Department of Public Works services over the New Year’s holiday — no “Meter Maids” Jan. 1

December 28, 2013

City of Milwaukee government offices will be closed Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st for the New Year’s holiday. However, some Department of Public Works (DPW) services will be available for limited hours of operation and certain parking restrictions will be lifted.

Garbage, Recycling, and Self-Help Centers:

• Garbage and recycling crews are scheduled to work on Saturday, December 28th

• There will be no garbage or recycling pick-up on Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st

• Self-Help Centers will be closed on December 31st and January 1st

City residents are encouraged to check online for their next scheduled garbage and recycling pick-ups at

http://mpw.milwaukee.gov/services/garbage_day. Please remember to shovel a path to and around all carts to help ensure that there are no disruptions with garbage and recycling collection service delivery.

Parking Enforcement: 

• No parking meter enforcement on Wednesday, January 1st

• No night parking enforcement on Wednesday, January 1st from 2:00-6:00 a.m. and on Thursday, January 2nd from 2:00-6:00 a.m.

Tow Lot: 

• Open – Tuesday, December 31st from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

• Closed – Wednesday, January 1st

Milwaukee Water Works: 

• The Customer Service Center will be closed on Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st

• To report water emergencies, please call the Emergency Control Center – 286-3710

• You can pay your Municipal Services Bill online at city.milwaukee.gov/water 


DPW advice: What Milwaukee residents must do after a snowfall

December 26, 2013

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works thanks all Milwaukeeans for their help in cleaning up after each of December’s fresh snowfalls.

This is a reminder for residents and property owners on what they need to know and make part of their clean-up: 

  • Please clear a path to garbage and recycling carts so DPW crews can service them with few snow and ice obstructions. This helps DPW crews do their job efficiently, effectively and safely and ensures a timely pick-up
  • Shovel sidewalks within 24 hours after the snow stops falling
  • Shovel around fire hydrants on your block
  • Do not shovel or blow snow from sidewalks and driveways back into plowed streets
  • Look up your next garbage and recycling collection dates at milwaukee.gov/mpw, and again, shovel the area around your carts before scheduled collections. You can call 286-CITY (2489) to get your pick-up information as well.

Holiday gift detritus — what is recyclable in Milwaukee?

December 23, 2013

City of Milwaukee Offers Recycling and “E-Cycling” Tips For the Holidays 

The holidays usually mean lots of leftovers, cans, bottles, gift boxes, wrapping paper and of course, the tree! The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works encourages all City residents to recycle the usual bottles, cans and cardboard boxes, but what about those unique holiday items?

What holiday items can be recycled? 

  • Wrapping paper can be recycled as long as it is free of ribbons, foil, and other non-paper items
  • Cardboard gift boxes and packaging can be flattened and recycled, or save them to re-use for other gift-giving opportunities or for storage
  •  Gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons and bows are NOT recyclable. Re-use them next year and save money and room in the landfill

How about old electronics? 

  • The City of Milwaukee does not accept old TVs, computers, tablets, scanners, printers, cell phones and other electronics in either the garbage cart or the recycling cart.
  • “E-cycle” your old electronics by taking them to a City Self Help Center at no charge
  • The “e-cycling” process recovers valuable materials from old electronics and keeps hazardous pollutants out of the environment
  • Go to http://city.milwaukee.gov/electronics to learn more

Which containers are recyclable? 

  • Containers marked with “#1, #2, #4, and #5” are all recyclable
  • All food and beverage containers should be emptied and rinsed before placing them in the recycling cart

What about metal pots and pans, plus aluminum foil and baking pans? 

  • Worn out metal pots and pans can be recycled
  •  Aluminum foil and baking pans can be recycled as long as they are clean

How about disposing of a real Christmas tree and old lights? 

  • After the holidays, take your real tree to one of the City’s Self Help Centers to be composted or mulched
  • Or, place the tree at your regular garbage collection site (alley or curb) for pick-up by DPW crews
  • To dispose of old Christmas lights, go to holidayLEDs.com for more information

Please remember to shovel a path to and around recycling carts (garbage carts too) to help ensure that there are no disruptions in pick-up service.

