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Posted on: January 5, 2022

January 5 Community Update

WEEKLY COMMUNITY UPDATE

NEXT COMMON COUNCIL MEETING JAN 11 

There is only one Common Council meeting in January. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. You can watch Common Council Meetings LIVE on the West Allis City Channel streaming on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/westalliscitychannel/live. You can also watch the West Allis City Channel on Spectrum Channel 25 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. For upcoming meeting details including agendas, visit the Legislative Information Center at www.westalliswi.gov/agendas. 

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE 

Taking down decorations now that Christmas is over? Live Christmas trees may be placed with garbage collection. Please remove all decorations before placing for collection, and please do not place trees in the street. 

As always, if you have questions on garbage and recycling collection you can: fill out our Let Us Help form at www.westalliswi.gov/letushelp; call the Sanitation and Street Division at 414-302-8800 or the Recycling Office at 414-302-8831, weekdays from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; or learn more at the City’s website at www.westalliswi.gov.     

LIBRARY WINTER READING PROGRAM 

All ages are invited to sign up for the West Allis Library Winter Reading Program! Register at www.westallislibrary.beanstack.org or with library staff, track your reading progress, and win prizes. For more information, visit www.westallislibrary.beanstack.org or call 414-302-8500. 

SOUP-ER WEDNESDAY SOUP CRAWL JAN 19 

Warm up from this cold winter with some delicious soup! For the third year in a row, join West Allis Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) in supporting area restaurants for the ultimate soup sampler experience. 

Held Wednesday, January 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. (also held an hour earlier for VIPs, however these are currently sold out). General admission tickets are $10. One Tasting Ticket is good for a sample from each of the 12 stops and a saltine cracker necklace. You will check in at MKE CoWork (7311 W Greenfield Ave.) View vendors, learn more, and purchase tickets at: www.westallisdowntown.com/soup-crawl. 

JANUARY PILOT PROGRAM FOR GARBAGE & RECYCLING CHANGES 

We recently detailed the Mayor’s 2022 Budget and an initiative for a Pilot Program in another update. This initiative, initiative number 5 called Pilot Program for Garbage / Recycling Collection, discusses how both holiday days and weather-impacted days are currently costing the City over $40,000 in overtime per year. The budgetary strain on the City can grow to even more than $40,000 annually, when including any overtime needed for plowing on garbage/recycling collection days during a holiday week. 

Under this January pilot program, garbage/recycling collection will be skipped on any holidays, and also skipped on weather-impacted days. Garbage and recycling will then be collected a week later during the standard collection time. 

This proposal came about because the same Public Works staff who collect City garbage and recycling are those who plow our streets. Not only has overtime costs become difficult for the City, but staff face long hours of driving and service delivery as they juggle both snow plowing and garbage/recycling collection in the same time period. The City and the Department of Public Works wish to reduce injury, reduce unsafe conditions, save money, and continue to provide efficient services with this pilot program. 

For example, let’s say your garbage collection day is typically on Monday. If that Monday is a holiday, such as Martin Luther King Day, (this year, Monday, January 17, 2022), your garbage collection is skipped and will be collected the following Monday and your recycling collection will be collected two weeks later at the normally scheduled time. This change allows the City to save $4,500 in overtime costs, to not over-strain a Public Works employee during a holiday week, to prevent injury or harm that often occurs during long hours, and more.  

BE READY WHEN IT SNOWS: KNOW HOW TO PARK 

A friendly reminder that the City of West Allis has returned to odd-even side parking during snow emergencies, with more info here, www.westalliswi.gov/snowemergencyparking. To get notified of declared snow emergencies, opt-in for text or email notifications via the Public Works News Alerts, at www.westalliswi.gov/notifyme. 

Snow emergency parking rules trump all other overnight parking regulations during the emergency. By 10 p.m. on the day of a snow emergency, park your vehicle on the even-numbered side of the street if it is an even-numbered calendar date (you will know by the address numbers), or on the odd-numbered side of the street if it is an odd-numbered calendar date. Continue to park on the side of the street designated by the snow emergency date through to 3 p.m. the following day. Move your car after 3 p.m., and before 10 p.m., to the opposite side of the street so plows can clear the snowy side remaining. 

The City of West Allis and the Department of Public Works want timely, cleared, safe city streets as much as you do. Having vehicles parked on one designated side will allow plows to more easily come through our streets. Thank you! 

KEEP RESIDENTS BUSINESSES SAFE WITH CLEARED HYDRANTS 

The West Allis Fire Department needs your help every year with keeping fire hydrants clear of snow. City of West Allis Municipal Code requires all property owners within 150 feet of a fire hydrant to be responsible for clearing the hydrant of ice and snow in winter, and you can make sure hydrants near you are clear by "adopting" them on the City's website. Volunteer to keep hydrants near your businesses accessible up to three feet all around this season.  Sign up at www.westalliswi.gov/adoptahydrant. 

COVID 19 WEEKLY SUMMARY REPORT  

View the latest COVID-19 summary report on the City's website at www.westalliswi.gov/coronavirus.  

 

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