Bay View dog park groundbreaking ceremony is Wednesday, July 31, 10am

July 24, 2013

A new off-leash dog exercise area is coming to Bay View thanks to a partnership between the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Wed., July 31 at 10 a.m., at East Lincoln Avenue and South Bay Street.

“We are proud of this joint effort between the City and County in bringing a dog exercise area to the Bay View neighborhood,” said County Executive Chris Abele. “We’ve brought together an under-utilized city-owned lot, the need for a place where residents can bring their dogs to play, and the County’s experience in developing and operating dog exercise areas.”

“As an off-leash dog park, this city-owned property will become a true asset in the Bay View neighborhood,” said City Alderman Tony Zielinski. “For years, I’ve heard from residents having a need for such a facility.”

The City will pay Milwaukee County to develop and operate the new dog exercise area

Currently, dog owners in Milwaukee County are served by five dog exercise areas operated by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.

“The Parks Department has been successful in operating Granville, Runway, Currie, Warnimont, and Estabrook DEAs,” said Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic. “Patrons of the Bay View DEA will use the same permit system in use at these other dog exercise areas. Bay View’s dog owners will now have a place for their dogs to frolic and play. It’s good for dogs and dog owners, and it’s good for the neighborhood. This shows what can be done when the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County partner to improve neighborhoods.”

Zielinski said he encourages residents to attend the ceremony and to bring their dogs.

DEA Permits allow admission to any of the Milwaukee County dog exercise areas. The annual permit fee for a Milwaukee County resident with one dog is $25, and each additional dog is $5. Discounts are available for seniors and persons with disabilities. Non-resident fees are slightly higher

Rules and regulations of the dog exercise areas are enforced by Milwaukee County Park Rangers.

For more information, visit countyparks.com 


Agreement between Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee County War Memorial announced

July 23, 2013

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, along with Supervisors Gerry Broderick and John Weishan, today announced that a new agreement between The Milwaukee Art Museum and The Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc. will help ensure the long-term vitality of the buildings and grounds of both organizations. 

 
Under the compromise, the War Memorial Center/Milwaukee Art Museum will receive $1,586,000 per year from the County from 2014 through 2023. This includes an investment of $1,100,000 to the Art Museum and $486,000 to the War Memorial. The annual funding commitment ends after the ten-year period, but the other portions of the agreement could extend for up to 84 years.

County capital improvement funding of $10 million between 2013 and 2017 will supplement the Art Museum’s planned private funding of $15 million for a total $25 million investment in improvements to the publically-owned portions of the War Memorial and Art Museum buildings and grounds. 

Supervisors Weishan and Broderick, members of the Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment, praised the accord.

“This is a historic agreement because not only do both organizations benefit, but all of Milwaukee County benefits,” Weishan said. “This is especially a victory for veterans because the pact promises to keep the War Memorial as a tribute to their selfless actions in service to our country.”

Broderick said the pact would help preserve both institutions for generations to come.

 “This agreement is the product of leadership and vision by all who were involved,” Broderick said. “The Art Museum is a true jewel that is known world-wide as a symbol of Milwaukee, and the War Memorial honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
 
Dimitrijevic said that she was pleased to help assuring the pact was reached when she asked former Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske to mediate talks after the two groups had reached an impasse.
 
“I believe that having Justice Geske mediate the discussion between the two groups was a key to reaching this historic agreement,” she said. “This is a win-win-win for the Milwaukee Art Museum, the War Memorial and the taxpayers of Milwaukee County. It’s time to come together and make a long term commitment to our veterans and arts community. This investment will pay off for generations to come.”

A special meeting of the Finance, Personnel and Audit committee will be held to consider the measure Thursday at 8 a.m. in the Courthouse before sending it to the Board at its 9:30 meeting.
 

 


County asks residents to take survey about how it should spend block grand dollars

July 18, 2013

About 10 minutes of a resident’s time could earn a neighborhood new community developments (parks, community centers, senior centers etc.), more bus stops & shelters, increased opportunities for employment and other improvements, according to Milwaukee County officials

The Milwaukee County Housing Division is conducting a public survey on the expenditure of Community Development Block Grant funds. The results of the survey will help public officials determine how to best spend federal funding. The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WGYT5J5.

