Around the Town with Mayor Steve: 2014 Oak Creek Landscape Award Winners

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At the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, October 7th we awarded the 2014 Oak Creek Landscaping Awards to residents who were nominated by their neighbors, friends, or family.  The winners were selected by the Landscape and Beautification committee which reviewed each nominated residence for ten factors related to the appearance and landscaping features of their yards. Each of the nominated properties will receive a letter from the City of Oak Creek thanking them for their efforts to improve the natural beauty of our city.

This year's winners were;  First Place,  Raymond Bergwin and Ruth Clauser, 3291 E. Normandy Drive, Second Place, Ramone and Dominga Sancha, 1530 E. Elm Road, Third Place, Thomas and Andrea Denzien, 8990 S. Parkside Drive, and Honorable Mention, Clarence and Kim Weisflog, 9130 S. Carollton Drive. Each of the winners will receive an award to display in their homes, a Landscaping Award Winner yard sign, and a gift certificate from Tehan Brothers Nursery of Oak Creek, our corporate partner for the Landscaping Awards. We'll also be announcing our Business Landscaping Award winners in the next week, so stay tuned for that announcement.

We've formalized the Landscape and Beautification Committee to include both residents and City staff. Members include Jeff Wendt, Glen Kulas, Deb Chvilicek, Dave Chvilicek, Sharon Tehan, Tim Tehan, Steve Bautch, Rebecca Lane and Alderman Chris Guzikowski. Our committee will review and select the Landscaping award winners each year, but also play a role in the expansion of beautification efforts in our city parks and medians.  Look for expanded plantings along Howell, Puetz, and Drexel avenues next year, as well as removing grass in some sections to reduce the amount of grass cutting we have to do around the city. This will not only improve the appearance of these areas, but also save dollars expended on fuel, and the wear and tear of our equipment.

With the weather changing to fall, I want to send out a reminder that the City of Oak Creek does not have curbside pickup of leaves. Residents are encouraged to mulch their leaves while cutting their lawns, or you can bring your leaves to the Recycling Center drop-off site located at 720 W. Puetz Road, on Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Do not rake or blow your leaves into the street as this can result in clogged storm sewers.

Congratulations to Oak Creek High School's marching band! The Marching Knights won the 2014 State Marching Band Competition in Whitewater last weekend for the first time in school history. With a program featuring the incredible songs of The Sound of Music, Directors Guy Gregg and Amy Fuchs led the students to first place, edging out Waukesha West by just .05 points. Great job by everyone associated with the music program at Oak Creek High School.

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Mayor Steve