Go to MilwaukeeRecycles.com for more information on acceptable materials for recycling in the City of Milwaukee.

For information on the City’s Self Help Centers (hours, locations, what is acceptable, etc.), go to www.city.milwaukee.gov/mpw. The centers will be closed on December 24th and 25th, and open on December 28th.

City residents can use mpw.milwaukee.gov/services/garbage_day to determine their next scheduled garbage and recycling dates. There will be no garbage or recycling pick-up on December 24th & 25th, and again on December 31st and January 1st.

Residents can also call 286-CITY (2489) for more information.

 


St. Ann Center talent show auditions open; top prize $1,000

December 18, 2013

Source: St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care press release

St. Ann Center searching for Milwaukee’s greatest talents of all ages and abilities

St. Ann Center is  searching for Milwaukee’s greatest talents of any age and all abilities to showcase their amazing gifts at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care’s Inaugural Center Stage Talent Show that benefits the clients and services at the Center.  Auditions are open now for the talent show and one talented winner will walk away with a check for $1,000! Auditioning is easy, all you have to do is go to the St. Ann’s Center’s Facebook page at facebook.com/stanncenter, like the page, and go to the events section.  Then, you simply click the Celebrate Center Stage tab or go to the events section, post a video of yourself to the event page wall and get your friends, family, and fans to like your video to help it stand out and to earn fan favorite points.  The top 10 videos will be picked by a panel of six judges, and those 10 will perform on the Turner Hall stage. The evening will also feature videos of St. Ann Center’s talented children and adult clients, an intergenerational performance, and four celebrity guests.  The celebrity judges include former Green Bay Packer Super Bowl Champion George Koonce, Admirals Mascot Roscoe, and the president of Milwaukee’s largest talent agency Jennifer Berg.  The Emcee for this occasion will be Sargento’s President of Public Relations and news personality Portia Young.

This night of family fun, entertainment and celebrity guests will be held at the Turner Hall Ballroom on February 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm with doors opening at 5:30pm.  Proceeds from the event will support St. Ann Center’s Adopt-A-Life program, which provides care for the underserved with the most need but who lack the ability to pay for services.  St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care is celebrating its 30th year of caring and providing day services for children ages 3 months and up and adults with special needs, dementia and severe cognitive and/or physical disabilities.  The center is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, which is in the midst of a capital campaign replication project to Milwaukee’s most underserved area on North Avenue and 25th Street.

Celebrate this exciting new event with us.  Admission costs only $20! Tickets can be purchased online via the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care’s website, with cash at the door the night of the event or by contacting Casey Rozanski at 414-977-5062 or crozanski@stanncenter.org.

St. Ann Center would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors BMO Harris Bank, Turner Hall Ballroom, and Sargento Foods Inc.  For additional information regarding the event please contact Casey Rozanski. The Turner Hall Ballroom is located at 1034 N 4th St., Milwaukee, WI 53203 across from the BMO Harris Bradley center. Parking on the street is free after 6:00 pm and there is also a conveniently located public parking garage in the vicinity of Turner Hall.


St. Ann Center celebrates 30th anniversary with free concert presented by MSO

December 18, 2013

Source: Press release from St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

Celebrating 30 Years!

In 2013 St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care reached another high point in its oife as it marks its 30th anniversary. The celebration culminates on Thursday, December 19 at St. Ann Center with a free concert presented by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Founder and president, Sr. Edna Lonergan, stated: “In celebrating not only our past but our ongoing accomplishments in the field of community service we want to thank everyone who made St. Ann Center the amazing, life-touching force it is today.”

Sr. Edna Lonergan added: “Throughout our years of operation we have supported improved services for the underserved of our community. We also have provided a unique model of intergenerational day services for children as well as adults who are frail with age or challenged with disabilities or dementia.”

“As we stand at the threshold of another year and our future thereafter, we also will be breaking ground for our new facility on the near north side of our city. This touches the core of our Franciscan mission which is to see the Divine Presence in everyone, and to serve all with mutual respect and an inclusive spirit.”

