What to Do if a Bat Flies into Your Home
Bats are an important part of our ecosystem and we need them outside eating mosquitoes. It is not uncommon for them to find their way into homes. While the Wauwatosa Health Department cannot help a citizen capture a bat, they can help if a citizen comes into contact with a bat or has captured a bat and isn't sure what to do next. Call the Wauwatosa Health Department Information and Referral Nurse Line for help at 414-479-8939. Did you know that only 2 - 3% of the wild bat population carries the rabies virus? Bats can be removed from homes with towels, blankets, or boxes. The Health Department recommends you wear gloves. There are also several private animal control contractors that can help.
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.