Monday, September 24, 2012
Mayor says city officials work hard to find outside funding sources to help offset costs to taxpayers.
Since the start of the year, the city of Oak Creek has received $2.6 million in grant funding for police and fire equipment, parks development, expanded health services, road construction and other projects to help the community, Mayor Steve Scaffidi said in his weekly update on the city's website. City officials work hard to identify other funding sources to offset costs and advance community priorities, Scaffidi said. "Receiving these funds means that we can enhance our quality of life in Oak Creek without impacting the tax burden on our residents," he wrote. "Having clear community objectives, involving the public in decision making, and encouraging development that makes sense for Oak Creek will continue to be our focus in 2013." This …
Monday, August 13, 2012
One week after violence at the Sikh Temple, the Oak Creek mayor calls on residents to celebrate the diversity of the city.
Mayor Steve Scaffidi called for residents to embrace diversity in this week's Mayor's Message, his weekly column posted on the city's website. Scaffidi said the events of Aug. 5, when six members of the Sikh Temple were murdered, was a "tragic and violent example of the effects of extreme hate and anger in our society." He also commented on Police Lt. Brian Murphy, who was injured in the attack, and thanked those who helped calm the fears of Oak Creek residents. "As we begin to move forward, I ask all of you to help me continue our efforts to celebrate the growing diversity of Oak Creek, to reach out to members of our community who may look or speak differently than you do, and to embrace that diversity as the best way to build a stronger …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Library looking for feedback as it plans a new building, which is scheduled to open on the former Delphi property in 2014.
The Oak Creek Public Library is surveying residents on its services as it continues to plan for a new building. Mayor Steve Scaffidi has a link to the survey in this week's Mayor's Message on the city's website. The short survey asks about residents' library use and possible features in the new building. A new public library will be built along with a city hall as part of the Drexel Town Square development, the mixed-use area planned for the former Delphi property at Drexel and Howell avenues. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013, with the buildings opened by the middle of 2014. Click here for the rest of the Mayor's Message, which also has information on National Night Out, a new feature on the city's website and an upcoming health …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The group made up of Milwaukee County mayors and village presidents is now led by the Oak Creek and Franklin mayors.
Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi has been selected as vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, a committee made up of the mayors and village presidents of Milwaukee County's 19 municipalities. Scaffidi noted in this week's Mayor's Message that Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor is the chairman, giving the southern portion of Milwaukee County significant representation at the committee's leadership level. The ICC was in the news last week when it opted to drop its pursuit of Milwaukee County Board downsizing, and then again when new County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic pushed for voting privileges. Click here for the rest of the Mayor's Message, which also has updates on the Drexel Interchange project, last weekend's alumni …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Scaffidi says an initiative planned for this fall will be aimed at weight loss and reducing residents' health risks.
Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi plans to sponsor a citywide initiative this fall to help improve the community's health profile. In this week's Mayor's Message, Scaffidi said he wants to hold a series of events aimed at weight loss and reducing residents' health risks. They would be held from September through the end of the year. Anyone interested in helping on a committee or local businesses wanting to sponsor an event should contact Scaffidi at Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave. Click here for the entire Mayor's Message, which also has information on watering city trees during this current dry spell, the election, the city's social media efforts and more.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The new award seeks to honor residents and business owners who enhance the look of the city through flower and tree plantings and creative landscaping ideas.
Nominations for the new Mayor's Landscape Award, which honors residents and business owners who do their part to beautify the city, will open Friday. Mayor Steve Scaffidi said in this week's Mayor's Message that Tehan Brothers Greenhouses has agreed to donate gift certificates for the first-, second- and third-place winners. Nominations close June 30, with selections made in mid-July. For more, check out the Mayor's Message, which also has information on Oak Creek High School's senior scholarship night, some tips on keeping city trees healthy and a few comments about Monday's Memorial Day ceremony.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Richard Kulka received a Citizen Citation after he quickly evacuated 30 people from a burning home last year.
A city of Oak Creek employee was honored for helping bring 30 people inside a burning home to safety. Richard Kulka received a Citizen Citation at the Oak Creek Police Department awards ceremony last week. On Dec. 10, Kulka noticed smoke and flames coming from a residence and quickly evacuated 30 people from the home, Mayor Steve Scaffidi wrote in his Mayor's Message. They were attending a baby shower and unaware of the fire. "His quick thinking saved many injuries, and demonstrates the role that all of us play in public safety," Scaffidi said. Click here for the rest of the Mayor's Message, which includes additional information about the awards ceremony, an update on the Drexel Avenue reconstruction project and more.