Check out these South Milwaukee headlines, including word the Violent Femmes have scheduled a second show for the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center …

Also, Broofield police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed an Aldi store there, the same person South Milwaukee police suspect is responsible for a June robbery of our Aldi store.

And NOW has published a new police blotter.

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Traffic Alert: 5th Avenue Closure


From the Engineering Department …

The City of South Milwaukee has contracted with Earth X, LLC for installation of a 48″ diameter storm sewer to replace a deteriorating box culvert built in the early 1900’s that crosses 5th Avenue, just north of Drexel Boulevard. To complete the work, 5th Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Drexel Boulevard and Manistique Avenue, starting September 25 or shortly thereafter. 5th Avenue will be detoured to Manistique Avenue and Drexel Boulevard to 8th Avenue. Signs will be posted along the detour route. The City anticipates a 4 week closure to complete the storm sewer installation and pavement replacement. Parking restrictions may be installed along the route. 

For more information on the project, click here.

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Reminder: Community Meal on Thursday

This is a terrific monthly event, on many levels.

Please stop by for a free meal this and every third Thursday at First Congregational Church, 1111 N. Chicago Ave. This month, the South Milwaukee Lions are serving.

Want to get your organization involved in serving a meal? Contact the Revs. Tom and Debbie Payden at firstcongsm@att.net.

Community Meal flyer

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Food for Growth: Revitalizing the 1200 Block of Milwaukee Avenue

I say this a lot, but I believe it wholeheartedly: We will bring new life to our city center one property owner, one building, one business at a time. And there is some tasty news brewing in the 1200 block of Milwaukee Avenue.

Three food-based business — a bakery and two restaurants — are all making major investments in that block. Let’s head east to west …

  • 1224 Milwaukee Ave. With help from our Downtown Revitalization Grant program, China Chef has brought new life to their facade, opening the front of the restaurant with the installation of new windows, as well as installing a new granite base, restoring the building’s masonry brick, and new paint. The transformation is significant. If you haven’t driven by lately, please do — and then stop to enjoy some tasty sesame chicken.
  • 1232 Milwaukee Ave. Lee and Yang Lue, the new owners of this building, are hard at work on renovations ahead of the opening of their new ice cream parlor. Yep, an ice cream parlor downtown. I stopped by last week, and spent a few minutes with the Lues, as they took a break from laying the new tile floor. Things are starting to take shape, and it’s exciting to see another small local business open here. Stay tuned for more details on an opening.
  • 1234 Milwaukee Ave. Schroeter’s Gluten Free Bakeshop is expanding, with owner Tim Schroeter recently purchasing the former Moxie Fitness/PJ’s Variety Store for use as additional baking space and potentially a small retail operation. Their pizza crust business is booming, and they need more space — and they’ve chosen to expand downtown over other options. That’s the best endorsement we can get.

More details to come on these projects — and others across our downtown.

I love a turn of phrase that Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy uses, when he references his teams “stacking success.” We are starting to stack success on Milwaukee Avenue, with much more to come.

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Rocketober: We Are Just Getting Started!

What a great way to start Rocketober!

From all of the homecoming festivities to the sold-out Blues Brothers show at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center to the South Milwaukee Lions/Educators Credit Union lunch to the Beach Walk to the Food Truck Festival, it was great to see the community (and plenty from outside South Milwaukee) come together at some amazing local events.

Here is the schedule the rest of the way. New additions to this version:

  • Saturday, Sept. 23: Police and Fire Department Safety Days
  • Saturday, Oct. 14: Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse fall cleanup
  • Sunday, Oct. 29: South Milwaukee National Honor Society Haunted Hallway


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Choosing a New Police Chief

The search for a new South Milwaukee police chief is officially underway.

The Police and Fire Commission approved advertising the position at its meeting last week. You can see the advertisement here.

The goal, in working with McGrath Consulting Group, is to have a final group of candidates in for testing and interviews in late October, and a new chief chosen and in place by early January. Current Chief Ann Wellens is retiring effective Jan. 19.

Chief Wellens leaves big shoes to fill, but I’m confident we will find the right leader for this department going forward, in large part because we have the right process in place, and the right people making the decision. The mayor and council are purposely kept out of this apolitical selection process. Instead, my and our job is in many ways done — naming good, talented people to the Police and Fire Commission who are committed to doing what’s best for our community.

With that in mind, I thank Beth Blackwood, Heather Page, Rick Borowski, Kate Bernovich and Dr. Darrell Francis for their service, and wish them well in filling this critical role.


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Meet the Mayor: Sept. 28 at the Market and Oct. 28 at Parkway Floral

I’m bringing back Meet the Mayor, with two events starting later this month.

Here is the lineup …

  • Thursday, Sept. 28: 4-6 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 11th and Milwaukee Avenues. Look for me in the seating area near the stage.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkway Floral, 1001 Milwaukee Ave. Stop by before you take the kids out trick-or-treating downtown.

I’d love to hear your feedback and questions on the Nov. 7 public safety referendum and any other (hopefully local) issues you see fit. Or just stop by and say hi.

Thanks to the market management and Leah and the gang at Parkway for hosting!

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