October 23rd, 2017
Healthy Wauwatosa Moves Forward
The Public Health Department recently hosted 30 community partners to advance discussion on Wauwatosa's Community Health Improvement Plan. The participants selected 4 major themes for upcoming Healthy Wauwatosa initiatives:
Wauwatosa Population 2% Increase in Past 10 Years
Population growth in Wauwatosa has remained steady over the past 10 years with a 2% total increase in that period. You will note that in the 1970's there was an approximately 20% decrease in population. This correlates strongly with a national trend of smaller household sizes. This steady amount of growth in population is a good indication that Wauwatosa remains a desirable place to live in southeast Wisconsin
New! Interactive Refuse & Recycling Collection Map
One of the most frequent questions city staff and the Department of Public Works receives is, "What day is my trash or recycling collection?" Our new solid waste collection service map is a digital resource that will answer this question, specifically for collection at your home. We have created a mapping service, similar to the leaf collection map that was first used last year.
This service will also help staff to prevent missed pickups and handle any that do occur more efficiently. We are requesting feedback online so we can continue to improve this feature. Thank you to the Department of Public Works for their work on this new web feature!
September 9 Tosa Green Summit a Success!
The Tosa Green Summit was held last month at City Hall in conjunction with MMSD's household hazardous waste collection, Crimestoppers Shred It, and the Health Department medicine collection. They collected:
Bublr Bike Share Expansion
The Strategic Plan called for an expansion of the Bublr Bike system in Wauwatosa. Stations are being added this year at seven locations:
Work is estimated for completion by the end of September. This work is an example of a regional partnership, as the installs are being done in concert by the same contractor who is completing Bublr Bike Station installations in West Allis and Shorewood.
69th Street Pedestrian Plaza Will Add 13 New Trees to Wauwatosa
Construction continues on the pedestrian plaza at 69th Street and North Avenue. The project will add 13 new trees to the project area in the plaza and adjacent to the parking on the east and west sides of 69th Street. Construction was stalled for a short period of time due to locating underground storage tanks during excavation. Work began again on Wednesday, August 9. The engineering staff is working with the general contractor to ascertain the impact this delay of a few weeks will have on the project schedule. The pedestrian plaza concept was developed out of the North Avenue Corridor Study from 2013, which included many public meetings.
Laura Conklin, Health Officer, has advised on a few precautionary measures that we can take:
The Department of Public Works has used these rebates to purchase tools that save staff time, allow more projects to be completed in-house, and in one notable case a tool that lowered on-the-job injury risks. Public Works has used their rebate to purchase a power screed, which is an automated tool that levels and smooths concrete slabs. This work used to be done by hand, which limited work efficiency and necessitated contracting out larger jobs. They also purchased a drill to put rebar into concrete slabs. This work was previously done by hand. These purchases not only allow Public Works to complete more work in-house, but also to be more efficient. What a great example of using p-card rebates to benefit the community.
Since 2006, Wauwatosa has averaged 1% annual new growth (or net new construction). This means that each year Wauwatosa finds efficiencies to help maintain the status quo and in the long run this will become difficult to sustain.
Village Reconstruction: 30 More Trees to be Added by 2018
Vegetation was recently removed as part of the Village construction project from Root Common and Pocket Parks, as well as other areas in the construction limits. Overall, approximately 60 trees were removed from the project limits, a number of which were ash trees. Approximately 90 trees will be added back throughout the entire project limits. Landscaping is planned for spring of 2018. If possible, Engineering will work with the contractor to add trees to the project this fall, dependent on the construction schedule and weather. The Forestry Division has a goal in the 2017 budget to have a 1:1 ratio of new tree planted per tree removed. This is an excellent example of exceeding that goal.