Message from the Mayor:
There’s an old saying that you can tell when summer is here by the arrival of the orange construction barrels, and that may never be more appropriate than this year. Roadway expansion is moving forward on several fronts across the city, most recently on Pennsylvania Avenue, which will be closed to traffic beginning on June 26th. Once completed, the new roadway will feature two lane traffic in each direction, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow between College and Rawson Avenues. Work continues on the Drexel interchange and the road improvements west to 27th, with a target date of November 2012.
On Tuesday I met with John Disharoon, Vice President of Industry Relations for Caterpillar Global Mining at their Oak Creek headquarters on Howell Avenue. Many residents don’t realize that Oak Creek is host to Caterpillar’s headquarters, and to their nearly 500 employees. This headquarters site was formerly the home of Midwest Airlines. Caterpillar is a tremendous asset not only for our city, but a great corporate partner for the Milwaukee area, and the state of Wisconsin. Look for Caterpillar to take an even more active role at community and civic events in the near future.
On Friday I stopped by the “Cop on a Rooftop” fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin at Dunkin Donuts at 2345 W. Ryan Road. Oak Creek Police Detective Andre Antreassian and several other officers collected donations for Special Olympics of Wisconsin, which improves the lives of nearly 10,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in our state, by giving them the opportunity to participate in 18 different sports year-round. If you would like to help, please drop off or send a monetary donation to Detective Antreassian at the Oak Creek Police Department, in the name of Special Olympics Wisconsin.
We’re in the final week of nominations for the Mayor’s Landscaping Awards. If you see an Oak Creek residence or business you feel is deserving, please nominate them by filling out the form available here on our city website main page. Nominations must be mailed by June 30th, with the selection committee set to review the nominations in the month of July. Winners will be invited to the first Common Council meeting in August, for the presentation of awards and prizes. Good luck to all the nominated residences and businesses, and let’s make Oak Creek an even more beautiful place to live and work!
For those of you who have asked about the Mayor’s garden, I will have a picture up on this page next week to show you how the garden is growing so far. Needless to say, like all of Oak Creek, we could use some rain out there. Keep planting those flowers; I’m noticing a lot of great looking front yards as I drive around the city...