Ald. Zielinski Initiates Residential and Commercial Surveillance Camera Endeavor 

February 1, 2017

By Katherine Keller

In response to an upturn in crime affecting his constituents, District 14 Ald. Tony Zielinski is leading an effort to install surveillance cameras in both residential and commercial areas.

He is working with Oak Creek-based Associated Technical Services that provides Honeywell alarm and security systems. The firm would design and install the camera systems.

The system that Zielinski is advocating involves cameras mounted on city light poles that would offer real time monitoring via cellphones and tablets, in addition to digital video recorder back-up. “Cameras are so advanced you can see up and down blocks and they have infrared technology for nighttime,” he said.

Zielinski said he would work with city officials to be allowed to install cameras on its light poles. He hopes to recruit volunteers to monitor the cameras via their phones and tablets.

The cameras and DVRs would be purchased with private investment by individuals, businesses, and organizations since there is no public funding available, Zielinski said, except in high crime areas in the city, which does not include Bay View or other neighborhoods in his district.

To date, he has secured funding for two cameras at 12th Street and Montana Avenue.

He said he’s talked with neighbors on his own block on Superior Street and that they’re considering “pitching in” to purchase a camera to monitor their homes.

“Public safety is my primary concern,” Zielinski said. “Anyone in any area that wants extra layer of protection should contact me.” (414-286-3769; 414-405-1483 or tzieli@milwaukee.gov)


Four Seasons Skate Park city loan on hold

November 30, 2015

Fast tracked city funding to move a skate park to First and Lincoln in the former Vilter complex has stalled.

The Milwaukee Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved a measure, Oct. 26, authorizing a $100,000 forgivable loan to Neil Levin, owner of Four Seasons Skate Park of Milwaukee, LLC. The legislation was sponsored by District 10 Ald. Tony Zielinski, a strong proponent of skate-park owner Neil Levin’s proposed move to a building in the abandoned Vilter complex. The loan would have been funded by the Commercial Investment Program.

The loan legislation, scheduled for a vote by the full Common Council Nov. 2, was pulled before the vote and sent back to committee at Zielinski’s request. He said he knew some of the council members would want more information before deciding if they would support the loan.

Later Zielinski told the Compass that he was forced to delay the vote because “Rocky Marcoux, (City of Milwaukee Department of City Development Commissioner) lobbied my colleagues not to approve the loan to Four Seasons. I had no choice but to send it back to committee. Bay View is going to suffer because of a lack of a skate park. It was derailed by Marcoux, an appointee of the mayor.”

In response to a request for comment, Marcoux’s office provided the Compass with a copy of his Oct. 29 letter to the members of the Common Council where he urged them to deny the Four Seasons Skate Park loan. He said that the application was incomplete and that it would be risky for the council to approve the loan without being provided the required information.

Marcoux told council members that applications from Four Seasons Skate Park are welcome but “we believe it is a mistake to provide a unilateral, ‘no strings attached’ allocation of $100,000 for this project in the absence of any information about the total cost of the project, the intended use of funds, and the employment impact of the project,” which he said is required of every applicant to the Commercial Investment Program. To approve the funding without the required information, wrote Marcoux, “sends the message that reasonable evaluation of proposals to invest taxpayer dollars in private projects is optional, and program guidelines developed in consultation with the Common Council to assure accountability can be set aside.”

He pointed out that the $100,000 requested by Levin represents 20 percent of the 2016 Commercial Investment Program 2016 capital budget.

Levin received similar advice about providing documentation in the Oct. 26 hearing from Community and Economic Development Committee chair Joe Davis, Jr., who formally requested Levin to provide the “floor plans.” In their testimony before the committee, Levin and his colleague provided no site plans, maps, or project-cost information.

It was clear that committee member Willie Wade, Jr. would have benefited from a map or a satellite image of the Vilter site. When he questioned Levin about the project, Wade asked if there was adequate parking. He said he was concerned that the skate park “in a residential area” could cause distress for homeowners if there were parking concerns.

The Vilter complex is located in an industrial strip where the closest residential neighborhoods are a significant distance from First and Lincoln.

Levin testified that there was ample parking at the Vilter site.

Zielinski would not comment about the prospect of Levin moving to the Vilter site now that he has sent the loan legislation back to committee. “I will get a skateboard park for our district. I am leaving all options on the table. Bottom line is we need to get a skateboard park,” he said.

