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County Board: Two Vie For District 8 Seat

Two people are running to replace Supervisor Patricia Jursik on the Milwaukee County Board.

The two candidates for the District 8 seat are …

  • Tony Bloom, 1428 Michigan Ave. in South Milwaukee
  • David Sartori, 6000 S. Buckhorn Ave. #215 in Cudahy

Cudahy’s Kevin Fech, who had filed a declaration of candidacy for the seat, informed me today he will not be running.

The deadline for nomination signatures was 5 p.m. today.

You can see a list of all 2016 spring candidates on the Milwaukee County Election Commission website here. And here is Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage on contested races.

Election day is Tuesday, April 5.

Jursik announced in November she would not seek another term.

Look for more information as the race heats up this winter.

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Supervisor Jursik To Not Seek Another Term

South Shore Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik announced today she will not be seeking another term on the County Board.

From her newsletter

On Tuesday, November 24, 2016, I filed my Declaration of Non-Candidacy for the position I have held since 2007. This is the formal document indicating that I will not seek re-election for the office of County Supervisor in District 8.

It has been both a privilege and a deep personal honor to represent my fellow citizens in the South Shore of Milwaukee County. Our government is formed to allow a single individual to represent many in the particular level of government in which they serve. I have never lost sight of this representative capacity. I know you may not always have agreed with my decisions, but I hope you always felt that I was trying my best to represent our larger district and the best interests of the people. I found that this is no easy task since you will always be “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” in some circles. This being said, it has nearly always been my experience that the people of District 8 are good, hard working folks that are fair minded and grounded in common sense.

I have filed my papers well before the actual deadline of December 28, 2015 in order to give those interested in running a full month to gather signatures on nomination papers. I do ask that all voters to learn about these candidates and remember that citizenship not only includes rights but also responsibilities. Please be an informed voter. I will not endorse any candidate. This is your job, not mine.

My last day in office is April 17, 2016. I will continue to fulfill my duties until that time. God bless all of our fellow citizens in the great South Shore of Milwaukee County.

I have mixed emotions about this. While I wish Pat all the best in her retirement, I will miss her deeply in this role.

We are losing a strong, caring and tireless advocate for South Milwaukee and the entire South Shore. I respect Pat tremendously, and, while we didn’t agree on every issue (we did on most), I wish I had four more years to work with her on priorities like enhancing our parks, revitalizing the Oak Creek watershed, economic development, and other important issues.

Good luck, Pat.

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Reminder: Meet With Me, And Supervisor Jursik, On Saturday

Just a quick reminder about this Saturday’s Meet the Mayor event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at I Can’t Resist Kids’ Resale, 915 Milwaukee Ave.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik will be joining me as a special gust.

Then, on Saturday, May 30, State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez will be joining me at Nona’s Café, 2206 10th Ave.

Bring your questions, comments or concerns, or just stop by, say hi and check out these terrific local businesses.

Thanks again to Becky and Ida for hosting these events, and to Pat and Jessie for joining me!

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Planning For The Future Of The Oak Creek Watershed

Few issues inspire as much passion in South Milwaukee as the Mill Pond. And rightfully so.

This is an iconic piece of our city’s history, an environmental and recreational — and, at one time, economic — resource that has touched thousands of lives over decades.

Ice skating, hot chocolate at the Warming House, first kisses behind the island. Graduation photos near the waterfall. Boating. Fishing. Many of you reading this I am sure have lifelong memories of the Mill Pond and what it used to be.

But this once-proud institution has fallen on hard times. It needs some love, attention and, ultimately, significant investment.

It also needs an effort, I’d argue, that goes well beyond the Mill Pond.

That is why I’m proud to say we’re making progress toward an Oak Creek Watershed study – a plan that takes a holistic look at the 28 square miles of land that ultimately drains into Oak Creek.

Yes, this is about much more than the Mill Pond.

As you can see in this map, the watershed encompasses parts of South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Franklin, Greenfield, Cudahy and Milwaukee, including the southern part of Mitchell International Airport. Of course, Milwaukee County is a key player here, as so much of the watershed in South Milwaukee is parkland, as is the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. And so are the passionate and dedicated local groups who have made the Oak Creek watercourse and the Mill Pond their mission: the Friends of the Mill Pond and Restore the Lagoon. Both should get credit for the work they’ve done to invest in watercourse and Mill Pond health.

All are partners in this effort. All are welcome at the table.

Earlier this month, Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik and I organized a meeting of these and other key watershed stakeholders to begin dialog around doing an Oak Creek watershed study. The meeting provided the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission — which would conduct the study in partnership with a third-party group focused on education and outreach – with feedback on just what the planning effort should entail. Now, SEWRPC will be coming back to us in coming weeks with a scope of work and cost estimates for what will likely be a two-year study.

Indeed, these restoration plans are no small undertaking.

They are comprehensive efforts that take a scientific approach to watershed health, ultimately delivering clear recommendations around the environmental, aesthetic, engineering and recreational enhancements we need to make to Oak Creek.

