MMSD will fund 6 projects to keep rain
out of sewers
By Marie Rohde
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published December 14th, 2004
The commission that oversees Milwaukee's sewerage district
on Monday awarded about $733,000 for six experimental
projects designed to keep rain out of the sewers.
But the commission rejected two other projects because
not enough money had been budgeted.
"We advertised for proposals based on there being
$733,000 dollars available," said Commissioner Dale
Richards of Oak Creek.
If the commission decided to spend more, he said, "we'd
be sending the wrong message."
The total for the additional projects would have brought
spending to $1.3 million.
The same program stirred controversy last year when the
commission agreed to a district proposal that required
spending $750,000 more on experimental projects than had
been budgeted. One award given to the city of Milwaukee
was nearly three times the total allocated for 2004 projects,
and several suburban leaders charged that Milwaukee had
an unfair advantage in the process.
Seven of the 11 members of the Milwaukee Metropolitan
Sewerage District commission are appointed by the mayor
Chairman Dennis Grzezinski suggested Monday that the
28 communities served by the district be notified that
additional money could be made available, but other commissioners
did not support him.
"We were talking about austerity measures just four
weeks ago when we discussed the budget," said River
Hills President Robert Brunner.
The largest award was $331,800 given to the Milwaukee
School of Engineering for an acre parking lot at Milwaukee
St. and Highland Ave. The project will allow rain to seep
through the pavement. MSOE will also develop an educational
program in connection with the project.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was awarded $140,000
for the design and engineering of three parking lots that
also would allow the rain to seep through the surface.
The City of Greenfield was awarded $108,125 for construction
of a wetland detention pond on Alverno College property
in Milwaukee. That is intended to prevent flooding of
Greenfield streets and nearby property during storms.
Milwaukee was awarded $31,750 to encourage residents
living in an area bordered by Walnut St., 12th St., Fond
du Lac Ave. and North Ave. to build rain gardens and disconnect
their down spouts. The city also got a $95,000 grant to
be applied toward installing streets, alleys and sidewalks
that allow rain to seep through rather than run into the
The final grant of $26,000 will pay for the construction
and monitoring of a cistern in an area of Milwaukee where
10 single-family homes are being constructed. The Vineyard
Terrace Residential Development is bordered by 4th, 5th
and Vine streets and Reservoir Ave.