Levin did not return Compass phone calls requesting comment.


Shooting during armed robbery on Lincoln Avenue

November 1, 2013

Christina Huth was shot in the chest during an armed robbery at about 1:15am Sun., Oct. 27 in the 600 block of East Lincoln Avenue. Huth was walking with a companion when approached by a male who demanded she give him money.

She was transported to Froedtert Hospital where she underwent surgery. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Huth is a member of the Brewcity Bruisers roller derby team where she is known as Sin ’N Innocence. Her team members have set up a fund to help Huth during her recovery and with medical bills. Those who wish to donate may do so at any Educators Credit Union branch. Funds should be directed to the Friends of Christina Huth account.

At press time, no suspect had been identified nor an arrest made. Ald. Tony Zielinski did not respond to a Compass request for comment about the incident.


Proposed changes to city ordinance: signature requirements for license and permit applications

April 12, 2013

These proposed changes to the city’s ordinance governing licenses will be before  Licenses Committee Meeting schedudled for April 16, 2013.

Licenses Committee

ALD. T. ANTHONY ZIELINSKI, CHAIR

Ald. Milele A. Coggs, Vice-Chair

Ald. Nik Kovac, Ald. Joseph Dudzik, and Ald. Jose Perez

Staff Assistant, Chris Lee, 286-2232

Fax: 286-3456, clee@milwaukee.gov

Legislative Liaison, Teodros Medhin, 286-8681,

tmedhi@milwaukee.gov

File #:  121521    Version: 0

Type: Ordinance

Status: In Committee

File created: 2/27/2013

In control: LICENSES COMMITTEE

On agenda:

Title:

An ordinance relating to signature requirements for license and permit applications.

Sponsors: THE CHAIR (Tony Zielinski)

Attachments:Hearing Notice List

Number 121521

Version ORIGINAL

Reference

Sponsor THE CHAIR

Title: An ordinance relating to signature requirements for license and permit applications.

Sections: 68-4-2-e rp; 74-1-4-k rp; 84-7-5-a am; 84-20-3-d rp; 84-33-5-0 am; 85-12-2-0 am; 89-7-2 am; 89-9-2 am; 90-4-7.8-d-1-0 am; 90-4-7.9-d am; 90-4-12-d am; 90-5-1-a am; 90-37-4-a am; 93-7-2-0 am; 95-14-3-a am; 100-50-4-a am; 100-54-3-a-0 am; 105-75-3-b-0 am; 107-13-3-a rc; 108-5-3-a am; 115-33.5-3-c rp

Analysis

Section 85-12 of the code of ordinances requires that, for a city license or permit generally, the license or permit application shall be “signed and certified” by the applicant.  This ordinance repeals redundant or contradictory signature requirements for various types of licenses and permits.

Body

The Mayor and Common Council of the City of Milwaukee do ordain as follows:

Part 1.  Section 68-4-2-e of the code is repealed.

(Note:  The provision being repealed reads as follows:

68-4.  Food Dealer License.

2.  APPLICATION.

e.  The signature of all applicants and their agents to confirm that all information on the application is correct and acknowledge that any change in the information on the application shall be reported to the city clerk within 10 days of the change.)

Part 2.  Section 74-1-4-k of the code is repealed.

(Note:  The provision being repealed reads as follows:

74-1.  Food Peddlers.

4.  APPLICATION.

k.  The signature of all applicants and their agents to confirm that all the information on the application is correct and acknowledge that any change in the information on the application shall be reported to the city clerk within 10 days of the change.)

Part 3.  Section 84-7-5-a of the code is amended to read:

84-7.  Extended Hours Establishments.

5.  APPLICATION.

a.  Application for an extended hours establishment license shall be filed with the city clerk on a form provided [[therefore]] >>therefor<<.  [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent or officer of a corporation or limited liability company, and sworn to by the applicant.]]

Part 4.  Section 84-20-3-d of the code is repealed.

(Note:  The provision being repealed reads as follows:

84-20.  Parking Lots or Places.

3.  APPLICATION.

d.  The applications shall be verified under oath by the applicant or his duly authorized agent.)

Part 5.  Section 84-33-5-0 of the code is amended to read:

84-33.  Professional Photographer.

5.  APPLICATION.  Applications shall be filed with the city clerk on forms provided therefor.  [[The application shall be signed and sworn to or affirmed by the applicant.]]  The application shall require the following information:

Part 6.  Section 85-12-2-0 of the code is amended to read:

85-12.  Contents of Application.

