By Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski
Legislation paves the way for free electric shuttles
February 14, 2013
Today I successfully passed legislation through the city's Public Safety Committee that increases the weight limits that govern electric-powered shuttle buses. In doing so, we are paving the way for the introduction of 100 percent electric shuttle service that will be free of charge to Milwaukee residents.
An entrepreneur plans to pay for the service through advertising on the sides of the shuttle vehicles. The routes are being designed at this time, and will be complementary in nature to the existing mass transit system.
It is important to identify means of being more energy efficient and cost conscious and improving our quality of life. If everything goes as expected, this system should be operational by July 15th of this year.
Lastly and most importantly to me, these vehicles are being manufactured in the United States!
Cheese Brine Proposal Meets Initial Approval
February 13, 2013
The City of Milwaukee's Public Works Committee approved my resolution directing the Department of Public Works to report back on the potential use of of cheese brine as a supplement to rock salt on City streets.
Cheese brine is a byproduct of cheese production for which, historically, there has not been any functional use. However, some communities have begun to use this substance in conjunction with road salt to help mitigate salting costs and be more eco-friendly.
I expect to see more progress on this legislation, and will keep you updated as it moves forward.
Earn & Learn internship applications due April 5
February 1, 2013
Online applications are now being accepted for the city’s 2013 Earn & Learn Summer Youth Internship Program. Applicants who are selected for the 124 city government internships will work 20 hours a week for eight weeks (beginning June 17, 2013), and will earn $7.25 per hour.
Earn & Learn is the City of Milwaukee’s program to help young people make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood by providing opportunities to develop work-readiness skills while they earn wages working in government, community- and faith-based organizations and private sector businesses.
To qualify for an internship, applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 and live within the Community Development Block Grant area. Individuals who have previously held a city government internship position are not eligible to be hired a second time.
To learn more or apply for an internship, visit http://city.milwaukee.gov/SYIP and fill out an application by April 5, 2013.