Continuing Work on a Plan for a Cleaner Oak Creek Watershed

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An update from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission …

The SEWRPC staff have made good progress on the Plan report including drafting Chapter 1 (Introduction), Chapter 2 (Previous Studies, Projects, and Programs), and Chapter 3 (Characterization of the Watershed). 

For Chapter 2 we have summarized targeted and general recommendations relevant to the Oak Creek watershed from the regional water quality plan update (SEWRPC Planning Report No. 50).  Chapter 2 also summarizes other Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, SEWRPC, and municipal studies, projects, and programs related to the Oak Creek watershed. 

Chapter 3 includes an overview of the land use, population, climate, geology, natural resources, and water resources in the watershed. Chapter 3 will provide a good baseline of historical changes and will lay the foundation for assessing the current conditions in the watershed (Chapter 4). 

Public stakeholders will have a chance to review all chapters as they are completed, starting later this year. I will keep you posted on those opportunities, and other chances for your voices to be heard as we shape the future of this watershed.

More details on the planning effort here.

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Wanted: Two People Suspected in South Milwaukee Yacht Club Thefts

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From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On Tuesday July 3, 2018, during the early morning hours, two suspects stole fishing and boating equipment from several boats at the South Milwaukee Yacht Club located at 101 Marshall Avenue. The below photo depicts the suspects who are described as two white males.  One suspect was wearing long pants and a baseball style cap.  The other man was wearing shorts, work boots and a baseball style hat.    

The SMPD is asking for help in identifying the people responsible for this incident and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at 414-768-8060.

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Suburban Soles: Next up for the Guided Nature Walks is a Historical Tour with Nels Monson on Sunday

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From organizer Brian Morrison …

Get your knowledge ready for Heritage week at the end of July and join Suburban Soles: Guided Nature Walks on Sunday (7/8/18) for The History of South Milwaukee, “Historic Escape” with local historian Nels Munson as we hike the Forked Astor Trail and learn about the Mill Pond and Oak Creek’s role in the development of South Milwaukee, this history of the train trestle and Grand Park Club House, and all the historic houses down Hawthorne ave. Meet at 6th and Milwaukee at 10 a.m.

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July 4th Celebration: Thanking our Sponsors, who Have Helped us Grow This Terrific Community Event

July 4th schedule 6-25-18

From the Mayor’s Picnic to bouncy houses to enhanced fireworks to, this year, outdoor wrestling, I’m proud of how we’ve grown our July 4th celebration in South Milwaukee. I’m especially proud of this point: We have been able to do all of this without a single extra dollar of taxpayer money.

Sponsors have made this happen, and please join me in thanking our partners …

See you Wednesday!

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A Word from the SMPD on July 4th: “There are almost no fireworks that are lawful to discharge in a county park or anywhere else in the City of South Milwaukee.”

July 4th schedule 6-25-18

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

The City of South Milwaukee Police Department will have extra officers in Grant Park during the July 4th celebration. The officers will adopt a zero tolerance policy for persons discharging any type or size firework while in the park. There will be no warnings. If you discharge fireworks in the park, you will be cited, and the fireworks will be confiscated. The fine/forfeiture for fireworks violation in the park is $313.00. The fine for fireworks violations outside of the park is $187.00.

The purpose of the enforcement is not to write more tickets, but to discourage the hazardous situations that are created when untrained citizens bring fireworks that launch flaming and exploding projectiles into the park. These fireworks are then ignited and launched from sections of lawn packed with citizens almost shoulder to shoulder. The persons lighting the fireworks have no idea where they will fly or when they will explode. The sizes of the fireworks coming into the park are getting bigger and more dangerous every year. In recent years blankets of uninvolved persons have been burned by flaming debris and a rocket landed and exploded in an unoccupied baby stroller. There are almost no fireworks that are lawful to discharge in a county park or anywhere else in the City of South Milwaukee.

The South Milwaukee Police Department encourages citizens to come to the park, enjoy the fireworks display provided by the City, and use their own fireworks at another time, when it is safe and lawful to do so. The Department would also like to encourage people to drink responsibly, and not to drink and drive.

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Wednesday: Celebrate Independence Day in South Milwaukee … What Are You Most Looking Forward to?

From kids activities to the Mayor’s Picnic to music to outdoor wrestling to fireworks, there is something for everyone at our annual July 4th celebration.

What are you most looking forward to? Post your comments.

July 4th schedule 6-25-18

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Patrolling the Lake: South Milwaukee Fire Department Answers the Call

A couple recent Facebook posts from the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

At approximately 10:45 this evening (Saturday, June 30), SMFD’s rescue boats were requested by the Cudahy Fire Department to assist in extricating an adult patient from the Lake Michigan shoreline. The patient was initially brought aboard our inflatable raft and then transferred to the rescue boat. The patient was transported by boat to the SM Yacht Club, where he was placed in Med-10 and then transported to an area hospital for treatment.

And this …

Several weeks ago, SMFD was called to Grant Park Beach for the report of a person in distress in Lake Michigan. The weather conditions that day were very similar to what we expect for this weekend. Fortunately, the teenage girl that had experienced an asthma attack while floating on an air mattress out in the water and was struggling to get ashore was seen by a jet skier and safely brought in. SMFD treated the patient and transported her to a local hospital. At the same time, another patient was encountered experiencing heat exhaustion and she was treated and transported, as well. SMFD would like to remind everyone to respect the waters of Lake Michigan, be safe during all water and beach activities and take precautions against heat-related issues. Especially, STAY HYDRATED!!

Thanks to all of our firefighters who keep us safe!

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