2.  WHEN APPLICANT IS [[NOT AN INDIVIDUAL AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION IS NOT REQUIRED]] >>A BUSINESS<<.  An application for a new license shall be signed and certified by a majority of the owners of the business entity.  A renewal application shall be signed and certified by at least one owner.  Each type of application shall contain the following information:

Part 7.  Section 89-7-2 of the code is amended to read:

89-7.  Application for Escort Service License.

2.  APPLICATION.  Any person desiring an escort service license shall file a written application with the city clerk on a form to be provided by the city clerk. [[The information provided to the city clerk shall be provided under oath. If the applicant is a corporation, the name of the corporation shall be set forth exactly as set forth in its articles of incorporation, together with the date and state of incorporation, the names and residence addresses of each of its officers, directors and each stockholder holding 10% or more of the stock or beneficial ownership of the corporation. The application shall also be verified by an officer of the corporation. If the applicant is a partnership, the application shall set forth the name and residence address of each of the partners, including limited partners, and the application shall be verified by each partner. If one or more of the partners is a corporation, the provisions of this section pertaining to a corporate applicant shall apply to the corporate partner. If the applicant is neither a corporation nor a partnership, the application shall set forth the true full name and residence address of the applicant and be verified by the applicant.]] The application shall [[also]] include any other name by which the applicant has been known during the previous 5 years. The application for an escort service license shall set forth the proposed place of business of the escort service by business address, including suite number, and not by post office box, and shall contain a description of the nature and scope of the proposed business operation. In addition, the following information shall be furnished concerning the applicant if an individual, and concerning each stockholder holding 10% or more of the stock or beneficial ownership of the corporation, each officer and director if the applicant is a corporation, and concerning each partner, including limited partners, if the applicant is a partnership:

Part 8.  Section 89-9-2 of the code is amended to read:

89-9.  Application for Escort License.

2.  APPLICATION.  Any person desiring an escort license shall file a written application with the city clerk on a form to be provided by the city clerk. [[The application shall be verified by the applicant and the information provided to the city clerk shall be provided under oath.]] Any applicant for an escort license shall furnish all information required by s. 89-7-2 as well as a description of the applicant’s height, weight, color of eyes and color of hair. The applicant shall provide 2 passport-size color photographs at least one inch by one inch taken within 3 months of the date of application. In addition, the applicant shall identify by name and address the escort service at which the applicant is currently working, if any, or at which the applicant expects to be employed.

Part 9.  Section 90-4-7.8-d-1-0 of the code is amended to read:

90-4.  Classification of Licenses.

7.8.  TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF LICENSED PREMISES FOR SPECIAL EVENTS.

d.  Application.

d-1.  Application for the temporary extension of license premises shall be filed on or before the deadline established by the city clerk on forms provided by the city clerk.  [[The application shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant, if an individual; one partner, if a partnership; or by a duly authorized agent, officer or member, if a corporation or limited liability company.]]  The application shall include:

Part 10.  Section 90-4-7.9-d of the code is amended to read:

7.9.  PERMANENT EXTENSION OF PREMISES.

d.  Application.  Application for the permanent extension of licensed premises shall be made in writing to the city clerk on forms provided by the city clerk. [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, a partner, or by a duly authorized agent or officer of a corporation or limited liability company, and shall be sworn to by the applicant.]] The application shall contain the name of the licensee, the address of the existing licensed premises, including the aldermanic district in which it is situated, a specific description of the area for which the permanent extension is sought, and such other reasonable and pertinent information as the common council, licensing committee, or city clerk may require. The city clerk shall forward all applications to the licensing committee.

Part 11.  Section 90-4-12-d of the code is amended to read:

12.  CLASS “D” SPECIAL TEMPORARY OPERATOR’S LICENSE.

d.  Application; Issuance. Application for the Class “D” special temporary operator’s license shall be made to the city clerk in writing on forms furnished by the city clerk. [[The application shall be signed by and sworn to by the applicant.]] Such application shall state the name and permanent address of the applicant, the date of birth, the organization and the premises at which the applicant will be working, and the date or dates of the specific event, not to exceed 14 consecutive days, sponsored by the organization. The city clerk shall issue the Class “D” special temporary operator’s license upon payment of the license fee required in ch. 81 without referring any of the applications to the common council for action. The license shall state the name of the individual, and the period and the premises for which it is issued.