Residents who do not have access to a computer or are uncomfortable filling out the survey on their own may contact any social service agency in Milwaukee County, Wauwatosa or West Allis for assistance or go to any branch of the Milwaukee County Public Library system to use their computers.

City of Milwaukee residents are not eligible recipients of County CDBG or HOME assistance and therefore are requested not to respond to the survey.

For further information, email Jean Wolfgang, Housing Program Manager by email at Jean.Wolfgang@milwcnty.com or contact Bob Berlan, Community Planning and Development Advisors at bjberlan@aol.com or 414-861-4441.


Milwaukee County Parks extends pool hours

July 18, 2013

High Temperatures Extends Hours for Thursday and Friday

 As another effort to keep people cool during this heat wave, Milwaukee County is extending the hours of operation for several of the County’s wading pools, outdoor pools, and Family Aquatic Centers for Thursday, July 18th and Friday, July 19th.

On Tuesday, Milwaukee County activated its heat plan, which includes the Department on Aging coordinating home visits for elderly residents potentially at risk and opening cooling centers across the County.

Interim Parks Director John Dargle will join Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic for a news conference at 3:00 PM at Sheridan Pool to talk about the extended pool hours.

The lists of extended hours are: 

Hours for Thursday, July 18

Wading Pools Hours – July 18, 2013
Park  Location Hours
 Alcott  3751 S. 97 St. noon–6 p.m.
 Algonquin  7850 N. 51 St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Cannon  303 N. 95 St. noon–6 p.m
 Columbus  7301 W. Courtland Ave. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Cooper  8701 W. Chambers St. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Greene  4235 S. Lipton Ave. noon–6 p.m.
 Hales Corners  5765 S. New Berlin Road 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Holler  5151 S. 6 St. same as big pool
 Humboldt  3000 S. Howell Ave. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Jacobus  6501 W. Hillside Lane noon–6 p.m.
 Kops  3321 N. 86 St. noon–6 p.m
 LaFollette  9418 W. Washington St. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Lindsay  4360 N. 87 St. noon–6 p.m.
 Lyons  3301 S. 55 St. noon–6 p.m
 McCarty  2567 S. 79 St. same as big pool
 Mitchell  S 22 St. & W Pierce St. noon–6 p.m
 Pulaski-Cudahy  5400 S. Swift Ave. noon–6 p.m.
 Rainbow  700 S. 119 St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Rose  3045 N. M L King Jr. Dr. noon–6 p.m
 Saveland  3700 S. 2 St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Sheridan  4800 S. Lake Dr. same as big pool
 Sherman  3000 N. Sherman Blvd. noon–6 p.m.
 Smith  5462 N. 33 St. noon–6 p.m
 Tiefenthaler  2501 W. Galena St. noon–6 p.m
 Tippecanoe  1411 E. Warnimont Ave. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Vogel  8601 W. Lancaster Ave. noon–6 p.m.
 Wahl  4750 N. 48 St. noon–6 p.m
 Walker Square  1031 S. 9 St. noon–6 p.m.
 Washington  1859 N. 40 St. same as big pool
 Wedgewood  7201 W. Wedgewood Dr. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 West Milwaukee  5000 W. Burnham St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to their regular hours, all Milwaukee County Parks outdoor pool locations will all have evening swim hours (5:30-7:30pm) on Thursday, July 18th.

Evening Swim Outdoor Pool Hours – July 18, 2013
Park  Location Hours
Grobschmidt 2600 16th Ave.

(414) 762-4919

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Hales Corners 5765 S. New Berlin Road

(414) 529-3622

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Holler -wheelchair accessible 5151 S. 6th St.

(414) 481-7160

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Jackson 3500 W. Forest Home Ave.

(414) 384-2028

5:30–7:30 p.m.
McCarty- wheelchair accessible 2567 S. 79th St.

(414) 327-2519

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Pelican Cove-family water park
wheelchair accessible
2201 S. 7 St.
in Kosciuszko Park (414) 384-2022
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Sheridan-with drop slides 4800 S. Lake Drive

(414) 481-4731

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Washington 1859 N. 40th St.

