St. Ann Center’s Chili & Jewelry Sale Nov. 18

November 2, 2017

The St. Ann Center’s Chili & Jewelry Sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9am to 1pm. Local restaurants will donate their signature chili for the event at the Stein Campus, 2801 E. Morgan Ave.

On offer will be chili ranging from chicken to veggie, extra-spicy to mild, and classic to super creative. There’ll also be a table of offerings by home cooks with favorites made by friends of St. Ann Center.

The event’s centerpiece will be a collection of hundreds of pieces of vintage, retro, and heirloom jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, and watches. Costume jewelry is regularly donated to St. Ann’s by local churches, schools, and individuals.

Jewelry fans will also find one-of-a-kind creations designed and handcrafted by Sister Edna Lonergan, the founder and president of the St. Ann Center. Sr. Edna began designing jewelry years ago as a pastime and a way to supplement funding for the children, elderly, and adults with disabilities served by the nonprofit center. A market featuring 20 vendors will offer local produce, natural soaps and lotions, handcrafted pieces, home décor offerings, and unique gifts.

All proceeds from the jewelry and chili sale support the care of children and adults of all ages and abilities at St. Ann Center. For a full list of the chili that will be offered, donating restaurants, and participating vendors, consult the event listing stanncenter.org or Facebook. Chili and jewelry donations, as well as vendors are still being accepted. More info: 414-977-5009.


Who Owns What On Kinnickinnic?, Part Two

November 1, 2017

By Katherine Keller

Looking south, the intersection of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Potter Street. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Last month Part One of this series looked at property ownership on Bay View’s main commercial district focusing on the stretch of South Kinnickinnic Avenue between East Bay and East Conway streets. Analyzing the construction dates, it is apparent that development moved from north to south on the street that has long-served as Bay View’s most prominent commercial strip and a main thoroughfare.

This month we look at the section of Kinnickinnic between Homer and California streets. Private homes are scattered between the commercial buildings along the entire swath of Kinnickinnic from East Bay Street to East St. Francis and many of those commercial buildings include dwelling units. The mercantile buildings, for the most part, are two-storied with storefronts at street level and apartments above, although in some instances, there are also apartments behind the storefronts. Examples of those are the Alchemist Theatre building, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic and the South Shore Gallery & Framing building, 2627 S. Kinnickinnic.

The earliest existing example of a mid-century modern apartment building is the “two-story ranch-style” that now houses the Tessmer law practice, 2616 S. Kinnickinnic, that was built in 1958. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Constructed in 1968, this was the only solely-apartments-building in the Bay/Becher to Homer stretch of KK, the section featured in Part One of this series, until Dwell was built in 2012. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Another trend that becomes apparent, as one travels south on KK is the introduction multi-unit apartment buildings. The first example, though not first-built, is two-story Lannon Stone, 2390 S. Kinnickinnic, on the north side of Café Corazon. The stark contrast of its mid-century modern architectural style to that of the existing buildings most likely raised a few eyebrows when it made its debut in 1968.

The earliest existing example of the mid-century modern apartment building is the two-story “ranch-style” that now houses the Tessmer law practice, built in 1958, 2616 S. Kinnickinnic. Two more examples are found at 2501 S. Kinnickinnic, built in 1961, and 2549 S. Kinnickinnic, in 1967. The 2501 building was used as a location site in the 2011 Bridesmaids movie.

The multi-use Dwell development was constructed in 2012. It features retail units at street level and apartments above. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Now, half a century later, there is another apartment-development boom on Kinnickinnic. The new buildings are characterized by three- or more stories with retail at street level. Century-old architecture of a bygone Bay View is being razed for the new construction.Since we published Part One, the Compass learned that the Bay View Bowl property is listed for sale.

The .29-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Conway Street includes the two-story bowling alley/apartment building and 17 parking spaces. To the south, the parking lot faces Dwell, the apartment and retail development constructed in 2012.