Part 12.  Section 90-5-1-a of the code is amended to read:

90-5.  Licensing.

1.  APPLICATION: FORM AND CONTENTS.

a.  To Be Filed.  Application for all licenses issued pursuant to this chapter, except for the short-term Class “B” special fermented malt beverage license, shall be made to the city clerk in writing on forms furnished by the city clerk.  [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent or officer of a corporation or club, and sworn to by the applicant.]]

Part 13.  Section 90-37-4-a of the code is amended to read:

90-37.  Centers for the Visual and Performing Arts.

4.  APPLICATION.

a.  Application for a center for [[a]] >>the<< visual and performing arts license shall be filed with the city clerk on a form provided [[therefore]] >>therefor<< .  [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent or officer of a corporation or limited liability company, and sworn to by the applicant.]]

Part 14.  Section 93-7-2-0 of the code is amended to read:

93-7.  Application.

2.  CONTENTS OF APPLICATION.  [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by an agent or officer of the corporation, and sworn to by the applicant.]]  Each application for a license shall state:

Part 15.  Section 95-14-3-a of the code is amended to read:

95-14.  Home Improvement Contractor and Salesperson Licenses.

3.  APPLICATION.

a.  Applications for new and renewal contractor or salesperson licenses shall be filed with the city clerk on forms provided [[therefore]] >>therefor<<.  [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent or officer of a corporation or limited liability company, and sworn to by the applicant.]]

Part 16.  Section 100-50-4-a of the code is amended to read:

100-50.  Public Passenger Vehicle Permits.

4.  APPLICATION.

a.  Application for a public passenger vehicle permit shall be filed with the city clerk on forms provided [[therefore]] >>therefor<<. [[The application shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant, if an individual; each partner, if a partnership; a duly authorized agent, corporate president and secretary, if a corporation; or a duly authorized agent and 2 members, if a limited liability company.]]

Part 17.  Section 100-54-3-a-0 of the code is amended to read:

100-54.  Public Passenger Vehicle Driver’s License.

3.  APPLICATION.

a.  Application for a driver’s license shall be filed with the city clerk on forms provided [[therefore]] >>therefor<< .  [[The application shall be signed and sworn to or affirmed by the applicant.]]  The application shall require the following information:

Part 18.  Section 105-75-3-b-0 of the code is amended to read:

105-75.  Private Alarm Systems and Regulations.

3.  LICENSE REQUIRED.

b.  Application for an alarm business license, private first responder service license or for an alarm sales license shall be filed with the city clerk on a form provided therefore. [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent or officer of a corporation or limited liability company or by the duly authorized agent of the club, association or other organization, and sworn to by the applicant. An agent shall be a natural person.]]  The application shall require:

Part 19  Section 107-13-3-a of the code is repealed and recreated to read:

107-13.  Amusement Machine or Jukebox Distributor License.  

3.  APPLICATION PROCEDURE.

a.  Application.  The application for a new or renewal amusement machine or jukebox distributor license shall be in writing on a form furnished by the city clerk and shall state that the application for a license is not made for and on behalf of any other person and that the applicant is not acting as an agent for, or in the employ of, another.

Part 20 Section 108-5-3-a of the code is amended to read:

108-5.  License Required.

3.  APPLICATION.

a.  Filing.  Application for a public entertainment premises license shall be filed with the city clerk on a form provided therefor.  [[The application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent or officer of a corporation or limited liability company, and sworn to by the applicant.]]

Part 21  Section 115-33.5-3-c of the code is repealed.

(Note:  The provision being repealed reads as follows:

115-33.5.  Newspaper Vending Boxes; Newspaper Vending Box Permits.

3.  APPLICATION.

c.  The application shall be signed under oath by the applicant.)

LRB

APPROVED AS TO FORM

__________________________

Legislative Reference Bureau

Date:______________________

Attorney

IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE ORDINANCE

IS LEGAL AND ENFORCEABLE

 

__________________________

Office of the City Attorney

Date:______________________

Requestor

City Clerk – License Division

Drafter

LRB138621-1

Jeff Osterman

02/192013

Read PDF of this text here.

Read full history of this legislation here.

 

 


Zielinski new Licenses Committee Chair

April 30, 2012

Three new Common Council Committee Chair appointments were announced April 25.

