Public Information Manager/City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Common Council members JIM BOHL and MICHAEL J. MURPHY invite interested residents and business leaders to attend a community meeting on MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 16, to discuss an ongoing commercial corridor snapshot planning study regarding the future of the Burleigh Street and Lisbon Avenue business corridors, between N. 68th and N. 93rd Streets.
Alderman Bohl and Alderman Murphy launched the study to guide the short- and long-term improvement of the business strips. The goal is to bring together area residents, businesses and real estate brokers, along with city departments, to spearhead a business corridor plan that will
assist brokers in attracting businesses the area wants.
“I hope that residents and business leaders with an interest in these corridors can make plans to attend this meeting and help us maximize neighborhood input into business planning for the area,” Alderman Bohl said. “With the knowledge we gain from this process, we can help the Burleigh and Lisbon commercial districts thrive.”
Alderman Murphy said Monday’s meeting will include discussion of the results gathered by a recent Department of City Development survey, as well as the potential to use streetscaping improvements to make the area more customer- and pedestrian-friendly.
WHAT: BUSINESS CORRIDOR PLANNING MEETING
WHEN: 6:30 P.M. ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
WHERE: MILWAUKEE SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES 8400 W. BURLEIGH ST.
The Wisconsin Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, an affiliate of the national Italian American Bar Association, has named the HONORABLE DEREK C. MOSLEY Jurist of the Year. The award will be presented on October 9, at the Justinian Columbus Day Celebration and Awards Banquet, to be held at the downtown Wisconsin Club.
Jurist of the Year is awarded based on leadership, community service, integrity, and contributions to the legal community and the citizens they serve. Commissioner Joseph G. Alioto cited “Judge Mosley was an overwhelming and unanimous selection.”
Since its founding, this institution has become one of the largest ethnic bar associations in the United States. Its members are among the most active and influential in the legal profession — engaged in activities fostering a spirit of good fellowship, maintaining honor and dignity of the legal profession, participating in civic and community
affairs, administering justice, and promoting the study of law.
Judge Mosley was appointed by the Milwaukee Common Council to fill the vacancy in Branch 2, and his tenure started on August 1, 2002. From 1995 until his appointment to the bench, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County, where he represented the State of Wisconsin in over 1,000 criminal prosecutions.
Ald. Willie C. Wade
Milwaukee Common Council members Willie C. Wade and Russell W. Stamper, II will be among the guests participating Saturday in an event to educate young people about the dangers of driving while distracted.
Activities will include a mock car crash, mock funeral, mock trial, workshops, food, music and entertainment, all designed to illustrate to teenagers the importance of driving carefully and attentively. The activities are being coordinated by Cynthia Williams of the Christopher Allen Williams Foundation and Parents Against Distracted Driving, and Aldermen Wade and Stamper will speak to participants as a part of the day’s lineup.
“Though they might think they’re invincible, young drivers are among the most vulnerable to the dangers of driving while distracted,” Alderman Wade said. “We welcome the opportunity to highlight these dangers in a way that will grab their attention.”
“It’s dangerous enough to get behind the wheel of a car as a young person without all the distractions today’s youth face,” Alderman Stamper said. “I hope this event opens some eyes about how quickly something can go wrong and how deeply it can change your life.”
What: “Coming Together to Save Lives” events
When: Saturday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Washington High School 2525 Sherman Blvd.
Public Relations Superviso
Milwaukee City Clerk & Common Council
Several members of the Milwaukee Common Council and a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will hold a news conference Tuesday to make an important announcement regarding the proposed Milwaukee streetcar route, ALDERMAN TERRY L. WIKOWSKI said.
“Mayor Barrett has mentioned how, once the streetcar line is established, it could be extended to serve other parts of the city beyond the downtown,” Alderman Witkowski said. “We think it’s worth exploring some of the ways that the line could eventually be expanded to become a fully multi-modal means of transportation.”
Alderman Witkowski will be joined Tuesday by ALDERMAN JOSÉ G. PÉREZ AND MILWAUKEE COUNTY SUPERVISOR JASON HAAS in the MILWAUKEE CITY HALL ROTUNDA, 200 E. WELLS ST., AT 10:00 A.M.
“Some from the outskirts of the city have asked why they should support a streetcar downtown,” Alderman Witkowski said. “The benefits of this project go far beyond the route, and reach all the way out to neighborhoods like mine on the far south side.”
WHAT: STREETCAR NEWS CONFERENCE
WHEN: TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 AT 10:00 A.M.
WHERE: CITY HALL ROTUNDA 200 E. WELLS ST.
Common Council President Michael J. Murphy invites residents to attend Milwaukee Financial Planning Day on Saturday, October 25, to receive free financial counseling from professional Certified Financial Planners. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. (and end at 5:00 p.m.) at the Journey
House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics, 2110 W. Scott St.