The two vacant lots above, 2557-2557 and 2563-2565 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, were purchased by Scott Genke in 2016 for $250,000 each. The 2016 assessment was $16,900 for each parce

This Who Owns What on KK Property List includes the ownership and assessed value of the properties located on the 2000 to 2400 blocks of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and a small section of South Howell Avenue. Addresses, built-dates, ownership, and assessment values were found in the City of Milwaukee Assessor’s records. Read Part 1 of this report.

A likely development site is the northwest and southwest corners of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and South Herman Street, where 10 parcels are owned by entities associated with Milwaukee developer Tim Olson.

The most obvious potential development site in this strip is the northwest and southwest corners of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and South Herman Street, where 10 parcels are owned by entities associated with Milwaukee developer Tim Olson. The parcels include the former Bella’s Fat Cat restaurant, a large empty lot, and eight homes. 

These homes on the west side of South Herman Street between Kinnickinnic and Montana Street are three of the eight homes in the parcel featured in the satellite photo below. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Developer Scott Genke added apartments to the roof of the King Building, 2534 S.Kinnickinnic Ave. The building originally served as the King Chevrolet dealership when it was built in 1928. PHOTO Katherine Keller


Bay View Lions Suspend 2018 South Shore Frolics Festival

October 24, 2017

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BAY VIEW LIONS CLUB

Bay View Lions Cancel 2018 South Shore Frolics Festival

After 68 years, the South Shore Frolics, a Bay View, South Shore area, and city of Milwaukee tradition, is suspended for 2018 by the Bay View Lions Club, the organizer of the event.

The event, which began in 1948 as the South Shore Water Frolic in Bay View’s South Shore Park by the Inter-Organizational Council of Bay View, has happened every year since then, except 1993. Since 1995, the Bay View Lions Club has hosted the three-day free event featuring music, an art show, a classic car show, food, many family activities, a parade (until 2014), and their famous Frolics “atomic” fireworks to close each evening. The Frolics annually attracted 50,000-60,000 people, although it regularly attracted over 200,000 during its early decades.

Held the second full weekend of July, the one-year suspension, and possibly longer, leaves a summer entertainment void for thousands of attendees, including generations of families, who have witnessed it and grown-up with it.

“A number of our fixed costs continue to increase leaving us with no options except to suspend the Frolics for 2018,” said Bay View Lions Club president, Lyn Graziano. “Our basic costs from the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and Milwaukee County Parks, as well as outside vendors, have risen to the point where it is extremely difficult to produce a profit — any profit.

“The Frolics, the Bay View Lions Club’s largest annual fundraiser, has for three out of the last four years failed to be profitable. The lack of profitability from the Frolics has meant that the Bay View Lions Club doesn’t have the revenue it needs for its community support efforts and community projects. Further, the losses have hurt the Bay View Lions Club ability to sponsor disabled children to attend the Lions Camp, to support the Lions Leader Dog Program for the blind, as well as contribute to the Lions Disaster Relief programs. The Bay View Lions Club’s motto is “We Serve” and our mission is to help those in need locally in our community and also contribute to important causes throughout our state and nation.

“Further, the [public’s] uncertainty regarding the grand finale and its signature ‘blow-up-the-beach fireworks’ in the last two years has also adversely impacted the Frolics attendance and consequently its revenue. At times, it has been very difficult and frustrating to deal with the fireworks mandates initiated by the Milwaukee County Parks director,” noted Graziano.

“Despite having a current group of loyal and generous sponsors, the need for more permanent sponsorship remains a challenge to counterbalance rising costs. The South Shore Frolics has had an incredible 68-year run and put smiles on the faces of so many through the years. While we won’t close the door entirely for 2019 and beyond, we would need the public, local government officials, and business leaders to work together with us to help bring the event back. Questions that should be asked and answered: Does the Frolics, a free summer event in a Milwaukee County park, make Bay View, the south shore area, and city of Milwaukee a better place in the summer? Are the tens of thousands of people that attend this event every year from this area and city, as part of their summer, better off with the Frolics than without it?” asks Graziano.