Alderman Zielinski was appointed chair of the Licenses Committee, formerly chaired by Alderman Jim Bohl. Alderman Bohl was appointed chair of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee, formerly chaired by Alderman Terry Witkowiak, who was defeated in the election April 3. Alderman Jim Witkowski was appointed chair of the Public Safety Committee, formerly chaired by Alderman Bob Donovan.

Committee chair appointments were made by Alderman Willie Hines, Common Council president.


District 14 Alderman Zielinski new chair of License Committee

April 25, 2012

Three new Milwaukee Common Council Committee Chair appointments were announced today.

Alderman Zielinski was appointed chair of the Licenses Committee that was formerly chaired by Alderman Bohl.

Alderman Bohl was appointed chair of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee that was formerly chaired by Ald. Witkowiak, who was defeated in the election April 3.

Alderman Witkowski was appointed chair of the Public Safety Committee that was formerly chaired by Alderman Donovan.

All remaining committee chairs remain the same.

Committee chair appointments are made by Alderman Willie Hines, Common Council president.


Candidate Forum Wed., March 28, 7pm at BV United Methodist Church

March 18, 2012

The Bay View Compass, with the League of Women Voters, is presenting another Candidate Forum that will feature Aldermanic District 14 candidates Tony Zielinski and Jan Pierce, and Milwaukee County Board Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic (District 4) and Jason Haas (District 14).

Because Bill Buresh, who is running for the Milwaukee County Board District 4 seat, has elected not to participate and because there is no challenger for Milwaukee County Board District 14 seat, the incumbents will share the stage during the portion of the forum featuring the local county board races. 

Note: There were a number of requests for this event to be staged in a venue in the western portion of these districts. Regrettably, we were not able to find a location that was available, affordable, and/or accessible. 

Bay View Compass and League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
Wednesday, March 28
Bay View United Methodist Church 2772 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (in the sanctuary/first floor)*
7-9pm
*The building is wheelchair accessible

7-8pm
Incumbent Tony Zielinski and Challenger Jan Pierce, 14 District Aldermanic District

8-9pm
Incumbents Marina Dimitrijevic (County Board District 4) and Jason Haas (County Board District 14)

Format: Questions posed to the candidates will be drawn from the audience members and presented to the candidates by moderator LuAnn Bird, who is representing the League Of Women Voters.

For more information contact Katherine Keller: editor@bayviewcompass.com or 414.489.0880


Watch the Feb 7 candidate debate/forum

February 12, 2012

The Bay View Compass and Bay View Neighborhood Association held a candidate forum Feb. 7 at Humboldt Park School.  The candidate included the following:

Incumbent 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski and challenger Jan Pierce

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wEfEgsqO8U&feature=email 

Incumbent Fourth District County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic and challenger Bill Buresh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExJMansLALc&feature=email

Unopposed 14th District County Supervisor Jason Haas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKJwz9JK8_Q&feature=email

 

 


Pursuit of alcohol licenses resembles carnival game

February 1, 2012

By Katherine Keller

A contest over alcohol licenses is brewing in Bay View between Hub Super Market and A. K. Food Mart. What complicates the story is the local alderman’s power to affect the outcome.

Currently Paresh Patel, Hub owner, possesses a license to sell beer in his grocery store at 2277 S. Howell Ave. His neighbor, Jesse Singh, who owns and operates A. K. Foot Mart half a block south of Hub, also wants a beer license, which he believes he needs to fairly compete with Patel.

But now Patel wants a full liquor license. He hopes to establish a liquor store in the building he recently purchased, 2273 S. Howell Ave., which is adjacent to his grocery business.

The Compass learned that Patel and Singh met with District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski in December 2011 to discuss their mutual aspirations for licenses. At that meeting, according to both Singh and Patel, Patel agreed to give up the beer license at his grocery. Patel said he didn’t need to sell beer in his grocery if he was operating a liquor store next door.

Consequently Patel applied for a full liquor license and Singh for a beer license. The city’s License Division certified both applications. Singh’s hearing before the committee was scheduled for Jan. 23.

Singh had previously applied for a beer license in 2009 but was blocked by Zielinski, who cited neighborhood opposition and the building’s condition.

This time around, Zielinski said that he’s supporting Singh’s application because of the improvements Singh made to the exterior and interior of his building. In 2011 Singh said he invested about $400,000 to remodel the façade and entry of his grocery store. He painted the exterior of the building, replaced windows, and remodeled and painted the interior.

