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My Statement on the Death of George Floyd:
I'm excited to announce that starting tomorrow, May 23rd, a portion of the Estabrook Parkway will be included in the Active Streets program. I want to thank the Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin Board for helping make this a reality. When government works together with mutual respect, the people of a community are best served. Working with the Milwaukee County Parks, we look forward to a new relationship with Estabrook Park this summer.
Learn more about the Active Streets program here: https://activestreets.mailchimpsites.com/
A little overdue, but I want to thank you all for voting in favor of me in the past April 7th election. Many of you had to choose between your personal safety and your democratic right to vote.
That is not lost on me.
Our community is facing a very chaotic time right now, but I'm hopeful that if we continue to work together and follow the guidelines of the Safer at Home order to the best of our ability, things will be back to normal sooner than we think.
During this time, your health and the health of others is crucial. Please follow this link to see the latest updates from Milwuakee County's procedures and advice from public health officials during the current public health emergency.
If you have not yet done so, I encourage you to participate in my survey questionnaire.
This is a great chance to have your opinion known regarding a possible 1% sales tax increase and the future of Ravine Road.
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Tonight at 6 pm the County Board will host its Annual Budget Public Hearing at the Marcus Performing Arts Center. I hope to see you there.
A moment from my collaborative budget town hall wih Supervisor Moore Omokunde on 10/24.
Your questions and concerns are important to me and I encourage you to attend one of my town halls.
Tonight is the night!
I am co-hosting a Budget Town Hall with Supervisor Moore Omokunde at 1342 N. Astor Street the First Unitarian Society.
The town hall will run from 5:30 - 7 pm allowing you a chance to ask questions and receive insight before the November 4th Budget Public Hearing.
I hope to see you all there tonight.
Shorewood and Whitefish Bay trick-or-treat times will be this upcoming Sunday 1-4 pm. The weather forecasts a bit of rain, so be sure to bring an umbrella!
Here are trick or treat times for communities in southeast Wisconsin.
My office received the following McKinley Marina Improvements update:
As a part of the McKinley Marina improvements now occurring the contractor will need to institute temporary, one day north bound lane closures on LMD at the entrance to the marina in order to begin demo and construction work on new curbs and paving at the east side of the intersection. This will also require a temporary closure of the walkway/path through the east side of the intersection during times when construction is occurring.
The first demo and lane closure is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23rd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. After removal of existing curbs and pavements, temporary accommodations will be put in place to accommodate bikes and pedestrians through the intersection until new curb and gutter and paving is installed. Reconstruction of the intersection should occur over the next two weeks or so with periodic one day closures to complete the work. We will be informed ahead of time of these closures.
I have also been told this will not effect the upcoming Turkey Trot on Nov. 28th.
For the past decade volunteers have determined that roughly 41% of the trash they clean up along the Lake Michigan shoreline is smoking related. None of this litter is biodegradable.
While I unfortunately will be unable to attend tomorrow's campaign launch, due to the Finance & Audit Budget meeting, I encourage you to attend and show support for our beloved lake front. The "Hold on to Your Butt" campaign launch will include installation of multiple cigarette receptacles and a press conference.
It will begin at 1 pm tomorrow afternoon in the Northpoint parking lot near Moosas.
This is a great first step to helping save the environmental integrity of our lake front.
#DYK That from 2008-2018 a total of 29,148 cigarette butts were collected from our #Milwaukee beaches 😱! That’s the equivalent of nearly 1,500 packs of cigarettes dumped on our beaches. Thanks to the data collection by the Alliance for the Great Lakes we were able to pinpoint which beaches need more of our #HoldOnToYourButtMKE receptacles. Go check em out!
#CleanBeaches #TheBeachIsNotAnAshtray #TheStreetIsNotAnAshtray #SaveTheGreatLakes #LitterPrevention
Milwaukee County's Free Birth Certificate Program will continue through the end of this year.
The Free Birth Certificate Program helps people get a photo ID for voting purposes, or, for youth aged 15-21, to apply for a job.
The Board of Supervisors provided funding in the 2019 county budget to cover the cost of accessing and printing 1,000 birth certificates. In response to public interest, Register of Deeds Israel Ramon approved funding for an additional 400 birth certificates through the end of the 2019.
The program is available to anyone born in Wisconsin.
