It was a pretty active night for the City Council on Tuesday.
Among the news coming out of the meeting …
- The council officially welcomed its newest alderman, Craig Maass from the 1st District. I will be posting more about Craig, who along with Mike Karbowski was elected on April 5, and his background later in the week.
- We also voted 8-0 to re-elect fellow 4th District Alderman David Bartoshevich as council president. Congratulations, Dave.
- The council also approved membership of all committees. I will continue to chair the Public Works & Public Property Committee for the next year and remain a member of the Legislation & Permits Committee.
- The council unanimously authorized the sale of bonds not to exceed $9.22 million. The borrowing will fund our 2011-12 capital improvement plan, which includes investments in roads, sewers, water mains and other infrastructure projects. Learn more in my previous post.
- We also unanimously approved contracts for Blakewood Court storm sewer improvements ($97,545), among other public works projects.
- Of particular interest to the 4th District, the council approved contracting with Terra Venture Advisors LLC to do some of the “background work” ahead of the right-of-way acquisition process for the Nicholson Avenue widening project planned for 2012. There are 23 parcels that have to be acquired as part of the project, and most are very small parcels, revolving around the city acquiring land to to match driveways and sidewalk once the new road is built. Three parcels, including two on the South Milwaukee side, will require more significant acquisition, but not full acquisition of any property.
The Legislation and Permits Committee also accepted a complaint filed against the Frozen Rope bar, 1815 10th Ave., by a neighbor. In a letter accompanied by photos, police reports and other exhibits, the complainant alleged a variety of problems with the tavern, including garbage outside the building, loud music, fights, and the bar staying open after hours. The neighbor also referenced an allegedly ugly incident in the early morning hours of March 26 that neighbors told police ended in gunshots outside of the bar.
A hearing over the complaint has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. I’ll keep you posted.