwaukee County Transit System Short-Range (Five Year) Development Plan” from

the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. (Vote 7-0) (File No. 10-378)

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSIT (4 Items)

[Supervisors Weishan, Borkowski, Cesarz, Dimitrijevic, Thomas, Harris, and Mayo (Chair)]

2. (File No. 10-349, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Airport Director,

requesting authorization to enter into a professional services agreement with Unison

Consulting, Inc., to provide consulting services and advise Milwaukee County on the

management structure and product offerings of the news/gift and specialty retail concession

that would best serve General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA).

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

3. (File No. 10-350, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Airport Director,

requesting authorization to execute an agreement between Milwaukee County and Campbell-

Hill Aviation Group, LLC, to provide air service development and consulting and market

research services for General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) for a three-year term

commencing November 15, 2010, with three (3) one-year options for renewal, but not

beyond November 15, 2016.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

4. (File No. 10-351, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Airport Director,

requesting authorization to retain and negotiate a professional services contract with Harris,

Miller, Miller & Hanson, Inc., (HMMH) as program management consultant for

implementation of the FAR Part 150 Noise Study Update Noise Abatement Element.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

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5. (File No. 10-352, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From the Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Airport Director,

requesting authorization to enter into an agreement with the USO of Wisconsin, Inc., for the

lease of approximately 484 square feet of upper level Concourse space across from Gate D-30

at General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA).

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the said

request. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 7-0)

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By the Committee on Economic and Community Development (1 Item)

[Supervisors De Bruin, Johnson, Weishan, West, Thomas, Harris and Lipscomb (Vice-Chair)]

1. A resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE a report from the Director of Community

Business Development Partners, titled “Community Business Development Partners Monthly

Waiver Report, August and September 2010 Informational Only”. (Vote 6-0) (File No. 10-388)

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED)

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (3 Items)

[Supervisors De Bruin, Johnson, Weishan, West, Thomas, Harris and Lipscomb (Vice-Chair)]

2. [File No. 10-13 (a)(c), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the County Board Chairman relative to Informational Reports from

the Real Estate Services Division.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution to RECEIVE AND PLACE

ON FILE the report from the Manager of Real Estate Services, titled “Status

of 2010 excess property sales”. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

3. (File No. 10-377, Journal, November 4, 2010)

From Interim Director, Department of Health and Human Services, submitting 2011Community

Development Block Grant (CDBG proposals).

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution approving the allocation of

the projected program year 2011 CDBG funds in the amount of $740,000, as

recommended by County Board staff and the Committee on Economic and

Community Development. (COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 6-0)

The Committee on Economic and Community Development approved the

allocation of 2011 CDBG funds for municipal activities by a vote of 6-0.

4. [File No. 10-14(a)(j), Journal, December 17, 2009]

Reference file established by the County Board Chairman, relative to Sales of Surplus Lands.

RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of a resolution authorizing the Manager of

Real Estate Services to extend the Contingency Waiver date in the Purchase

Agreement with UWM from November 15, 2010 until December 15, 2010.

(COPIES DISTRIBUTED) (VOTE 5-1: No-Weishan)

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TRANSIT CLAIMS

CITATIONS

RESOLUTIONS AND/OR ORDINANCES FOR INTRODUCTION

AND ADOPTION UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

(or other similar motions)

NONE

ADJOURNMENT

Monday, November 8, 2010 – 8:30 a.m.

Budget Adoption

And

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 – 1:30 p.m.

(Possible Vetoes)

REGULAR COUNTY BOARD MEETING

Thursday, December 16, 2010 – 9:30 a.m.


Find out where you vote today. Learn how to register at the polling station.

November 1, 2010

If you are new to the area, use this link to find your polling station: http://itmdapps.ci.mil.wi.us/electedreps/electrep.jsp.

If you are not a registered voter, you may register at the polling station.

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Wisconsin law requires every qualified voter to complete or maintain a current voter registration before voting in an election. Therefore, you must complete a voter registration application if you are a new Wisconsin voter or your name and/or residential address has changed since you last registered to vote.

If you are uncertain of your voter registration name, address or status, you may click this link https://vpa.wi.gov/ and select option one.

The City of Milwaukee provides four opportunities for completing and updating your voter registration: by mail, at any Milwaukee Public Library, at City Hall and at your voting site on Election Day. Take a picture ID with you and a utility bill, lease, or other official document that proves your place of residence.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION on the CLOSE OF REGISTRATION:
Registration by mail and at Milwaukee Public Libraries ends 20 days prior to each election (or the third Wednesday before each election). This is referred to as the “close of registration” date. You may still register to vote at City Hall during the 20 days before an election, or at your voting site on Election Day. 2010 election and close of registration dates are as follows:


Montana Street sewer stench plagued residents

November 1, 2010

By Michael Timm

City of Milwaukee personnel use a high-pressure Jet-Vac nozzle to clean out the Montana Street sewer Oct. 7. The city crew was averaging three yards of sewer sediment removal per day and the pipe bottom was still packed in early October, according to Jason Sanders, sewer operations supervisor. ~photo Michael Timm

City of Milwaukee personnel use a high-pressure Jet-Vac nozzle to clean out the Montana Street sewer Oct. 7. The city crew was averaging three yards of sewer sediment removal per day and the pipe bottom was still packed in early October, according to Jason Sanders, sewer operations supervisor. ~photo Michael Timm

Four feet of packed sediment in an eight-foot diameter city sewer pipe just two feet below the road surface caused a nauseating stench in parts of Bay View in late summer and early fall.