“Only the public, local government representatives, county parks leaders, and business leaders will answer those questions through their support and actions, or lack of thereof. The Frolics are suspended for 2018. Unless they all answer in the affirmative and work with us, the Frolics will join the West Allis Western Days, the Circus Parade, RiverFest and other community festivals as former free summer events that are gone forever, and our community will be worse off for it,” concluded Graziano.

 


Reward Offered for Return of Stolen Firefighter Sculpture

October 1, 2017

Allan Zehm served as a Milwaukee firefighter from 1967 to 1996, and in 2009, his daughter gave her dad a treasured Father’s Day gift to commemorate his long career. He was delighted to receive the sculpture that depicted a vintage firefighter.

Zehm placed the sculpture in his backyard where it resided until it was stolen in September.

The figure is about three feet tall and weighs 100 or more pounds. The firefighter
is sporting a large black mustache, and wearing a bright blue, knee-length coat with eight brass buttons and a gold belt. He is also wearing black boots and a red firefighter hat. His left arm is folded behind his back and the right arm holds a large brass fire hose nozzle.

Zehm is offering an award for information about its whereabouts or its return. If you have information about the sculpture, call the Milwaukee Police Department, 414-933-4444.


Bay View Art in the Park Completes Final Year

October 1, 2017

Bay View Art in the Park founder and organizer Brian Breider announced that he does not intend to continue presenting his annual Art in the Park art and craft show.

Founded in 2014, the event showcased the work of local painters, photographers, ceramic artists, jewelry-makers, and others. The show was held in Zillman Park in 2014 and 2015 and in Humboldt Park 2016 and 2017.

“This endeavor has always been a way for me support local artists and give to the community, however, I believe for it to flourish and evolve it needs more resources than I can provide. I have truly enjoyed meeting the many talented people throughout the years,” Breider said in his announcement about his decision to discontinue the event.


Earl Gutbrod Memorial and Life Celebration Oct. 22 

October 1, 2017

Earl Gutbrod, a long time resident of Bay View, died September 4, 2017.

Earl was born October 4, 1946. With endless curiosity and enthusiasm, Earl explored the world through a camera’s lens. An avid reader and collector, he had a focused eye for beauty and light, but it was his light-hearted sense of humor that often revealed itself in his best photos.

In 1966, Earl enlisted in the army and opted to join the Special Forces. He served as 1st Lieutenant in the Green Berets Airborne Division. During his tour in Vietnam, Earl led the indigenous Montagnard on offensives in the Central Highlands. He distinguished himself through his heroism and was awarded two Bronze Stars by both the United States and the Republic of South Vietnam. He returned home in 1969.

Earl was a big brother, uncle, and a special friend. As one great-nephew put it, “He was cool!”  Everyone’s favorite — Uncle Earl! He will be missed.

He retired from the United States Postal Service May 31, 2017.

Please join his longtime companion Joanne Charlton and the Gutbrod family in honoring and celebrating Earl’s life Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1-4pm at the South Shore Park Pavilion. His artistry and photography will be on display and we will all raise a glass to a generous and honorable man.

Everyone is welcome.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Bay View Historical Society in Earl’s name or for a memorial bench to be installed along the lakeshore.

—Carrie Gutbrod Herrera


Stop Sign for Burrell and Deer Intersection

October 1, 2017

Two stop signs will replace existing east/west yield signs at the intersection of East Deer Place at South Burrell Street near the Hide House in Bay View.

In response to residents’ pleas for better traffic control at the intersection, traffic engineers at the Milwaukee Department of Public Works determined that there were sufficient accidents to warrant a pair of stop signs. They reported that accidents at the intersection include one in 2013 and three so far in 2017.

The accidents included two bicyclists going west on Deer Place who disregarded the yield sign, a motorcyclist who was struck while driving drunk, and a crash involving a hit-and-run (likely stolen) automobile.

On September 26, the Common Council approved the measure to install the signs. Hours later, a DPW employee removed the yield signs and replaced them with stop signs.


