Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Former Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Dean Rudoll

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Former Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Dean Rudoll passed away on Thursday, September 5. Dean worked for the City of Oak Creek for more than fifty years, serving with the Oak Creek Parks and Recreation staff after his retirement from the Police Department. An Air Force veteran during the Korean War, Dean was known for his wry sense of humor, and his commitment to the youth of our community, grooming the city’s baseball diamonds for over two decades.

Dean was one of the original members of the Oak Creek Police Department, formed in 1956, and was remembered by Police Chief John Edwards for his directness. “If Dean had something on his mind, he didn’t hesitate to say it,” said Chief Edwards. “He was always a terrific person to work with, and for.”

On Saturday, September 7, we kicked off the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge at Wheaton Hospital Hospital on S. 27th, with over 300 people showing up to help us get started on this year’s initiative. Over the next four months we’ll host more than 25 events designed to get you moving, provide you with nutritional and diet information, and support each other as we get our community fit. This Saturday at 4pm is our first “flash-fitness” event, sponsored by our Challenge partners at Crossfit, who will lead us in a “Body Smash” class designed for all fitness levels. For those who would like to participate, but are not yet ready for a group exercise event, we’ll have the walking track open at Knights Community Stadium, located just east of Oak Creek High School. Join us for a fun afternoon of exercise and community spirit!

Winners of this year’s Mayor’s Landscaping Awards will be announced at next Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. The competition was very close this year, with some great yards to judge. The winners will receive an award, a sign to display in their yards, and a gift certificate. Thanks to all of you who nominated properties this year. We’ll be announcing plans to create a Beautification and Landscaping Committee soon, so stay tuned for more details.

On Friday, I attended a 90th Birthday celebration at Superior Die Set Corporation, located on Drexel Avenue in Oak Creek. Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch spoke to employees and other dignitaries including State Senator Chris Larson and State Representative Mark Honadel, about the role of local businesses in the State’s economy. Congratulations to the Janiszewski’s, and the four generations of their family who have successfully led Superior Die Set Corporation since 1923.

September begins the slow transition to Fall, and the changing of the seasons. Enjoy the last days of our great summer weather!

Mayor Steve