Quick roundup from Tuesday’s South Milwaukee City Council meeting …
- The South Milwaukee Police Department formally received its WILEAG accreditation, as I wrote about.
- The council accepted, with regrets, the retirement of South Milwaukee Police Capt. Terry Olson, a 29-year veteran of the department. Wrote Capt. Olson in his note to the council: “I can only hope that the contributions I have made during my career were enough to justify the bounty that I have received.” His contributions were significant, he will be missed.
- The council also voted to increase recycling fees by 5% both in 2015 and 2016. By doing this, we expect will be able to fully fund the program without requiring the use of budget fund balance come 2016. With the changes, the annual recycling fee will be $53.04 per single family residence in 2015, plus a $4.41 hazardous waste disposal fee per dwelling per year. Those fees move to $55.69 and $4.66 per year, respectively, in 2016.
- The council also voted to change City Hall hours, effective Feb. 9, 2015 — following the end of the initial tax collection season. The new hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch for employees. Hours are currently 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an hour lunch for employees. We believe the earlier start will better serve residents.