Category Archives: South Milwaukee

Winter Parking Restrictions Begin Today in South Milwaukee

See how to purchase permits on the city website

  1. During the period from December 1st to March 31st, no person shall park a vehicle on any street in the city of South Milwaukee between the hours of 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM. 
  2. However, vehicles may be parked during such hours if a permit is obtained from the Police Department after the filing of an application and the payment of $30.00 per month permit fee, $20.00 if obtained after the 15th of the month, or $100.00 for a 4-month permit.   Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Excluding Holidays and Holidays observed (November 24 – 25; December 23 – 26; December 30- January 2)
  3.  Any vehicle parked according to (1) or (2) above shall only be permitted to park on the EVEN numbered side of the street on those nights when the calendar date before midnight is even (N and W sides of the street are even) and on the ODD side of the street on those nights when the calendar date before midnight is odd (S and E sides of the street are odd), *Where parking is normally permitted only on one side of the street this section (3) shall not apply. 
  4. SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED 
    The Mayor, if after consulting with the Street Department, finds that due to snow, sleet, or freezing rain, the street must be plowed or salted, may declare a SNOW EMERGENCY, which will prohibit parking on any of the Arterial Streets as named in Section 28.12 of the Municipal Code.  Whenever such an emergency is declared, which will be announced on at least (3) radio stations (WTMJ, WISN,WOKY), it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle between the hours of 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM inclusive, or any of the Arterial Streets as mentioned above. 

An image following November’s historic snowstorm in Buffalo, New York.

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Disturbing Case, As Woman Collapses At Local Bar, Dies; Person Of Interest Reportedly Identified

Update from 11/29: The person of interest is in custody.

From WISN

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman who lost consciousness at a South Milwaukee bar and later died as Kim Mikulance. She was a 55-year-old Cudahy mother of four.

The cause of death is listed as undetermined. The Medical Examiner’s Office said it is pending.

South Milwaukee Police said Mikulance was at Powers on 10th with 52-year-old Timothy Olson when she collapsed. Surveillance video showed the two sitting together. The Racine Police Department has been warning the public of Olson, accusing him of meeting women through a dating app, drugging them and then using their credit cards.

The South Milwaukee Police Department is unsure if Olson is connected to Raina’s death, but they are calling him a person of interest.

Mikulance’s friends at Powers on 10th knew her as ‘Raina,’ and remembered her for her fun-loving personality.

“She was a karaoke girl. She loved to sing and she was a good singer, you know. So she was pretty good that way,” said Marc Gaidish, a friend of Mikulance’s.

The tight-knit community inside Powers on 10th said Mikulance was a friend to many.

Also check out coverage from TMJ4 and a previous story from WISN.

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World Cup 2022: Scenes And Coverage From The 2022 Moran’s Pub Watch Party In Oak Creek

It was a beautiful day for some World Cup soccer on Black Friday, as Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek played host to the Moran’s Pub USA vs. England viewing party. Hundreds joined the fun, family-friendly event.

Check out images below — and coverage from Fox 6, WISN and Spectrum News.

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Shop Local This Holiday!

On this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and beyond, join me in shopping local!

There are plenty of options, which the City of South Milwaukee has rounded up nicely in a couple of promotional pieces (see below). And give a like to the Shop Local South Milwaukee Facebook page for regular updates on what is happening a local merchants. There have been more than a dozen updates in the last few days alone.

I’m happy to see this page now has over 800 likes. Thank you, Chris Haslam, for maintaining it.

I’m particularly intrigued by what’s happening at Omen this weekend. Krampus!

Links to the above local retailer guides: Shopping | Food & Beverage

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USA! USA! Today: Check Out The Moran’s Pub Black Friday World Cup Viewing Party At Drexel Town Square

I’ll see you there! The weather looks great.

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Transit Cuts To Impact South Milwaukee

The Route 48 Freeway Flyer is being eliminated, and service on Route 52 will soon be “modified … due to very low ridership,” the Milwaukee County Transit System announced on Monday.

See the full press release here. From it …

MCTS announces changes to service approved by Milwaukee County in the 2023 annual budget. These changes are due to a combination of several factors, including a projected 2025 transit funding gap and a COVID-19-induced transition to hybrid work schedules downtown which led to reduced ridership on Freeway Flyer routes.

According to a Milwaukee County Comptroller report released earlier this year, federal stimulus funds used by MCTS to maintain transit service will no longer by available in 2025. The result will be a need to increase funding to MCTS by approximately $30 million simply to maintain service. As such, MCTS has been directed to begin to reduce service to chip away at the future fiscal gap. In addition, MCTS, like many transit agencies across the country, faces a smaller bus operator workforce despite an ongoing approach to recruiting and retaining bus drivers.

MCTS shared the following service changes and when these changes occur.

  • Freeway Flyer Routes 4043444648, and 49: These six routes, which have been suspended since January 2022, will be eliminated due to previously low levels of ridership. Many downtown employers have moved to hybrid work models due to COVID-19 and reduced the demand for this service. MCTS outlined these changes in a public hearing at the County Board’s Committee on Transportation and Transit earlier this year. NOTE: U-Bus Routes 40U, 44U, and 49U are not affected and will continue as scheduled.
  • Route 52: Service will be modified in March 2023 due to very low ridership. Additional information will be provided next year.

