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On Crossing Guards

You may have seen that the South Milwaukee City Council voted last week to enter into a contract with a firm to handle school crossing guard duties.

I agree with that decision.

In working with Twin City Security Inc., we are joining communities like Cudahy, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Waukesha and Shorewood who have decided that the best way to deliver this service is by partnering with a third-party firm to do it.

For South Milwaukee, it was a difficult choice, but the right one as we continue to look for more efficient ways to deliver our services.

There are seven school crossing guards in all, and, until the new contract, all were hired and managed by the South Milwaukee Police Department. The city funds four of them. The school pays the city back for the services of the other three. Going forward, Twin City will supply the guards, removing the burden of managing the program from the police department.

The SMPD has long managed to do more with less. The numbers don’t lie — on a per-resident basis, we have the smallest department in the area. And we must manage those resources closely, ensuring the department is delivering on its core responsibilities in every way possible. Managing the crossing guard program took away from that.

Day-to-day oversight of the program — from hiring to firing to payroll to dealing with absences and the like — has proven more and more time-consuming. The program literally has taken patrol officers of the street; at times, officers have had to man crossing guard stations to fill in for guards away from work. That is not acceptable to me.

No one is saying crossing guards are unimportant. However, when balanced with the other duties our police department performs, we feel this is the right move, especially with contracted program costs being similar to our internal costs.

I want to thank all of our guards for their service.

I know some have become local institutions, and we are honoring one of them — Helga Allen, stationed near E.W. Luther for many years — during our police awards ceremony at our May 17 council meeting.

All have also been offered a chance to apply at Twin City, and I hope they do.


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Three Injured In Grant Park Crash; OWI Suspected

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On January 18, 2016, SMPD Officers were dispatched to a single car accident in Grant Park.  Officers located a vehicle, approximately 80 feet from the roadway, off Grant Park Drive and into the woods, near the south end of the “S-Curves.” 

The three occupants of the vehicle, all adults from Milwaukee, were transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life-threatening, injuries.

The 32 year old driver is being investigated on suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated.

The South Milwaukee Police Department reminds motorists to drive sober, wear their seatbelts at all times, and obey speed limits to prevent motor vehicle accidents. 

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35-Year-Old Man Killed In South Milwaukee Car Crash

Tragic news today. From the South Milwaukee Police Department:

On December 19, 2015 at 6:38am, the South Milwaukee Police Department responded to the intersection of 10th Avenue (Hwy 32) and Marquette Avenue for a report of a single car crash. The vehicle had traveled through the intersection and struck a fire hydrant, a traffic light standard, and then a utility pole at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was eastbound in the westbound lane at the time of the crash. The sole occupant of the vehicle was a 35 yr old male who was still in his seat belt and breathing at the time of police arrival. The South Milwaukee Fire Department responded and Flight for Life was requested. The subject died in the ambulance at the scene and Flight was cancelled. The crash is still under investigation at this time and the SMPD is being assisted by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department in reconstruction efforts. 

The victim was identified as David K. Kelly of Waukesha.

Please keep the victim’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Fraud Alert: Scary Scam Alleges Abduction

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

SMPD has received some reports from citizens who are being called by an unknown person claiming that a relative of the citizen has been in an accident and is now being held against their will by the caller and his associates. The caller threatens bodily harm to the person they claim to be holding if the citizen does not produce money or if they hang up the phone.

The scammer …tries to keep the citizen on the phone with them while directing them to obtain cash and bring it to a specific drop off location. Many times the scammer will be vague in their description of the relative they claim to have abducted (they will give vague physical characteristics and/or vehicle) which then causes the citizen to fill in information. This makes it appear that the suspect/caller knows details about that relative. In the reports that we have taken on incidents of this type the relative who was alleged to have been held hostage was contacted and found to be fine, never abducted, and knew nothing about any accident or situation.

This is not a new scam and is one that has been seen in many jurisdictions. If you receive a call of this type, please contact the police. Calls have been reported to have come in to both cell phones as well as land line phones.


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Shopping With A Cop, And Shopping Local

Just a quick shout out to organizers and supporters of two great events on Saturday that showed how our community steps up around the holidays.

First, thanks to Walmart for making Christmas a little merrier for eight local families through the Shop with a Cop program. And thanks to the South Milwaukee Police Department for stepping up to bring this program to our city. Our city workers give back to the community they serve, and that’s inspiring to see.

Also, thanks to everyone who helped put on the South Milwaukee Christmas Market on Saturday, for South Milwaukee High School for serving as welcome hosts. With more than 80 vendors, this was the biggest and best indoor market yet.

Check out more photos from both events on my mayoral Facebook page.

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Winter Parking Permits For Sale

Restrictions begin Dec. 1.

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

As a reminder, please be advised that winter parking permits have been available for purchase at the police department since Nov 1. Winter parking permits are required to park on city streets Dec 1 to March 31 from 3am-6am. Permits cost $25 per month for the 4 months, but a 4 month season permit can be purchased for only $80 for a savings of $20. Permits can only be purchased at the police department 7am-8pm, Monday thru Friday. Permits are not available for purchase on weekends or holidays, so please plan ahead. The police department urges residents to obtain your permit(s) early to avoid long lines for the end of the month rush. More information can be found on the SM City website at www.smwi.org within the “city departments” tab under “police department”, or at the SMPD website at www.smpolice.com within the “parking permits & regulations” tab.

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Evacuation After Car Crashes Into Home, Ruptures Gas Meter


Update: Check out coverage from Fox 6 and CBS 58. And be sure to like my Facebook page for more timely updates. I initially posted something on this on Facebook shortly after it happened.

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

At approximately 5 PM this evening, SMFD responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles ended up striking the front of a house and its gas meter. The area was evacuated since the flow of gas could not be stopped as the gas line was severed below the valve. WE Energies had to come in and dig up the gas main to clamp off the flow of gas. One patient was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

And from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 11-9-15 at 1653 hours numerous 911 callers reported a vehicle had crashed into the front of a house in the 800 block of Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee.  The vehicle had caused the gas line to break at the house and people in that area were evacuated.  The accident was a two car accident and it appears the driver of the vehicle that struck the house accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the break.  The driver of the vehicle that struck the house had only minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Nobody else was injured.  The gas was shut off and people were allowed to go back in their homes after 90 minutes. 

Scary stuff, but deep thanks go out to all of the first responders from across the area for their quick action.

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