News and notes from Tuesday’s meeting, in addition to the South Milwaukee Pink Day activities …
- Police deal. The council voted to approve a new three-year labor agreement with the South Milwaukee Professional Police Association Local 201. The deal — which would run from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2017 — includes a 2% pay raise each year over the life of the contract and other minor changes from the current deal. The union still must ratify the deal.
- Downtown Committee. The council also discussed a proposal to form downtown advisory committee and referred the matter back to the Legislation & Permits Committee to work out more details and draft an ordinance, likely for action at our Nov. 25 meeting. I brought this proposal forward as another opportunity to drive downtown redevelopment. This committee — which I propose to be a mix of business/property owners and residents — would be out front in helping develop our downtown plan while also regularly advising the council, administration and others on issues related to our city center. More to come soon on this, the downtown plan and the hiring of an economic development to assist in all of this … and stay tuned for opportunities for you to get involved! I’m excited about where we’re headed in downtown South Milwaukee. I hope you are too.
- New police captain. I want to congratulate Peter Jaske, who has been named a new South Milwaukee police captain by the Police and Fire Commission. The council recognized the promotion Tuesday night. Jaske, who previously was a lieutenant, replaces Terry Olson, who has retired.
- Eagle Scout. We honored another Eagle Scout, Joel Dereszynski. I congratulate this fellow (soon to be) St. Thomas More graduate and am happy to recognize his accomplishments. Here is the proclamation we gave Joel.
The council next meets Nov. 25 to consider the 2015 budget. The budget will be published next week — look for a post on the budget in coming days — with a public hearing scheduled for Nov. 24.