2012 Chill On The Hill schedule

May 31, 2012

June 5th — Headliner:  De La Buena  Opener:  Bay View Middle and High School Drumline
June 12th — Headliner:  Honkytonkitis/The Carpetbaggers (Alternative Country)  Opener:  Brian Smith from God’s Outlaw
June 19th — Headliner:  The Squeezettes (Polka)  Opener:  Sophia’s Heart Chorus
June 26th — Headliner:  Great Lake Drifters/Vitrolum Republic (Alternative Americana/Indie) 
July 3rd — Headliner:  American Legion Band (Traditional Patriotic)
July 10th — Headliner:  Opus Jazz (Jazz)  Opener:  Nastassja Bates    
July 17th — Headliner:  Fresh Cut Collective (Pop Funk)
July 24th — Headliner:  Dick Satan Trio/The Exotics (Go-go Fun) Also the 3rd annual “Run for the Parks” cross country race! http://www.parkpeoplemke.org/5k
July 31st — Headliner: I’m Not a Pilot (Alternative)  Opener:  Magnificent Performing Strings
August 7th — Headliner:  Orpheus/The Bottom Line (Kids/Family Night)  Opener:  Iron Jawed Angels
August 14th — Headliner:  The Gleasons (Irish)  Opener:  Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance
August 21st — Headliner:  The Barrettes/Venus in Furs (Womens Rock Night)
August 28th — Headliner:  D’Calleson (Salsa)
BVNA encourages you to check their BVNA website for cancellation information due to inclement weather during these evenings.

Ethan Allen dining room table

May 25, 2012

Supervisor Peggy Romo West’s statement on ICE Resolution

May 24, 2012

 Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy A. Romo West is thanking her colleagues for adopting Milwaukee County policy in reference to honoring detainer requests from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I would like to express my thanks to the fourteen Supervisors who voted for the ICE Detainer Resolution at today’s County Board meeting,” Supervisor Romo West said.  “I also appreciate all of the support we have received from the many groups that helped push this issue forward, including Voces de la Frontera, Equality Wisconsin, MICAH, & the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.”

The adopted resolution details that Immigration detainer requests from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement shall be honored only if the subject of the request: 

•        Has been convicted of at least one felony or two misdemeanor offenses
•        Has been convicted or charged with any domestic violence offense or any violation of a protective order
•        Has been convicted or charged with intoxicated use of a vehicle
•        Is a defendant in a pending criminal case, has an outstanding criminal warrant, or is an identified gang member
•        Is a possible match on the US terrorist watch list

The resolution goes on to request that, to the extent allowed by law, the Milwaukee County Sheriff adopt the directed County policy.

Agenda: MPS Board of Directors Board Meeting, May 31

May 24, 2012


6:30 P.M., THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Central Services Building Auditorium

5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

May 24, 2012







A. Action on Proposed 2012-13 School Calendars



Executive Session Notice: With respect to the following reports, the Board, pursuant to Wisconsin

Statutes, Section 19.85(1)(f), may retire to executive session for the purpose of considering disciplinary

data of specific persons, and may reconvene in open session to take action on matters considered in

executive session and to continue with the remainder of the agenda.

A. Action on Reports of the Independent Hearing Officers of the Milwaukee Board of School

Directors (Student Expulsions)


A. Report of the Committee on Parent and Community Engagement

1. Report on Communication 1213C-001 from Cynthia Howard Requesting a Hearing

Regarding Concerns about Frederick J. Gaenslen School

2. Report and Possible Action on Services Provided to Students with Disabilities in the

Least Restrictive Environment

3. Report and Possible Action on Parental Dispute Resolution System (PDRS) Data

4. Report and Possible Action on District Parental Involvement Activities: Families First

B. Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation

The Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation, which is to be

formulated from a meeting scheduled to be held subsequent to the advance publication of this

agenda, will be forwarded to the Board prior to its meeting.1

Meeting Notice Regular Board Meeting Milwaukee Board

6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012 of School Directors

Issued May 24, 2012 Page 2 of 3

C. Report of the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel

Executive Session Notice

The Board may retire to executive session to consider Items 2 and 4, below, with regard to

personnel matters, under the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 19.85(1)(c), which allows

a governing body to go into closed session for the purpose of considering employment,

promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the

governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. The Board may reconvene in open

session to take action on matters considered in executive session and to continue with the

remainder of its agenda.