Singh’s hearing before the Licenses Committee was held Jan. 23. Two people testified in support of A. K. No one appeared at the hearing to oppose his application but Bay View resident Patty Pritchard Thompson, who is campaign treasurer of Zielinski’s opponent Jan Pierce in the upcoming aldermanic election, testified that she was neutral. Thompson expressed concern that Zielinski didn’t hold a public meeting to both inform residents of A. K.’s application and get a read on their disposition.

In response to her testimony, Zielinski asked the committee to hold their vote until the next committee meeting and said that he would hold a public meeting in Bay View about Singh’s application. The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 11am.

Balwinder Singh, Jesse Singh’s wife, said that Zielinski called her soon after their application was put on hold and assured her that there was no opposition to their application among the Licenses Committee members.

Meanwhile…

Patel’s application for a new liquor store license was certified and published by the License Division Dec. 6, 2011. The city ordinance that governs beer and liquor licenses provides that an applicant must be heard by the Licenses Committee within three cycles of the committee, or within 60 days of the certification.

In an interview with the Compass Jan. 10, Patel alleged that he had been approached by Zielinski who asked Patel to wait until after the spring aldermanic elections to appear before the Licenses Committee.

Fifth District Alderman Jim Bohl, who chairs the Licenses Committee, said that there are exceptions to the 60-day timeframe between certification and an applicant’s hearing. The hearing can be delayed if the applicant requests more time. He said an alderman can also request that the committee postpone a hearing “for one additional cycle” if an alderman states he needs more time to perform due diligence regarding an applicant or application.

In a phone interview Jan. 10, Zielinski denied that he advised Patel to hold off his liquor store license application until after the election. But he said he tried to delay Patel’s hearing. “I told the [Licenses] committee not to schedule Paresh. I told Paresh to withdraw [the application] because of the feedback I’m getting from the community. I don’t support it now. I don’t support it in the future unless business owners like Sarah Jonas of Lulu’s support it.

“I told [Patel] he’s got to convince those people in the area that would be negatively impacted by him. It’s up to those businesses,” Zielinski said, indicating that the disposition of his constituents forms the basis of his support or non-support of a license application.

However, Zielinski added that he is “leaning toward supporting A. K. Food Mart’s application for a beer license” because of the building improvements made by owner Jesse Singh, whom he described as a good business operator.

Zielinski added that Lulu co-owner Sarah Jonas “doesn’t have a problem with A. K. getting the license, so I’m leaning toward A. K., but not Hub.” Jonas’ cafe and bar, 2261-65 S. Howell Ave., are located in the buildings directly north of Patel’s proposed liquor store.

Moments after this interview, Zielinski placed a second call to the Compass. Patel was already conferenced in, creating a three-way call between Zielinski, Patel, and the Compass.

The alderman said that he included Patel in the call because he wanted to clarify or correct the information provided to the Compass by Patel.

Zielinski insisted that what he actually said when he approached Patel was that he was not going to support his application for a liquor license unless Patel gained the approval of nearby business owners.

Patel rejected this version of their conversation and maintained his position, asserting three times during the conference call that Zielinski had indeed told him that he should wait until after the spring election to meet with the Licenses Committee.

Zielinski expressed his incredulity that Patel thought he tried to persuade him to delay.

The following day Patel said that he was not going to request a delay of his hearing and would not wait until after the spring elections.

Patel Goes to India

On Jan. 18, Patel informed the Compass that he intended to withdraw his application for the liquor license. He claimed he was certain that he would be denied the application when he appeared before the committee.

He said that his decision was also motivated by learning that his father, who lives in the United States, needed surgery and preferred to receive medical care in India. Patel said he would accompany his father to India, withdraw his application, “and let the building sit empty.”

Patel said he expected he would be in India for three weeks, which would extend beyond the 60-day time period for his hearing. He claimed that he tried to call the License Division to inform them of his decision but that after “being on hold for an hour and a half,” he gave up. (On Jan. 27, an official of the License Division stated that their phones were not functioning properly for two days and that it was very possible Patel called and was on hold for a long time.)

The License Division said Patel’s application was active and had not been withdrawn as of Jan. 27.

When asked about the status of Patel’s application the same day, Zielinski said Patel had informed him of his impending trip to India and that he was going to request that Licenses delay Patel’s hearing.

Stay tuned.