Those who wish to take advantage of the Free Birth Certificate Program can stop in to the Register of Deeds office at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, located at 901 N. 9th Street, Room 103, or by visiting http://bit.ly/MKEBirthCert for more information
For events that occurred in Milwaukee County, obtain certified copies of birth, death, marriage, divorce and domestic partnership certificates from the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds office.
On September 18th I attended a Committee of the Whole meeting and public hearing at the Mitchell Park Domes to hear the proposed business plan to save the Domes. During this meeting the bottom line was determined that the Domes are falling apart, and the new plan proposes we fix them with a $66 million investment. Of that $66 million, $13.5 million would need be the responsibility of Milwaukee County tax payers. I have deep concerns with the financial viability of the proposed plan and am awaiting a full report from the Office of the Comptroller to see if this is fiscally possible. On top of this, I discovered that attendance raters are continuously decreasing. The only way the Domes can be saved is through a government & private joint venture. I encourage you to visit the Domes more often and follow this link https://milwaukeedomes.org/domes-donations to donate to the Friends of the Domes whenever you can.
During the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors meeting on September 19th, the County received another significant contribution towards the creation of a Center for Forensic Science and Protective Medicine (CFSPM) building. Ownership of this new building would belong to the Medical College of Wisconsin. With the creation of this buidling the County will now be able to house the Office of the Medical Examiner and include an office for Emergency Management. Combining these two offices would be a huge benefit to Milwaukee County's medical research and emergency services.
As always, to keep in touch with any County concerns or issues feel free to connect by my office phone (414-278-4237), email at [email protected], or here on my County page.
Help the Friends of the Domes support and improve the Mitchell Park Domes.
I want to thank everyone who was able to attend last night's Fair Deal Town Hall, and also those who could not attend but still reached out to my office with their concerns. The collective passion and open-mindedness about our County's budget shortfalls made for very stimulating conversation.
Of course, I absolutely must thank the Shorewood Public Library for hosting the event. It is one of our district's shining public spaces.
In the future, please be sure to keep an eye out for mailings, emails, and posts for all district event related announcements.
I want to send a friendly reminder to you all that tonight is your chance to speak on and hear all about the business plan to help save our Domes.
The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Annex will conduct an open house at 5 pm followed by a presentation and public hearing at 6.
Also, tomorrow at the Shorewood Library starting at 6:30 pm I will hold a town hall with Chairman Lipscomb to discuss the Milwaukee Fair Deal.
I hope to see you all there.
Recently, I had the privilege to interview with journalist Marsha McLeod, of The Atlantic, and discuss my thoughts on correctional health issues and Wellpath.
One company has become the biggest provider of jail health care. Sheriffs are worried: “If you’re the only dance in town, you can pretty much call your own shots.”
If you've been unable to attend or follow any of the Domes Task Force meetings this Summer/ Fall, next Wednesday is your chance to be heard and hear all about the proposed business plan for the Domes.
I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the NPR podcast Lake Effect. You can listen to me discuss rural OB/GYN closures on the August 10th episode.
Lake Effect, WUWM's locally-produced magazine program, covers a lot of ground, focusing on your neighbors and your issues. Join the Lake Effect team as they open a window onto life in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.
District 3 Neighbors,
I want to provide you with a brief update following the July 25th, 2019 Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors meeting.
A resolution was brought before the County Board, by Supervisor Moore Omokunde, to create the Milwaukee City-County Joint Taskforce on Climate and Economic Equity (CEC). This CEC Taskforce would aim to convene area leaders for the purpose of making practical recommendations consistent with the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) reports. It may also work to achieve net greenhouse gas emission reductions of 45 percent of 2010 levels by 2030 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner. This taskforce would also mitigate racial and income inequality through “green” jobs. This Joint Taskforce is an important first step to providing Milwaukee County with more sustainable energy and economic growth.
During the month of August, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is on recess and we will reconvene in September. This month of recess gives all District Supervisors a chance to connect with their communities and participate in all the fun summer activities Milwaukee has to offer. I encourage you to take full advantage of these long summer days at our County Parks. However, if you need to voice a concern or ask a question my office is still open and will not hesitate to assist you.
Tonight, the Shorewood Public Library will be hosting their Annual Summer Celebration from 6 - 8 pm. This event is fun for all ages and will feature a variety of different activities.
Join us for the 21st annual Summer Celebration. Enjoy fun for all ages including a Culver's sundae bar, trolley car tours of Shorewood, music of Frogwater, Milwaukee Sheriff's Department K9 unit, games, balloons, face-painting, and of course, the Milwaukee Brewers Famous Racing Sausages. Thi...
