Now, more than ever, communities need to work together to effectively deliver their services. In an era of increasingly constrained budgets, partnering is an imperative. We must collaborate.
That is why I’m proud to announce the South Milwaukee Common Council has passed an intergovernmental agreement to allow us to provide public health services to the City of St. Francis.
The St. Francis Common Council approved the agreement on Tuesday.
The three-year deal, effective Feb. 1, is positive for both sides and builds on our already strong relationship with our neighbors, including our work on the Environmental Health Consortium.
For us, we gain a full-time equivalent employee to help us deliver our wide array of public health services and programming, including education, immunization, clinic services and code enforcement. It also adds capacity for emergencies. The deal also brings additional revenue opportunities to us, as we will now collect grant dollars and fees that would have flowed to St. Francis.
For St. Francis, it expands the amount of services and programming available to their residents, and alleviates concerns raised with the retirement early next year of their public health administrator and nurse. (Indeed, concerns over filling open positions in this increasingly tight labor market may drive more of these kinds of discussions in coming months and years.)
The deal also makes sense financially. The partnership is essentially budget neutral for both parties, as St. Francis will pay South Milwaukee between $6,700 and $7,387 per month, or about $84,000 per year.
I want to thank South Milwaukee Health Administrator Jacqueline Ove and City Administrator Tami Mayzik for driving this on our end, and St. Francis city leaders for being so open to this common-sense consolidation. These deals are not easy, and it took many hours to get this to the finish line.
My pledge: We will not stop here when it comes to working with our neighbors. This is only the start.
The city portion of your upcoming tax bill will likely be smaller after the South Milwaukee Common Council passed our 2019 budget last week.
Per my previous post on this, the overall tax levy will increase 3.5% to $just under $11 million, while the tax rate will decrease 2.8%, from $9.65 per $1,000 of assessed value, to $9.38. That means the city taxes on a property assessed at $150,000 will decrease from $1,447.50 to $1,407 when you see your tax bills in the mail in coming weeks.
As I’ve said, I’m proud we can deliver a city tax reduction for most property owners, and lower our debt. Still, the budget does not change the economic realities we continue to face — marked by restrictive state levy limits and other mandates that make it more and more difficult to fund our first-class city services. We will continue to fight that fight. We have to.
On November 27th, at approximately 11:00 AM, a robbery occurred at the Associated Bank branch in South Milwaukee. A single male suspect implied a weapon and obtained an undetermined amount of money before fleeing on foot. Suspect is described as a thin black male, 20’s to early 30’s, wearing a dark colored hooded jacket or sweatshirt, dark jeans and white and black athletic shoes.
We continue to investigate and are asking for the community’s help. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the South Milwaukee Police Department at 414-768-8060.
Additional information will be provided as we have it.
The Brooks family is proud to present a holiday tradition that continues to grow.
We’re again gathering toys, games, etc. and then delivering those Christmas gifts to several Milwaukee-area homeless/domestic violence shelters on Christmas Eve. We’ll also donate toys to South Milwaukee Human Concerns.
Our family will go shopping for toys in the next few weeks.
So here is the ask: If anyone wants to donate gifts for us to take, or donate money for us to spend on gifts when we go shopping, drop them off with Sarah or me any time before Christmas Eve.
New, unwrapped items, please.
And if you’d like to come with us on Dec. 24 — and show your kids the true meaning of the season — please join us. We’d love to have you. We leave from our house around 9 a.m. and will stop for lunch afterward.
Drafting of the Oak Creek watershed restoration plan is underway, and we’d like your feedback on some of the early work, as we continue on this journey to revitalize and reinvigorate this waterway.
From the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission …
We have scheduled an Stakeholder meeting for Thursday, December 13, 2018, in South Milwaukee. The intent of this meeting is to present Plan draft Chapter 1 (Introduction), Chapter 2 (Prior and Ongoing Studies, Plans, Projects, and Programs), and Chapter 3 (Characterization of the Watershed). Draft chapters are available for review on the project website.
Beverage and light supper will be available.
Please register for the meeting using the link here.
The meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., will held at City Hall, 2424 15th Ave.
Here is a shot from the South Milwaukee Lighted Christmas Parade. Do you have a photo you’d like to share on the blog? Send it along.
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