KENOSHA ⏤ While last night’s meeting didn’t have any hot button topics on the agenda, alderpersons spent the end sharing a few important local things on their minds.
During the alderpersons’ comments portion of last night’s Kenosha City Council meeting, Dist. 3 Ald. Jan Michalski, Dist. 2 Ald. Bill Siel, Dist. 16 Ald. Dominic Ruffalo and Dist. 17 Ald. David Bogdala all addressed different areas of service and different issues within the city.
Michalski speaks on election, Uptown cleanup
Michalski, who represents the Uptown neighborhood, heaped praise on volunteers and organizers who took to Uptown over the weekend for what will be a monthly clean-up effort.
Uptown Kenosha Inc., the neighborhood’s business association, partnered with Kenosha Community Health Clinic, Building Our Future and The Green Team Junk Removal for that clean-up event.
Second clean-up effort 9 a.m. Saturday in Uptown
He also announced that he will be sponsoring a second clean-up this coming Saturday, April 10, at 9 a.m. in the Uptown neighborhood.
This clean-up event will focus on 61st Street, primarily, Michalski said.
“I will be sponsoring a secondary cleanup for 61st Street ⏤ and if we have enough volunteers, 62nd Street ⏤ between 14th Avenue and 22nd Avenue,” he said. “We will be meeting at the corner of 14th and 61st. I will be there giving out bags and gloves.
Turning the focus from residents to staff, Ruffalo expressed his relief that the City Council had approved a successor labor agreement for 2020 – 2022 between the city and Kenosha Firefighters Local #414.
Dist. 14 Ald. Dan Prozanski made a motion, approved by the council, to defer the 2019 successor agreement due to “a clerical error.”
“I’m glad both sides came together for a mutual agreement. And I thank everybody involved.”
Bogdala encourages residents, alderpersons to ‘Donate Life’
Earlier in the meeting Monday night, the council voted to approve a resolution designating April as Autism Awareness Month.
However, Bogdala reminded his colleagues, and the public, that April is also known as a month to bring awareness to the importance of being an organ donor.
In fact, Bogdala’s father-in-law is a surviving organ recipient. A donor gave him a new kidney.
Bogdala recounted being able to see his father-in-law over the weekend, and seeing his vibrance due to that gift.
“He looked great,” Bogdala added. “And it was great hanging out with him and talking to him. And seeing him do the things he might not have had the opportunity to do had he not been the recipient of a new kidney.
“So, again, please, I encourage everyone to go out and donate and let your family know that you are an organ donor. It’s very important.”
Bogdala: Highway 50 is ‘a mess’
The District 17 alderman also spoke of the current construction along Highway 50 in the district. Initially, Bogdala put his assessment in very simple, yet clear terms: “It’s a mess.”
“And we’re just really getting started,” he added. “We haven’t even shut down all of the lanes yet.”
Bogdala, City Administrator John Morrissey and City Engineer Brian Cater have all been in talks with the state Department of Transportation to attempt to modify aspects of the project to relieve some of the problems local motorists are facing.
“So please take your time,” Bogdala added. “Be safe. If you have suggestions on things that are out there, please let me know. We’ve got a good repertoire with the DOT right now; they’ve been very helpful, very accommodating.”
Those who want to send suggestions to Bogdala can do so by emailing him at email@example.com.