by Lorraine Jacobs and Sonya Jongsma Knauss
At the Riverwest Neighborhood Association’s final meeting of the year, several city officials generously gave up part of their evening to answer questions from neighbors. First up was a presentation by new police chief Nan Hegerty, who was accompanied by Capt. James Shepard, Lt. Don Gaglione, and P.O. Bruce Scott.
Chief Hegerty, who has attended numerous neighborhood meetings recently, said she is developing a Business Plan for the department. She spoke about her goals for the department, including:
Next, Carrie Lewis, Superintendent at Milwaukee Water Works, gave an update on the Kilbourn Park reservoir, located just north of North Avenue and west of Bremen Street. Based on engineering studies, the Water Works department is 99% sure that they do not need the tank in the hill. This means previous plans for the hill, which assumed the tank would remain, could be revised. Lewis pointed out that the planning process has hit some roadblocks because of changes in personnel at the Department of City Development (DCD). Lewis has been keeping their staff up to date on the status of the park and the tank. She suggested that clay models be provided to help new staff “see” the plans, and she recommended that any presentations or decisions on plans be put on hold until DCD staffing is more stable.
Lewis noted that there are valves currently being installed on the sides of the Reservoir. Their purpose is to be able to shut off the water to the tanks and thus determine if the system works without the tank.
Holton Street: Maps and descriptions were provided by Dan Sargeant of NMIDC for review. This material designated the streets, properties, and known property owners.
Crime Update: Members are looking into funding for more lighting from Home Depot and WE Energies.
Guardians of Green Space:
Candidate Forums: The RNA and Riverwest Currents are co-sponsoring a candidate forum for the Third aldermanic district Tuesday, January 20, at Gordon Park Pavilion at 6 p.m. All are invited. The 6th Aldermanic District Forum will be co-sponsored with Harambee or Brewer’s Hill Associations in February.
Adjourned to holiday treats!