Goodbye Old Friend

September 1, 2017

By Katherine Keller

South Shore Park’s iconic beech tree has died

The trunk of the State Champion European Copper Beech in South Shore Park will remain in place for a time as local groups, Friends of South Shore Park among those, consider ways to memorialize the tree. PHOTO Katherine Keller

I hate to see it go,” said Lauri Gorton, who lives on Estes Street across from the State Champion European Copper Beech tree in South Shore Park.

The iconic Bay View tree has reached the end of its life and is giving way to Milwaukee County Parks arborists, who began removing its limbs August 9. The beech succumbed to old age and a fungal disease.

“The tree is so significant,” Polly Caster said. She was among a group of people who gathered at the tree to pick up pieces that the arborists placed at its base for those who wanted to pickup a souvenir. “It’s been like a neighbor. I see it every day when I walk my dog.” Caster has lived on Mabbett Avenue since the early 90s.

Jan Grimes has lived on Superior Street since 1985, and like Caster, has admired the tree for decades.

“I see it every season. It’s delicate leaves in spring and fully leafed out in summer. It was magnificent,” Caster said.

Log Ladies Jan Grimes and Polly Caster took a break from a painting project to gather slabs and logs that were cut from the Eurpoean Copper Beech tree in South Shore Park. PHOTO Katherine Keller

The stately beech is believed to have begun life in the mid-1800s. That means it may have been part of the South Shore landscape for about 160 to 170 years.

The beech would have sprung up on the land some years after Elijah and Zebiah Estes purchased their land in 1835 or 1836 and developed their home and farm on the land above Lake Michigan. A section of their land was later incorporated into what is now South Shore Park.

Residue from the Bay View rolling mills likely settled on its limbs. Perhaps social activist and “civic saint” Beulah Brinton strolled past the tree as she introduced new immigrant families to the developing village of Bay View.

The tree survived the many changes to the land that nurtured it over a period of 16 or so decades.

In 2016 we reported that Milwaukee County Parks Forestry Supervisor Gregg Collins said that the majestic beech tree was in poor health and “over-mature.” In other words, the tree had exceeded its species’ typical lifespan. He compared it to a human being who was 105 years old.

Collins said that beginning in 2012 the tree lost several large limbs and that missing bark was evidenced at the base of the trunk. Missing bark indicated tissue dieback, another symptom of a tree in decline.

In 2015, he hired Wachtel to examine the tree. He said they observed canopy thinning, gypsy moths, aphids, carpenter ants, more tissue dieback, and fungal infection. Different strategies were deployed to support the tree — an antifungal treatment, ant killer, compost tea, watering the root zone, and adding mulch at the base of the tree.

The tree’s distress was exacerbated that year by hot dry weeks in June, July, and August.

Last year, the majority of its leaves dried and shriveled by midsummer. Collins decided to give the tree one more year but it failed to rebound.

Jeffrey Gollner, Milwaukee County Parks arborist and natural resources technician was in charge of the crew that removed the beech tree’s limbs.

“Fungus killed it,” he said. “We tried various fungicides, fertilizers, and plant growth regulators.”

A plant growth regulator is a hormone, Gollner said, sometimes used on large old trees. It slows growth, allowing the tree’s “energy to be directed toward maintenance,’ to its existing limbs, leaves, and roots.

He said there are numerous European Copper Beech trees growing along the lake in Milwaukee County, but also along the lake as far south as Racine and to Green Bay on the north. noting they don’t grow farther inland.

Mike Gagliano, Jeff Gollner, Ellen Stollenwerk, and Joe Wilson used their skills and expertise to remove the limbs of the Wisconsin State Champion European Copper Beech tree in South Shore Park. It is thought the tree is approximately 160 to 170 years old. The rings will be counted if the trunk is not hollow. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Gollner said there are many Wisconsin State Champion Trees in Milwaukee County Parks and on private land. He noted that one of those is an Ohio Buckeye that is growing on private property on the little section of Euclid Avenue, east of Kinnickinnic Avenue, in the little neighborhood behind Walgreens.