1. Action on Monthly Finance Matters: Authorization to Make Purchases; Acceptance

of the Report of Revenues and Expenses; Monthly Expenditure Control Report;

Report on Administrative and School Fund Transfers; Report on Contracts under

$50,000 and Cumulative Totals Report and Acceptance of Donations

2. Action on Monthly Personnel Matters: Action on Classified Personnel Transactions,

Action on Certificated Appointments, Action on Leaves of Absence, Report on

Certificated Resignations and Classified Retirements, and Affirmative Action Report

3. Action on Monthly Facilities: FMS Award of Contracts

4. Action on Recommended Administrative Appointments and Promotions

5. Action on Prevailing Wage Rates

6. Action on the Award of Professional Services Contracts

7. Action on the Award of Sole-Source (Exception-To-Bid) Contracts.

8. Action on a Request for Authority to Refund Certain Bonds from the Neighborhood

Schools Initiative

9. Action on a Request for Budget Authority to Change a Position in the Office of

Board Governance (OBG)

10. Action on a Request to Amend FY12 Bus Contract Amounts to Reflect FY12

Expenditures and to Enter into FY13 Pupil Transportation Contracts

11. Action on a Request to Approve District Purchases, in Compliance with

Administrative Policy 3.09 as Amended by the Board’s November 18, 2010 Action on Said Policy

12. Action on Changes in the Actuarial Assumptions for the Milwaukee Board of School

Directors’ Early Retirement

13. Action on a Request to Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Hunger Task

Force for the Purpose of Providing Summer Meals and Expanded Summer

Programming to Milwaukee’s Youth

14. Additional Items of Business before the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and


D. Report of the Committee on Strategic Planning and Budget

1. Informational Overview of the Proposed FY13 Budget

2. Action on Amendments to the Superintendent’s Proposed FY13 Budget

3. Action on the Superintendent’s Proposed FY13 Budget, including the Budgets for

the School Operations, Construction, and Extension Fund


Meeting Notice Regular Board Meeting Milwaukee Board

6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012 of School Directors

Issued May 24, 2012 Page 3 of 3




A. Reports, with Possible Action, of the Board’s Delegates for May 2012

B. Monthly Report of the President of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors



XV. Adjournment

Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities

through sign language interpreters or other auxiliary aids. Please contact the Office of Board Governance,

Room 273, Central Services Building, 5225 West Vliet Street, P. O. Box 2181, Milwaukee, WI 53201-2181

(Phone 475-8284; Fax 475-8071; TTY (888) 808-0928).


Board Clerk

I-94 WEST (NB) from Rawson to Howard scheduled to be closed Thu, May 24, 11pm to 4:30am

May 24, 2012

I-94 WEST (NB) from Rawson Ave to Howard Ave is scheduled to be closed on Thursday, May 24 from 11 pm to 4:30 am for construction work. Please note that the I-94 SB & NB C-D Roadways will also be closed during this time between the Mitchell Interchange and College Ave. All entrance/exit ramps will also be closed within these closure limits.

The Mitchell Interchange System Ramps scheduled to close overnight with the full freeway closure are:

– I-94 WEST (NB) System Ramp to I-43/94 NB

– I-94 WEST (NB) System Ramp to I-43/894 WB

– I-43/894 EB system ramp to I-94 EAST (SB)

 Alternate Route to I-43/94 NB from I-94 WEST (NB):

To access I-43/94 NB traffic should exit I-94 WEST (NB) at Rawson Ave. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rawson Ave and head east to Howell Avenue (WIS 38). Turn left on Howell Avenue (WIS 38) and head north to Howard Ave. Turn left on Howard Ave and head west to the I-43/94 NB entrance ramp on the right.

Alternate Route to I-43/894 WB from I-94 WEST (NB):

To access I-43/894 WB traffic should exit I-94 WEST (NB) at Rawson Ave. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Rawson Ave and head west to 27th St. Turn right on 27th St and head north to Layton Ave. Turn left on Layton Ave and head west to Loomis Rd. Turn right on Loomis Rd and head north to the I-43/894 WB entrance ramp on the left.

