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I especially love this first story … thanks for stepping up, Ms. Bobber!

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Self-Deposit Station Moving to Per-Visit Fee vs. Per-Day

Effective today, Jan. 3, the Self-Deposit Station, at 1106 Blake Ave, will be changing its user fees from a daily user fee to a per visit user fee.

The new user fee will be $3 per visit.

Making this change will help sustain the facility, a valuable service we are proud to provide, and will continue to.

The self-deposit station will likely never be self-sufficient, and that’s OK.

It costs us more than $175,000 to operate the facility each year, and we recover less than half of that cost through fees. We need to find ways to reasonably cover that expense in an era of rising costs and limited sources of city revenue, and I think this fee change is reasonable.

Remember, each home owner also receives a free special pickup each year.

Self Deposit Station winter hours (December 1-March 31) are …

  • Tuesday and Friday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • CLOSED Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Get more details on the Street Department and self-deposit station here.


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What to do With Your Christmas Tree …

There is no official cutoff date for disposal of trees. However, we ask that trees are placed at the curb in a reasonable amount of time after the holiday season.

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December 31, 2019 · 3:23 pm

New Urgent Care Center Coming to South Milwaukee

South Milwaukee will soon have an urgent care option.

Physicians Urgent Care — a non-affiliated group of physicians based in Rockford, Ill. — is bringing a 3,500 square-foot center to the Shops of Drexel Square at 3111 S. Chicago Avenue, adjacent to ALDI.

The center will be open daily, Monday-Friday 8 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 to 4 p.m.

The South Milwaukee Plan Commission approved the development in August, and construction has begun. The clinic is expected to open in April.

Welcome to South Milwaukee!

From the Physicians Urgent Care website …

Physicians Urgent Care, also known as Physicians Immediate Care, is a Midwest leader in urgent care and occupational health services with over 40 locations in Illinois and Indiana. No appointments are required, and most clinics are open seven days a week, up to 12 hours a day, to treat non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Our clinics are staffed by a doctor or advanced practice provider, under the supervision of a doctor, who provides quality, caring service, and effectively diagnoses and treats a variety of injuries and ailments.

Physicians Urgent Care, also known as Physicians Immediate Care, was founded in early 1987 under the leadership of John J. Koehler, M.D., in Rockford, IL. Today the company is led by Stan Blaylock, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Koehler, Founder and Medical Director for Occupational Medicine. For more than 30 years, we’ve been dedicated to bringing affordable and convenient health care to the communities that we serve.

Another location is opening in Mount Pleasant, the first for Physicians Urgent Care in Wisconsin.


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And Your 2019 Light Up South Milwaukee Holiday Lights Award Winners Are …

Thanks again to everyone who nominated a home this year — it was a tough choice! I’m proud to share the winners, chosen from nominations through our web form and Facebook, as well as homes we came across as South Milwaukee’s Happy Day Tours took us on our judging tour.

First, let’s start with last year’s winners, who were not eligible to win again in 2019. Check out all of these addresses on your lights tour, including the amazing Lights on Edgewood show.

Now on to the 2019 winners! Grouped by location (for easier driving) …

613 Walnut St.
905 Fairview Ave.
810 Carrington Ave.
2501 8th Ave.
3105 5th Ave.
1817 Edgewood Ave.
1333 Columbia Ave.
1907 17th Ave.
1720 Manitoba Ave.
1639 Monroe Ave.

I’d also add the following honorable mentions, which scored highly among judges. In no particular order …

  • 604 Walnut St.
  • 1120 Park Ave.
  • 513 Brookdale Court
  • 1828 Kristin Lane
  • 3310 15th Ave.
  • 1313 Columbia Ave.
  • 209 Laurel Lane
  • 1626 Hickory St.
  • 118 Lake Drive
  • 1400 Drexel Blvd.
  • 1406 17th Ave.
  • 1409 Menomonee Ave.
  • 1503 Fairview Ave.
  • 621 Hawthorne Ave.
  • 1201 Russet Lane
  • 1915 17th Ave.

And I would add a special mayoral recognition for these two properties …

Again, congratulations to all of our winners … and I close with one ask: Be sure to nominate deserving addresses in 2020! I know there are some we missed because they were not nominated.

Let’s shine this Christmas, South Milwaukee.

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Post Office Update: Standing up for Local Input, and Accountability

The United State Postal Service facility being built at the corners of College and Nicholson Avenues may now be twice as large as proposed earlier this year — and the agency still has not told the public anything about their plans.

That is unacceptable.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A U.S. Postal Service facility coming to Oak Creek now includes an addition that would apparently replace the downtown Milwaukee postal center — opening up that massive building for redevelopment. 

The revised plans for the agency’s Oak Creek project now call for a building, constructed in two phases, totaling 935,000 square feet.

The agency plans to develop the building on more than 60 acres it owns at 2201 E. College Ave., southeast of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.

The first phase, a mail processing annex totaling 423,900 square feet, would replace an outdated Oak Creek facility at 7620 S. 10th St. The second phase, a processing and distribution center, would encompass 511,100 square feet, according to newly revised plans filed with the state Department of Natural Resources.

The Postal Service has already started site preparation work for the first phase, Vickers said. That building is to be partly completed by November 2020, and fully finished by March 2021, according to city officials, who want more time to review those plans. The new documents filed with the DNR do not indicate a timetable for the second phase.

But they do show that the 935,000-square-foot building would be on one level. That would allow for the facility’s automated processing systems to operate more efficiently, the filing said.

The DNR filing is tied to the Postal Service seeking permission to fill some wetlands at the project site.

The Postal Service in 2008 received city permission for an 820,000-square-foot facility, which was to replace both the Oak Creek and downtown Milwaukee processing centers. But the agency didn’t proceed with those plans because of a lack of funding.

The agency believes the 2008 approvals are sufficient for the revised project. Oak Creek officials say those approvals have expired, and are demanding another public review.

The City of South Milwaukee is joining in those demands, and the common Council passed a resolution last month opposing the project.

We want to make sure your voices are heard on this project … and ours too. We as a city have plenty of questions — from concerns over traffic counts to landscaping — and we want answers. We demand them.

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. The USPS should do the right thing. It’s unfortunate they need to be reminded of that.

I’ll keep you posted … and continue to work to make sure the U.S. Postal Service is held accountable.


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Leaf Collection Update

Thanks to all of our crews for their hard work during this challenging collection season!

The Self-Deposit Station is open Tuesday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details here.

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