Zielinski said the public meeting to discuss Singh’s application will be held at the Bay View Library in February. The date was not set at press time.



Hub Super Market hopes to open liquor store in Bay View

January 4, 2012

By Katherine Keller

2277 S. Howell, red awning; 2273 S. Howell, green awning. — photo John Ebersol (click photo to enlarge)

STORY UPDATE—January 10, 11:55 pm

Alderman Zielinski denies that he told a Bay View business owner to delay his meeting with the License Committee until after the spring election. Jan Pierce is challenging Zielinski’s for theDistrict 14 seat.

In a phone interview this evening, Zielinski denied he advised Hub Super Market Paresh Patel to hold off his application for a full liquor license for a proposed liquor store at 2273 S. Howell Ave. until after the election. “I told the [License] committee not to schedule Paresh. I told Paresh to withdraw [the application] because of the feedback I’m getting from the community. I don’t support it now. I don’t support it in the future unless business-owners like Sarah Jonas of Lulu’s support it.

“I told [Patel] he’s got to convince those people in the area that would be negatively impacted by him. It’s up to those businesses,” Zielinski said, indicating that the disposition of his constituents forms the basis of his support or non-support of a license application.

However, Zielinski added that he is “leaning toward supporting A. K. Food Mart’s application for a beer license” because of the building improvements made by owner Jesse Singh, whom he described as a good business operator.

Hub and A.K. Food Mart (2305 S. Howell Ave.) compete for neighborhood patronage of their respective grocery stores located across from each other at the Lincoln and Howell avenues intersection.

Zielinski added that Cafe Lulu co-owner Sarah Jonas “doesn’t have a problem with A. K. getting the license, so I’m leaning toward A.K., but not Hub.” Jonas’ cafe and bar, 2261-2265 S. Howell Ave., are located in the buildings directly north of Patel’s proposed liquor store.

Moments after the conclusion of the interview, Alderman Zielinski placed a second call to the Compass. Paresh Patel was already conferenced in, creating a three-way call between Zielinski, Patel, and the Compass.

The alderman said that he included Patel in the call indicating he wanted to clarify or correct the information provided to the Compass today by Patel.

Zielinski insisted that what he actually said when he approached Patel was that he was not going to support his application for a liquor license unless Patel gained the approval of nearby business owners.

Patel rejected this version of their conversation and maintained his position asserting three times during the conference call that Zielinski had indeed told him that he should wait until after the spring election to meet with the License Committee.

Zielinski responded expressing his incredulity that Patel thought Zielinski tried to persuade him to delay.


STORY UPDATE—January 10, 2012, 5:56pm

We contacted Paresh Patel today to request an update concerning his plans for the building he recently purchased at 2273 S. Howell Ave. The request was motivated by conflicting information circulating in Bay View about the future use of the first floor retail space, where we reported Patel plans to open a liquor store.

Contrary information recently posted on bayviewcompass.com and related to us by a Bay View resident indicated that Patel had withdrawn his application for a liquor license and suggested that District 14 Alderman Zielinski either provided that information or confirmed it.

Patel’s new building and his Hub Super Market are located in Zielinski’s district. Zielinski is a member of the Licenses Committee.

Patel said today that he has not withdrawn his application but is delaying his hearing before the Common Council’s Licenses Committee until after the spring elections. He said that he was approached by District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinki, who requested that he hold off on his application until “after the election.”  Jan Pierce is challenging Zielinski, who has held the aldermanic seat since 2004. The spring primary election is Feb. 21 followed by the spring election April 3.

Patel added that he will be more prepared to begin construction in spring, should be granted the Class “A” Malt & Class “A” Liquor License at that time. The city published Patel’s application Dec. 6, 2011.

The ordinance provides that new applications be scheduled for hearing before the licensing committee within three full common council cycles, or about 60 days, following certification by the city clerk that an application and related investigations have been completed, according to District Five Alderman James Bohl, Jr., who chairs the Licenses Committee.

Alderman Zielinski was not available for comment when we contacted him today.

Paresh Patel, owner of Hub Super Market, 2277 S. Howell Ave., acquired the building north of his store at 2273 S. Howell Ave., formerly occupied by Custom Design Lighting, Sound, and Video. City of Milwaukee property records indicate the building, assessed at $229,000, was purchased for $226,000 in September.

Built in 1906, the 5,550-square-foot building’s first floor is retail space. There are five light housekeeping/sleeping rooms and a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor.

