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In case you missed it: The city Election Commission is operating a drive-up early voting site at the Zeidler Municipal B...
03/30/2020
City of Milwaukee Election Commission

In case you missed it: The city Election Commission is operating a drive-up early voting site at the Zeidler Municipal Building downtown through Sunday, April 5. See the commission's web page for times and other details: https://city.milwaukee.gov/election#.XoH9dKjYrnE

Please enter the line that begins on southbound Broadway between State St and Kilbourn Ave. Follow the traffic instructions of election staff and please have your photo ID ready. Staff will meet you at your vehicle to view your photo ID, issue, secure and witness your absentee ballot. 

If you haven't yet voted in the spring election, you can still do so. The Election Commission is still at work mailing a...
03/27/2020
City of Milwaukee Election Commission

If you haven't yet voted in the spring election, you can still do so. The Election Commission is still at work mailing and collecting absentee ballots. Yesterday it announced collection points where signatures can be witnessed. Check their web page for updates while Milwaukee stays separated to stay safe. https://city.milwaukee.gov/election#.Xn4LNqjYrnE

Beginning March 26, 2020, City of Milwaukee voters who have completed their absentee ballot with certificate envelope can drop it off at any of the locations below.  Election Commission staff are available to witness voter signatures.

03/23/2020
City of Milwaukee Election Commission

City of Milwaukee Election Commission

REVISED POST: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Effective immediately, the City of Milwaukee will no longer be operating in-person absentee or “early” voting at the city’s three locations: Zablocki Library, the Zeidler Municipal Building or the Midtown Center. Due to increased CoVid-19 exposure risk, the Election Commission can no longer maintain sufficient staffing levels to operate these sites in a manner that would ensure a safe or efficient public voting experience.
Given the city’s longstanding dedication to fair and equitable elections, the decision to end early voting in Milwaukee has been exceptionally difficult for all involved. However, given daily increases in CoVid-19 cases on the local level, a critical balance must be achieved between access to voting and the health of election workers and the public. Milwaukee residents may still request an absentee ballot online at myvote.wi.gov or by calling 414-286-VOTE. Online voter registration (previously suspended in Wisconsin) will resume on Tuesday, March 24.
Even during extraordinarily difficult times, the Election Commission encourages residents to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the upcoming election. By-mail absentee voting is accessible to the public and safe.

It is NOT too late to request that an absentee ballot be sent to you for the April 7 local elections and presidential pr...
03/18/2020
City of Milwaukee Election Commission

It is NOT too late to request that an absentee ballot be sent to you for the April 7 local elections and presidential primary. The deadline is April 2, but the Election Commission asks that you do so as soon as possible. Also, in-person early voting is happening now at three locations. https://city.milwaukee.gov/election#.XnIjSnJOkdU

The Election Commission strongly recommends that anyone planning to vote in the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them.

03/16/2020

As of March 16, 2020, all in-person services at all divisions of the Municipal Research Center are suspended. Staff is present and can provide assistance via phone or online.
City Records: 414-286-3393
Historic Preservation: 414-286-5712 or 414-286-5722
Municipal Research Library: 414-286-2297 or message us here on Facebook.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

02/19/2020

UPDATE: The 2020-2024 term will have a 15-person Council with five female members. This is a record number under the current configuration. Re-elected members Coggs, Dodd, and Lewis will be joined by JoCasta Zamarripa and Marina Dimitrijevic.

We’ve been asked if the Common Council has ever had more than three women serving on it at one time. Answer: Yes, there have been periods of 4- and 5-women Councils from the 1980s to the early 2000s, when the Council also had 1 or 2 more members than the current 15:
• The first time the Council had more than one woman member was 1976, when Sandra Hoeh, Betty Voss, and Cynthia Kukor were elected to the 16-member body. Kukor had been the lone female on the 1972-1976 Council. She resigned before the end of the 4-year term but was replaced by another woman, Joan Soucie, in a 1979 special election.
• 1980-1984 term (16-member Council)--The term began with a record 4 women members: Hoeh, Voss, and Soucie won reelection and were joined by Marlene Johnson. Mary Anne McNulty became the 5th woman on this Council after winning a special election in 1983 to replace Clifford Draeger.
• 1984-1988 term (16-member Council)—4 women elected: Hoeh, Johnson, McNulty, and Annette Scherbert.
• 1988-1992 term (16-member Council)— 4 women elected: Hoeh (now Hoeh-Lyon), Johnson, McNulty, and Scherbert. Hoeh-Lyon was replaced in 1989 by Larraine McNamara-McGraw.
• 1992-1996 term (17-member Council)—A record 5 women were elected to the expanded Council: McNamara-McGraw, Johnson, Scherbert, Suzanne Breier, and E. Fay Anderson.
• 1996-2000 term (17-member Council)—3 women members remained: Johnson (now Johnson-Odom), Scherbert, and Breier.
• 2000-2004 term (17-member Council)—4 women elected: Johnson-Odom, Scherbert, Breier, and Rosa Cameron-Rollins, who resigned in 2002 and was replaced in 2003 by Willie Wade. Scherbert also resigned early in the term and was replaced by Joseph Dudzik in 2002.

