Roads, Transit Top Issues at County Board Chair's Town Hall

As part of her Chat with the Chair initiative, County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic visited Oak Creek Monday for a town hall meeting.

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic bused it to a town-hall style meeting in Oak Creek to recognize "unmet needs" in the county's transit system.

As part of her Chat with the Chair initiative, Dimitrijevic is taking the county bus to host meetings in all 19 Milwaukee County municipalities. Transit was one of a few concerns expressed at yesterday's session, the fifth in her . A small number of residents asked questions about transit, 13th Street and Bender Park.


Dimitrijevic noted a shortfall in transit services in suburban communities, . In fact, Dimitrijevic had to be picked up in Franklin because she could not get to through public transportation.

Dimitrijevic said the challenge is that public transit and county parks are competing for property tax dollars.

Through a federal grant, the county instituted three new express routes, but they only go as far south as the airport.

As county board chairwoman, Dimitrijevic said transit is No. 1 on her agenda.

"Transportation is an important part of our infrastructure and when you're talking about economic development, roads are important, but even more so businesses want to build and be near transit lines," Dimitrijevic said.

In the past, the county has cut routes and raised fares. However, Dimitrijevic said officials are trying to adopt a dedicated funding source in the 2013 budget.

13th Street

County Supervisor Steve Taylor, who represents the majority of Oak Creek on the board, said he has heard loud and clear that 13th Street is a problem. $4 million worth of repairs are scheduled for 2017.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi and some alderman said they hoped the stretch from Rawson and Puetz is repaired first, which Taylor said can be done.

Taylor said road issues are important in this area and wants to get as much done in the next four years as possible.

"You look at Oak Creek (local) roads and they are outstanding," Taylor said. "Franklin roads are outstanding. Hales Corners roads are the same.

"But the county roads are atrocious."

Bender Park

A resident suggested adding an ice skating rink at , but Taylor said that was unlikely with the $300 million shortfall that parks will face.

Instead, Taylor said a revenue-generating campground is something that could be discussed in the future.

