PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE

As part of our Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Program I am presenting the latest numbers.

As part of our ongoing efforts to make the crosswalks safe for pedestrians we will continue various means to get the message across that motorists must yield for pedestrians as crosswalks. As you can see the police are starting to issue more citations for these violations Continue reading

COMPOSTING RESOLUTION PASSES

Today, Wednesday, September 10th at 9:45 a.m. the City’s Pubic Works Committee unanimously approved my resolution to work the the Department of Public Works to identify ways the city would promote composting. I envision one of the possible scenarios could include working with our own Melissa Tashjian’s  Kompost Kids and/or Will Allen’s Growing Power.  Pasted below is a copy of the Resolution. Continue reading

PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON WE ENERGIES RATE INCREASE

There is an opportunity for public testimony during the City’s Judiciary Committee meeting on Monday, September 15th at 1:30 p.m. in room 301-b of City Hall. Since i introduced the resolution Common Council President Mike Murphy joined as a co-sponsor as did the Chair of the Finance Committee, Nik Kovac. Recently, the Chair of the Public Works Committee Bob Bauman joined on as a co-sponsor as well. Here is the background on the resolution. Alderman Zielinski seeks halt to ‘anti solar, anti-renewable energy’ We Energies rate hike Alderman Tony Zielinski said he will introduce legislation next week urging the full Common Council to go on record in opposition to a requested rate increase that could boost electric rates for homeowners and other residential customers of We Energies by nearly 5% in January 2015. Continue reading

POLICE BODY CAMERAS

Wearable body cameras for Milwaukee police officers should be included in Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposed 2015 executive budget. If the Mayor does not include this in his budget I will submit a budget amendment to accomplish this goal. 
The small cameras record the interactions officers have with citizens, and also document calls for service. These cameras offer the public a clear record of what transpired, and for officers who followed the law and followed procedure–but who are wrongfully accused – the footage can provide irrefutable vindication. 
Given current events, I believe these cameras are a good investment which can increase overall transparency while providing a clear record of what occurs during a given call for service. 
Alderman Tony Zielinski

Sex Offender Residency Restriction Ordinance Signed into Law!

Milwaukee’s city limits are now largely off-limits to designated sex offenders who are required to register with the state for serious offenses.

Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday signed legislation narrowly approved by the Common Council last week that restricts residency for convicted sex offenders. Milwaukee becomes the 15th municipality in the county out of 19 that have such a restriction.  Read about it here:

SEX OFFENDER RESIDENCY RESTRICTION ORDINANCE PASSES!

With barely a ripple of discussion, the Common Council voted Tuesday to approve a residency restriction ordinance that will severely limit where convicted sex offenders can live in Milwaukee.

The 8-6 vote was a shot across the bow to the state’s Department of Corrections, which has resisted city pleas to stop placing sex offenders in Milwaukee and come up with a new statewide system for placement.

Statistics from the Department of Corrections indicate more than 85% of all of the sex offenders living in Milwaukee County reside in the city. Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Michael Murphy and other aldermen have urged Corrections Secretary Edward Wall and Grace Roberts, who runs the state’s sex offender program, to sign a letter asking Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to take legal action against municipalities that enact residency restriction ordinances.

Follow this link to read the full story: click here

By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel

Tony Zielinski

NEIGHBORHOOD ELECTRIC VEHICLE (NEV) PASSES PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY

NEV
Today the City’s Public Safety Committee passed my proposed ordinance that would allow NEV buses that hold up to 14 passengers ride city streets. If the full council approves this proposed ordinance on July 22nd we may see one of these 100% electric buses on city streets by late summer. For $1.00 riders may use the bus the entire day. The NEVs are designed to complement the existing transit system. They are environmentally friendly vehicles that emit no greenhouse gases. They reduce our reliance on upon the importation of foreign fossil fuels thereby helping our economy. 
Alderman Tony Zielinski

HUMBOLDT PARK BEER GARDEN

The Common Council approved the liquor license for the Humboldt Park Beer Garden. It will open June 30.

Per Supervisor Jason Hass: The Beer Garden will operate on the west side of the Humboldt Park Pavilion. It will be open weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The beer garden will not be open on July 4th. It will close for the season October 12th.

Alderman Tony Zielinski

DOG PARK WATER UPDATE

WaterThere are those that expressed a desire for water at the Bay/Lincoln Dog Park. As a result County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic and myself have completed some preliminary work. 
We just got word that according to the paper plans there should be water access to this area. The city is working to locate the water access but it is probably buried. Next week they should be able to find the water access. This is very good news because if we had to start from scratch the capital costs for water access would be considerably greater. 
It should however be noted that we will have to identify a source of ongoing funding to pay for the water.

Marina and I will keep you posted. 
Alderman Tony Zielinski

 

CROSSWALK ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE

This is the information shared with me from the Police Department. We will still be enforcing the crosswalk efforts through other means.
Alderman Tony Zielinski

Upon concluding the pedestrian grant this past week in the Bay View neighborhood, I have tallied the traffic enforcement numbers:
Officers deployed: 6
Total Citations: 28
Total Warnings: 14
Traffic Stops: 31