Tonight’s meeting: City Council to address alternative crowd control, TIDs

KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the Kenosha Common Council will vote on crowd-control alternatives for police and a couple of tax incremental districts (TIDs) Mayor John Antaramian is proposing.  Notably missing from tonight’s agenda, however, is Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony Kennedy’s recent face mask regulation proposal. Kennedy decided to pull that proposed resolution ⏤ crafted in response [...]

Alderman pulls mask ordinance ahead of City Council meeting

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KENOSHA ⏤ Dist. 10 Alderman Anthony Kennedy has withdrawn his proposed ordinance updating the city's face mask response during the COVID-19 pandemic. City officials announced Kennedy's decision on the ordinance, which had packed two meetings full of protesters, in a press release sent Friday. The city of Kenosha's press release announcing Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony [...]

Tonight: A COVID-19 mask ordinance recreation and open mics

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the Kenosha City Council will once again briefly wade into the face mask ordinance waters as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on throughout Kenosha County.  During tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 625 52nd St., Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony Kennedy is set to introduce the repealing and recreation of parts of the [...]

Few remaining liquor licenses and end of summer events on tonight’s agendas

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, several city of Kenosha committees ⏤ Licenses and Permits, Parks Commission, Public Safety and Welfare, and also Public Works ⏤ will meet to discuss liquor license applications and some end of summer events. Licenses and Permits considers remaining licenses Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Licenses and Permits Committee will meet to approve [...]

Small Projects Relocation Plan on City Council agenda for displaced 16th Avenue homeowners

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Relocations a result of extension plan for street, affecting eight properties KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the City Council will discuss an agreement for a small projects relocation plan affecting approximately two homeowners, eight properties and nine residents as a result of the 16th Avenue ROW Project in Uptown. The meeting will take place tonight (Aug. 2) [...]

Licenses and Permits: Liquor license shortage an issue for committee

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KENOSHA ⏤ On Monday evening, the Licenses and Permits Committee faced an issue that is bound to happen in a city with many taverns: There are only a few liquor licenses left.  Kenosha Licenses and Permits Committee Chairman Ald. Curt Wilson told those in attendance as much at the 4:30 p.m. meeting. His comments came [...]

City meetings and open mics on tonight’s docket

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KENOSHA ⏤ Another Monday, another evening of city leaders meeting to make decisions for the people and music pervading the downtown area.  Licenses and Permits Committee meeting Starting at 4:30 p.m., the city’s Licenses and Permits Committee will meet on the second floor of the Kenosha Municipal Building, 625 52nd St.  Tonight’s agenda includes the [...]

Tonight in Kenosha: City Council meets; Fusion and Rustic host open mics

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, local residents can attend an in-person Kenosha Common Council meeting, then head just a few blocks away in either direction for open mics at Fusion and Rustic Road. Common Council meeting tonight Tonight, the Kenosha Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. As of its last meeting, the council has returned to [...]

Observer on the Scene: Live at Kenosha COR, city meetings

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KENOSHA ⏤ The Observer has been on the scene of government meetings and also a few announcements recently ⏤ including the move of the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Kenosha COR debut (July 7, 2021) Last week, Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution hosted its initial press conference introducing itself to the community.  During the conference, leaders [...]

Tonight’s meetings (July 12, 2021): City committees discuss licenses, upcoming events

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the city’s Licenses and Permits, Parks, Public Works and other committees will meet to discuss bartender's licenses and approve upcoming events. Licenses and Permits Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Licenses and Permits Committee will consider approving the new bartender’s licenses of Aimee Alvarez, Caitlyn Amezquita, Arlene Forte and also Alexis Rendon.  However, [...]

City government, music and Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood June’s top subjects

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Observer readers focused on our "Around the Mics" galleries, local government coverage and the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood discussion last month. Therefore, below, take a moment to look at the stories that your community spent time with from the Observer in June. You may even catch bits of information you previously missed. If you also like [...]

Thompson’s Take (Opinion): The wrong people are excited about Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood

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Lately, when I think about the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood project near Uptown Kenosha, I return to the same thought: The wrong people are excited about this. See, I’ve obviously been following developments on it, and recently, I attended the public input session on the project at the old Brown Bank Building. Now, I acknowledge the [...]

Kenosha Parks Commission approvals signal return of canceled events

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KENOSHA ⏤ Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a return to normal along the Kenosha lakefront concerning summer events after Parks Commission votes Monday night. On Monday evening, the Kenosha Parks Commission unanimously approved the locations and times of: The Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade: June 27, Navy Park;Let Freedom Ring: July 4, Pennoyer Park;Tuesdays [...]

Paff says federal government ‘bankrupting America’ as other alderpersons support Biden jobs plan

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KENOSHA ⏤ In what has become a routine at City Council meetings, Dist. 6 Ald. David Paff not only voted in opposition of nearly all his colleagues, but also used his comments to denounce the federal government and President Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan. Paff’s statements came during discussion of a resolution supporting the jobs [...]

City Council to hold public hearing tonight on declaring Red Zone property ‘blighted’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, following a public hearing, the City Council will vote on whether or not to declare the Red Zone property, 4814 Sheridan Rd., “blighted.” After being declared blighted, the city would take possession of the property. Mayor John Antaramian presented the resolution to the council. A requirement to take over property In order [...]

Ald. LaMacchia shares bitter comments over city mask mandate in its final days

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KENOSHA ⏤ During the alderpersons’ comments portion of Monday night’s City Council meeting, Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia gave brief, biting comments to his colleagues while discussing the city’s ongoing mask mandate. LaMacchia gave the only alderpersons’ comments during that portion of the meeting, coming after a lengthy closed session focusing on impending litigation against [...]

Alderperson announcement, City Council #OfInterest this week

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KENOSHA ⏤ This week, Observer readers found the words of Alderperson Jan Michalski and also Alderperson Holly Kangas of the City Council to be #OfInterest. Of primary focus, Michalski announced that Gorman's will be bringing a full grocery store to the Uptown Neighborhood. Not only will this be coming to Uptown, but it will be [...]

Michalski: Full grocery store coming to Uptown Neighborhood

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KENOSHA ⏤ City officials are working to bring a full grocery store to the Uptown Neighborhood, right on 22nd Avenue, according to Dist. 3 Ald. Jan Michalski. Michalski announced the full-service grocery, which he identified as Gorman’s, would occupy the old Salvation Army lot in Uptown during a ribbon cutting Wednesday at Grace Welcome Center.  [...]

UPDATED: Alderperson: Rusten Sheskey should be ‘given a permanent desk job’

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include information from KPD documents released online concerning the Sheskey investigation as of 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021. - Daniel Thompson KENOSHA ⏤ During the alderpersons’ comments portion of Monday’s City Council meeting, Dist. 4 Ald. Holly Kangas expressed her frustration over the missing gun of [...]