Alternate Route to I-94 EAST (SB) from I-43/894 EB:

To access I-94 EAST (SB) traffic should exit I-43/894 EB at 27th St. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto 27th St and head south towards College Ave. Turn left on College Ave and head east towards the I-94 EAST (SB) entrance ramp on the right.

All closures are weather-dependent and subject to change. Thank you for your patience during the I-94 N-S Freeway Project’s roadway closures. For a listing of all Project roadway, ramp and lane closures, please refer to the detailed closure schedule here: http://plan94.org/Newslist.do#headline-56

Visit http://www.plan94.org/ for additional information about the I-94 N-S Freeway Project.

Results from today’s Milwaukee County Board meeting

May 24, 2012

CORRECTION ISSUED May 25, 2012 by Milwaukee County Board:
Please see the correction below to the Board meeting results issued yesterday.
•        15-2-1 (No: Borkowski, Sanfelippo; Abstain: Jursik) to reject a request that the County Board provide outside legal counsel, at County expense, to represent the Office of the Sheriff in all future legal matters.


•        12-6 (No: Alexander, Borkowski, Jursik, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Taylor) to refer to the Finance, Personnel & Audit Committee a resolution to fully develop a graduated defined contribution pension plan to replace the existing defined benefit plan, and to report back with a final plan for implementation.

•        Unanimous vote to sustain the County Executive’s veto of the adopted allocation of anticipated 2012 Community Development Block Grant funding.

•        6-12 (Yes: Bowen, Harris, Lipscomb, Mayo, Romo West, Weishan) to lay over (item laid over with a 1/3 minority rules vote) to committee the request for a leave of absence for Captain Nancy Evans from the Classified to the Unclassified Service.

•        6-12 (Yes: Broderick, Johnson, Jursik, Mayo, Romo West, Dimitrijevic) to lay over (item laid over with a 1/3 minority rules vote) the appointment of Mr. Patrick Farley to the position of Director of Administrative Services.

•        17-1 (No: Mayo) to implement an Employer Group Waiver Plan retiree medication strategy for 2013.

•        11-7 (No: Borkowski, Broderick, Harris, Mayo, Stamper, Weishan, Dimitrijevic) to approve J.P. Morgan Securities as lead book-running underwriter, Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets as co-senior managing underwriter, and Siebert Brandford Shank & Company as co-manager for the refunding of the 2009B Taxable Pension Notes.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to approve the merging the Committees on Finance & Audit and Personnel into a nine-member standing committee with two co-chairpersons to improve the efficiency of legislative oversight and to amend Milwaukee County General Ordinances to reflect this change.

•        14-4 (No: Alexander, Borkowski, Sanfelippo, Taylor) to approve an amended resolution establishing Milwaukee County policy with respect to honoring detainer requests from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement

•        15-2-1 (No: Borkowski, Sanfelippo; Abstain: Jursik) to approve a request that the County Board provide outside legal counsel, at County expense, to represent the Office of the Sheriff in all future legal matters.

•        13-5 (No: Bowen, Johnson, Lipscomb, Mayo, Weishan) to reaffirm and adopt the Audit of Parks Infrastructure status report from the Department of Audit.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to confirm Ms. Sue Black to the position of Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture.

•        15-3 (No: Mayo, Romo West, Weishan) to authorize the Public Art Program and Committee to be placed on official hiatus to last no longer than the duration of 2012, while the County Executive along with the Department of Administrative Services provide reports on how to successfully locate an adequate funding source that will allow for the program’s reactivation and continuity, as outlined in County Board policy.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to approve a resolution requesting an extension of the Lake Parkway (Highway 794) from Edgerton Avenue to Highway 100 be added to the regional transportation system plan by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation then conduct necessary preliminary engineering and environmental impact studies for the project.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to appoint Ms. Patricia Yunk to the position of Assistant Director of Intergovernmental Relations for Milwaukee County.

•        16-2 (No: Borkowski, Sanfelippo) to apply for and accept Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds.

All other items on today’s agenda were approved with no objection.  The complete digest agenda from today’s meeting can be found on the County Legislative Information Center:


Today’s meeting was first regular meeting of the 2012-2016 term.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. 