Not far from the dead beech is a Norway Maple that was marked for culling that Gollner estimated to be about 60 years old. Trees are culled when they begin to die. Dying or dead limbs fall and pose a hazard to park-goers.

He said parks are relatively harsh environments for trees. The Norway Maple’s native habitat is a forest where the soil is covered with decomposing leaves, bark, and other plant material with nutrients that are absorbed by the tree’s roots. By contrast, park trees are surrounded by turf that “sucks nutrition” for itself, disadvantaging the trees. Human traffic compacts the soil — trees require porous soil for good root growth.

Gollner said that the trunk of the European Copper Beech will remain in place for a time as local groups, Friends of South Shore Park among those, consider ways to memorialize the tree, perhaps with tree carvings, a bench made from the wood, and salvaged slabs.

If the trunk is intact, Collins said his staff would do its best to get an accurate count. If some of the trunk has rotted away, he said they’d get an approximate date, working with what remains.

“While it is very sad to see the tree that provided so many with shade and climbing fun for kids go, our tree actually lived longer than many of its kind,” said Milwaukee County District 4 Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic. “The Milwaukee County Parks, Friends of South Shore Park, and the Bay View Historical Society are all in talks about how to best memorialize the remaining stump.” South Shore Park falls is in Dimitrijevic’s district.

The South Shore Park European Copper Beech was included on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ list of State Champion Trees. Although it is currently on hold, the champion tree program is a database of the state’s largest trees. DNR’s website notes, “DNR keeps big tree records to encourage the appreciation of Wisconsin’s forest and trees.”

Andrew Gawin, a member of Friends of South Shore Park, said his group requests suggestions about how to memorialize the tree. Cutting boards for a bench is one idea. Another is to take a cross section.

Gerry Thieme, who worked for the parks department at the time, planted the second European Copper Beech tree that is growing about 50 feet east of the original old tree, said Gollner. Gregg Collins said it was planted 17-20 years ago.


Majority of St. Francis Convent Buildings to Be Demolished

August 1, 2017

By Katherine Keller

Buildings shown in red will be demolished. Buildings that will not be demolished on the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Campus, 3195 S. Superior St., in St. Francis, Wis.: 1.(St. Francis Chapel); 2. (Troubadour Meeting Room); 3. (Juniper Court); 4. (Canticle Court). Buildings that will be demolished: 5. (Marian Center/Loretto and Rosary Halls and Clare Wing); 6. (Power House); 7. (Motherhouse); 8. (St. Elizabeth)

Demolition of the Marian Center for Nonprofits buildings has begun. The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, who own the convent campus, will build a new convent at the site, 3195 S. Superior St.

Spokesperson Jean Merry said Groth Group of Milwaukee was selected to design the new facility that will provide living quarters for 80 sisters and include a kitchen and dining room. The motherhouse offices will also be moved to the new building. A convent’s motherhouse is often the founding building or main location of a religious order.

The century-old Marian Center buildings that once housed St. Mary’s Academy and St. Clare College presented mounting unsustainable maintenance costs and no longer met the aging sisters’ basic health and safety needs.

 

Loretto Hall was built in 1904 as a Catholic high school for girls. The school closed in 1991. It was never converted to a coed high school program. —Photo Katherine Keller

After St. Mary’s Academy closed, the center was created to preserve the legacy of the three connected structures, Loretto Hall, Rosary Hall, and Clare Wing, and provide affordable rent to nonprofits for office and studio space. According to the center’s website, “Loretto Hall was constructed in 1904 as St. Mary’s Institute, a high school for young women. Expansions in 1931 and 1935 created Rosary Hall and Clare Wing to allow for the development of St. Clare College in 1937.”

Five years ago the sisters partnered with Milwaukee-based developer Cardinal Capital Management, Inc. to redevelop the Marian Center for Nonprofits into 44 affordable apartments. The plans for the $10 million project were scuttled when the partners were unable to secure sufficient financing.

