One sure sign of winter: restricted overnight parking.
Don’t forget that between Dec. 1 and March 31 you must have a permit to park on city streets between 3 and 6 a.m. each morning. Cost is $25 per month, or $80 for a four-month permit. “Holiday permits,” good Dec. 15 to Jan. 15, are also available for $25.
Learn more on the South Milwaukee Police Department website.
Also, starting Dec. 1 there will be new, reduced winter hours for the self-deposit station. The station will be open Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and, of course, Sundays.
Update: Here is the letter sent to area residents on the Parkway Drive/17th Avenue project.
The South Milwaukee City Council unanimously approved the 2012 city budget at a special meeting on Tuesday night.
It is essentially the same document I’ve already written about.
Of note, however, is the 2012 tax rate. It, too, was set Tuesday night, and it will be $8.83 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This compares with a city tax rate of $7.24 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2011 … although it’s important to point out that this is not an apples to apples comparison.
The revaluation earlier this year reduced property values by an average of more than 10%, so the tax rate was certain to rise to reflect this.
So, how much will your bill increase? Of course, that depends a lot on your revaluation (among other factors). In fact, it’s possible the city portion of your tax bill could decline if your home dropped in value significantly more than the city average.
Among other topics discussed at the council Tuesday …
- The council voted unanimously to approve wages and benefits packages for union and non-union employees in 2012. The biggest changes in these reflect that all city workers outside of police officers and firefighters will pay more for their health insurance and pension next year, in line with the “tools” given communities by state lawmakers. Non-represented workers already began paying more for these benefits last year. Members of AFSCME will pay the higher out-of-pocket costs once their contract expires on June 30.
- We also voted unanimously to spend more than $220,000 to tackle stormwater and sanitary sewer work on Parkway Drive and 17th Avenue in the 4th District. This document describes the work in more detail. Work will begin within the week, as the contractor hopes to get as much done before winter sets in. Construction will continue in the spring – and include the resurfacing of 17th north of Rawson Avenue. The road work will be subject to a separate set of bids in 2012. I’ll keep you posted.
- The Public Works & Public Property Committee also voted to recommend council approval of an ordinance to combine the Wastewater and Water Commissions. The new Water/Wastewater Commission would include seven members and have more direct oversight from the council. One of the biggest changes: All water utility rate increases would now need council approval before they are forwarded on to the state’s Public Service Commission. We’ll also have to approve the water utility and sewer treatment budgets going forward. I’ll keep you posted.
South Shore State Sen. Chris Larson is reportedly preparing to submit about 5,000 signatures to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in support of a bike and pedestrian lane on the newly constructed Hoan Bridge.
Learn more in this Journal Sentinel story.
And check out these other local headlines:
Also, check out this guest editorial by Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp on the We Energies bluff collapse in Oak Creek. In it, she calls the environmental risk of the collapse “minimal.”
South Milwaukeeans, and others, can weigh in on plans to extend Highway 794 south to Highway 100 (and beyond) at a public hearing planned for Feb. 29 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of displays, and the presentation and public comment session starts at 6:30.
Learn more in County Supervisor Pat Jursik’s December E-Update, and in this Oak Creek patch story. Jursik is chairwoman of the Advisory Committee for the Lake Arterial Extension Study.
The Business Journal also had a recent story on the plan. Check it out here.
It’s a subscription story, so you can only read the first few paragraphs. But the accompanying map is helpful, and it shows an intersection near College and interchanges at Rawson, Drexel and Puetz.
I just came across a recent Business Journal story on Tim Sullivan’s political future.
The former Bucyrus CEO told the newspaper that a run against Gov. Scott Walker in a gubernatorial recall election is not in the cards, and he said a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012 is still uncertain at best.
Check out the story here, keeping in mind that in the print edition of this story, Sullivan labeled his chances at running to replace Sen. Herb Kohl “unlikely.”
What do think of Sullivan as a candidate? Post your comments below!
Your chance to formally weigh in on the proposed 2012 city budget comes Monday, when the City Council holds a public hearing on the document.
The hearing starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
The council is expected to vote on the budget — and other related items like wages and benefits — at its meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. Check out the agenda here.
Learn more about the 2012 budget in this post.
Check out these headlines of interest from around South Milwaukee and the South Shore:
Also, South Milwaukee NOW has published a new police blotter, and state Sen. Chris Larson has published a new Larson Report.