Licenses application hearings for Aldermanic District 14, May 29

May 24, 2012

Licenses Committee, Milwaukee Common Council

May 29, 2012 Room 301-B, Third Floor, City Hall 10:30 AM 

14 BROWN, Theresa M, Agent for “SWIGS PUB & GRILL, LLC”, Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Renewal Application for “SWIGS PUB & GRILL” at 3143 S CLEMENT Av. (expires 6/23/2012)Licenses Committee Page 4 May 29,2012 

14 PEDERSEN, Gene M., Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Renewal Application with change in hours (extending close time to 11pm Monday to Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday) and increase in amusement machines from 2 to 6 for “THE DOCTOR’S INN” at 3010 S 10TH St. (expires 6/30/2012)

14 RUPCICH, Brent A., Public Entertainment Premises License Application for “Still Shakers” at 1051 E POTTER Av. See map here.

14 SCHWEBKE, Mark A, Agent for “DRINKMASTERS, INC”, Class B Tavern License Renewal Application for “MARK’S SPORTS PUB” at 4035 S CLEMENT Av. (expires 6/30/2012)

14 SILBER, Stephen T, Agent for “SJS REAL ESTATE, LLC”, Class B Tavern and Public Entertainment Premises License Renewal Application for “STRAIGHT SHOTS” at 1503 E OKLAHOMA Av. (expires 6/30/2012)

14 THAGGARD, Joyce K, Agent for “FAMILY DOLLAR STORES OF WISCONSIN, INC.”, Food Dealer Retail Renewal Application with change of hours (open until 10pm instead of 9pm) for “FAMILY DOLLAR STORE #6293” at 3045 S 13TH St. (expires 6/30/2012)

11 THAGGARD, Joyce K, Agent for “Family Dollar Stores of WI Inc”, Food

Abele and Dimitrijevic duke it out at County Board

May 24, 2012

From County Executive Chris Abele (regarding his support of Patrick Farley’s appointment as Director of Dept. of Administrative Services)

County Executive Abele Surprised by Chairwoman’s Lack of Leadership

County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement after County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic refused to act on a crucial appointment, instead laying the issue over.

“The Chairwoman has talked a lot about leadership and her role in moving the County Board forward but today when she had the chance to show that leadership she failed.

The vast majority of the board wanted to take a vote on Pat Farley’s reappointment, pointing out correctly that a delay will accomplish nothing, but the Chairwoman cast the deciding vote to lay the reappointment over for a month. This action simply drags the process out and raises the question whose interests she’s protecting, hers or the taxpayers?

Leadership is often about making tough decisions, not sticking your head in the stand and delaying action. This is a disappointing start to what the Chairwoman has promised would be a new direction for the County Board.

Pat Farley is an extraordinary public servant, he and the citizens of Milwaukee County deserve better. I appreciate the 12 members who voted to move the process forward. As many of them pointed out, there was no reasonable purpose to delay.”

The county board voted 6 to 12 to lay Farley’s reappointment over, under county rules it only takes a simple minority to lay an item over.

From Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic 

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic released the following statement regarding today’s County Board action on the proposed appointment of Mr. Patrick Farley to the position Department of Administrative Services Director.

“This is not a matter of whether to fire someone.  Instead, it’s a matter of whether to hire someone for the next four years.  With this layover, Mr. Farley stays in the position for the time being while the County Board has the opportunity to do its due diligence in the legislative process.

“As prescribed in State Statutes and the Milwaukee County Code of General Ordinances, Supervisors have the right to vote independently on key appointments.  The legislative process is a system of checks and balances.

“Today’s County Board action sends the right message.  It gives the Administration time to answer a number of questions raised by the legislative branch.  On behalf of the people we are elected to represent, the Department of Administrative Services needs to address the following policy matters:

•        The Committees on Transportation, Public Works & Transit and Finance & Audit should be given updates on the transportation services budget.  Is there a deficit or a surplus?

•        Facilities planning is a key step in our strategic planning process.  Better management of our real estate portfolio could reduce the County’s footprint and save tax dollars.  We still don’t have a facilities plan to consider despite efforts to make progress since the start of 2011.

•        Provide a progress update on the efforts to hire a full-time Sustainability Director for Milwaukee County.  Funds were included in the 2012 budget for this purpose, but the position has yet to be filled.

