Around the Town with Mayor Steve

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Mayor & Council |

Last week was a week of honors and recognitions. On Friday, May 17th, the city of Oak Creek and the Citizen of the Year committee honored Lt. Brian Murphy and Ofc. Sam Lenda for their actions and heroism in their response to the Sikh Temple shooting of August 5th, 2012. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefish, Congressman Paul Ryan, and State Representative Mark Honadel and other elected officials each presented a proclamation to the officers. The community-at-large and members of the Sikh community offered their thanks and appreciation to both men.

The annual Oak Creek Police Department awards ceremony was held Monday, May 20 at the Oak Creek Community Center. This ceremony honored police department employees and citizens for their above and beyond actions over the course of the last year. Because of the events of August 5th, the police department also honored individuals and departments outside of our own, who contributed to the exemplary law enforcement response to the shooting. Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt was recognized for his work as the Public Information Officer (PIO) on the day of the shooting. Police Chief John Edwards selected Director of Community Development Doug Seymour, as the recipient of the Chief’s Award, for his work as the PIO in the aftermath of the shooting. Doug handled hundreds of media requests from local, national and international media outlets, scheduling interviews for both Chief Edwards and myself throughout the weeks after.

The Drexel Avenue reconstruction project recently received the Project of the Year award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association. This project involved upgrading one mile of roadway to four lanes through the installation of nearly 3600 geo-piers which raised the roadway out of the floodplain, a “first-of-its-kind” use in the state of Wisconsin. Our Engineering Department, led by City Engineer Mike Simmons, along with engineers Brian Johnston and Matt Sullivan worked on a tight schedule to ensure this project was completed at the same time as the Drexel interchange.

This Monday, Memorial Day, honors the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our country. At Forest Hill Memorial Cemetery on Monday morning, May 27th at 9:00am, a public ceremony will be held in their honor. All residents and their families are welcome to attend.

Mayor Steve