Currently, Merry said, 40 sisters live in small rooms, inadequate for eldercare, on the third and fourth floors of another building that also will be demolished.

Read past coverage here and here.


New Planning and Design Study to Address Ongoing Water Quality Problems at South Shore Beach

August 1, 2017

By Keith Schubert

Plan must include a study to relocate the beach

Native species have been planted on the north end of South Shore Beach. —Photo Jennifer Kresse

 Milwaukee County selection committee will have chosen an outside consultant by July 28 to complete a planning and design study addressing near-shore water quality and beach improvements at Milwaukee’s South Shore Beach. The county issued a request for proposal (RFP) June 30 seeking respondents.

The RFP requires respondents to propose three concepts for the county project with the objective “to have a beach with significantly fewer closures due to bacterial contamination.”

The study is funded by a $350,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that was received by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and given to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and sub-awarded to Milwaukee County. The goal of the study will be to find ways to reduce beach closures and improve water quality  conditions. It is another step in ongoing work to improve water quality conditions at South Shore Park.

Jill Organ, chief of planning and development for Milwaukee County Parks, said the study will consider multiple alternatives to carry out this goal. The RFP notes that “the consultant should assume at least two of the concept plans, including the final design, will include the beach being relocated.”

The current budget limits the study parameters to planning, design, and construction-document preparation. The RPF notes that implementation of a construction phase is subject to approval of future funding. Although the construction amount has not yet been identified or secured, the RFP notes “there is a realistic expectation that funding will be pursued.”

The existing parking lot was regraded and reconstructed. The gardens and bioswales were added to filter storm-water runoff. A bird-inhabited sandbar was removed. A section of the Oak Leaf Trail was redirected to a newly constructed promenade along the water’s edge that is safer and more scenic than the previous route through the parking lot. —Photo Jennifer Kresse

Cody Varga of Waterford, Wis. filets a salmon in the South Shore Beach fish cleaning station. —Photo Jennifer Kresse

South Shore Beach is one of three public access points along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the southern half of Milwaukee County. It provides recreational access to thousands of Southeast Wisconsin residents. Beach amenities include a park, bike path, swimming, children’s playground, boat launch, boat wash station, fishing, and a fish cleaning station. It is also a prime spot for bicyclists as the Oak Leaf Trail runs through the park.

Because of poor water quality and high levels of E.coli, the beach has long been regarded as one of the worst in the nation and has more closures than any other beach on the Great Lakes.

In 2015, according to a study done by the county, 65 percent of water samples collected exceeded the recreational water quality standards for E.coli. These issues are what cause the beach to regularly rank among the worst in the nation for water quality and number of bacterial related closures, including seven in June of this year.

A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes
WATER Institute in 2008 showed that moving the beach 500 yards to the south would result in a 90 percent improvement in water quality, minimizing or eliminating beach closures.

The results of the 2013 “South Shore Beach Relocation Study” by consultants W.F. Baird and Associates suggested that the county spend $4.2 million constructing a second beach retention structure at the south end of the existing beach, as well as other improvements to the current location.

The changes were not made due to inadequate funding.

A section of the Oak Leaf Trail was moved to this newly constructed promenade along the water’s edge. The new trail location is safer and more scenic than the previous route through the parking lot. Benches are another of the new amenities that enhance the waterfront at South Shore Beach. —Photo Jennifer Kresse

Suggestions for moving South Shore Beach are the same today as in 2013 —runoff from the park and parking lot areas, excrement from gulls and other birds that occupy the beach’s sandbar, storm water runoff, sewage overflows, and a breakwater that limits exchange between water near the beach and the lake at large.“Because of where the beach is now, [with the water] trapped behind the break wall, there will always be problems because there is just not enough circulation,” said District 14 Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas.

Haas said if the beach were to be moved south near Texas Avenue, the biggest issue would be accessibility.

Another problem is birds. Wherever humans go, so do problematic gulls and other waterfowl, Organ said. Birds contribute to fouling the water with E.coli.