Such a comprehensive watershed plan hasn’t been done in almost 30 years, and I’d argue we can not — nor should not — spend significant dollars in improving the health and vibrance of this waterway without having the scientific data and community input that this process will yield. A plan will also give clear recommendations and cost estimates for projects up and down the creek, and then we can move ahead with the heavy lifting necessary to make improvements.

Of course, this approach will include a detailed look at options for the Mill Pond and the dam. It has to.

Should the dam stay? Should it go? Is there some middle ground? And, if it does stay, what might that area look like? My vision: Ice skating in the winter, paddle boats and kayaks in the summer, buying ice cream and hot chocolate at the Warming House, more accessible and higher quality fishing, nature trails, a clear connection with downtown. But that’s just my vision.

We need a collaborative approach here – one informed by what the study. Doing it this way will ensure we know how improvements to one part of the creek impact the entire watershed, the pond and dam included. It will force answers to some hard questions. It will get us thinking about the broader picture, about how upstream changes might impact the creek downstream, and vice versa.

Then, once we’ve begun to answer those questions, the real work starts.

Plans can’t sit on shelves and collect dust. We’ve all seen too many of those. This plan, any plan, needs the right people to act on its recommendations. It takes political will. That is why I promise to partner with other stakeholders to take the results of the study and push to bring its recommendations to life through investment in the watershed. We can’t go it alone. Nor should we.

It won’t be easy. It won’t be cheap. It won’t happen overnight.

But this approach will ultimately deliver what’s best for the entire watershed.

Supervisor Jursik started this work several years ago, and I give her significant credit for doing so. She is a passionate advocate for the South Shore and continues to provide strong leadership here.

Going forward, I’m proud to join her in playing a role to move us ahead … ultimately helping lead us to a more promising future for the entire Oak Creek Watershed, South Milwaukee included.

Stay tuned.


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South Shore Option 3.0: Local Economic Development Event Set For Monday

From Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik, the strongest advocate for the South Shore I know … I look forward to presenting on Monday and hope to see you there!

Supervisor Patricia Jursik, Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, along with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, will host the 3rd Economic Development Forum, South Shore Option, featuring new and planned economic development projects in the Cities of St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek, the four South Shore communities.

“Our South Shore is becoming one of the most dynamic areas in Milwaukee County for economic growth and development,” Supervisor Jursik said. The Forum will feature economic development presented by each of the city’s development managers. “It will be an informative program for citizens to hear not only from their own community but also the neighboring communities.” Developers will also be invited to gauge the dynamic opportunities available along the South Shore of Milwaukee County

  • When: November 17, 2014
  • Where: St. Francis Civic Center, 3400 E. Howard Avenue, St. Francis WI 53235
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Who: City Mayors or Development Directors and Supervisor Patricia Jursik
  • What: Development Forum to report both new and planned development

Here is the full press release.

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County Budget Update: Money For Grant Park Trails, Oak Creek And More

County Executive Chris Abele’s budget includes some strong support for the South Shore and South Milwaukee.

Now, there are still lots of moving parts with this process as the Milwaukee County Board weighs the document and makes its own changes, but things look promising for our fair city.

Check out details on the proposed budget here. And County Supervisor Patricia Jursik has her take on it in her newly published newsletter. From the newsletter …

New for District 8

  • $378,500.00 is provided for remediation of the Warnimont Park site that has once been used as a dump site. Our ancestors did not always consider the consequences of using a natural ravine as a place to dump garbage. Even today, illegal dumping takes place in our parks. Please report any sighting of trash/ rubbish dumping of any kind.
  • $324,000 continues to be the funding planned for the Oak Creek stream bed stabilization in 2016. This must first be done before looking at dredging of the pond. However, the Parks Department is spending $10,000 to test the silt to understand if it is contaminated which would impact the cost.

Bike Trail Replacement

District 8 will benefit from $500,000 for Sheridan/Warnimont trail replacement which is still pending from 2014 projects plus a new $830,000 for Grant Park. Both projects should be done at the same time. Our trails are among the oldest in the system.

Bus Route Extension

Route 80 on Howell Avenue will be extended to provide service to the future Drexel Town Square. The City of Oak Creek has been requesting an extension and my office was proud to move this request forward. Our Route 55 on Layton will intersect with Route 80 at Layton and Howell Avenues. Bus riders can now connect to Woodman’s, Target, and Kohls in Oak Creek. In addition, persons 65 and older or persons with disabilities, with a valid ID or Medicare card, are now eligible for free-fare rides.

There is a public hearing on the budget at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, at the Milwaukee Art Museum. I will keep you posted.


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Jursik: “I’m Not Playing This Game Anymore”

Update: Supervisor Jursik is one of the co-sponsors of Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimtrijevic’s reform plan

South Shore Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik has called for local, not state, action in restructuring county government in a strongly worded statement issued last week. 

