Michalski sponsoring second Uptown cleanup this Saturday; alderpersons share comments on various topics

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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.

“I’d like to give a shout-out thanks to the Green Team for bags and gloves, the Kenosha Community Health Center, the Uptown Kenosha, Building Our Future, Armando’s Collision (Center), Krista Mauer and Brandon Morris and all of the volunteers, of which there are many, who participated in the cleanup in the Brass area, the Uptown area last Saturday. They did a bang-up job.”

Ald. Jan Michalski

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. 

“Hopefully, we will have enough people to do a bang-up job and finish cleaning the area up. And hopefully, we’ll have plenty of volunteers.”

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Siel cautions bicyclists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians

Warm weather finally consistently hitting the area means that many are probably taking their bicycles out for the first time this year.

However, Siel encourages bicyclists to remember to yield to and be courteous to pedestrians. 

“I’ve heard complaints already on the appropriateness or, I should say, the way in which bicyclists are conducting themselves ⏤ which has been kind of scary in some instances,” Siel said. “So please, please take care on your bicycles. 

Ald. Bill Siel

“You’re going to have to bring some of your skills up to snuff again. And one of those is showing consideration and yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians along the sidewalks.”

Ruffalo happy alderpersons approved firefighter contract

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.” 

“The men and women of the Kenosha Fire Department do an excellent job,” Ruffalo said. “I want to thank everybody who was involved in management for the city and the wonderful union that represents most of the firefighters in the city of Kenosha. I’m glad that item is done. It’s been on my mind since I got elected because it was unfinished business.

Ald. Dominic Ruffalo

“I’m glad both sides came together for a mutual agreement. And I thank everybody involved.”

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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.

“It’s a very quick and easy, painless thing to do. … You can always (search) Donate Life Month Wisconsin for all the different ways you can sign up,” he said. “Very simple, very easy. But I think it’s a very important thing to do and to remind people around this time in the year.”

Ald. David Bogdala

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.”

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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.

“This is a big project,” he said Monday night. “We’ve been talking about it, I think, since I got elected. And now it’s coming to fruition. It’s going to be couple years of headache. But I think, when all is said and done, it’s going to be very beneficial for all of the people of Kenosha and those who come from other locations.”

Ald. David Bogdala

“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 district17@kenosha.org.


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