2016 Neighborhood Cleanup Box Program
The Department of Public Works will begin taking reservations for neighborhood cleanup boxes on Tuesday — March 1, 2016. The 2016 program will place up to 13 boxes each Saturday from April 16 through July 23rd. To deter illegal dumping and to maximize the use of the boxes by cleanup organizers, boxes will be placed between 2AM and 10AM on Saturday morning and picked up after 4PM the same day.
The following criteria will be used to screen callers requesting clean up boxes:
- Requestors must organize a neighborhood clean up prior to reserving a box
- Boxes are only placed on accessible street corners — not on vacant lots or parking surfaces
- Boxes are not placed for businesses, schools or churches
- Boxes will not be relocated once placed — they will be removed if neighbors complain
- Reservations are limited to 2 boxes per weekend (out of maximum 13 boxes)
- Organizers may only reserve boxes once every eight weeks
The following items are not to be placed in clean up boxes:
- Construction and building material, TVs, electronics & appliances, tires, tree limbs, leaves, grass — these items should be taken to self help for proper recycling or composting
- Recyclables (paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, steel and aluminum cans} — these items should be taken to self help for proper recycling
- Hazardous Waste (paint thinner, pesticides, used motor oil, etc) — these items should be taken to the HHW site at 3879 W Lincoln on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays for proper handling
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 their non-emergency number (414-933-4444). Cleanup boxes can be reserved by calling 286-3345.
Plans underway for Burleigh/Lisbon commercial corridor
On November 16, 2015, Alderman Jim Bohl and Alderman Michael Murphy hosted a community meeting to discuss the future of the Burleigh Street and Lisbon Avenue business corridors, from N. 68th to N. 93rd Streets. The goal was to bring together area residents, businesses and real estate brokers, along with city departments, to spearhead a business corridor plan that would assist brokers in attracting businesses the area wants.
The Department of City Development (DCD) is working on drafting the plan, and, upon completion, will post it online. The plan should be available for viewing in early 2016.
View the slide show and survey results presented by DCD at the Community Meeting on November 16, 2015.
Sign up for email updates on the plan by subscribing to the “West Side Plan” category on the city's E-Notify system.
Questions or comments may also be emailed to WestSidePlan@Milwaukee.gov.
New app connects young people to programs
Milwaukee young people now have more than 200 after-school programs and services at their fingertips, thanks to a new app developed by Beyond the Bell Milwaukee. The app is a direct response to a 2013 survey of more than 1,000 Milwaukee young people that found "lack of program awareness" as the number one barrier to after-school engagement. Teens, parents and community members can download the app on Apple and Android by visiting beyondthebellmke.org.
Beyond the Bell is a coalition of youth-serving agencies, funders, policymakers and young people who work to ensure access to quality after-school and summer opportunities.
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.