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Coming Soon: South Milwaukee Historical Society Canopy Talks (Including a 1932 Film Viewing Led by My Dad)

Mark your calendars for July 1!


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Survey Results: Stepping up To Be Heard on the Future of Paramedics and Police

Residents have spoken, and the message is clear: You value our first-class fire and police services.

In all, 1,351 residents responded our recent community-wide survey on public safety funding. Thank you to everyone who filled one out. This feedback will help the city decide how to address our budget challenges moving forward.

The survey results were presented at last night’s council meeting. The presentation is available on the city website.

Highlights from the presentation include:

  • 88% of respondents indicated that maintaining the current level of emergency services is important to them and their families.
  • Three-quarters of the respondents encouraged the city to explore additional funding options to maintain the current level of EMS services rather than reducing services to balance the budget.
  • A majority of respondents support a referendum to increase local property taxes in order to maintain existing fire and emergency medical services and hire two additional police officers.

As I have posted previously, a continuing decline in outside funding for paramedic services – especially funding from Milwaukee County – has created a significant budget gap that continues to grow. The city must take action if it is to preserve locally provided paramedic services into the future. We have also identified a need for additional police officers to fulfill all of the department’s response and preventative responsibilities.

The question is, how do we accomplish that? That is where the survey comes in — making sure your voice is heard loud and clear as we plan for the future.

Again, thank you for stepping up.

Next steps: The common council will continue to evaluate the community’s feedback before making a final decision on whether or not to proceed with a referendum as part of the 2018 budget process. If a referendum is scheduled, it would likely be in early November. We will keep you posted.

My ask: Continue to educate yourself on these issues, and be heard. Your voices always matter.

As a reminder, the city developed an Assessment of Public Safety Funding Options to provide additional information on this issue.



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Reminder: Take the Garden Tour This Saturday

I was lucky to get a pre-tour of the gardens last weekend, and they are terrific.

See for yourself this Saturday, and check out all the terrific vendors on Milwaukee Avenue, too. It should be a fun day.

Learn more on the Garden Club Facebook page.


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Pedlets and Parklets: Making Possible a New, and Really Cool, Approach to Outdoor Dining

I love outdoor dining — and its potential for South Milwaukee.

Thankfully, we already have a few pretty cool options in town. I’m partial to Taco Stop and Azteca Restaurant, and what can beat Ferch’s burgers, custard and beer at Grant Park Beach?

I’m hoping that’s just the start, and that a couple new ordinances will lead to more outdoor dining opportunities in South Milwaukee.

Last month, the South Milwaukee Common Council passed an ordinance authorizing and regulating the use of pedlets and parklets.

Learn more on the city website. From it …

  • A pedlet is a structure that acts as a sidewalk extension beyond the curb line.  It is utilized to allow for a business to use the existing sidewalk as an extension of the business, and the pedlet acts as a new route for pedestrians.
  • A parklet is a platform which is located in the parking lane of the street, is at the same level as the sidewalk, and is intended to provide additional space and amenities for the adjacent business establishment and its patrons.

You’ve probably seen a parklet before, and, if done well, they are terrific. Below is one at Shaker’s Cigar Bar in Walker’s Point, which I visited on Friday. And the above pictures are from West Allis, which has been at the forefront of instituting pedlets.

Beautiful. Let’s bring this to South Milwaukee!

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Robberies Reported at Guardian Credit Union, Aldi

Two armed robberies were reported in South Milwaukee in the past 24 hours.

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On Friday June 16, 2017 at about 8:35am, the SMPD received a report of a bank robbery which had just occurred at the Guardian Credit Union located at 1025 Milwaukee Ave. in South Milwaukee. The suspect contained in the photos above is described as an African American male, approximately 5’10”, 220lbs, 35-50yrs of age, bald head, graying goatee, wearing a white shirt and black shorts, black athletic style shoes, and last seen leaving in a silver colored boxy SUV or mini-van. No weapon was displayed.

The SMPD is also investigating an armed robbery which took place last evening June 15, 2017 at about 8:14pm at Aldi’s located at 3105 S. Chicago Ave. The suspect is an African American male, 20’s, short hair, possible goatee/beard, black shoes, black pants, black shirt with a white stripe across the rear shoulders, and black Chicago Bulls baseball cap with a red brim.