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Light up the South Shore: Holiday Home & Business Decorating Contest Offers Cash Prizes

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November 20, 2022 · 5:03 pm

Generational Opportunity for South Milwaukee Growth: Developer Proposes New Neighborhood — 587 Total Living Units — for Former Everbrite Site

The developer briefed the city on this opportunity more than a year ago — and I’m excited to see this move forward.

Redevelopments like this are a foundation of South Milwaukee’s future.

For a landlocked city, this gives us our first opportunity at significant growth in decades, while also giving a “second chance” to an abandoned lakefront property that was home to manufacturing for generations.

From the Journal Sentinel story

The proposal from Fresh Coast Development could be constructed in multiple phases on just over 31 acres of brownfield at 315 Marion Ave. north of the city’s water treatment plant.

“A project cost estimate is still being calculated,” said Assistant City Administrator and Economic Development Director Patrick Brever. “TIF support is likely going to be targeted toward infrastructure needs for the site.”

South Milwaukee’s plan commission acknowledged there are still details to work out but on Nov. 8 voted unanimously to direct city staff to take initial steps to create Tax Incremental District 6 in 2023. In a TIF, property taxes from within the district are used to pay for public improvements and other costs. Once the debt is paid off and the district is retried, the added tax base flows into the general coffers of the city, school, county and other taxing entities.

The single-family component includes 25 new homes along 5th Avenue with attached two-car garages accessed via a rear alley. Project documents show the placement of the single-family homes is to act as a buffer to the existing neighborhood to the west.

Brever said the final breakdown of one-, two- and three-bedroom units in each building has not yet been determined.

To the northeast is a clubhouse with community room, outdoor pool, fitness and business centers and a locker room. There is a lawn area set aside for outdoor activities with access to the public park overlooking Lake Michigan. Throughout the development are sidewalks and walking trails connected to the bluff and down to the lake.

Two playground areas are also included in the proposal at the north and south of the property and a fenced dog park along the northern border of the property east of the playground and west of the clubhouse.

Here is Business Journal coverage.

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Big Christmas Saturday in South Milwaukee

See you November 19!

For a full list of holiday and other events, check out the Events page.

Am I missing your holiday event? Please email me at erikbrooks32@gmail.com.

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Feeding the Community: Meals Ahead of Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, the public is welcome at two community meals in the South Shore …

  • Thursday, November 17: Monthly Community Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ. This month’s meal is catered by Skyline Catering and served by local youth.
  • Wednesday, November 23: Community-Sponsored Thanksgiving Dinner, Oak Creek Community Center. Details

Thanks to both organizations for hosting these events — and to all of the volunteers helping make them a reality.

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Veterans Day in South Milwaukee: Here’s What is Planned

There are several opportunities for you to honor our veterans on Friday, Nov. 11.

  • First, the public is welcome as the South Milwaukee Veterans Council is holding a Veterans Day event at 11 a.m. inside the American Legion Post #27 hall, with a short ceremony followed by a luncheon served by AMVETS Post 4 AUX.  
  • Residents are then encouraged to line 15th Avenue across from the middle and high schools for the annual Veterans Day parade starting at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Veterans in the parade will return to the high school for an inside ceremony and reception that is not open to the public. 
  • Then it’s Viva Vegas Night to benefit Stars & Stripes Honor Flight, 7-10 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall. Details

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South Milwaukee School News: Veterans Day Parade, Upcoming Theater and Choir Performances and More

From the South Milwaukee School District …

2022 Veterans Day Parade 

Residents are encouraged to line 15th Avenue across from the middle and high schools for the annual Veterans Day parade starting at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11. Veterans in the parade will return to the high school for an inside ceremony and reception that is not open to the public. 

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Radium Girls

Radium Girls, a performance by 12 student actors and a 30+member student crew will be on stage this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Radium Girls is based on a true story of factory workers who painted luminous watches with glowing radium paint and their efforts to expose their illnesses and get their day in court. “Called a ‘powerful’ and ‘engrossing’ drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.” Visit https://www.southmilwaukeepac.org/ for tickets.

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Concert Choir to Perform at SMPAC’s Performing Arts Series Show, GOOD NEWS on Nov. 18

The South Milwaukee High School Concert Choir will be featured alongside Kiran Vedula, musician, artist and director of GOOD NEWS: Expressing Freely, Hoping Fearlessly at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. SMHS students will perform in one of the numbers on stage during the show. Tickets for the show are available at www.southmilwaukeepac.org or (414) 766-5049.

Vedula is a Milwaukee-based Indian-American musician, producer, and educator who combines hip-hop and experimental electronic music with traditional folk influences from around the world.

His newest work, GOOD NEWS, is a multicultural celebration of joy and togetherness featuring singers, dancers and musicians performing original music and traditional rhythms from India, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Ivory Coast.

“Kiran spent just one period with my students in an improv session, and it was amazing! It really had students vulnerable and able to make amazing connections,” Music Teacher Aimee Swanson said. 

