View New Information for Road Construction Projects in the 5th District
Learn more about projected start and completion times on current projects and also view projects currently scheduled for 2014 and 2015
From Orange Barrels to Open Boulevards: The Process Behind Milwaukee Road and Alley Construction
Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works strives to maintain nearly 1,300 miles of city streets through paving projects and/or street reconstruction. In the 5th District, the process begins with Alderman Bohl’s regular trips each year along city streets that have been identified as potential targets for repair. Please click here to read more.
Capitol Drive project to be completed in 2013
Reconstruction work will begin on W. Capitol Dr. in early spring for the stretch from N. 84th St. west to the city limits (near Hwy. 100) and should be completed in November 2013.
Please see the map which details the reconfiguration of the intersection of N. 100th St. and W. Capitol Dr. Please note that the large flower bed that welcomes visitors to Milwaukee will now be located on the southwestern corner of this new intersection.
Help Track Tax-Exempt Properties
There are plenty of churches and other non-profits located at properties throughout the 5th Aldermanic District that are exempt from paying property taxes. Please click here to see a list of these properties.
By far, most tax-exempt entities are legitimate and provide valuable, life-enhancing services to city residents. However, there is a small percentage which takes advantage of the system (by breaking the law) and leaves law-abiding property owners with the bill.
Across the City of Milwaukee, there has been a steady and significant increase in the number of these tax-exempt properties in recent years. The increase has resulted in a shift of the property tax burden to a fewer number of property owners.
The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Revenue determines whether an entity is granted tax-exempt status, and the City of Milwaukee is charged with following up with each such entity located in the city after tax-exempt status is granted. But the city has limited resources, and this follow up process can sometimes take several months to complete.
You can assist the city in making sure everyone is playing by the rules. If you suspect that a property listed as tax-exempt is not legitimate and is “gaming the system,” please share your suspicions with the city Assessor’s Office. The number to call is (414) 286-3651.
Fluoride: Poison in our water
The fluoridation of Milwaukee’s drinking water – a practice begun in 1953 prior to fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes being readily available to the public – could end immediately under a Common Council resolution sponsored by Alderman Jim Bohl.
The resolution – introduced at the Common Council’s May 22, 2012 regular meeting – orders “the immediate cessation and prohibition of the introduction of sodium silicofluoride or any fluoride compound into water distributed by the Milwaukee Water Works.” The measure is expected to be taken up during the next Council cycle and if approved, would bring Milwaukee in line with an increasing number of cities that are ending the practice of forced community water fluoridation.
(The extensive information provided here by Alderman Bohl – entitled “Community Fluoride Study” – offers residents the opportunity to become better informed about the issue of drinking water fluoridation and the potential threat that it poses to public health).
Call For Action – Governmental Phone Directory
This PDF printable version is arranged alphabetically by specific topics and problems, and it provides phone numbers and web addresses to help you reach the people who perform hundreds of services in city government. The back pages also include county, state, and federal phone numbers, and additional numbers and web addresses of other frequently requested, non-government services and organizations.
The City of Milwaukee takes pride in its reputation of providing efficient, high quality, responsive, and cost-effective services to residents and businesses. The Call for Action booklet is well organized and can quickly connect you to the services and information you need.
A limited number of booklets can be obtained by contacting emailing my assistant Todd at email@example.com.
An online version of the Call for Action is also available at www.city.milwaukee.gov/callforaction
Guide to Business Resources in the Milwaukee Area
Information in reference to building permits, financial assistance, grants, energy-efficiency improvements, and business management.
Milwaukee Volunteers Needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters
In Milwaukee, adult volunteers are needed for the growing number of children ages 6-15 waiting for a Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentor. The majority of waiting children are boys in need of Big Brothers.
Alderman Jim Bohl said hundreds of children are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Milwaukee, including more than 60 who live in the 5th Aldermanic District. “Most of us were fortunate to have loving and devoted parents who taught us how to live and who spent time with us each and every day,” he said. “Today, that’s not always the case, and many boys especially are in need of positive male mentors.”
Amy Chionchio, president and CEO of BBBS of Metro Milwaukee said: “The need for volunteers, especially males, is critical. Your generous gift of mentoring a child can help increase their ability to succeed in school, gain greater self-confidence, make positive choices, and change their lives for the better, forever. ”
BBBS volunteers mentor children one-on-one, three to four times a month, and scheduling is based on the availability of the volunteer. Activities may include going to the park, sharing a meal, working on schoolwork, and attending sporting events, or participating in simple everyday activities and hobbies such as cooking and gardening. Men and women may volunteer individually or as a couple. The minimum age for volunteers is 21.
For information, contact BBBS of Metro Milwaukee at (414) 258-4778, online at www.bbbsmilwaukee.org, or on Facebook or Twitter.
Cooper Park Sewer Lateral Demonstration Pilot Project
In the City of Milwaukee, a joint demonstration project between the city and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is tackling the largest contributor of damaging basement backups during and after heavy rain events.
Learn more about the project and view the project area map.
At left, Alderman Bohl speaks at the rollout of the sewer lateral demonstration project. He was joined by Jerome Flogel - MMSD Senior Project Manager, Mayor Tom Barrett, DPW City Engineer Jeff Polenske and Alderman Willie Wade.
The 5th District Active Senior Guide
Continuing Education, Cultural & Sports Attractions, Fun & Fitness, Nutrition, Volunteer Opportunities, Neighborhood Outreach Program, Employment Opportunities, Transportation Assistance, Dining & Home Delivered Meals, Home Care/Repair/Moving and Public Benefit and Legal Assistance.