From 2004 to the present the Common Council has consisted of 15 members and has had 3 women serve on it who still do so today: Milele Coggs (since 2008), Chantia Lewis (since 2016), and Nikiya Dodd (since 2018, special election).

Please see this important information regarding access to building plans in the City Records Center that fall within the...
02/11/2020
Building Plans for the DNC

Please see this important information regarding access to building plans in the City Records Center that fall within the current boundaries of the downtown security zone.

https://city.milwaukee.gov/cityclerk/records/Building-PlansTax-Rolls/Building-Plans-for-the-DNC.htm#.XkMCkDZYYdV

Please note that, due to increased concerns regarding security and public safety, from February 1, 2020 through the end of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 16, 2020, there may be a longer than normal wait time associated with the processing of public records requests from the City Re...

The spring primary for local elections is Tuesday, February 18, 2020, with early voting beginning on Monday, February 3 ...
01/31/2020
Table of Contents

The spring primary for local elections is Tuesday, February 18, 2020, with early voting beginning on Monday, February 3 at the Zeidler Municipal Building, room 102 (corner of Kilbourn and Broadway). Primaries are being held for Mayor, a few aldermanic seats, and the offices of City Attorney and Comptroller. For more on the duties and responsibilities of the city’s elected officers, see chapters 3 and 4 of the City Charter (https://city.milwaukee.gov/cityclerk/ordinances/tableofcontents#.XjSKPNJMGUk) and the web pages for these officers under the “Directory” tab at city.milwaukee.gov.

IMPORTANT information about requesting services from the City Records Center next week:
01/23/2020

IMPORTANT information about requesting services from the City Records Center next week:

Winter parking regulations take effect this Sunday, Dec. 1. There are some changes from past years you can read about on...
11/27/2019
Winter Parking Regulations

Winter parking regulations take effect this Sunday, Dec. 1. There are some changes from past years you can read about on the Department of Public Works' site and the JSOnline article linked in the comments below. https://city.milwaukee.gov/ParkingServices/ParkingRegulations/winterparkingregulations#.Xd6SBNVMEdU

To obtain the posted parking violations for a specific street, go to Street Parking Regulations. Some winter parking regulations are not individually posted, but can be found at Winter Parking Regulations- Not Individually Posted and on the map below.

NEW LEGISLATIONThe following files are among those that recently were passed by the Common Council. Texts of Council fil...
11/05/2019
City of Milwaukee - Legislation

NEW LEGISLATION
The following files are among those that recently were passed by the Common Council. Texts of Council files can be accessed at https://milwaukee.legistar.com/Legislation. Make sure the “Legislation” tab is selected and enter the file number or key words in the search box. (Best on desktop computers or other large-screen devices.)
File 190357 prohibits smoking within 30 feet of an entrance to city-owned buildings.
File 190472 redefines a “center for the visual and performing arts” to allow venues that serve alcohol to host all-ages shows.
File 190620 adds boats to the list of vehicles prohibited from emitting excessive noise.
File 190796 consolidates several license types into two “umbrella” licenses: “secondhand dealer” and “mobile seller” licenses

10/04/2019

The Common Council's public hearing on the 2020 city budget will take place Monday, October 7 at 6:15pm in the Council chambers in City Hall, 3rd floor. This is the public's chance to give input and ask questions of their elected officials. The hearing will also be televised on the city's web site--city.milwaukee.gov/Channel25--and on cable providers.

Dockless Scooter Pilot Study Public SurveyThe City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) is gathering public inp...
09/25/2019
City of Milwaukee Dockless Scooter Pilot Study Public Survey

Dockless Scooter Pilot Study Public Survey

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) is gathering public input through a survey on its Dockless Scooter Pilot Study. The purpose of the Dockless Scooter Pilot Study is to observe, solicit feedback on, and evaluate the effectiveness of dockless scooters in Milwaukee. The pilot will run through December 31, 2019, and this survey will remain open through the end of the study.

