Friday, November 2, 2012
One of the best things about living in a lakefront community are the amazing Lake Michigan sunrises. Take a look at our gallery, and add your own photos.
The sunrise over Lake Michigan is different every day. Here are some pics we snapped of our favorites. Take a look, and share yours, too.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The impact of Hurricane Sandy is being felt in Oak Creek and eastern Wisconsin, as high winds and huge waves are expected on Lake Michigan.
High winds caused by Hurricane Sandy have prompted officials to close Bender Park this week. The park will be closed from 5 p.m. Monday until Friday due to potentially dangerous conditions, according to the city's website. Although the biggest impact from the hurricane will be felt on the east coast, forecasters predict it will also affect communities near Lake Michigan: the National Weather Service says gusts could reach between 45 and 60 mph over Lake Michigan and cause dangerous high waves of 14 to 18 feet.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Oak Creek Common Council and Water Utility Commission are scheduled to vote on the contract Tuesday.
Waukesha is closing in on an agreement with Oak Creek to provide Lake Michigan water. The Oak Creek Common Council is expected to vote on the contract following a closed-session discussion Tuesday. Terms were not immediately known. The Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility Commission also has a closed-session meeting Tuesday to discuss the finalized contract, though no action will be taken. Waukesha still faces a long climb to get Lake Michigan water, including approval from all Great Lakes states. But the vote Tuesday represents a significant step. Waukesha spent a year and a half in negotiations with Oak Creek and Racine. City officials also wanted to negotiate with their preferred supplier, Milwaukee, but discussions never happened. The …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Just a year after a dredging project shut down the Bender Park boat launch, problems have again cropped up for boaters accessing Lake Michigan.
Oak Creek's Bender Park is only a year removed from a dredging project that cost Milwaukee County roughly $280,000. But what was supposed to be at least a five-year fix didn't come close. Thanks in part to a mild winter, the sediment that was removed has piled back up to the point that more dredging is needed for boaters to launch at Bender Park, County Supervisor Steve Taylor said. The launch hasn't yet shut down, but it's become difficult for boaters to access Lake Michigan, with some areas near the launch only 18 to 24 inches deep, Taylor said. County officials are studying their options and have sent soil samples to the Department of Natural Resources for its review. Taylor doesn't expect any easy solutions. A long-term, permanent fix…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Oak Creek residents could see water rates decrease by as much as 25 percent if the city's water utility successfully lands the Waukesha contract.
Oak Creek, one of three cities that might provide Waukesha with Lake Michigan water, could find out by July if it will add the city to its service area. A successful negotiation could pay off for Oak Creek residents -- under current projections, rates could go down by 25 percent if the city got the contract, utility engineer Mike Sullivan said. But discussions still have a little ways to go. And after the negotiations made headlines in March, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak gave the Oak Creek Common Council some background about the city's quest for lake water in a presentation Tuesday night. Waukesha is in this situation because problems such as radium, saltwater and arsenic have put the city's water supply out of …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Waukesha Water Utility will talk about why it is in negotiations for Lake Michigan water at Tuesday night's Oak Creek Common Council meeting.
The general manager of the Waukesha Water Utility will make a presentation Tuesday to the Oak Creek Common Council regarding Waukesha's efforts to acquire Lake Michigan water. General Manager Dan Duchniak is scheduled to present a PowerPoint and take questions from council members at the beginning of Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting. A similar presentation was made in Caledonia last month. Mayor Steve Scaffidi said aldermen have heard about the negotiations mostly through media reports, so Tuesday's presentation will allow the council and residents to hear straight from Waukesha. He was referring to a letter from the mayors of Milwaukee and Racine and then-Oak Creek Mayor Al Foeckler that made headlines back in March. The letter sharply questioned…
Friday, March 9, 2012
Some elected representatives believe a water sales agreement would benefit residents in Mount Pleasant, Caledonia and Racine.
A group of Racine and Caledonia officials have responded to a surprising letter that was sent from the mayors of three Lake Michigan communities that are being considered as a water supplier for Waukesha. In the letter from Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Racine mayors, the mayors questioned Waukesha about the city's conservation measures, rate increase requests and water service area. Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said the water utility will respond to their questions but the answers are written in the city’s application to divert Great Lakes water past the Subcontinental Divide. Waukesha needs the approvals of all Great Lakes states to obtain water from Lake Michigan. Declining water quality and quantity are major reasons …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Letter released Wednesday questions Waukesha on its Great Lakes water diversion application.
Oak Creek, Milwaukee and Racine want to show a united front so that the three cities are in a good negotiating position as Waukesha seeks Lake Michigan water, Oak Creek Mayor Al Foeckler said. Foeckler explained the thinking behind the letter leaked to the media yesterday regarding Waukesha's application to divert Lake Michigan water past the Subcontinental Divide. The water utilities of Oak Creek and Racine have been in negotiations with Waukesha since last year, and Milwaukee may get involved as well. "They didn't want Waukesha to leverage communities against each other, so by showing a united front it would put the cities in a better position," Foeckler said. Foeckler said private discussions were held between Milwaukee Mayor Tom …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The body of Brittany Finley was discovered Tuesday near the MMSD plant.
Oak Creek police say the person found dead in Lake Michigan yesterday was Brittany Finley, a 22-year-old South Milwaukee woman. Finley's body was found about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday near the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District plant on Fifth Avenue. According to media reports, a preliminary investigation indicates the death is related to exposure/weather and not foul play.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Woman's body recovered Tuesday near Fifth Avenue and Puetz Road.
updated 6:50 p.m. Tuesday A woman's body was found Tuesday in Lake Michigan near Fifth Avenue and Puetz Road in Oak Creek, according to multiple media reports. Fox 6 is reporting that a person came across the body about 10:30 a.m. A preliminary investigation indicates the death is related to exposure/weather and not foul play. The station reported that tentative identification of the woman has been made, though a name has not been released. Click here for the entire report. The body was recovered near the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District's water treatment plant on Fifth Avenue. Oak Creek police are still investigating.