(414) 344-5400

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Our Family Aquatic Centers and Splash Pads will also be open as usual to beat the heat on Thursday, July 18!

Family Aquatic Centers – July 18, 2013
Park  Location Hours
Cool Waters 

in Greenfield Park

2028 S. 124th St. 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
David F. Schultz

in Lincoln Park

1301 W. Hampton Ave. TOT SWIM: (under 7 yrs)

10:00 a.m.–noon

OPEN SWIM:

noon–8:00 p.m.

 

Splash Pads – July 18, 2013
 Park  Location   Hours
 Carver  911 W. Brown St.  11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Clarke Sq  2330 W. Vieau Place  11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Dineen  6901 W Vienna Ave  11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Gordon  1321 E. Locust St.  11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Madison  9800 W. Glendale Ave  11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Washington  1859 N. 40 St.  same as big pool

Hours for Friday, July 19

Wading Pools Hours – July 19, 2013

Park  Location Hours
 Alcott  3751 S. 97 St. noon–6 p.m.
 Algonquin  7850 N. 51 St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Cannon  303 N. 95 St. noon–6 p.m
 Columbus  7301 W. Courtland Ave. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Cooper  8701 W. Chambers St. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Greene  4235 S. Lipton Ave. noon–6 p.m.
 Hales Corners  5765 S. New Berlin Road 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Holler  5151 S. 6 St. same as big pool
 Humboldt  3000 S. Howell Ave. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Jacobus  6501 W. Hillside Lane noon–6 p.m.
 Kops  3321 N. 86 St. noon–6 p.m
 LaFollette  9418 W. Washington St. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Lindsay  4360 N. 87 St. noon–6 p.m.
 Lyons  3301 S. 55 St. noon–6 p.m
 McCarty  2567 S. 79 St. same as big pool
 Mitchell  S 22 St. & W Pierce St. noon–6 p.m
 Pulaski-Cudahy  5400 S. Swift Ave. noon–6 p.m.
 Rainbow  700 S. 119 St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Rose  3045 N. M L King Jr. Dr. noon–6 p.m
 Saveland  3700 S. 2 St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Sheridan  4800 S. Lake Dr. same as big pool
 Sherman  3000 N. Sherman Blvd. noon–6 p.m.
 Smith  5462 N. 33 St. noon–6 p.m
 Tiefenthaler  2501 W. Galena St. noon–6 p.m
 Tippecanoe  1411 E. Warnimont Ave. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Vogel  8601 W. Lancaster Ave. noon–6 p.m.
 Wahl  4750 N. 48 St. noon–6 p.m
 Walker Square  1031 S. 9 St. noon–6 p.m.
 Washington  1859 N. 40 St. same as big pool
 Wedgewood  7201 W. Wedgewood Dr. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 West Milwaukee  5000 W. Burnham St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following Milwaukee County Parks facilities will have additional evening hours on Friday, July 19:

Evening Swim Pool Hours – July 19, 2013
Park  Location Hours
David F. Schultz

in Lincoln Park

1301 W. Hampton Ave. noon–7:30 p.m.
McCarty- wheelchair accessible 2567 S. 79th St.

(414) 327-2519

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Sheridan-with drop slides 4800 S. Lake Drive

(414) 481-4731

5:30–7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://county.milwaukee.gov/Pools9145.htm or call the 24-hour Pool Hotline (414) 257-7230


KK closed from Maple Street to KK River Bridge July 15 to early November

July 12, 2013

The Canadian Pacific Railroad and its bridge contractor Edward Kraemer & Sons will close South Kinnickinnic (KK) Avenue from a point south of East Maple Street to the south end of the Kinnickinnic River Bridge beginning Monday, July 15, 2013. The street will be closed to cars and bicycles to allow for railroad bridge rehabilitation work. The closure will be in effect until the first week of November 2013.

Traffic will be detoured as follows:

• Northbound traffic – At E. Becher St. and S. Kinnickinnic, turn left onto Becher, then right onto S. 1st Street. Take 1st St. until it intersects with S. KK and continue northbound.

•  Southbound traffic – South of Maple St., stay to the right and take S. 1st St. to E. Becher St. Turn left onto Becher St. to S. Kinnickinnic. Turn right onto S. KK and continue southbound.

