Friday, April 5, 2013
A forum Thursday night in South Milwaukee spelled out all of the changes under a proposed bill reforming Milwaukee County government.
A possible 2014 referendum on slashing salaries of Milwaukee County supervisors—essentially making them part-time positions—has gotten a lot of headlines in recent weeks. But as those attending a forum Thursday in South Milwaukee heard, it's far from the only part of state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo's proposed legislation reforming county government. Sanfelippo, himself a former county supervisor, explained the rationale behind his legislation to what appeared to be an evenly-split audience of roughly 200 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. County Supervisor Theo Lipscomb provided counter-arguments, with County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who has not yet taken an official position on the bill, moderating the discussion. Besides supervisor …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The legislator behind a push to make the county board part time will discuss his proposal at a forum, which will also include a counterpoint from a county supervisor, Thursday in South Milwaukee.
The debate over the future of Milwaukee County government will come to the southern part of the county Thursday. County Supervisor Pat Jursik is sponsoring a forum set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave. State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo will discuss his proposal that calls for a referendum on making county supervisor positions part time, while County Supervisor Theo Lipscomb will respond with a counterpoint. "As your representative on the County Board, I have not yet taken a position with regard to this restructuring," Jursik said in a news release. "In order to take a position, I am holding a public meeting to both inform and to obtain your input. I look forward to hearing your questions and …
Friday, February 1, 2013
County Supervisor Pat Jursik says many residents have asked the county to add land to Bender Park through different means.
Many residents have expressed concern about the possibility of hunting and trapping on new land at Bender Park, County Supervisor Pat Jursik wrote in her monthly newsletter. A nonprofit organization wants to acquire 95 acres near the park through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and then transfer the land to the county for incorporation into Bender Park. Under the rules of the Knowles-Nelson program, the land must be open for hunting and trapping. This isn't something allowed under Milwaukee County ordinances, but officials are considering changing the ordinances to allow for limited hunting and trapping at Bender Park. Jursik said constituents have asked the county to acquire the land in a different way. The worry is that it would …
Monday, January 14, 2013
County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who represents a portion of Oak Creek, says she realized early on that her position needed her full-time attention.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The extension of the Lake Parkway to Highway 100 in Oak Creek was added Wednesday to a regional transportation plan.
A proposed extension of the Lake Parkway through Oak Creek cleared another hurdle Wednesday when the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission unanimously approved the plans. SEWRPC voted to add the project to its Year 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. Under preliminary plans, the Lake Parkway would be extended six miles, from Edgerton Avenue (where it ends now) to Highway 100 in Oak Creek. The biggest hurdle still remains: getting the state to fund the project. County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who has spearheaded the project, said the extension is worth state funding because of its impact on economic development. "An extended Lake Parkway will provide the necessary transportation infrastructure to promote economic development in …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Lane closures have persisted in the year since College Avenue reopened, frustrating drivers.
If you've driven College Avenue between Howell and Pennsylvania avenues, you have probably noticed that the orange construction barrels never really went away after the street reopened last year. Work has continued in the westbound lanes near the tunnel to install street lighting. That has caused lane closures and congestion, particularly during rush hour. County Supervisor Pat Jursik said in her monthly newsletter that street lighting was added to the original reconstruction project, but late delivery of equipment delayed some of the work. The hope is that all street lighting work is completed before the end of the year, weather permitting. "My constituents and I have been frustrated at the stalled progress and lane closure," she wrote. "…
Monday, October 1, 2012
But public support could help extension get built, County Supervisor Pat Jursik says.
Work continues to get I-794/Lake Parkway extended through Oak Creek, but getting money for the project figures to be a challenge. That's where the public could come in and help persuade the state Department of Transportation the project is worth it, County Supervisor Pat Jursik said at an economic development forum Thursday. Jursik led a committee that studied and recommended an extension of the Lake Parkway to Highway 100 in Oak Creek. Public comments taken earlier this year showed residents supported the extension by more than a 2-to-1 margin. The extension also has support from the Milwaukee County Board and Oak Creek Common Council. "That corridor is extremely important in the South Shore communities," Jursik said. "That is the …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Representatives from South Shore communities will talk about their development efforts and answer questions from the public.
Representatives from Oak Creek and other South Shore communities will talk about their efforts toward economic growth at a forum Thursday at the Oak Creek police station, 301 W. Ryan Road. In addition to Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Cudahy, Milwaukee County and MKE Regional Business Park representatives will be on hand to give overviews of their development efforts and answer questions from the public. Residents can also check out plans that will be displayed at tables for public viewing. The forum, sponsored by County Supervisor Pat Jursik, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. inside the Oak Creek municipal courtroom. A similar forum was held last year in Cudahy. "This forum is again a rare opportunity for citizens to be a part of …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Oak Creek's two county supervisors, Pat Jursik and Steve Taylor, had different takes on a proposal unveiled Wednesday for a new tower at the downtown Milwaukee lakefront.
The county supervisors representing Oak Creek offered contrasting statements Wednesday regarding a tower proposed for the downtown Milwaukee lakefront. The proposed high-rise would replace the Downtown Transit Center, 909 E. Michigan St., and feature 180 hotel rooms, 180 apartments, restaurants, retail space and parking, according to a BizTimes Milwaukee report. But negotiations between the county and the prospective developer can't move forward until authorized by the county board. And some supervisors, including Pat Jursik, say the proposal needs deeper vetting and more input from the public. Jursik chairs the county board's economic development committee, which will discuss the proposal and make a recommendation to the county board. "As…
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Pedal in the Park with Pat, which begins at Sheridan Park in Cudahy, calls attention to the condition of bike path and parks.
County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who represents the South Shore and a portion of Oak Creek on the Milwaukee County Board, is inviting residents to a free bike ride June 14. The sixth-annual "Pedal in the Park with Pat" will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sheridan Park Pavilion, Area 1 (Layton Avenue and Sheridan Drive in Cudahy). The group will travel along the Oak Leaf Trail, visiting the northern part of Grant Park and returning to Sheridan Pavilion in time for a 6:30 p.m. concert by the Bluegrass Allstars. Round-trip distance is about 5.3 miles. The ride calls attention to the condition of the multi-use path and the parks and helps coordinate efforts to improve them.