“We want to take this opportunity to thank all our board of directors and our donors for their support. We could not have accomplished our mission thus far without the help of so many wonderful, caring people. We celebrate this 30th anniversary with a spirit of deep gratitude and hope.”

St. Ann Center is located at 2801 E. Morgan Avenue and provides day services for children, frail elderly and persons with disabilities all under one roof in interactive programs. Since April of 2007 the center also offers 24 hour overnight respite service for adults who are frail or with disabilities, while their caregivers get time off.

For more information about St. Ann Center and its anniversary visit www.stanncenter.org

Or contact: Ron Zeilinger at Tel: (414) 977-5064 • Email: ronz@stanncenter.org


Local artists create ice mosaic in South Shore Park

December 18, 2013

By Katherine Keller

 

Beth Eaton Knepler and other members of the Popsicles group created the image of a Christmas tree with real gifts beneath it. —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

Beth Eaton Knepler and other members of the Popsicles group created the mosaic of a Christmas tree with “tiles” made of colored water. —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

Bay View artist Beth Eaton Knepler and friends created an “ice mosaic” in South Shore Park this week. The women call themselves The Popsicles.

The mosaic depicts a star-topped Christmas tree with gifts beneath it. And while they last, those gifts are real and free to anyone who stops by to take a look. It is located on the east side of S. Shore Drive,  just south of the stop sign at the intersection of E. Estes Street and S. Shore Drive. (See map.)

Knepler and her 13 cohorts made the elements of their public artwork with water, Kool-Aid, fruit, and small toys.

The ice elements were formed in molds — muffin tins, bread loaf pans, balloons, ice cube trays, plus a few specialty molds to form letters of the alphabet and arrows. Knepler said that they found dyeing the water with Kool-Aid worked much better than using traditional food coloring.

“Making that much colored ice is no small task,” she said.

Bread loaf pans were one of the forms used to mold the ice mosaic's "tiles." —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

Bread loaf pans were one of the forms used to mold the ice mosaic’s “tiles.” —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

Making the most out of the early cold blast in Milwaukee,  the mosaic artisans used the great outdoors to freeze the water.

Some of the ice-embedded toys were made in muffin tine molds. —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

Some of the ice-embedded toys were made in muffin tine molds. —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

The women plucked toys from their children’s toy boxes and embedded them in ice to make gifts that they placed under the tree. The fruit was added, Knepler said, as “biodegradable color and texture.”  The toys are a gift to the community, she said.

If you would like to see the mosaic (and grab a toy), you better make a beeline to South Shore Park soon. Knepler said she thinks the mosaic may be short lived due to warmer weather that is predicted to move into the region by the weekend.

The ice mosaic artisans (Popsicles) are: Beth Eaton Knepler, Monica Maniaci, Adie Olson, Sarah Crowley, Valerie Kliesmet-Hoppens, Debra Pyne, Lynn Cain, Roberta Oldenburg, Jennifer Collins, Kelly Wesolowski, Jenna Sims Gray, Merci Duffy, Nichole Williams, and Sarah Arnold.

If you would like to join The Popsicles to create future art, contact Beth Eaton Knepler via her Facebook page Beth Eaton Pottery.

(See slideshow of 30+ photos here.)

From left: Sarah Crowley, Jenna Sims Gray, Monica Maniaci, Beth Eaton Knepler,  Debra Pyne, and Sarah Arnold. —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

From left: Sarah Crowley, Jenna Sims Gray, Monica Maniaci, Beth Eaton Knepler,
Debra Pyne, and Sarah Arnold. —photo courtesy Beth Eaton Knepler

 


Humboldt Park Lagoon is ready for skaters

December 17, 2013

 

Humboldt Park lagoon's ice being cleared Tuesday morning. —photo Katherine Keller

Humboldt Park lagoon’s ice was cleared this morning, December 17. —photo Katherine Keller

Milwaukee County Parks’ spokesperson Emily Heller said today that the Humboldt Park Lagoon is open for ice skating.

The snow was cleared this morning.