 


Brew pub owner hopes to open in September

July 10, 2013

By Katherine Keller

Matt McCulloch hopes to open his District 14 Brewery & Pub in September at 2273 S. Howell Ave.

The building, owned by Paresh Patel, housed Customer Designed Lighting, Sound and Video for a number of years until they moved the operation to Mitchell Street in 2011. Earlier this year a CherryBerry franchisee intended to move into the building, but pulled out when he failed to find adequate financing.

McCulloch, a Kenosha-based photographer, is hobbyist home brewer, who said his beer-making hobby has “gone wild,” so much so that he decided to establish a pub and brewery.

A big draw for McCulloch is the Art Stop transit stop, in the triangle bounded by Howell, Kinnickinnic and Lincoln avenues. “It will be a huge, huge draw,” he said.

The Art Stop project is in the early stages of installation and is projected to be complete in November of this year.

McCulloch said the focus will be beer, not food; he plans to have a simple menu that will include pizza.

He will serve as chief brewmaster but hopes to bring in another person to assist with brewing.

 

 


Wisconsin DOJ’s judgment against Wisconsin Electrical Power’s Oak Creek Power Plant

July 9, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has obtained a judgment in an environmental lawsuit in Racine County Circuit Court against Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WE).

The State of Wisconsin brought this case at the request of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for violations that arose during WE’s construction of a retention pond at its Oak Creek Power Plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

These violations were discovered by the DNR after it responded to an October 31, 2011, bluff collapse on the south end of the WE facility located on Lake Michigan.  The bluff collapse released approximately 22,720 cubic yards of material, including coal ash, a small portion of which was discharged into Lake Michigan.  The collapse also carried debris from the construction worksite, including vehicles and heavy machinery down the bluff and into Lake Michigan.

In the immediate aftermath of the collapse, WE undertook response actions, including the placement of containment devices and a geotechnical analysis of the stability of the bluff.  WE then undertook additional response actions, including the excavation and removal of the material and debris that had been released as a result of the bluff collapse.  This work was completed by late November 2011.

The complaint alleged that WE excavated waste materials and constructed the new retention pond in areas other than those originally approved by the DNR, failed to notify the DNR when grading of the project reached fifty percent completion and failed to revise its erosion control plans when the retention pond was moved.  WE agreed to pay the State of Wisconsin $100,000 to reimburse the DNR $53,397.03 for its costs of response, the Wisconsin Department of Justice $3,000 for its costs of prosecution and forfeitures, costs and surcharges totaling an additional $43,602.97.  An EPA report on the incident estimated that the cleanup and associated costs paid by WE for cleanup and remediation was $12.1 million.

Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Steven Tinker represented the state.  Racine County Circuit Court Judge Gerald P. Ptacek approved the settlement on July 8, 2013.

Copies of the Summons and Complaint, Stipulation and Order for Judgment, and Judgment are available here.


Nominees sought for 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award

July 9, 2013

Nominees are being sought for the 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award, according to Alderman Robert J. Bauman. The honor is awarded annually recognizing city residents who best exemplify Frank P. Zeidler’s legacy of social justice and civic accomplishment. The award was established by the Common Council for city residents with the exception of elected officials.  Alderman Bauman, a member of the award’s selection committee, said he hopes individuals and organizations will once again submit nominations for the award. “It is important that we, as a city, recognize the contributions of those who give of themselves for the greater good of the community and our society,” he said.

Chaired by Milwaukee attorney Art Heitzer, the selection committee also includes Alderman Bauman, Jack Murtaugh, historian John Gurda, and a representative of the Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, Shelley Bruehling.
Nomination forms are now available on the city website (go to http://www.city.milwaukee.gov and scroll down the main page to find the form), or by
contacting Joanna Polanco (414-286-2366 or jpolan@milwaukee.gov). Anyone can nominate themselves or others, but nominees must be city residents who are not publicly elected officials. Please submit six copies of the nomination letter (three pages maximum) by July 15, 2013, along with the nominee’s resume and any supporting materials that would help the committee make its selection. Send to: Ms. Joanna Polanco, City Hall Room 205, 200 E.
Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Nominations will be announced before August 31 and the award will be presented in September.