The event is free and open to the public. President Murphy, former longtime chair of the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee (and also a longtime member and chair of the city’s Annuity and Pension Board), said the opportunity to receive free financial advice and counseling – as well as to attend free workshops -should not be missed. “In today’s uncertain economy and difficult financial times, it is critical for families and individuals to be financially literate and to make wise financial decisions that will helpprotect their future,” said President Murphy, who sponsored legislation authorizing the city’s role as a sponsor/partner in Milwaukee Financial Planning Day.
In addition to one-on-one consultations, there will be workshops on a variety of financial topics throughout the day. Those sessions will cover
budgeting, credit and debt, investing, retirement, taxes, homeownership, estate planning, insurance, employee benefits, education savings, small
business and more.
The event is sponsored by the City of Milwaukee and the Financial Planning Association of Southern WI, with local partners Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC), AARP Wisconsin and Make A Difference Wisconsin.
Attendees can register at www.FinancialPlanningDays.org/Milwaukee or by calling 1-877-861-7826.
The Greater Milwaukee Human Trafficking Task Force claimed a victory earlier this week as they were one of several public and private entities instrumental in successfully persuading a Milwaukee Common Council committee in voting 5-0 against issuing an entertainment license to Silk Entertainment to open a strip club in the city's Third Ward. "One down...this victory shows that when we show up and speak out we are heard," said Dana World-Patterson, chairwoman of the Human Trafficking Task Force, in a statement. "But it doesn't stop here. This is only the beginning. World-Patterson thanked task force members and supporters who showed up for the hearing, as well as those who helped prepare testimony.
November 7, 2013 — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signed the 2014 City Budget Thursday, a plan that invests in neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures, allocates money for new neighborhood libraries, hires 120 police officers, and increases funds to improve roadways through the high-impact street program.
The overall plan calls for spending $1.4-billion, $54-million less than last year. With a 1.4% increase in the tax levy, the average residential property will see taxes and fees rise $16.94. The Mayor signed the budget without vetoing any of the modest revisions passed by the Milwaukee Common Council.
“We have worked cooperatively with the Common Council to finalize a budget that protects taxpayers and keeps this government on a fiscally responsible track,” Mayor Barrett said. “I want to thank President Willie Hines, Finance Committee Chair Michael Murphy, and all the Council members for their thoughtful work.”
Mayor Barrett signed the budget in a city-owned, tax-foreclosed property at 3417 North Sherman Boulevard to highlight one of the most important initiatives in next year’s budget, the Strong Neighborhoods Investment Plan. This $11.7-million initiative uses a set of strategies to prevent and mitigate the negative effects of foreclosures as well as revitalize and renew impacted properties and neighborhoods.
“This is a beautiful house in a neighborhood with inherent strength. It ought to be a family’s home once again, and that is what my Strong Neighborhoods Investment Plan aims to accomplish here and at hundreds of other foreclosed houses in Milwaukee,” Mayor Barrett said.
The Mayor’s original proposal to hire 100 police officers next year was amended by the Council to increase that number to 120. The budget includes conversion of some federally funded police positions to local funding, and, with anticipated retirements, the overall number of police officers in Milwaukee will increase slightly.
The budget includes a significant financial commitment to neighborhood libraries. Funds are included to initiate replacement of both Forest Home Library and Mill Road Library, and the budget also includes funding for a renovation of Tippecanoe Library.
The budget includes infrastructure investments in bridges, streets, and lighting. It supports economic development efforts at Century City and the Reed Street Yards, and it includes health department initiatives to reduce infant mortality.
“We have thoughtfully managed our financial obligations so that important city services are provided, infrastructure is maintained, and we are not pushing debt or pension obligations off to the future,” Mayor Barrett said. “Milwaukee has a lot of strengths, and this budget builds on those strengths.”
Statement of President Willie L. Hines, Jr.
I’m very pleased that all fourteen of my colleagues on the Milwaukee Common Council joined me this morning in opposition to the casino that
has been proposed for the Kenosha area. The Common Council was unanimous in its support of a resolution that calls on Wisconsin Governor Scott
Walker to reject the casino proposal. Ever since the Bureau of Indian Affairs gave its approval to the project, I have watched closely as the Governor weighs the arguments surrounding the proposed casino. With estimates that a casino in Kenosha could cost the Milwaukee area as many as 3,000 jobs, I urge the Governor to heed the council’s call and protect these hardworking people.
The Governor has previously said that he would like to see a consensus among the state’s sovereign tribal nations before he signs off upon a
proposed casino. The Kenosha proposal plainly does not meet this standard, and with the unanimous opposition of the Milwaukee Common
Council entered plainly onto the record, I would hope that the Governor can quickly close the door on the Kenosha casino for good.