The county recently wrapped up a $3.7 million green infrastructure-improvement project at the site of the beach. Milwaukee County partnered with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, GLRI, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science, Wisconsin DNR, and the Fund for Lake Michigan.

The mini curb cut near the base of the sign allows boat water and rainwater to drain to the depression directly behind the curb. There, the water is filtered through the plants and soil to reduce lake pollution. —Photo Jennifer Kresse

Project improvements included dredging and upgrades to the boat launch, a new boat wash station, and native-plant landscaping. The existing parking lot was regraded and reconstructed. Rain gardens and bioswales were added to filter storm water runoff to reduce polluting the lake. A bird-inhabited sandbar was removed. A section of the Oak Leaf Trail was moved to a newly constructed promenade along the water’s edge that is safer and more scenic than the previous route through the parking lot.

These improvements might not be sufficient to meet clean beach water standards though, as indicated by the text of the RFP that stipulates a plan and design that includes the possible relocation of the beach.

Katherine Keller and Jennifer Kresse contributed to this report. 


TRAFFIC ALERT:South 1st Street Bascule Bridge Over the Kinnickinnic River to Close for Rehabilitation Project will begin July 10, 2017 and conclude in November 2018, weather permitting

July 7, 2017

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) announces that the South 1st Street bridge over the Kinnickinnic River will close on Monday, July 10, 2017 for a rehabilitation project. This bridge project is expected to be completed in November 2018, weather permitting.

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic — please see the attached detour map below.

Kinnickinnic River navigation — Traffic on the Kinnickinnic River will be open during the navigational season. Work will be conducted with one (1) leaf of the bridge up and one (1) leaf down. Boaters should proceed with extra caution and be aware of temporary signing or navigational traffic controls during the construction process.

During the non-navigational season – Winter 2017/18 – the bridge will be inoperable with both leaves in the down position.

DPW and the United States Coast Guard staff thank the traveling public (vehicular, pedestrian, and maritime) for their patience during this bridge rehabilitation project, and advise them to add extra travel time and follow the detour signage when entering and leaving the neighborhood.

Read a detailed account of the project published in the December 2015 issue of the Bay View Compass.


Governor Walker Announces 35 Municipalities to Receive a Total of $13.8 Million to Remove Lead Service Lines

June 28, 2017

 Governor Scott Walker announced today that 35 municipalities have now completed financial assistance agreements with the state that will allow those communities to assist homeowners, schools, and day cares in providing safe drinking water by replacing old lead service lines.

These aging lead service lines extend from the main street pipes owned by local utilities onto private property and into homes, schools, and day care centers. The lines are the responsibility of the property owner who typically would have to pay for full lead service line removal. With this fiscal year’s funding package totaling $13.8 million, communities can help property owners fully replace those lines to provide safe drinking water for families and children.

The Lead Service Line Replacement Funding program reflects this administration’s commitment to safe drinking water and addresses the financial barriers facing communities where lead service lines continue to deliver drinking water to customers.

“Safe drinking water is critical to the health and well-being of everyone in Wisconsin, and this program is working to help address community needs,” Governor Walker said. “We applaud the work being done in communities across our state to identify old lead service lines and remove them.”

The DNR conceived the funding program last year following a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow the state greater flexibility in allocating loan funds for water infrastructure projects.  Under the program, municipalities determine how to distribute the funds. Funding for LSL replacement on private property is in the form of Principal Forgiveness (PF), which means no debt is incurred on behalf of the municipality for these funds.

“The lead service line replacement program represents one of the many ways DNR partners with communities to manage our water resources and protect public health,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “These cooperative efforts involving the state, local governments, and skilled private contractors serve as a model for what we can accomplish together.”

The 35 municipalities represent all parts of the state with Milwaukee receiving the largest award of $2.6 million. Another $13 million in lead service line replacement funding will be available in FY18 and 41 communities have indicated they will be filing applications.

Lead Service Line Replacement


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