“The tone and context of the discussion forwarded by the County Executive sends the wrong message.  The County Executive has injected external matters into this debate, but the County Board has real legislative items that have not been satisfactory answered.

“Rather than generating drama and speculation, the County Executive should instead respond in a factual manner to the concerns raised by Supervisors.  As with any cabinet appointment, the Board will assess the individual’s job performance and determine whether the appointment has merit.”

Notes from May 23 BVC Town Hall Meeting at Clement Avenue School

May 23, 2012

North Somerset Grange Hall, Solon, Maine. —image from Wikicommons; public domain

Note from editor: I was deeply impressed by the Grangers when I learned about them in ninth grade, and in a way, that movement represents the civic ideals and mode that I think the Town Hall Meetings might emulate. “The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, also simply styled the Grange, is a fraternal organization for American farmers that encourages farm families to band together for their common economic and political well-being. Founded in 1867 after the Civil War, it is the oldest surviving agricultural organization in America…Indeed, the word ‘grange’ itself comes from a Latin word for grain, and is related to a ‘granary’ or, generically, a farm…The motto of the Grange is: In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” Learn about the agrarian 19th century Grange movement here

MAY 23 BVC Town Hall Meeting Notes

Katherine Keller and Patty Pritchard Thompson: Town Hall Meetings (THM) a place further develop community cohesion and identity Place to ask questions, get answers, share information. Meet face-to-face. Place to learn to collect and share information whether it be about city or county services, business, schools, real estate, pedestrian safety, section of a park that needs, attention, etc. A place to share suggestions and ideas and find resources, that is people, tools, ways to accomplish goals that are established.

Noted that is a lot of talent, knowledge, wisdom, and resources in Bay View. THM could be place/method, way to find these and tap them. Meetings could be connection points to share information collectively.

Audience Contributions

Audience members’ comments when asked what they would like THM to be, to achieve, do, etc.

Greg: Post information about the meetings on physical kiosks in key areas of Bay View. Establish places where residents can reliably get info about the THM…when and where but also what transpired at the meeting/s.

a)    Would like to see the planters on Kinnickinnic Avenue that the former Bay View Business Association purchased planted with flowers. Suggested that residents approach business owners who have the planters in front of their establishments and volunteer ask, What can I do to help you plant and maintain this planter? He wants the TH
b)   Would like the information exchanged at THM to be accurate.

Fabio: Attended the meeting to learn about the THM, the community, and to find out how he can volunteer.

a)    Would like THM to be a place for people to find how to get more involved in the community. Said despite lots of ways to connect, residents are still relatively disconnected.
b)   Would like THM to be a place to get good information out to people to get on same page, to know about what’s going on.
c)    A place to build consensus.
d)   Place to learn about where to find specific information on the city (or county) websites or where/whom to directly contact with specific problems. He cited example of a flickering city streetlight. Alderman [and county supervisors] don’t need to be bothered with every trivial problem since residents can accomplish resolution of many problems with a phone call or email, if they know who or what department or agency to contact.

Ken: Would like THM to be a place where an active body of residents present ideas, hone those ideas, then act upon them. Does not want THM to be a place for griping and action-less complaining.

General Discussion

Need to better publicize these meetings. More reminders more places.

Recommendation that there be a central info website about the meetings but also place to publish where residents can post information about events, government meetings, etc. Suggestion that it be moderated so it is informational and accurate.

Discussion about who should lead the meetings. Should we have different leaders at each meeting? Or?

Agreement that goal is to keep them non-political, that is not beholding to one politician’s or group’s agenda.

Where should we meet in summer when MPS facilities aren’t available? Request that venue/s be accessible and air-conditioned. Suggestion was made that next meetings be held at the BV Library Community Room. Bill Doyle offered empty storefront at 2223 S. KK, until he leases it out.

Time date of next meeting will be established and published soon.

Join us!

If you would like information about location and time of future meetings or where to find notes about these Town Hall Meetings or projects that develop, write to: editor@bayviewcompass.com. Please put  BVC TOWN HALL MEETING (or BVC THM) in the subject field of your message.


Cool Waters and Schultz Aquatic Center open May 26

May 22, 2012

Source: Milwaukee County Parks

Buy a Family Waterpark Season Pass and Save!