Thursday evening, July 11 is Bay View Beach Clean-up

July 8, 2013

Our goal is to make Bay View Beach “barefoot friendly”and we need your help! The next cleanup is this Thursday, July 11 at 6:30pm. We will provide the bags, gloves, and grabbers–all we need is YOU! For more information visit the Facebook event page and share it with your friends!

We had over 40 volunteers (including a Boy Scout troop) at our last cleanup in June. You wouldn’t believe all the trash that we picked up and how much was still left over. We need your help–just an hour and a half of your time can make a huge difference! Plus the weather should be gorgeous! Have you ever spent time at Bay View Beach while the sun is going down?
This event is kid-friendly (though probably not appropriate for the really little ones). BONUS: Our volunteers will head over to Classic Slice for free pizza afterwards! Hooray!

 


Public hearing in Milwaukee, says Rep. Richards, about revised Waukesha water plan

July 3, 2013

Today, Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) joined a coalition of environmental and conservation organizations in calling on the Department of Natural Resources to hold public hearings on the City of Waukesha’s revised application for a potential diversion of water from Lake Michigan.  In a letter sent today to the head of the DNR, Richards specifically asked that one of the public hearings be held in the City of Milwaukee.

The City of Waukesha submitted its water diversion plan to the DNR almost two years ago, but since that time most major aspects of its application have been changed.  Richards said the public deserves an opportunity to review and comment on Waukesha’s revised plan before DNR officials begin their technical and environmental assessments of the plan.

“Waukesha’s proposal to divert drinking water from Lake Michigan is the first serious test of the Great Lakes Compact,” Richards said.  “The public and especially the people of Milwaukee deserve ample opportunity to have their say on such a major decision.”

Richards was the lead Assembly author of legislation ratifying the Great Lakes Compact in Wisconsin.

Read Rep. Richards’ letter to WI DNR Secretary Stepp here.


“Under the Tuscan Sun” benefit for St. Ann Center, includes “Fighter Pilot For A Day” auction item

July 2, 2013

Edna Jewelry Gala 2013Beginning at 6pm on Thursday, July 11, the Allen Bradley Center will be the site for 9th annual “Fulfilling the Dream Gala” — an annual charitable event that honors Florence Nevins and benefits St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Individual tickets are $80 with the proceeds from this benefit will support the needs of the underserved of the greater Milwaukee area, especially through St. Ann Center’s “Adopt-A-Life” program.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and a delicious Italian buffet while browsing silent auction items. The attractive auction items include: Warm Weather – Cancun Vacation; Fighter Pilot for a Day;  Brewers Private Club Level Box for 14 people; Gourmet Dinners; Fixed-price Parties and Wine Tastings; Hand-painted Oil Portrait; and Treats & Collectibles from the Sisters of St. Francis and many more unique packages!

Also featured will be 70 elegant items that include jewelry personally created by Sr. Edna Lonergan, arranged with matching scarves in a display and sale entitled, “Art in Jewels.” Each jewelry and scarf set has been uniquely combined in a rich, complementary color scheme creating one-of-a-kind wearable art.

The chairpersons for this event are Craig and Susie Nevins, and Carol Nevins Cannon. They have hosted this event annually to honor the memory and work of their mother Florence Nevins and to benefit St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care.

The Center provides wellness and day services for children, frail elderly and people with disabilities in a unique program that is under one roof and interactive. Many of the wellness services, including warm-water pool, hair and nail salon, massage therapy, outpatient rehabilitation, all designed to keep clients at home and healthy, to avoid premature institutionalization. The Center, under the leadership of Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF, and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, is located at 2801 East Morgan Avenue in the Bay View/St. Francis area. The July 11 event will be held at the Bradley Center with free parking provided.

For information or to attend the event please contact Kathryn O’Dell at (414) 977-5057.

 


Art Stop update

July 1, 2013

Groundbreaking for the Art Stop project, a combined public artwork and bus shelter is slated for July and is to be completed by fall. Román Montoto’s design will be installed on the triangular island formed by Howell, Kinnickinnic, and Lincoln avenues, paid for with private and public funds was created through a partnership of the Bay View BID #44, city of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County.


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