Patel (Bayview Liquor, MPR Corporation) applied for a Class “A” Malt & Class “A” Liquor License Dec. 6. If granted the license, Patel said he will open a liquor store in the 2273 S. Howell Ave. building and relinquish his beer license at Hub Super Market. He will concentrate on groceries at Hub, which he has been operating for over 15 years.

Patel said he’s impressed that Bay View is growing, which was the motivation for his investment.

Patel plans to renovate the façade of both buildings and remodel the interior of his new building. “I will try my level best to make the liquor store nicer and cleaner and like an upscale downtown building,” Patel said. He projects the renovations will cost about $400,000. He hopes to open the liquor store by February 2012. Additionally, he said he has dropped the name Hub and changed the name to Bayview Super Market.

Patel said 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski encouraged him to apply for a façade grant, but Patel declined, preferring to pay for the renovations himself.

Patel leases the Hub building from owners Fatima and Nail Mseitif. Patel said he has made purchase offers but the owners don’t wish to sell.

Patel recently contributed $5,000 to the Bay View Art Stop public art project, led by Alderman Zielinski, which will site artwork in the triangle intersection of KK/Lincoln/Howell avenues directly opposite Patel’s buildings.

The city’s Licenses Committee is scheduled to meet Jan. 4 and Jan. 23. At press time neither item was on the Jan. 4 agenda and the Jan. 23 agenda was not yet set.

Read more about past applications for liquor licenses in this area: “Hub denied liquor license, A.K. denied ‘change in circumstances,’” April 2010, Bay View Compass here.



County Executive Chris Abele vetoes $50K allocation to Bay View’s Art Stop project

October 26, 2011

Katherine Keller

Earlier this week Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele vetoed a resolution (RES-11-595) of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to allocate $50,000 that would have helped pay for the Bay View Art Stop project spearheaded by District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski. The board would have tapped funds that were previously allocated for a public art project for the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

The project aims to place a sculpture in the triangle of the Howell, Kinnickinnic, and Lincoln avenues intersection in Bay View.

In the text of his veto, Abele stated that he’s recommending $720,000 formally allocated to the Public Art Program be used instead to upgrade 25 county underground storage tanks ($475,000) and to replace pedestrian bridges in Grant Park ($245,000). He said that “both projects have on the critical deferred maintenance list based on recommendation(s) from department heads and the Department of Administrative Services.”

Abele said that he has long supported the arts but “given the county’s $55 million deficit, high debt burden, moratorium on borrowing and major deferred maintenance needs” that he couldn’t justify spending taxpayer money on a public art project.

District 14 Supervisor Jason Haas and District 4 Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic both voted to adopt the resolution to fund the project. Haas said he thinks the board will be able to assemble enough support to override the veto.

Alderman Zielinski said that he is optimistic that the veto will be overridden.

 


Security cameras installed

October 1, 2010

Kinnickinnic Avenue’s new Business Improvement District from KK and Becher to KK and Morgan has had many surveillance cameras recently installed! The installation of these cameras will continue to ensure that KK is one of the safest business districts in the city.

Business owners who already have cameras have cited specific incidents where these cameras were instrumental in the apprehension of criminals. Once it becomes common knowledge that these cameras are up, surely there will be a deterrent effect.

In order to continue the positive development along KK we need to ensure that the perception of KK as a safe place continues. Many businesses that are looking for a new location cite safety as key to their decision.

If anyone sees any criminal or suspicious activity along KK, please contact me and we can check the cameras to get more information.

The lion’s share of the BID’s budget this year is going toward the purchase and installation of these cameras. Many BIDs hire staff to handle these matters, but in an effort to maximize our money, the BID board members will monitor and otherwise be responsible for these cameras.

Board members who should be commended for their time are Jason Wedesky from Actaea Works, Joyce Parker from Joyce Parker Productions, Bill Doyle, Michael Marx from the King Building’s Just Add Soap Laundromat, Steve Ste. Marie from Bay View Maytag Laundromat, Ron Romero from Ron & Russ’s Flooring and Design, Greg Mertens from Wild Flour Bakery, Mike Krolick from M&I Bank, and Debbie Leszczynski from Excel Printing. Let’s try to support our local businesses.

Tony Zielinski is the city of Milwaukee’s alderman for the 14th District, which includes Bay View. He can be reached at tzieli@milwaukee.gov or (414) 286-3769.



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