After multiple neighbor complaints, the city took action. In September, Department of Public Works crews worked to alleviate the stench by sucking and scraping out the noxious muck.

In early October, city crews were removing three yards of matter—or about one truckload—per day, according to Jason Sanders, sewer operations supervisor, who’s also filling in for a district manager who retired Sept. 1. The sewer section beneath Montana Street east of Chase Avenue is 300 feet long.

“I’ve seen bucket-crew cleaning that’s gone for a month at one location,” Sanders said. “It’s an effective form of cleaning but it is quite time-consuming.”

Complicating matters, the sewer pipe bends 90 degrees beneath Austin Street for half a block and then turns 90 degrees again beneath Schiller Street. Those bends are difficult for crews to clean.

The sewer in question is a combined sewer, meaning it carries both sewage and stormwater. Combined sewers are serviced at least once every eight years, Sanders said. The Montana sewer was last serviced in 2006.

The current theory to explain the odor is that the July 22 storm stirred up excessive amounts of material that washed into the sewer, combined with matter that got stirred up downstream of Montana Street in the area of an emergency combined sewer overflow into the KK River.

The Montana sewer acts like a rest stop for deposits from a number of smaller sewers that empty into it, Sanders said, but there isn’t enough water from those to clean the big one out.

Although he earlier was considering contracting the job out, in late October Sanders said his crew was done with the main work cleaning out the Montana sewer, and was tracking the source of the odor, manhole by manhole.

“We just have to chase the odor until we find the source,” Sanders said. “It may be even further downstream.”

The Montana sewer is a main line, which heads west under the KK River, then flows north under Harrison Avenue, and eventually drains into an MMSD drop shaft interceptor and empties into the MIS, the Metropolitan Sewer Interceptor.

In early October, Sanders said DPW was still dealing elsewhere with high-priority repairs, including collapsed sewers, caused by the July 22 storm, which led to a personnel shortage to deal with the sewer odor complaints.

“To me [the smell has] lessened tremendously,” he said.

At least four households in the vicinity of the Montana sewer called to complain about the stench, according to Arlene Jorgensen, legislative assistant for the 14th District.

When flushing the sewers and “Dumpster Breath” odor-eliminating perfume failed to alleviate the smells, Jorgensen said the bucket machine was brought in. However, she said then the city’s equipment broke down and they had to wait for a replacement part. Neighbor complaints about the equipment being left out overnight resulted in further delays, Jorgensen said, because it then had to be taken down and put back up.

Another sewer stench near Lincoln and Burrell also elicited a complaint, which Jorgensen said did not prove as difficult to alleviate.

Laure Meka, who’s lived near Burrell Street and Rosedale Avenues for six years, was one of several residents to alert the city to the stench, which prevented her from sitting on her front porch.

“It’s a quality-of-life issue,” Meka said, adding that she’s smelled the stench on and off over the past two years, but had previously attributed it to the Kinnickinnic River.

“Every summer, there’s smells. Why does it reek in that whole area [from Dakota to Lincoln]?” Meka said. “It’s a chronic problem. It happens every year. Why does it have to get to this point?”

Esther Lisiecki has lived on Burrell midway up the block from Montana for over 50 years. This year, the city’s cleanup efforts have alleviated the smell for her. Lisiecki said she’s smelled sewer smells before, but “never anything as bad as it’s been this year.”

Alvin and Sandy Anderson live near ground zero of the stench—at the southwest corner of Montana and Burrell—and said the smell was a problem even before the couple left for a vacation in June.

When the Andersons returned, the smell was overwhelming. “In July it still reeked. Everybody was getting kind of nausea and headaches and so forth,” Sandy Anderson said.

Especially when the wind is from the northeast, Alvin Anderson said the stench was horrible. “It just comes in. We can’t open the windows, you can’t do nothing,” he said.

The Andersons bought their house in 1973 and said they’ve smelled stenches before, but never as bad as this year.

Compounding their frustration is their observation of seven city workers sitting on the curb for hours in the morning, and trucks idling in front of their house for hours, not visibly doing anything, Alvin Anderson said.

“My tax dollars are going to waste and I’m not happy about it,” he said. “They’ve been working for months and I don’t see anything accomplished.”

Sandy Anderson said the city complained to them that they were putting leaves down the sewer, to which she replied that they and neighbors were putting leaves in the road for city pickup, but that the city hasn’t come as frequently to sweep the streets, so the leaves get washed into storm drains. She said the city used to come every two weeks to sweep the street, but now only comes twice during the fall.

She also observed bucket crews making very slow progress. “They were there all day and they didn’t even get a pickup truck full of dirt or sludge or whatever,” she said.

The issue has Meka worked up.

“The city needs to clean up the sludge sitting in the sewer lines. We have such a short time here to enjoy the outdoors,” said Meka, who said she’s smelled the stench as far as Russell and Bay, Howell and Rosedale, and Lincoln and Chase. “You shouldn’t have to sit on your porch with a slab of Vicks under your nose!”

If you smell sewer gas, call your alderman’s office and log a complaint. In Bay View, the number is (414) 286-3769.

Please also consider calling Michael Timm at (414) 489-0882 to log your observations with the Bay View Compass for future follow-up stories.