Category Archives: Milwaukee County

Take Your Kids Fishing Saturday at the Mill Pond

The Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek are hosting a children’s fishing clinic this Saturday (tomorrow) at the Mill Pond.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with hands-on instruction around knot tying, safe use of fishing equipment and proper techniques.

Families are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment, although the Friends also have poles available.

Children age 15 and under are welcome, with adult supervision for young children. Pre-registration is not required, so come on by!

Check out the press release about the fishing clinics – being held at 11 Milwaukee County Parks ponds – for more information.

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Reminder: Watershed Plan Kickoff Meeting Set for April 12

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March 28, 2016 · 5:00 pm

Candidate Forum Set for March 24

Learn more about the candidates for Milwaukee County Board and Cudahy mayor.

Thanks to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce for holding this event, and to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center for hosting it.

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Tracking Coyotes

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Coyotes are becoming an increasing part of everyday life across the county — and that includes South Milwaukee.

Take a look at the website Milwaukee County Coyote Watch, a new public database that aims to track coyote sightings across the area and learn from that data.

Here is one report from South Milwaukee from October …

We hear coyotes on a regular basis howling across the street from our house on Oak Creek Pkwy in South Milwaukee. On this date, October 12th, I watched one walk right down the middle of the street past our house at approximately 10:15pm.

Learn more about the coyote database here and here.

And here is the county’s press release on efforts it’s taking to address urban coyotes, including trapping and tagging them in Wauwatosa and West Allis.

So, what should you do if you see a coyote? First, please record the sighting on the Coyote Watch website — do not call our Health Department.

From the tracker website …

  1. Do NOT feed coyotes (directly OR indirectly – pet food left outside, fallen fruit in yard, fallen bird seed, etc.)
  2. Reinforce the fear of humans when encountering a bold or habituated coyote (chase and yell at the coyote, use projectiles – rocks/sticks, use repellents – such as a hose if it’s a backyard encounter).
  3. Keep pets on LEASH!

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also has information on coexisting with urban wildlife. Bayside also has some great tips for dealing with coyotes.

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County Board: Two Vie For District 8 Seat

Two people are running to replace Supervisor Patricia Jursik on the Milwaukee County Board.

The two candidates for the District 8 seat are …

  • Tony Bloom, 1428 Michigan Ave. in South Milwaukee
  • David Sartori, 6000 S. Buckhorn Ave. #215 in Cudahy

Cudahy’s Kevin Fech, who had filed a declaration of candidacy for the seat, informed me today he will not be running.

The deadline for nomination signatures was 5 p.m. today.

You can see a list of all 2016 spring candidates on the Milwaukee County Election Commission website here. And here is Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage on contested races.

Election day is Tuesday, April 5.

Jursik announced in November she would not seek another term.

Look for more information as the race heats up this winter.

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Beech Street Bridge Put In Place

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Good news for students, dog walkers, bikers and runners: The Beech Street foot bridge over Oak Creek was put in place on Monday.

According to Milwaukee County, “Work is progressing on the approaches today (Tuesday, Dec. 22).  The bridge is usable but still hard to get to without the approaches. … The bridge should be safely usable by Thursday.”

Paving the approaches and turf restoration will not occur until the spring.

Thanks to the Parks Department for their work in getting this done before Christmas, and to County Supervisor Pat Jursik for leading the charge to get this built as quickly as it is.

This bridge will stand the test of time, and it’s great to see the county’s continued investment in our parks and parkways.

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Approved: Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan To Begin In Early 2016

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What a watershed week for the future of the Oak Creek watershed.

In the past week, the South Milwaukee Common Council, Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Board all approved intergovernmental cooperation agreements for the creation of an Oak Creek watershed restoration plan.

Next: The beginning of the planning process itself in the first couple of months of 2016.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will do the work, as it develops recommendations to improve water quality, recreational access and use, habitat conditions and targeted stormwater drainage and flooding issues. The status and future of the Mill Pond and dam will also receive special focus as part of the study.

It’s much-needed work that is too long in coming — about 30 years, to be exact. That’s how long it’s been since the watershed has received this kind of holistic planning focus. And I’m proud to help drive it.

Of course, patience is encouraged, as we take a long-term view in fixing the watershed.

The study will take more than two years to complete. My ask: Be heard, throughout.

There will be plenty of opportunities for public input, comment and reaction. In addition to regular meetings of a technical committee comprised of representatives from each watershed jurisdiction, there will be a number of stakeholder meetings for area residents, an open house and other chances to weigh in. More details to come on that early next year.

The study will cost $542,900, with MMSD contributing $280,000 of that — equal to the amount of watershed land mass in the sewerage district boundaries. SEWRPC is contributing $225,000 in-kind, while the remaining $18,950 shares will be paid by the City of South Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.

I have every confidence this will be money well spent, as it yields the information, science, context and road map we need to make decisions big and small in bringing the watershed back to life.

In other words, the work toward a cleaner and more vibrant Oak Creek watershed begins now. Dive in with all the partners who have come together to make this restoration plan a reality.

Let’s go.

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