Information provided by Milwaukee County Parks:

Ice must be 6 inches thick to open for public skating.
Pay attention to “Thin Ice” signs.

Frozen Lagoon Rinks & Lake Park’s Land Rink 
Rinks are only open when the ice has thickened to a safe depth. Pay attention to “Thin Ice” signs.

2013-14 Locations – Watch for openings. Weather conditions affect availability

When the weather allows, there is ice-skating at several Milwaukee County Parks. Many of the rinks have warming houses. Warming house hours vary.

Locations have designated areas for hockey practice when conditions permit

  • Brown Deer, 7835 N Green Bay Rd., (414) 352-7052
    Warming House open 7 days a week 7:30am-8pm
  • Humboldt, 3000 S Howell Ave., (414) 482-4270 OPENING 12/16/13
    Rink lit until 8 p.m. daily
    Warming House open weekends Noon-8 p.m.
  • Lake Park (land rink), 2975 N Lake Park Rd., (414) 962-1680
    Public Skating: Weekdays 3-8pm; weekends 12:30-8pm
    Ice Hockey: Weekdays 8-10pm; weekends 8-10pm
    For more information, call the Lake Park Friends Office (414) 962-1680
    Availability for 2013-14 TBA
  • Scout Lake, 5902 W Loomis Rd., (414) 425-7303
    Warming house open weekdays 4-8pm; weekends noon-8pm
  • Sheridan, 4800 S Lake Dr., (414) 762-1550
    Warming House open weekends Noon-8 p.m.
    Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park, 920 N Water St
    Get the details on the refrigerated rink at Red Arrow
    For more information, call (414) 257-PARK (7275) and http://county.milwaukee.gov/OutdoorIceSkating11929.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Court Upholds DNR’s authority to require high-capacity well monitoring (re Adams County dairy owner’s lawsuit)

December 16, 2013

Ruling comes as part of Adams County dairy lawsuit

Today’s ruling makes it clear: the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has the authority to require high-capacity well owners to monitor groundwater levels. That authority came into question when an Adams County dairy sued DNR after approval to tap two new wells at a time the area already suffers from significant groundwater problems.

“Access to safe, clean water is a basic right that DNR has a duty to protect,” said Elizabeth Wheeler, staff attorney for Clean Wisconsin, the state’s largest environmental organization. “This ruling is a positive step to protect resources statewide and, importantly, in a strained area where those protections are needed badly.”

New Chester Dairy, Grand Marsh, sued after DNR approved an application for two new high-capacity wells on the condition that New Chester’s owners install equipment to monitor groundwater levels. New Chester argued that the DNR lacked authority to impose the monitoring condition. Clean Wisconsin intervened in the lawsuit earlier this year in support of DNR. Reiterating a 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court case, Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey D. Boldt held today that “DNR should use both its expertise in water resources management and its discretion to determine whether its duty as trustee of public trust resources is implicated by a proposed high-capacity well permit application, such that it must consider the environmental impact of the well or in some cases deny a permit application or include conditions in a well permit.” An upcoming hearing will determine whether the monitoring condition is reasonable.

With more than 950 documented high-capacity wells, Adams County already has significant groundwater problems. These wells have dropped the level of nearby Patrick Lake about 2 feet, and groundwater modeling shows that New Chester’s proposed wells will drop the lake level another 2 inches to 3 inches. Nearby streams will also be impacted.

“Water monitoring makes common sense,” said Wheeler. “It’s a core duty of the DNR to protect our public health.”

Source: Clean Wisconsin press release


Charles Allis biennial juried exhibition; entries due Jan. 2-Jan. 28

December 16, 2013

 FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now ?returns to the Charles Allis Art Museum March 7, 2014

Online Entries Accepted January 2 – January 28, 2014

The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave, is pleased to announce the return of FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now. This biennial juried art exhibition, open to current residents of Wisconsin, opens on Friday March 7, 2014. A prospectus of the show detailing eligibility requirements, entry instructions and more information can be obtained online at charlesallis.org or by emailing info@cavtmuseums.org.