Cool Waters Family Aquatic Park is located in Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th Street, and the David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park, 1301 E. Hampton Ave., will open on Saturday, May 26 from 10am to 6pm.  Operating hours for the season will be 10am-8pm Mon. – Thurs. and 10am-6pm on Fri., Sat., Sun., and holidays.

 Season Passes are available at Cool Waters and the David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park during the swimming season and offer a tremendous value.  2012 Season Pass Rates (prices listed include sales tax) Individual $50, Early-Bird Special $45, Family (up to 4 members) $135 Early-Bird Special $121.50

Additional child $25 or Early-Bird Special $22.50.

Early-Bird Specials are available at the David F. Schulz Aquatic Center and Cool Waters at these times: May 23-25, 2012: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and May 26-June 3, 2012: Memorial Day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. M-Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri, Sa, Su, Hol 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  For Advance-purchase Recreation Provider Rate call for details 414-257-8098.

 Cool Waters is one of the most popular swimming destinations in southeastern Wisconsin.  It features two giant waterslides and a zero-depth designed entry pool for toddlers and babies with heated water and interactive water toys.  Cool Waters has deck furniture around the pool, sand volleyball courts, a playground area, two picnic shelters, an outside café and other amenities for the whole family.

At David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park you can speed down the tube and body waterslides, then float along the Lazy River. The water is heated, so come on in! Your littlest swimmers will enjoy the interactive water toys including spray jets, spray posts, water troughs, The Bucket Dump and more. Test your diving skills in the deep well, do some lap swimming, or play water basketball in the “leisure pool.” When you need some rest, relax in a lounge chair on the pool deck and enjoy food and beverages from the concessions stand.

2012 admission prices follow:

Age 12+………………………….…. $6.75                                                     

Age 3-11* or 60+……………………$5.00

(Children age 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

Child (2 and under)………………..Free

                 Night Swim (M-Th after 6 p.m.)…..$4.00                            

                 Individual Season Pass……………. $50.00                                                 

Family Pass (4 people)……………..$135.00                                    

Additional Child……………………$25.00            

Proper swimming attire is required. Swimming Diapers are required for all children who are not yet potty-trained.

Cool Waters and David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park are also great places to celebrate your child’s birthday! For birthday’s call 414-257-8067 Want to plan a family reunion or company picnic at one of our Aquatic Centers please call 414-257-8005. For more information regarding Cool Waters and David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park, please visit countyparks.com or call the aquatics hotline at (414) 257-8098.

City enacts new legislation today, includes Sciortino’s expansion, rezoning UWM for development, sale of natural gas to public

May 22, 2012


New Legislation

The following legislation was enacted by the Milwaukee Common Council at its most recent meeting of May 22, 2012:

File 101472 permits a re-zoning requested by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for future development.

Files 111486 allows for expansion of Sciortino’s Bakery on Brady Street.

File 111326 sets small business participation requirements for contracts receiving direct city assistance of $1 million or more.

File 111516 allows the city to begin sale of compressed natural gas to the public.

File 110384 relates to the regulation of precious metal and gem dealers.

Other files introduced today were assigned to committee and will be a part of the next regular committee cycle, beginning with the Licenses Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.


Ald. Bohl proposes legislation to stop Milwaukee’s fluoridation program

May 22, 2012

Source: Alderman Jim Bohl

New research shows that ingesting fluoride delivers health risks without benefit of less tooth decay which makes water fluoridation obsolete, unhealthy and a waste of money, and that is why I introduced legislation today calling for the end of Milwaukee’s water fluoridation program.

Fluoride chemicals have been added to Milwaukee’s water supply since 1953 when it was believed that ingested fluoride incorporated into children’s developing teeth would resist cavities. But science disproved that theory.

