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City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Speed Watch Program

Speeding drivers on residen- tial streets is one of the most common complaints received by the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwau- kee Dept. of Public Works. The City’s Neighborhood Speed Watch Program encour- ages neighborhood residents to become involved in addressing this problem, and is a part of Milwaukee’s new Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.

Citing in part the surge in violence this year that included the shooting death of four-year- old Jasmine Owens and the near-fatal shooting of a 12-year- old girl, Ald. Tony Zielinski held a City Hall news conference in May to build his case for the adoption of his anti-gang loitering ordinance, which he re- introduced and which was ap- proved by the Common Council on June 19th. “The ordinance allows Milwaukee police to disperse gang members who try to control neighborhoods and intimidate law-abiding citizens,” Ald. Zielinski said.

Neighborhood Speed Watch is a public awareness program in which concerned citizens can take an active role in solving the problem of speeders in their own neighborhoods. City resi- dents record speeds and license numbers of cars traveling in excess of speed designations on neighborhood streets. Notifica- tion is then sent from the City to the registered owners of those vehicles.

A minimum of two volunteers are required at all times during the speed watch. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate. Volunteers under the age of 21 must be accom- panied by an adult 21 years or older. This allows high school and college students to partici- pate in the program.

Anti-Gang Loitering Ordinance Becomes Law

A f t e r m o r e t h a n a y e a r o f h a r d w o r k , p l a n n i n g , and preparation, Ald. Tony Zielinski’s “Anti- Gang Loitering” Ordinance has passed.

fine. The general loitering ordinance only allows for a $500 maximum fine.

The Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Police Association and Sheriff Clarke all supported this initiative as an additional and important tool to help the police department fight crime. This ordi- nance is the next step in the ongoing quest to provide a pleasant and, above all, safe environment for the residents of Milwaukee.

This ordinance allows the police to disperse gang members in certain situations where they otherwise couldn’t. If the gang members refuse to disperse, the police can then issue a massive $5,000 maximum

Mayor Tom Barrett, in support of the ordinance, said the MPD will provide training specifically related to the provisions contained in the ordinance to members of the police force. “Primarily members of the Gang Intelligence Unit and anti-gang officers will carry out enforcement of the ordinance,” the Mayor said.

“The Milwaukee Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Unit and anti-gang officers are focused on breaking up criminal gangs and have strong working relationships with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies,” Ald. Zielinski said.

New Grocery Store for S. 13th Street

If you are interested in this program, contact David Schlabowske: • by email at dschla@mpw.net • by phone at 286-3144 • by mail at Milwaukee

If you have not visited the My Land/Mi Tierra Grocery Store at 2901 S. 13th St. then please do so. This grocery store offers a full line of quality grocery items. Getting another grocery store on 13th Street has been a top priority, and this store has certainly proved to be an asset to the neighborhood.

Department of Public Works, 841 N. Broadway, Rm. 918 Milwaukee, WI 53202

The grocery store is very accessible for seniors and others in the neighborhood who don’t drive.

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