All entries will be made online through our website beginning January 2, 2014. We are pleased to announce, Laurie Winters, Executive Director | CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art will jury this year’s exhibition. A total of $3,000 in prizes will be awarded including a Grand Prize of $1,000, sponsored by the Friends of Charles Allis.

FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now Dates
December 20, 2013 Prospectus Released
January 2 – January 28, 2014 Online entries accepted at charlesallis.org
January 29 – 31, 2014 Jury Selection
February 3 – February 8, 2014 Notifications of Acceptance
February 19 – February 23, 2014 Selected Works Delivered to Museum
March 7, 2012 Opening Reception / Director’s Choice and Viewer’s Choice Awards Selected?June 29, Exhibition Closes

Awards
$1,000 – Grand Prize
$600 (2) Awards of Excellence
$400 Margaret Rahill Memorial Award
$200 Honorable Mention
$100 Director’s Choice Award
$100 – Viewer’s Choice Award


Supervisor Jursik calls first “B.U.S.S.” stop success; sets up online petition to change bus stops at Southridge Mall

December 13, 2013

Source: Press release from office of Supervisor Patricia Jursik

Hopes for More Dialogue With Southridge Mall over Misplaced Bus Stop

Supervisor Patricia Jursik took the first step in getting Milwaukee County buses back in front of Southridge Mall. Jursik is forming a new team to “Get on the B.U.S.S.”, which stands for “Bus User Safety at Southridge”.

This movement comes after Simon Property Group, which owns Southridge Mall, chose to move Milwaukee County buses from a mall entrance to a bus stop 1,000 feet from the doors. Getting to the mall now involves navigating through a parking area and dealing with traffic without pedestrian sidewalks or curbs.

The “B.U.S.S.” movement began with a news conference at the Kelly Senior Center in Cudahy earlier this week. Afterwards Jursik rode the bus to the new Southridge bus stop joined by supporters and bus riders impacted by the change. They took the walk to the mall in frigid temperatures, and for some that walk took more than ten minutes.

Jursik then was able to meet with mall management, delivering a letter signed by the County Board opposed to Simon moving the bus stop. You can see that letter here: http://bit.ly/1bBAljd

“I am hoping my meeting with mall management will be just the beginning of a dialogue about this dangerous decision,” Jursik said. “We can’t allow the safety of thousands of bus riders to be jeopardized by the choices Simon Properties has made.”

Here’s how you can get involved. “B.U.S.S.” organizers are asking people to sign a petition encouraging Southridge management to bring the bus stop back to the mall. You can find that petition online at: http://bit.ly/19HcTRZ

Petitions should be returned to Supervisor Jursik’s office.

There is a Facebook page where people can get up-to-date information and share stories about the Southridge situation. Find that here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/608202665901379

 


Gov. Scott Walker Signs 23 bills into law

December 12, 2013

Source: Press Release from office of Governor Walker

Governor Scott Walker signed 23 bills into law today in the Governor’s Office.  Authors of each bill were present for the signings.

Assembly Bill 380 – creates a cumulative preference system for applicants for each year they do not receive a sturgeon spearing permit.  This bill also changes the start date that permits can be transferred to minors to October 1st instead of November 1st of each year.  Senator Michael Ellis (R-Neenah) and Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 64.

Assembly Bill 61 – allows retailers to file civil action against individuals who attempt to purchase alcohol while underage.  Senator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) and Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) authored the legislation, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 65.

Senate Bill 290 – requires mortgage servicers to provide a payoff statement that closing agents can rely upon and reduces the delay in receiving a clear title for homeowners.  Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) authored the legislation, which passed the Senate 32-1 and passed the Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 66.

Senate Bill 310 – clarifies the definition of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a utility-terrain vehicle (UTV) and corrects current statutory language regarding crossings at a bridge, culvert, or railroad.  The bill aims to improve the safety of ATV/UTV riders.  Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Representative Erik Severson (R-Osceola) authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 67.

Assembly Bill 174 – streamlines the payment of county medical examiners by removing the stipulation that they are paid semimonthly.   Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Representative John Murtha (R-Baldwin) authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 68.

