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

GOV. WALKER MAY DO SOMETHING ABOUT SEX OFFENDERS IN MILWAUKEE.

Below is a story about what we are doing to get the state to address the sex offender problem in Milwaukee. If the Governor does not address the matter in the next 30 days a number of my colleagues have indicated they will support my legislation.

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Aldermen poised for vote on sex offender restrictions
Aldermen say restrictions on sex offender residency enacted by suburban communities has made Milwaukee a dumping ground.
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL|BY DON WALKER

PROCLAMATION FOR THE FIRST SAME SEX COUPLE

As everyone knows, Matt Schreck and his partner Jose Fernando Gutierrez were the first same sex couple in the state of Wisconsin (beating Madison by six minutes) and they reside in our district.
Because of this proud and momentous occasion I will be formally presenting them with a proclamation in front of the full common council on Tuesday, June 24th at 9:00 a.m. This is a big honor that is rarely granted.
The proceedings are open to the public so anyone wishing to attend are encouraged to do so. 
Alderman Tony Zielinski

HUMBOLDT PARK BEER GARDEN APPROVED

The Humboldt Park Beer Garden liquor license application received unanimous approval today before the city’s Licenses Committee. This will now go before the full council at its June 24th meeting. Once approved on the 24th St. Francis Brewery will receive their license. 
There was spirited debate for months over this issue but the democratic process came down in favor of the proposal. 
I am especially proud of the fact that during our neighborhood meeting on this matter last Monday there were approximately 200 people in attendance and everyone was respectful of other viewpoints during Q&A.
Alderman Tony Zielinski 
P.S. There will be live polka music on weekends. 

CROSSWALK ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE

Our first event occurred on Sunday with the help of volunteers. Every motorists that was stopped by the police for violating the crosswalk ordinance indicated that they were unaware that pedestrians had the right of way.
We will continue with the “crosswalk enforcement program” indefinitely. The police mentioned to me that they qualified for some grant funding. That means that we will have more of these events than originally anticipated. Additionally, the electronic media has covered this and I anticipate the print media will cover this as well because Katherine Keller from the Bay View Compass was with us on Sunday. Continue reading