Clean & Green, spring cleanup efforts getting underway
Residents can get rid of unwanted furniture, household items, brush, up to 5 tires and extra recyclables during their designated Clean & Green week. Project Clean & Green runs from April 13th – June 1st and targets one zone per week for seven weeks. Parts of the 3rd Aldermanic District will be serviced from April 13-17, while the majority of the 3rd Aldermanic District will be serviced from May 26 through June 1. DPW offers this map of the pick-up areas and dates.
Clean & Green is an opportunity for residents to get rid of excess household debris at no additional cost. Outside of Clean & Green, crews will only collect up to one cubic yard of
excess debris (roughly the size of an easy chair) on collection day. Larger piles can be called in for removal for a fee based on size.
For organized neighborhood clean-ups, groups can contact Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful at kgmb.org or 272-5462 for clean-up bags, gloves or to borrow a limited number of clean-up tools.
The Department of Public Works is also taking reservations for neighborhood cleanup boxes. The 2015 program allows placement of up to 13 boxes each Saturday from April 18th through July 25th. To deter illegal dumping and to maximize the use of the boxes by cleanup organizers, boxes will placed between 2 and 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and picked up after 4 p.m. the same day.
Neighborhood groups are encouraged to use these containers to clean up and beautify their communities. Residents who witness private contractors illegally dumping items into cleanup boxes should contact the Police Department at the non-emergency number.
Cleanup boxes can be reserved by calling Sandy at 286-3345.
Worried about foreclosure because you haven't paid your property taxes?
Read about how you can prevent foreclosure on your home and improve your financial situation as well in this flyer that was included in the recent tax bill mailing.
City accepting STRONG Homes Loan Program applications
Milwaukee homeowners looking to tap into $1 million in partially-forgivable loans to fund essential home repairs can apply for the STRONG Homes Loan program. Under the program, owner-occupants can apply for loans of up to $20,000 to pay for emergency repairs, essential rehabilitation and code correction orders, with loan interest rates between zero and three percent. Eligible projects include roof replacement, replacement of failing porches and the repair or replacement of deteriorating siding or failing exterior paint.
Qualifying households must have an income at or below 120 percent of the area median ($84,360 for a family of four). 25 percent of the loan amount will be forgiven if the owner stays in the home for 10 years. Information and applications are available at milwaukee.gov/STRONGloan.
Unique Design Wins Commission for East Library Public Art
The Milwaukee Public Library has selected UW-Milwaukee lecturer and longtime resident Ray Chi to design and implement a public art installation outside the new East Branch of the library, which is under construction at North Ave. and Cramer St.
Chi’s art proposal will invigorate the space with three separate and distinct features—rack, serpent and boulder—which offer a unique take on three overlooked and under-loved elements of the urban landscape: the bike rack, the strip of grass by the street curb and the concrete that makes up streets and sidewalks.
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New Design Approved for Former Site of Pizza Man
The Architectural Review Board has given its approval to plans to redevelop the former site of Pizza Man restaurant at the corner of E. North Ave and N. Oakland Ave. These renderings represent the architect's approved concept for the development.
You can click to view the renderings in further detail.
New 2014 Virtual Night Parking Permit System
For the convenience of the city’s night parking permit customers, there will be no requirement to display a physical permit starting in 2014. When residents buy a night parking permit after December 20, 2013, they will complete the same application, accurately listing the applicable license plate number. Residents will receive a confirmation number to prove purchase of the permit, but will not receive a physical permit to place on the vehicle’s window.
The license plate number will be used by parking enforcement to determine whether the owner has purchased a valid permit. All customer service problems arising from misplaced or stolen permits will be eliminated. Failure to purchase a permit will still be subject to a $20 citation.
When a resident purchases a permit online, the cost savings derived from the elimination of permit production, handling and mailing costs will be passed on to customers. The convenience fee will be reduced from the current $2.25 to $1.00.
Visit www.milwaukee.gov/parking to purchase a night permit online and avoid the hassle of standing in line to pay in-person. Please call 286-CITY (2489) with any questions.
Alderman Kovac in the Media
Joel Van Haren of WUWM's Lake Effect produced this interview with Milwaukee 3rd district Alderman Nik Kovac on East Newberry Boulevard. The boulevard between Lake and Riverside parks was named one of the “10 Great Streets for 2009” by the American Planning Association.