Senate Bill 189 – allows the Department of Natural Resources to establish an electronic means to receive reports of violations of the Department’s statutes.  Also gives the Department authority to use its current citation procedure when regulating discharge of certain materials into wetlands.  Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) and Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 69.

Senate Bill 190 – eliminates the current Department of Natural Resources prohibition requiring publicly owned sewage treatment or collection systems to have more than one wastewater discharge permit.  Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) and Representative Al Ott (R-Forest Junction) authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly with unanimous consent.  The bill is Act 70.

Assembly Bill 8 – states that local government cannot impose restrictions on hunting with a bow and arrow or crossbow within the municipality except within 100 yards of a building, unless the owner of the building allows such hunting.  Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) authored the legislation which is Act 71

Senate Bill 134 – allows the Department of Natural Resources to spend a maximum of $564,500 each fiscal year on sea lamprey control activities.  Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) authored the bill, which unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly.  The bill is Act 72.

Assembly Bill 373 – permits property and casualty insurance providers to deliver electronic notices and documents, if the consumer has given consent.  Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 73.

Senate Bill 314 – streamlines application permits for related residential, commercial, or industrial development, based on current ordinances.  Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Representative David Murphy (R-Greenville) authored the legislation, which passed the Senate 18-15 and unanimously passed the Assembly.  The bill is Act 74.

Assembly Bill 352 – allows for the placement of net pens in navigable waters with a statewide general permit and with additional requirements set in place for fish farms.  Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Representative Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly with strong bipartisan support.  The bill is Act 75.

Senate Bill 179—aids tenants by eliminating the possibility they will be evicted if they are a victim of a crime by enforcing landlords to provide specified notices of domestic abuse protections.  The bill also helps landlords to recover any damages caused by tenants and allows them to deal with property left behind by tenants in a more effective manner.  Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) authored the legislation.  The bill is Act 76.

Assembly Bill 119 – permits the sale of a more effective pepper spray and allows minors to carry pepper spray when it is purchased by their parents.  Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) authored the legislation, which passed on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 77.

Assembly Bill 248 – simplifies the process for parents and guardians who are trying to put a security freeze on the credit report of a minor, or those over the age of 16.  Parents and guardians must provide “sufficient proof of authority” and violations may result in a civil forfeiture of no more than $1,000 per violation.  Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) and Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 78.

Senate Bill 40 – allows law enforcement officers to search residence or property of an individual on parole or under supervision, if the individual is believed to have committed a crime or is in violation of the terms of their probation.  This is only applicable to individuals who had been convicted of felonies involving life and bodily security, crimes against children, and the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.  Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) and Representative Mike Endsley (R-Sheboygan) authored the legislation, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 79.

Senate Bill 183 – streamlines shoreland zoning ordinances by removing county ordinances when the area is incorporated.  Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) authored the bill.  The bill is Act 80.

Senate Bill 278 – focuses on the health and safety of visitors and workers at mining sites.  Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) authored the legislation.  The bill is Act 81.

Assembly Bill 359 – allows the Department of Natural Resources to lease state forest land within the town of Boulder Junction to the Boulder Junction Shooting Range for a maximum term of 30 years.  Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) authored the bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 82.

Assembly Bill 62– broadens the definition of an “intoxicant” to include substances that are inhaled ingested, or consumed.  Representative Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) and Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) authored this legislation, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 83.

Assembly Bill 28 – helps ensure Wisconsin’s safety by updating current laws regarding sexually violent persons and aligning these statutes with most recent psychological standards and treatments.  The Joint Legislative Council authored this legislation, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 84.

Assembly Bill 30 – provides clarity to hunters and law enforcement regarding the rules of transporting game into Wisconsin from another state or from tribal land.  The Joint Legislative Council’s Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 85.

Senate Bill 346 – eliminates grants for stage II vapor recovery systems because vehicles are now equipped with these systems on board.  Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Representative Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade) authored the legislation, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 86.


