Update: Jursik Calls For Action On County Facilities Plan

Supervisor responds to Abele's State of the County address.

Update 9:20 a.m. Wednesday John T. Zapfel, deputy chief of staff for County Executive Chris Abele, said a draft of the contract with CBRE Group, which won the bid, is being reviewed by the county's Community Business Development Partners group and will then go to corporation counsel for its review. The contract will then need final signatures from both the county and CBRE.

County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who represents a portion of Oak Creek on the Milwaukee County Board, called on County Executive Chris Abele to move forward on a facilities plan that was part of the 2012 budget.

In a letter to Abele, Jursik said she was concerned that Abele did not mention the plan in his State of the County address delivered Monday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The objective of the facilities plan is for an outside firm to study how the county could consolidate some of its holdings, sell excess land and reduce long-term costs. The results would then be used in the 2013 budget.

But Jursik said work has not started as the contract with the successful bidder is not yet complete.

"Given that an overwhelming majority of the board has supported the facilities plan, I believe we are about to 'drop the ball' on getting this done in time for budget planning," she wrote.

Jursik also requested Abele act on a comprehensive review of human resources, which was also passed last year.

"If we are serious about getting the structural deficit under control, these two initiatives should be at the top of your list," she said.

For more information:

A copy of Jursik's letter

Chris Abele's State of the County speech, as prepared for delivery

More on the facilities plan

Fox 6 coverage of the State of the County address


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