Around the Town with Mayor Steve

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Our Oak Creek Water Utility has always been known for superior service and outstanding water quality, but recently they were honored as the only utility in the State of Wisconsin to receive the 15 Year Directors Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of eleven utilities in the United States to achieve this honor, the utility achieved this award for providing safe, clean drinking water to its customers in Oak Creek and surrounding communities. Partnering with the EPA in a self-assessment program to insure the highest quality water, utility manager Mike Sullivan credits his employees for their commitment to high standards, and finding efficiencies in the production of high-quality water. Congratulations to Mike and his staff on winning this prestigious award!

The City of Oak Creek also recently received the Innovations in Planning award from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Planning Association, for the development of a sustainable development guidebook for the Drexel Town Square development project. The award recognizes the City, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) and the GRAEF Company for creating a guidebook which lays out sustainability and green infrastructure options for the future development of this site. GRAEF was hired by the City in 2011 to work with Wispark and other development partners at Drexel Town Square, creating a new downtown in Oak Creek at the site of the old Delphi plant. The future home of the new City Hall and Library, it will also feature a one-acre public square, which when completed, will host many civic events. The Drexel Town Square project continues to stay in the news as one of the leading development sites in southeastern Wisconsin, and a symbol of the rebirth of our city, leading the next wave of job growth so important to the future of our state’s economy.

This week we kicked off the nomination process for the 2nd annual Mayor’s Landscaping Awards, which honors homes and businesses that demonstrate a commitment to improving the look and beauty of our city through plantings, and unique landscaping. Nominations are open through July 31, and can be submitted for neighbors, friends, family, or just a home or business that you feel is deserving of recognition. Summer has finally arrived; time to start dressing up those front yards with colorful flowers and creative landscaping. We’ll feature the winners at an August Common Council meeting, and showcase their homes and businesses on our City of Oak Creek Facebook page, which can be found at “Like” our page, and keep up to date on what’s happening in your city!

Next week in my Around the Town with Mayor Steve I’ll profile a great local business, one of the largest flag producers in the United States, and a company who is happy to call Oak Creek their home!

Mayor Steve