Tammy Wilson August 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM
13th street can NOT go 4 yrs without repair!! 2017 really? You have got to be kidding!
Mike in OC August 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
@tammy... i agree... 13th street should be mission critical as far as county roads go. unfortunately, it's gonna take some kid getting hit walking home from west middle school to move it up in priority.
Mike in OC August 29, 2012 at 02:33 AM
oak creek always seems to get the short stick when it comes to transit... how can oc attract mfg business to the area without having transit services available? glad she pointed out that she couldnt get here on public transit. why a resident would bring up another skating rink idea is beyond me... isnt there one planned in the delphi development? lastly, i really like the idea of a revenue generating campground, if planned correctly along with the park development north of bender park, that could really spur some decent development in that area of the city.
Connie Runge August 29, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Use 10th between Drexel and Rawson. Much better then the Oregon Trail that I call 13th Street.
Franklin Today August 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
@Mike in OC, Oak Creek will continue to get the short stick when it comes to transit and Milwaukee County as long as Steve Taylor is their County Supervisor. When he came door to door campaigning he told both my neighbors and myself that his allegiance was for Franklin, first and foremost. He said that Franklin has been left in the dust for too long when it comes to Milwaukee County spending. That is why you will see that South 76th street is going to finally get the attention that it deserves. That is why a FRANKLIN Developer is getting a sweet deal from Milwaukee County to build a recreational area at Crystal Ridge. Why do you think Steve Taylor refuses to give up his Franklin Common Council presidency and his 4th district alderman's position? To server Oak Creek? Yeah, right .. sure. If you believe that I have a piece of wetlands that I want to sell to you!
Mike in OC August 30, 2012 at 05:16 PM
@Mr. Taylor..... what two topics are you referring to that I lack credibility and what is the outright lie in my first paragraph?
Steve F. Taylor August 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@ Franklin Today, You couldn't be further from the truth. South 76th street had been in the works since before I was elected in 2008. We were told it was to be completed in 2012 but it was once again delayed. Now, we have been promised that construction will occur in 2014. As for Crystal Ridge, this development proposal occurred before I was elected in April. I was brought into the conversation after I took office. The Franklin resident who is spending $3.5 million of his own money grew up right around the corner and had to look at this eyesore for all of his life. He could do this same project cheaper elsewhere but he loves his community and wants to give something back. Franklin Today, due to you lack of credibility on these two topics I won't even get into your outright lie when it comes to what's in your first paragraph. I only will say that those words have never come out of my mouth and I committed to working with Oak Creek residents and elected officials on their needs which includes 13th street. All My Best!!! Steve F. Taylor
Franklin Today August 30, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Supervisor Taylor, You are know for talking out of both sides of your mouth, not only in Franklin but while you ran for Supervisor also. You say, I am an outright liar, but my neighbors and I heard it come out of your mouth. I guess you can say anything now that you are elected. We as residents of Franklin are looking forward to the day that we will finally be rid of your RHINO politics, at least in Franklin City Hall. Maybe our neighbors to the east in Oak Creek and to the west in Hales Corners will help us make your stay at the Court House a one term mistake! Thanks for showing us your real side!
Mike in OC August 30, 2012 at 09:11 PM
@supervisor taylor.... i, for one, appreciate you showing up at the meeting held here in oc. our previous representative was an absentee public official as you know. i also was happy to see the new county board chair visiting our city, i cant remember a time when lee holloway did the same.... so thanks to her as well.
Janet August 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I heard you say that too, when you were campaigning Steve! I guess we are all liars, and you the perenial politician you are only speak the truth.
Steve F. Taylor August 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Once again nice try Franklin Today and Janet. I did zero doors/campaigning in Franklin and spent 80% of my time in Oak Creek and the rest in Hales Corners. Why would I do that one may ask? Because I was confident that my four record in Franklin as alderman would speak for itself. What were the results? I carried 67% of Franklin including 72% of my own district. Just a FYI for the readers of the Patch. If you go back you will see that Franklin Today has been making false statements about me on both this site and others for a very long time. Readers of other Franklin blogs know who this guy is and it doesn't take a genius to figure out who Janet is as well. Hiding behind an alias is easy but putting your name on the ballot and working to improve your community is a little more difficult and with it comes criticism. I am use to these types of negative individuals and their attacks. If they respond they will offer nothing positive to the discussion and by doing so once show their true colors. At the end of my term which is a long way away I am confident that the voters in Oak Creek as well as Hales Corners will be happy with the decision they made in April. No different than the voters in Franklin have time and time again.
Franklin Today August 31, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Take Note Oak Creek of how Supervisor Taylor uses redirection on his failings as both a representative in Franklin and now in two other communities. He is so proud of his numbers in the past election in an election which he virtually started campaigning for a year ahead of time, while both his opponents were last minute decisions to get into the race. Taylor forgets how he lied to the CCD, claiming he supported us and our effort to get the Franklin Central Park effort. He then sells out to contributers to his election with the new effort at Crystal Ridge. Typical Politician ! And yes dear Patch readers, look back at other Franklin blogs and see how Steve Taylor treats not only the Franklin constituents but how he treats his fellow political associates with grave disrespect. Please take note of his angry tirades exhibited above.
Ed S October 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I can not believe that the 13th street project is being put off so long. With the addtional traffic from the Drexel interchange and the closures of Rawson and Ryan during reconstruction this road will only deteriorate further. The fix of throwing some cold patch over the giant holes is an insult. What about all the roadway heaves in the road? Each time a tractor trailer goes over one of these it sounds like a crack of thunder as the trailer bounces back to the roadway. Maybe it is time for the residents of the area to begin contacting the Milwaukee Sheriffs office each time this happens to report the excess noise- especially over night. The other thought is to overwhelm the county board meetings with frustrated residents. I have driven throughout this county and can honesly say no other road comes close to the poor quality of 13th street.


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