The total cost is estimated to be $5.37 million. Heck, it’s only (your) money, right? – Jerry B
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District would spend $3.98 million to remove 1,100 feet of concrete from the bed of the Menomonee River north of Wisconsin Ave., and eliminate a barrier to fish passage between Lake Michigan and upstream stretches of the river, under a proposed contract to be awarded this month.
The district’s commission will be asked to award the contract on May 20 to C. W. Purpero Inc. of Oak Creek, the lowest bidder. The commission’s Operations Committee recommended approving the contract at its regular meeting Monday.
A 58-foot-wide concrete channel, from the Wisconsin Ave. bridge upstream to the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge, was constructed in 1965 as part of a flood control effort designed to funnel storm-swollen river flows quickly downstream.
The channel in this section of the river created a steep chute with fast-flowing water even in dry weather that is impassable for most fish. Fish stack up in the river below Wisconsin Ave. as they struggle against extreme current.
The concrete river bed upstream of Wisconsin Ave. is deteriorated and should be removed, officials said.
As part of the contract, workers will restore a more natural, meandering stream bed with rock riffles and pools for fish to rest.
The project will open 17 miles of the main river – through Wauwatosa to Lepper Dam at Mill Pond Park in Menomonee Falls – to fish migration.
Work could begin by early August if the contract is awarded later this month, said Tom Chapman, MMSD watercourse section manager.
Total cost of the project, including design and engineering services, is estimated at $5.37 million. The district has received $1.3 million in federal grants to help pay costs of the project.
by Jerry Broitzman
Yes, I am going to toot my own horn again by saying that cutting the Board was the cornerstone of my campaign for Milwaukee County Supervisor back in the spring of 2012. The proposal had been put forth by State Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R), who was a County Supervisor at the time. Although there seemed to be widespread support, I received little more than yawns from the general constituency. In fact, I got zero support from the so-called conservatives, who talked up a big game about it. It turns out the conservatives did what they do best when there is a fight at hand; crawl under a rock and hide.
Oh, what a difference a year makes! We are now hearing about this “new” proposal at hand. Now that the conservatives have counted up their votes in the state legislature and see that they can win without bruising their knuckles, they are more than happy to take up the cause. In fact, one of my former opponents for the aforementioned race (Ultra-Liberal Dan Cody) is now taking a decidedly neutral stand toward the County Board, rather than his rabid, pro-Board stance of only one year ago.
So, what’s the hold up? Why don’t the republicans in the state legislature schedule the vote and get it done? Well, this is where reality becomes more unbelievable than fiction. According to my sources, it boils down to one word; egos. Let me explain. There are many republicans in the legislature who are jealous because newly elected Joe Sanfelippo is getting all of the attention. Afterall, they have had pet legislation pending for years, which have received nary a notice. Yes, they are POUTING!
So, what can be done about these slackers? Here’s an idea; contact your state representative now and tell them to move forward with Sanfelippo’s plan to reform the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has been shreading your money for long enough. Let’s take it back!
As I mentioned in a previous post, Nick Wilcox Jr. was a relative of mine. His body was discovered in the Milwaukee River on Thursday, March 28, 2013 a short distance from where he was last seen. I was at his funeral on Saturday, April 6th. It was well attended. Thanks to all who offered their support during this difficult time.
His discovery offers more questions than answers. These questions will wait for another day. As for now, Nick shall rest in peace.
There is an election today for State Supreme Court, Circuit Court and for State Superintendent of Schools. These are very important posts. Your civic duty awaits!
Happy Easter Everyone! Let’s remember that today is about celebrating our risen Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not about some over-sized rodent.
**Note: You do not need tickets to attend. The event is free. Tickets serve only as a reminder.**
Hello to All!
Well, I made my theatrical debut at the Christmas production, so I decided to try it again for Easter! Please join me at Oak Creek Assembly of God for one of the four shows for the Easter production: “I AM”
Show times are here:
Friday, March 28 at 7:00pm
Saturday, March 30 at 3:30pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, March 31 at 5:00pm
Jesus made his purpose known through simple, yet powerful teachings. Those relevant truths come to life on stage in this inspirational Easter musical.
You can get more information HERE. Will I see you there? Go ahead and print out some tickets as a reminder. I hope to see you there!