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McGee Proposes Ordinance to Allow Cruising through Riverwest

Editor’s Update: This ordinance will NOT be taken up at the Thursday, June 24, meeting; it has been removed from the agenda. June 17–New legislation sponsored by Ald. Mike McGee, a “Substitute resolution relating to designated sites for cruising,” is suggesting a pilot program to allow cruising in part of the 6th District. Specifically, the resolution would make a cruising corridor out of Capitol between 5th and Humboldt on weekends starting in mid-July and continuing through the end of September. Cruisers would turn down Humboldt or 5th for the turnaround, likely going through Vienna, Nash, or Keefe Avenues before heading back up to Capitol. If you have any questions or opinions about a new “cruising zone on Capitol Drive”, please email your comments to the following Aldermen: Ald. Mike McGee, 6th District: Ald. Bob Donovan, Public Safety Chair: Ald. Willie Hines, Council President: The matter will be taken up next week: PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE Thursday, June 24, 9AM City Hall, Room 301B 200 E. Wells St. The Public Safety Committee meeting is open to the public. PROPOSED ORDINANCE FOLLOWS: — 040064 …Version SUBSTITUTE 1 …Reference …Sponsor ALD. McGEE …Title Substitute resolution relating to designated sites for cruising. …Analysis This resolution creates a pilot “Cruising Allowed” program in which cruising would be allowed along Capitol Drive between North 5th Street and North Humboldt Boulevard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. The Police Department is requested to suspend enforcement of cruising-prohibition code provisions in this location and at these times. The Police Department is also requested to suspend enforcement of noise-nuisance and parking regulations at the same times in the same location. In addition, the Department of Public Works is directed to suspend enforcement of parking regulations at these times in this location. This pilot program would be in effect from July 16, 2004 through September 27, 2004. …Body Whereas, Cruising — repetitive driving along major thoroughfares — has been a persistent problem in particular areas of the City of Milwaukee for several years; and Whereas, Many of the youths who engage in cruising do so because they seek opportunities to congregate and socialize and feel that cruising is the best or only option available to them; and Whereas, To alleviate cruising-related problems in other parts of the city, the Common Council finds that there may be merit in the idea of designating a particular street as a “Cruising Allowed” zone if that street is located in a non-residential area and if on-street parking is not generally needed during the hours when cruising would be allowed; and Whereas, The Common Council finds that enforcement of the cruising, noise and parking regulations along Capitol Drive between North 5th Street and North Humboldt Boulevard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. is not essential to protection of the public health, safety and welfare; now, therefore, be it Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that a pilot “Cruising Allowed” program shall be established along Capitol Drive between North 5th Street and North Humboldt Boulevard; and, be it Further Resolved, To facilitate this program, the Milwaukee Police Department is requested to suspend enforcement of the following ordinances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings between 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. along the specified blocks of Capitol Drive: a. The cruising prohibition of s. 101-20.5. b. The restrictions on “boisterous and unreasonably loud noise” of s.80-65-4-b. c. All parking restrictions. ; and, be it Further Resolved, That the Department of Public Works is directed to suspend its enforcement of all parking regulations in the same area and at the same times; and, be it Further Resolved, That this program shall take effect on July 16, 2004, and last through September 27, 2004.