Check out the press release (including YouTube links to some of Pat’s comments from a committee meeting last week) here. From it:

The moneyed interests of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association Commerce are supporting this shift in the balance of powers. With a large majority of their members living outside of Milwaukee County, these wealthy elites are seeking to control local politics. Make no mistake, Representative Joseph Sanfelippo, who now represents a significant portion of Waukesha County – not just Milwaukee County – is seeking to undermine local representation. Not only my constituents, but all our citizens in Milwaukee County, are losing their local voice. …

 About 200 District 8 citizens attended the Restructuring County Government event in South Milwaukee on April 4, 2013. I heard from the local people. Make no mistake, some restructuring will need to be done and I heard loud and clear that the board needs to trim its budget. But I want to work locally to make these adjustments, not with the self-appointed shadow government from outside our county.

The Assembly voted for a bill authored by Rep. Joe Sanfelippo last week and is expected to take a final vote on the matter in May. It’s unclear when the Senate will act, even as a group of county supervisors have come up with their own plan for restructuring

I’ll keep you posted. Of course, I’d like to know what you think about all of this. Post your comments below.


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Jursik To Chair Economic Development Committee … And Other Milwaukee County Updates

Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik has been named chairwoman of the county’s Committee on Economic and Community Development.

Jursik addresses the new post in her most recent Enewsletter. From the item:

This area has been a priority of mine. I am eager to help grow our area economy and tackle issues like the new MKE Regional Business Park at the Airport, Downtown lakefront redevelopment, the former Park East Corridor and the County Grounds including Innovation Park.

Jursik will also continue on the Finance & Audit; Personnel; and Transportation, Public Works & Transit Committees.

As you’ll recall, Jursik lost in her bid to become board chairperson to Bay View Supervisor Marina Dimtrijevic — a vote that Jursik clarifies in this press release. While that loss stung, Jursik’s roster of committee memberships is impressive … and a strong sign that South Milwaukee’s interests will be well-represented on the County Board.

We’re lucky to have Pat standing up for the South Shore.

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Jursik Up For County Board Chairmanship

South Shore County Supervisor Patricia Jursik is one of five candidates formally seeking the Milwaukee County Board chairmanship, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Check it out here. From it:

All except Jursik have aligned with the board’s liberal majority. Jursik has carved a moderate path on the board.

The selection usually comes quickly, but four years ago the board struggled for seven hours and 45 ballots before Holloway was able to get a majority for another term as chairman. He’s been a lightning rod for controversy and once nearly had his chairmanship stripped from him after an ethics case. Holloway also sometimes generated internal strife by juggling committee chairmanships.

None of the chairman aspirants referenced Holloway specifically by name in their formal appeals, but several promised fair treatment for colleagues and efforts to improve public perception of the board. The decade-old county pension scandal was mentioned once, indirectly.

“It is my hope and prayer that this new board earns the respect that has been lost over the last decade,” Jursik said.

What do you think of Jursik’s bid? Post your comments below!

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Taking the Road Less Traveled to a Fact-Based Debate About the Hoan Bridge

The rhetoric in the Hoan Bridge debate continues to gain speed. Will the facts keep pace?

“City of Milwaukee Attempts to Delay Re-Decking of Hoan Bridge” screams the most recent press release from Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Patricia Jursik and State Rep. Christine Sinicki. You can read it here.

The release refers to a November letter from Milwaukee Department of Public Works Commissioner Jeffrey Mantes to Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi. In it, he asks for an “alternatives analysis” to simply re-decking the bridge.

From the letter:

The rehab work for the Hoan Bridge and Lake Interchange are quickly becoming critical and you have directed Wisconsin Department of Transportation staff to begin engineering so that such work could begin in as early as 2011. However, it is also our understanding that you remain open to conducting an alternatives analysis that would help determine the most cost effective long term transportation improvement. … We are supportive of this approach.

Mantes then asks for the state to study 10 key areas related to the Hoan project, answering lingering and vital questions about how potential alternatives could impact economic development, port operations, traffic and other key areas.

Now, I see nothing wrong with the request, as I said in my earlier post about this.

After all, what is wrong with gaining all the facts — and options — before making up your mind on a project that could cost more than $200 million? What is wrong with keeping an open mind until you have all the necessary questions answered? Is this an “arrogant” request?

Jursik seems to say so in her press release, where she says:

In spite of overwhelming support for the Hoan within the larger community and the transportation corridor the Hoan supports, this letter from the City of Milwaukee once again shows the arrogance and persistence of those who seek to delay this project.

Arrogance? I hate to think I’m arrogant in wanting more facts.

Either way, it’s overly harsh, super-heated words like that that are needlessly polarizing this debate. While I respect the energy and point of view of Jursik and the Save the Hoan Coalition — and the more than 8,000 who signed petitions to advance the effort — I truly hope the debate eventually moves from loud, angry, ugly rhetoric to facts. 

Indeed, re-decking may indeed be the long-term answer for the Hoan. But I am not ready to “abandon” (using a word from the Jursik release above) all alternatives when it comes to this project. It’s simply too early to do so.

My position has not changed on this. I want, demand even, a strong and vital connection between the South Shore and downtown. The Hoan Bridge in its current state certainly provides that. I just wonder if we can do it better.

That’s why I want a study — and calmer debate — when it comes to this issue. I want facts. I hope you do too.


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