The survey is intended for both people who have and have not used scooters in Milwaukee. Information on who is using scooters, why people choose to ride scooters, what people enjoy about scooters, and what concerns people have with scooters in Milwaukee will be gathered. Responses from the survey will be included in the city’s evaluation of the pilot study. In addition to survey results, the city will also consider feedback from community members and community groups who have been engaged throughout the pilot study, scooter ridership data, and complaints received regarding the use and parking of scooters. Combined, this information will help DPW, city officials, and residents of Milwaukee evaluate the pilot study and identify next steps regarding dockless scooters in Milwaukee. Your participation is appreciated.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MKEDocklessScooters.

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09/18/2019
Milwaukee Municipal Research Center Collection | UWM Libraries Digital Collections

Our map collection has gone digital! Thanks to a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, maps from the Milwaukee Municipal Research Center that have been of greatest interest to researchers are now available on the Web. Take a look: https://uwm.edu/lib-collections/mke-mrc/

This collection features maps housed at the City of Milwaukee’s official records center and document repository, the Milwaukee Municipal Research Center (MRC), located in the basement level of the Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway. The majority of the materials here were created by city ...

Results of the Aug. 13 special election for the District 13 alderman are available here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/Elec...
08/14/2019
Latest Election Results

Results of the Aug. 13 special election for the District 13 alderman are available here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/ElectionResults1717.htm#.XVQGp3tOkdU

FINAL ELECTION RESULTS PENDING: The election results are not final until the provisional ballots are tabulated on Friday, August 16, 2019 and the official canvass is completed. Provisional ballots are issued when there are unresolved questions about a voter's eligibility. Provisional voters have un...

NEW LEGISLATIONThe following files are among those that were passed by the Common Council at the meeting held Tuesday, J...
08/13/2019
City of Milwaukee - Legislation

NEW LEGISLATION
The following files are among those that were passed by the Common Council at the meeting held Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Texts of Council files can be accessed at https://milwaukee.legistar.com/Legislation. Make sure the “Legislation” tab is selected and enter the file number or key words in the search box. (Best on desktop computers or other large-screen devices.)

170183 Modifies the city’s regulations for disposing of waste tires
190496 Gives more discretionary leeway to the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works to issue permits for beekeeping.
190535 Approves the Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan, a set of goals and guidelines for improving safety for all users of city streets.
190545 Authorizes additional infrastructure money for the area around 2nd St. and Wisconsin Ave. as part of the Grand Theater renovation.
190570 Approves the appointment of Griselda Aldrete to serve as Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission
190580 Asks state lawmakers to consider stricter laws on the sale of fireworks in WI.
190592 Establishes the Community-Oriented, Responsible and Equitable (CORE) Development Zone in the city’s central business district. This resolution encourages employers of service-industry workers within the zone to emulate the Milwaukee Bucks’ community benefits agreement with its workers regarding wages and employee benefits.

Voice your opinion about the city budget at the public hearing next Thursday.
08/07/2019

Voice your opinion about the city budget at the public hearing next Thursday.

NEW LEGISLATIONThe following files are among those that were passed by the Common Council at the meeting held Tuesday, J...
07/10/2019
City of Milwaukee - Legislation

NEW LEGISLATION
The following files are among those that were passed by the Common Council at the meeting held Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Texts of Council files can be accessed at https://milwaukee.legistar.com/Legislation. Make sure the “Legislation” tab is selected and enter the file number or key words in the search box. (Best on desktop computers or other large-screen devices.)
181642 requires tow truck operators to document that they have notified vehicle owners who are eligible to pay a drop fee to have their vehicle released.
181759 protects tenants from retaliation by landlords if tenants seek city services related to suspected or known lead hazards in a rental dwelling
190443 permits electric scooters and other dockless mobility devices to operate within the city, provided they follow guidelines of a pilot program (A link to information about the pilot program is in the comments below.)
181767 directs City departments to create reports itemizing services and resources provided in the 53206 ZIP code area.
181911 establishes a 53206 task force
190445 creates a City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity

As the 4th of July approaches, the city reminds residents that the use of fireworks of any kind, outside of permitted di...
07/02/2019
Fourth of July Commission

As the 4th of July approaches, the city reminds residents that the use of fireworks of any kind, outside of permitted displays, is prohibited within the city limits. Luckily, parks all over town hold celebrations the include parades, games, talent shows, and yes, professional fireworks displays. Schedules of activities at individual parks are available here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/July4th#.XRt1DY9OkdU

Since 1911, the City of Milwaukee has provided its citizens, neighbors and visitors a safe and friendly celebration of America’s independence. On July 4th in parks throughout the city, families and friends gather for picnics, games, doll buggy parades and talent contests. At night the sky is fi...