Vedula is founder of Flutes at Dawn, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality education and mentorship through communication, cultural relevance, and shared positive experiences. “His life message and reflection time after our ‘jam/improv’ learning session was great,” Swanson said. “I could NEVER have provided this experience for students.”

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#SMWay in the Classroom

Check out the #SMWay in the Classroom Playlist on YouTube a new effort to peek inside classrooms in the school District. The two videos created so far give residents and idea what Drama students are working on, and a bit about the ProStart cooking class that’s hoping to compete at Walt Disney World in the spring.

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2022 Fall General Election: How Did South Milwaukee Vote?

The short answer to the question in the headline: Democratic, mostly, but we remain pretty close to a 50-50 city.

Check out the full results here.

Turnout was high — more than 73% of registered voters. Here is who we supported:

  • U.S. Senator: Mandela Barnes 51.1%, Ron Johnson 48.6%
  • U.S. House: Ann Roe 49.8%, Bryan Steil 49.2%
  • Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor: Tony Evers/Sara Rodriguez 53%, Tim Michels/Roger Roth 45.8%
  • Attorney General: Josh Kaul 52.2%, Eric Toney 47.6%
  • Secretary of State: Doug La Follette 50.8%, Amy Loudenbeck 44.8%
  • State Treasurer: Aaron Richardson 50.6%, John Lieber 46.9%
  • State Senator, District 7: Chris Larson 53.3%, Peter Gilbert 46.3%
  • State Assembly, District 21: Jessie Rodriguez 50.6%, Nathan Jurowski 49.2%

We also voted a resounding “yes” on both referenda on the ballot, about banning semi-automatic firearms and legalizing marijuana.

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It’s Election Day. Vote!

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here is where you vote …

  • District 1 (Wards 1 through 4): South Milwaukee Public Library, 1907 10th Avenue
  • District 2 (Wards 5 through 8): Divine Mercy Gathering Room, 800 Marquette Avenue
  • District 3 (Wards 9 through 12): City Administration Building, 2424 15th Avenue
  • District 4 (Wards 13 through 16): Grobschmidt Senior Center, 2424 15th Avenue

Check out a sample ballot here.

Not registered? You can do so at the polling place on Election Day. Details here.

Visit the city’s Election Information page for more.

And look for local election results on the blog later tonight or Wednesday.

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(Re)Investing in Downtown South Milwaukee

I’m so excited to see progress accelerating on the rebirth of downtown South Milwaukee … and that the Bucyrus Foundation funds are being reinvested to accelerate and sustain growth.

The momentum is real.

From a city press release

In September 2021, the Bucyrus Foundation announced they would be making a generational, legacy-ensuring investment in the city it called home for nearly 120 years. A $10 million commitment was made to the City of South Milwaukee and the South Milwaukee School District over a 10-year period.

In May 2022, the City announced a partnership with Downtown Strategies for the creation of a fiveyear strategic plan for Downtown South Milwaukee to be funded by the Bucyrus Foundation.

At their meeting on November 1, 2022, the South Milwaukee Common Council approved the final plan and committed to implementing some of its policy recommendations. With Bucyrus Foundation funds, three grant programs intended to encourage commercial redevelopment, attract/retain businesses, and assist our nonprofit community will be created.

The Bucyrus Façade Improvement Grant encourages property and business owners to apply for matching grants up to $15,000 to make exterior building improvements to existing commercial storefronts.

The Bucyrus New Business Grant provides one-time assistance in the amount of $5,000 for new and existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space on Milwaukee Avenue between the 800 and 1300 blocks. Eligible grant expenses include commercial lease/mortgage payments, business operating expenses, and commercial building repair and tenant improvements.

The third program being established is called the Bucyrus Foundation Civic Grant. This program allows for nonprofit organizations to apply for up to $25,000 to address a community need, improve community support, solve a problem, or enrich the people of South Milwaukee.

Grant program information can now be found on the City of South Milwaukee’s website with funding available in 2023. The City’s Economic Development Office will start accepting applications in January.

Said Tim Sullivan, Bucyrus Foundation Chairman & former CEO of Bucyrus International, Inc.: “The Bucyrus Foundation is supportive of the City’s planning efforts and the findings identified by Downtown Strategies and City officials. We are pleased to know the Foundation’s investment will assist growing small businesses, worthy nonprofits, and be used to make physical improvements downtown.”

Said South Milwaukee Mayor Jim Shelenske: “With the Bucyrus Foundation’s support, a renaissance has truly begun in Downtown South Milwaukee. Thank you to the over 400 residents, visitors, and business owners who participated in our public survey process this summer. The future of the area is bright if we can all continue to work together.”

Per the plan’s recommendations, the Council also authorized adjustments to the City’s vacant property ordinance to incentivize property rehabilitation and occupancy. Additional approvals were granted for commercial façade design guidelines, a mural to be painted on the west wall of the South Milwaukee Human Concerns building at 1029 Milwaukee Avenue, and for the purchase of benches, trash and recycling bins, bike racks, and planters to be placed along Milwaukee Avenue and at the Bucyrus Commons.

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