City provides tips to prevent frozen pipes

December 10, 2013

Cold Weather Advice: Prevent Water Pipes and Water Meters from Freezing 

Prevention is the key to making sure water pipes and water meters do not freeze during prolonged cold temperatures. The Milwaukee Water Works has tips for customers (in English and Spanish) to prevent freeze-up in their homes and businesses. Water pipes and the water meter can freeze within hours if exposed to cold air. Frozen pipes and water meters stop water service and can be expensive to repair or replace. Find consumer tip sheets at http://city.milwaukee.gov/water/customer/FAQs/howto.

Watch a video http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Frozen-Water-Pipes 

Property owners are responsible for protecting both water pipes and the water meter from damage. Preventing them from freezing is easier than trying to thaw them.

Owners of vacant residential and commercial property should check that pipes and water meters are exposed to heat and circulating air in the building and not closed off behind cabinets and doors. If there is no heat in the building, contact the water utility to arrange to have the water shut off to the building. Please call the Milwaukee Water Works Customer Service Center, (414) 286-2830, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and at any time during weekends, please call the Milwaukee Water Works Control Center, (414) 286-3710. The Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) number is (414) 286-8801.

How to Prevent Water Pipes and Water Meters from Freezing 

  • Tightly close doors and windows to the outside. Fill cracks in walls and around windows.
  • Eliminate cold drafts near water pipes and the water meter.
  • Install storm windows on basement windows.
  • Eliminate drafts from crawl spaces.
  • Before freezing temperatures set in, turn off the water to garden hose connections at an interior valve and drain the exposed piping.
  • Wrap pipes with insulation or heat tape.
  • It is colder near the floor and along the block wall of a basement than at the ceiling, so make sure warm air is allowed to circulate around water pipes and the water meter. The pipes most likely to freeze are nearest a wall, door, window, and along the floor.
  • Open the doors to the rooms where the pipes and water meter are located to allow warm air to circulate around them.
  • If your kitchen or bathroom sink is located against an outside wall, insulate the wall to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Open the cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Flowing water can break up ice as it forms inside pipes. Turn on the water periodically at all faucets that are exposed to cold air when outdoor temperatures remain below freezing for several days. It costs less to run water from all faucets occasionally than to repair a frozen or burst pipe.
  • If the water meter is in an outdoor pit, check to see that the pit cover fits properly and there are no cracks into which cold wind could blow. The pipes, valves, and the water meter inside such pits should not touch the concrete walls.

How to Thaw Frozen Water Pipes and a Water Meter 

  • Water pipes are frozen if little or no water comes from the faucets when you turn them on.
  • Open a faucet located near the frozen pipe or water meter to release any vapor from the melting ice so you will see when the water starts flowing again.
  • Begin warming the pipes nearest the faucet and work toward the frozen section or the frozen water meter.
  • Blow warm air on the pipe or water meter using a hair dryer. Do not leave the hair dryer unattended or allow it to overheat.
  • Never use a blowtorch or open flame to warm pipes or a water meter. This is a fire hazard that could cause an explosion.
  • Once water starts flowing again, open a nearby faucet to allow a pencil width-sized stream of water to flow from the faucet until heat is restored to the area. Please remember that your water account will be charged for all water used.
  • Eliminate cold drafts and allow warm air to circulate around the pipes and the water meter to prevent them from freezing again.

If you suspect damage to your water pipes, please call a licensed plumber for assistance.

If you suspect a frozen water meter or damage to the water meter, please call the Milwaukee Water Works Meter Services Division, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (414) 286-8000.

On weekdays after 7:30 p.m., on Saturday after 4:30 p.m., and at any time on Sunday, please call the Milwaukee Water Works Control Center, (414) 286-3710.

TDD number (414) 286-8801

The Milwaukee Water Works is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a leader in providing pure, high quality drinking water and for monitoring water quality to make sure it is healthful. The City of Milwaukee-owned utility treats Lake Michigan water with a multiple-step process including ozone disinfection and biological filtration. These processes remove illness-causing microorganisms and contaminants, leaving only delicious water. 

The Milwaukee Water Works provides drinking water service to all or part of these communities: Brown Deer, Butler, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Milwaukee, New Berlin, Shorewood, St. Francis, Thiensville, Wauwatosa, West Allis, and West Milwaukee.


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