Traffic alerts related to today's opening of Summerfest and other upcoming street-closing events around town are listed ...
06/26/2019
Street Closures & Traffic Restrictions

Traffic alerts related to today's opening of Summerfest and other upcoming street-closing events around town are listed on the Department of Public Work's web site. https://city.milwaukee.gov/mpw/divisions/infrastructure/StreetClosures.htm#.XROFoo9OkdU

SUMMERFEST (4) (POLICE DISTRICT 1) Summerfest, which will be in progress from Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, July 7, 2019, and this event will close North Harbor Drive between East Michigan Street and East Chicago Street; East Chicago Street from North Jackson Street to North Harbor Drive; North...

Residents of Aldermanic District 13, the early voting times for the special primary to fill former Ald. Witkowski's seat...
06/25/2019
City of Milwaukee Election Commission

Residents of Aldermanic District 13, the early voting times for the special primary to fill former Ald. Witkowski's seat are set and begin soon. See the Election Commission's page for details: https://city.milwaukee.gov/election#.XRJSuo9OkdU

Monday, July 1, 2019 - Friday, July 12, 2019*Monday – Friday8:00am – 4:30pm*No weekend hours *No voting hours on July 4th due to holiday

TRAFFIC ALERT: This Sunday, June 2, hundreds of bicyclists take to the streets for the annual UPAF Ride for the Arts. Th...
05/31/2019
UPAF Ride for the Arts, Sponsored by Miller Lite

TRAFFIC ALERT: This Sunday, June 2, hundreds of bicyclists take to the streets for the annual UPAF Ride for the Arts. This will affect the Hoan Bridge (I-794) and neighborhoods near the lake shore. Route information is available here:https://events.upaf.org/event/upaf-ride-for-the-arts-sponsored-by-miller-lite/e183984

Sunday, June 2, 2019, Summerfest, Harbor Drive, Milwaukee WI The UPAF Ride for the Arts, Sponsored by Miller Lite, is more than just a ride – it’s an opportunity for friends, families and coworkers to have fun and support our region’s world class performing arts organizations. The UPAF Ride f....

Most city offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. See below for holiday-weekend schedules for parking...
05/24/2019
Department of Public Works

Most city offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. See below for holiday-weekend schedules for parking enforcement, drop-off centers, and other operations.

Department of Public Works Schedules and Services for the 2019 Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

City of Milwaukee government offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. However, some Department of Public Works (DPW) services will be available for limited hours of operation and certain parking restrictions will be lifted.

Garbage, Recycling, and Drop-Off Centers:
• There will be no garbage and recycling pick-up on Monday, May 27.
• Drop-Off Centers will be open on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Centers will be closed on Monday, May 27.

Parking Enforcement:
• No parking meter or hourly restriction enforcement on Monday, May 27.
• No overnight parking enforcement on Saturday night into Sunday morning (May 26 from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.), Sunday night into Monday morning (May 27 from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.) and Monday night into Tuesday morning. (May 28 from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.). However, vehicles still must be legally parked and not in violation of any posted parking regulations.
• Night parking enforcement resumes on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning (May 29 from 2:00 to 6:00 a.m.).

Tow Lot:
• Open Saturday, May 25 – 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; open Sunday, May 26 – 7:30 a.m. to noon.
• Closed Monday, May 27.

Milwaukee Water Works:
• We continue to provide your drinking water 24 hours a day through any holiday!
• The Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday, May 27. Customers may call our 24-hour Control Center at (414) 286-3710.
• Customers can pay their Municipal Services Bill online at milwaukee.gov/water. For automated account information, please call (414) 286-2830.

The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino:
• Streetcar service will have normal operating hours on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Service on Monday, May 27 will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., operating at 20 minute frequencies. Service will be temporarily suspended from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 27 in support of the Memorial Day Parade. Detailed information at thehopmke.com.

For other requests, schedules, and information, residents should call (414) 286-CITY (2489), visit the DPW website at milwaukee.gov/dpw, or enter service requests online at milwaukee.gov/click4action.

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Hi, I'm looking for info about the historic change from Wards to Aldermanic Districts referenced here: https://www.wuwm.com/post/race-representation-redistricting-why-milwaukee-s-wards-became-districts#stream/0 Is there a good source to map the changes to Wards and then later Districts over the years? Specifically wondering, which Ward was the seat of Vel Philips during her time on the Common Council? Was this Ward centered on the black population of Milwaukee, and how long did it take for another Ward or District to be represented by an African American? https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2015/julyaugust/statement/vel-phillips-knocked-down-racial-and-gender-barriers-in-wiscons