At last night’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Keith Bosman made some very complimentary comments related to the events of last Thursday night’s storm. “Without warning, a storm gust came up. There was no time for sirens, and there was no rain. There was a question regarding the sirens. But, there was no reason to think it was a serious matter at the time.” At 10 pm, a meeting was held at the Emergency Operations Center in the Public Safety Building. At 12:30 am, a press conference was held.
How many trees in Kenosha were blown down or over last night?
A press release from the city puts the number of downed trees in parks and public rights of ways alone at nearly 300.
Consequently, the city will begin collecting storm debris curbside Tuesday and continue until at least July 15.
Pleasant Prairie Department of Public Works crews are continuing the cleanup of downed trees following the strong storms that occurred on the evening of Thursday, June 30.
Efforts are first being focused on areas with urgent issues related to utilities and trees blocking roadways. Crews are expected to complete removal of trees blocking roadways on Friday evening.
At last night’s Public Works Committee meeting, a demonstration was given by Kevin Risch, assistant city engineer, on the use of Google Maps. The Kenosha News currently prints the Street Construction Report every week in their Monday edition, showing street construction projects that are ongoing in the city of Kenosha. In an effort to use the newest technology possible, Google Maps will now be used in this weekly report.
Chairman G. John Ruffolo was concerned about keeping the information up to date. Constitutents get ”antsy” when proposed project completion dates are not adhered to.
♦ A work management/work measurement system with a GPS tracking feature. Last Wednesday, a special meeting was held wherein the software company answered committee members’ questions. This system will start being used in August/September of this year. According to Jan Michalski, this is basically a public works worker tracking device.” G. John Ruffolo congratulated the Public Works Department for all of their hard work on this project. Kenosha is the first in the State of Wisconsin to use this system.
♦ The contract for the Washington Park Velodrome Facility was approved for Rasch Construction in the amount of $374,000. A new building is part of the project; also, terracing of the hill, additional security lights, steps up the hill, a handicapped ramp, a concession stand and rest rooms, and additional storage.
♦ The Harbor Park Neighborhood Sculpture Walk. Natalie Strohm spoke on behalf of this project. They are planning installation of cement foundation pads upon which will stand sculptures donated by local artists. The pads will be sponsored by a company, business, or organization. The plan is to have sculptures installed by August 22nd.