There is little convincing scientific evidence that swallowing fluoride actually reduces tooth decay. According to World Health Organization figures there is virtually no difference in tooth decay in 12-year-olds whether they have grown up in fluoridated or non-fluoridated countries. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that fluoride hardens teeth from topical application and swallowing fluoride can lead to fluoride overdose symptoms such as dental fluorosis (yellowing, brown, white spotting or pitted teeth). Fluorosis rates increased from 22% of teens in 1986 to an alarming 41% in 2010, according to CDC statistics. If fluoride works topically why are we forcing people to swallow it, especially those who after doing their own research on the issue have emphatically stated that they do not wish to drink fluoridated water? If any one wants fluoride in Milwaukee they can buy fluoridated toothpaste and brush it onto their teeth and spit it out. Milwaukee shouldn’t be playing either doctor or dentist to our citizens. We are not qualified to do this and those who urge us to continue accept no legal responsibility for any harm it may be causing.

It’s accepted that fluoride can also damage bones, but no studies have researched the bone damage caused to children with fluoride-induced tooth damage. The condition of teeth and bones may be the least of our worries, however. There have now been 26 published studies that indicate an association between fairly modest exposure to fluoride and lowered IQ in children. Promoters tell us that the level we add to water is very small (1.1 milligram per liter or 1.1 ppm) but that is actually greater than 250 times the level of fluoride that occurs in mothers’ milk (0.004 ppm, National Research Council, 2006, p.40).

Further, the prestigious National Research Council’s (NRC) 2006 fluoride report revealed that fluoride, even in low doses, can harm the thyroid gland, kidney patients, babies and high water drinkers. They also report studies linking fluoride to osteosarcoma (bone cancer). A study conducted at Harvard in 2001 and published in 2006 showed that young boys exposed to fluoridated water in their 6th to 8th years had a 5-7 fold increased risk of succumbing to osteosarcoma by the age of 20. Despite promises that this study would be refuted, no published study has done so.

As a result of the afore mentioned NRC report, government, health and dental organizations now advise against routinely mixing fluoridated water into infant formula to avoid dental fluorosis.

The National Kidney Foundation is among a growing list of organizations that has withdrawn its support of water fluoridation saying, “Individuals with CKD [Chronic Kidney Disease] should be notified of the potential risk of fluoride exposure.” The American Dental Association itself now admits fluoride is a concern to all kidney patients, not just those on dialysis.

Fluoride is not a nutrient or essential for healthy teeth. Fluoride is regulated as a drug in toothpaste by the FDA. Fluoride supplements have never been FDA safety tested and it classifies fluoride as an “unapproved drug.” The EPA regards the type of fluoride used to supplement water supplies as a contaminant. Even the CDC reports on its website saying, “It is not CDC’s task to determine what levels of fluoride in water are safe.” If it is not the CDC’s task, and the FDA refuses to do it, then whose task is it? Is the Milwaukee Common Council expected to do this?

While the less toxic calcium fluoride does appear in some waters naturally (.17 ppm in Lake Michigan water), Milwaukee adds hydrofluosilicic acid, a waste product of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing captured in its smokestacks, trucked as hazardous waste then injected unpurified into the water supply. These industrial grade fluoridation chemicals contain trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury, and other toxins. Arsenic is a known human carcinogen for which there is no safe level. By using these fluoridating chemicals we are knowingly increasing the cancer risk for our citizens. Why should we take these risks to reduce a negligible amount of tooth decay? Such a policy is reckless to say the least.

The ADA continues to actively promote the expansion of water fluoridation programs at the same time the CDC admits growing numbers of kids are fluoride-overdosed. National statistics show that tooth decay has grown in numbers and severity in toddlers more recently, and untreated tooth decay has grown in many age groups. The Pew Foundation reports “preventable dental conditions were the primary reason for 830,590 ER visits by Americans in 2009—a 16 percent increase from 2006.”

Americans are fluoride-overdosed and dentist-deficient. The lack of accessible, affordable dental care to many Milwaukee and Wisconsin residents has been widely reported. With no evidence, some claim that fluoridation helps the poor the most. Actually, the poor and malnourished are the most harmed by fluoride. They also are least in a position to afford expensive filtration systems required to remove fluoride from water, making this an environmental justice situation. According to civil rights leader and former mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young, “I am most deeply concerned for poor families who have babies: if they cannot afford unfluoridated water for their babies’ milk formula, do their babies not count?”

We have served as guinea pigs in this ongoing and failed experiment for far too long. In my position as Alderman, it is my duty to promote the health, safety and welfare of all our residents. Adding fluoride chemicals into our public water supply runs counter to this and therefore needs to end.


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