Summer in Milwaukee County provides us with many great opportunities for outdoor activities.
On Thursday, July 25th the Shorewood Public Library will be hosting its Annual Summer Celebration event from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the bottom level of the building. This event is for all ages and will feature a Culver’s sundae bar, trolley car tours of Shorewood, the Milwaukee Brewer’s Famous Racing Sausages and much more.
During the weekend of July 27th and 28th, the Milwaukee Air & Water Show will host its annual event along the Milwaukee Lakefront. Both free and reserved seating options are available for this event. For more information visit the Milwaukee Air & Water Show’s website through the following link https://mkeairwatershow.com/about/.
For individuals who enjoy more relaxed activities, Lake Park Friends maintains an events calendar that features a variety of outings such as golf lessons and early morning yoga sessions. For more information regarding all upcoming events visit the Lake Park Friends website at the following link http://lakeparkfriends.org/visit/events/
Good morning everyone, I have a quick update for you all.
The Mckinley Marina will soon undergo a project to reconstruct and update Mckinley Marina Drive and parking area. This project is scheduled to being on or just after August 5th, 2019 with weather permitting. Contractors are estimating that most of the Phase 1 construction should be completed sometime in November of 2019, with some site restoration elements carrying over into Spring of 2020.
Phase 1 construction will include a new entry and Marina Drive configuration with dedicated turn lanes onto Lincoln Memorial Drive, reconstructed parking lots, new walkways, enhanced stormwater management through use of green infrastructure techniques including permeable pavers and bio-infiltration basins, installation of new lighting, trees and native landscaping, and upgrades to gas and electrical utilities. Contractors have insisted that the project will not impact the existing boat launches and piers.
Milwaukee County has issued a heat advisory to last until 11:00 pm tonight. The following link is a list of DHS Cooling Centers throughout the county.
As we approach the holiday, here are a few road closure updates to prepare for in or close to our district:
Road Closures for Fireworks 7/3
The following intersections will be closed to the following traffic direction at the start of the fireworks (estimated start of 9:30 pm).
Water Tower Rd -- west bound traffic at Lincoln Memorial
North Avenue – east bound traffic at Humboldt Blvd
North Avenue – north bound traffic at Commerce St
North Avenue – north bound traffic at Cambridge Ave
Additional side streets might be barricaded depending on traffic flow and pedestrian traffic at the discretion of MPD.
Stay safe and enjoy the festivities this week.
Today, the County Board of Supervisors passed the final amended resolution on the Lake Park Ravine Road Bridge rehabilitation project. Without the joint efforts of Lake Park Friends, Milwaukee County Parks Department and the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the creation and passing of this resolution wouldn’t be possible. Yet, it is with special thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation—Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that we have been granted $2 million to rehabilitate the bridge.
This resolution specifically states the rehabilitation project is anticipated to be complete by late 2022 and Milwaukee County Parks Department will continue to work with private contributors to formalize an agreement for a maintenance endowment, to maintain the bridge over its extended lifecycle; which has been estimated to be 50 years. Additionally, the Milwaukee County Parks Department shall use internal resources or existing operating appropriations to provide a report to the County Board by the December 2019 cycle detailing plans and costs for the re-opening of Ravine Road (the Road) or closing of the Road for reconstruction of a pathway for use by pedestrians and bicyclists, is handicap accessible, and reflects the historical significance of the original park design. Once the results of this report have been made available to me, I will share with you a link to review them.
In closing, I am very thankful for the commitment Lake Park Friends has shown to this issue, as it is a tremendous win for Lake Park and our community at large.
During last week, I attended three committee meetings--Health & Human Needs, Finance & Audit, and Parks, Energy, & Environment. However, it was on June 11th during the Parks committee meeting that I presented my Lake Park Ravine Road Bridge Resolution to the rest of my colleagues.
This resolution marks a monumental turning point for the bridge's rehabilitation, because it highlights both the $2 million grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation--Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) awarded in 2018 and the approximate $877,000 Lake Park Friends raised or received. It is also anticipated that the rehabilitation project will be completed by late 2022.
The resolution is set to be presented before the full County Board of Supervisors this Thursday, on June 20th, 2019.
State funds will help restore Ravine Road Bridge, with some left over for Brown Deer Park.
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