Monday, February 25, 2013
Alderman Dan Bukiewicz will host a listening session on Oak Creek issues March 4 at the library.
Alderman Dan Bukiewicz will hold a listening session from 6 to 8 p.m. March 4 at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave. The meeting will allow residents to get information and give their input about the many things happening in Oak Creek. Bukiewicz's district is home to the Drexel Town Square development. However, Bukiewicz said the meeting is open to any Oak Creek resident.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Is it a hotel that has a big parking lot, or a big parking lot that also has a hotel?
Is the plan for the corner of College and Howell avenues a big parking lot that also has a hotel? Or is it a hotel that also has a big parking lot? That was one of the questions raised during the Oak Creek Plan Commission's review of new plans from Syner G Hotel Group, which has proposed a Four Points by Sheraton hotel and a 1,187-space parking lot for Mitchell International Airport travelers. Earlier this summer, Syner G scaled back its plans by about one-third to help win Oak Creek Common Council approval and keep the city's financial incentives on the table. In particular, the parking lot was downsized from 1,531 spaces and will no longer be covered or abut a residential neighborhood. But some Plan Commission members feel the parking …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken spoke to the Oak Creek Common Council on Tuesday about his organization's report regarding fire department consolidation in southern Milwaukee County.
Southern Milwaukee County communities leery about combining fire departments could still benefit from smaller changes that would increase efficiencies and save money. That was one message Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken conveyed when he spoke Tuesday to the Oak Creek Common Council. It was an in-depth look at the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization's report that studied consolidation within the Oak Creek, Franklin, Hales Corners, Greendale and Greenfield fire departments. Henken noted the communities already practice a lot of mutual aid, not only in responding to incidents but in training, communications and some purchasing. But there could be more. The Public Policy Forum found the vehicle fleet between the five departments, in …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
New mayor, city clerk and three aldermen took oath of office Tuesday night.
New Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, City Clerk Catherine Roeske and Aldermen Dan Bukiewicz, Michael Toman and Tom Michalski were sworn into office at the start of Tuesday night's Oak Creek Common Council meeting. The five won in the April 3 election. Scaffidi and Roeske were elected to open seats while the three aldermen won re-election. Also winning re-election was Treasurer Barb Guckenberger, who was not at the meeting. The clerk and mayor are elected to three-year terms while aldermen serve two-year terms.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Concession stand with bathrooms, storage space among upgrades.
Some new amenities will be implemented in Abendschein Park, 1321 E. Drexel Ave., this year in the second phase of a plan to upgrade the park. A building housing a concession stand, bathrooms and storage space will be constructed at the baseball diamond, Zoning Administrator Pete Wagner said. Water, sewer and electric service that comes with the building will help the city better maintain the field. In addition, two pedestrian bridges will be constructed. One on the east end of the park will connect the baseball field to a nearby trail; the other bridge will be near the soccer field on the north end that will give the park another access point. Much of the work is expected to begin after the 2012 baseball season. The total cost of the …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Oak Creek officials begin the task of moving forward.
It was a situation that at times seemed surreal that it was even happening. But sadly, it was all too real for Oak Creek aldermen and other city officials, who on Tuesday began trying to move forward following Mayor Dick Bolender's unexpected death on Dec. 10. "It's been a very difficult ten days around here," said City Attorney Larry Haskin, who spoke at Bolender's funeral last week. "I know the mood at City Hall last week was disbelief, a little bit of shock. But Dick would want us to continue on with the business of governing and unfortunately that's what we have to do." With Bolender's family in attendance, aldermen addressed his passing and approved a resolution of condolence honoring his service to the city and his life. Council …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
But aldermen don't expect to make final decision on city hall and library location then.
The Oak Creek Common Council has agreed to a Dec. 19 meeting that will bring together residents and several community groups to discuss where to put the city hall and library. However, aldermen said Tuesday they do not expect to make a final decision at that meeting, meaning that discussions will likely continue into early 2012. The Dec. 19 meeting, to be held at 7 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, will bring in various groups who have a stake in where those buildings are located. Those groups include the Oak Creek-Franklin School District, community center, library board and the owner and developer of the Delphi site, Wispark. Alderman Steve Scaffidi proposed bringing in each group separately over a series of meetings in the next …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Election will be held April 3, 2012.
The Oak Creek mayoral race promises to have the highest profile, but several other local offices will also be on the ballot in April. Three aldermanic positions, two School Board positions and the city clerk, treasurer and municipal judge will all be decided by Oak Creek residents on April 3, 2012. Anyone wanting more information on how to get their names on the ballot should stop by City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave., for municipal races and the school district offices, 7630 S. 10th St., for the School Board race. Today, Dec. 1, marks the first day candidates can begin circulating nomination papers. Aldermanic races Aldermen Dan Bukiewicz, Michael Toman and Tom Michalski will face re-election in the spring. Aldermen are elected to two-year …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Corridor is city's 'other' revitalization project.
Redevelopment plans for the lakefront and former Delphi site have dominated public attention in recent months, but Oak Creek officials say that doesn’t signal efforts to improve the 27th Street corridor are being neglected. “We haven’t seen the same kind of advances there because of the economy, but it’s still on our front burner,” City Administrator Gerald Peterson said. Oak Creek city leaders have participated in meetings with officials from Franklin, which borders on the western side of 27th Street, as well as with the state Department of Transportation regarding future roadway design and aesthetics, Peterson said. Additionally, there have been meetings with Milwaukee County and Northwestern Mutual to arrange land swaps involving …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Aldermen take issue with location, number of vets already in Oak Creek.
A proposed Animal Hospital of Oak Creek breezed through most of the city approval process. But at the last step, it was denied by the Oak Creek Common Council. Aldermen voting against it cited concerns over its location as well as the number of other veterinarians already in the city. The business was proposed to go into an office building at 8870 Mayhew Drive, just south of Oak Creek High School. Aldermen Ken Gehl and Steve Scaffidi said they did not feel that building was appropriate for an animal hospital, and that the city was within its rights to use discretion and deny the hospital's conditional-use permit. Alderman Mike Toman, meanwhile, agreed with an Oak Creek veterinarian who argued the city already had enough such businesses. Dr…