Both cases are under investigation and are not believed to be related. Please contact the SMPD at 414-768-8060 with any information pertaining to either case. Thank you.

Please be on the lookout.

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South Milwaukee Business Spotlight: Molthen-Bell Funeral Home

Here is the second installment of South Milwaukee Business Spotlight, a collaboration with the South Milwaukee Community & Business Association where we’ll spotlight a local small business each month. Businesses will be chosen by the SMCBA.

This month, we profile Molthen-Bell Funeral Home.

The Basics

  • Business name: Molthen-Bell Funeral Home
  • Address: 700 Milwaukee Ave.
  • Hours: 8 to 4:30pm Monday through Friday – Available 24 hours/7 days
    a week
  • Phone number: (414) 762-0154
  • Website:
  • Social media: Facebook
  • Founded: 1916
  • Owner(s): Pinnacle of Wisconsin LLC
  • No. of employees: 14
    • John D. Klein – General Manager
    • Colette Maass – Office Manager
    • Jeff Bell – Funeral Director and Pre Arrangement Specialist
    • Jerry Werth- Funeral Director and Pre Arrangement Specialist
    • Nick Schilling – Funeral Director
    • Alex Salisott – Funeral Director
    • Tajai Turner – Funer Director and Pre Arrangement Specialist
    • Jack Mani – Funeral Assistant and Community Projects
    • Pam Bierbach – Office Administrator and Community Projects
    • Laura Klein – Funeral Director and Community Projects
    • Corey Stephens – 4th Generation Molthen Funeral Director
    • JoAnn Brockman – Funeral Assistant
    • Deb Wilson – Funeral Assistant
    • Lisa Comp-Manley – Funeral Assistant and Office Administrator

Learning More

How did you get involved in the business? The staff of Molthen-Bell is a dedicated group of individuals with over 230 years of combined experience in funeral service. Each of us has our own story as to how we chose funeral service and Molthen-Bell as their career of choice, but the one thing that is the same for all is our passion for serving families in their most difficult times. We pride ourselves on carrying out the traditions that the Molthen-Bell families set forth. Although the titles we each hold are different, we strive for a common goal to be strong pillars in the community as well as compassionate care-givers to the families who live here.

What sets your business apart? We have over 100 years in the South Milwaukee community and have become a staple that offers families in need compassionate and quality service. In keeping with the traditions in family care, and moving forward with the ever changing needs of families, Molthen-Bell has created a comfortable atmosphere for all families that enter our facilities. We take pride in the community projects we are involved with and look forward to continuing those traditions.

What is your business’ biggest challenge? We have found that misinformation has been the biggest challenge we have faced. There are many TV and radio commercials that try to give information on funerals in just 30 seconds. We understand that there are a lot of questions families have and there is no way a simple commercial can answer this large array of questions. Our goal is to educate families on ALL of their options and the costs associated with them.

What is your business’ biggest opportunity? If given the opportunity, it is our primary goal to educate families on the different services we provide. By being in the community for over 100 years, we have built a strong trust with our families and with our continued community involvement we hope to solidify our place in South Milwaukee. We are proud of our relationships with the business community and are looking forward to seeing positive changes in South Milwaukee.

What are your growth plans? We have plans to continue updating our chapels and facilities so they are more accommodating to families and offer a comfortable place to visit with friends and family when they are faced with a difficult time on their lives. In all honesty, we understand that funeral homes are the last place people want to be, so if we can make the environment brighter and more comfortable, it helps ease the grieving process.

Why should others consider doing business in South Milwaukee? Anyone who attends a community event in South Milwaukee can see that the businesses and residents all care greatly about their community. Just come to Evening on the Avenue or Heritage Days, just to name a couple, and you will see the pride the community has and the generosity the businesses offer.

If you could change one thing about South Milwaukee, what would it 
be? I would definitely love to see more businesses, and a greater variety of businesses come to the area. The only way to achieve this is to make the vacant buildings more presentable for future owners and/or renters.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you or your business? Molthen-Bell is very grateful to the men and women who protect us on a daily basis including: police officers, fire fighters, first responders, all branches of the military, etc. In appreciation, we offer a 5% savings on services and merchandise to those who have served.

It is an honor to be a part of South Milwaukee and we look forward to continuing the traditions that have made us a staple in the community.

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Proud Past: Event Celebrates 100 Years of Wulff Lodge

Please join me!Wulff Lodge

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