July 24th, 2017
Webster Park - A New Playground in September
Work is slated to begin at Webster Park shortly after Labor Day to install a new playground. The removals and installation will take a few weeks. An AstroTurf play surface, bike rack, picnic tables, and walkway between the parking lot and the new playground will be installed.
Repair Status of Water Feature in the Village Damaged from Accident
You may have seen on the news recently that a car managed to drive across the pedestrian bridge in the Village and hit the water feature in between Cafe Hollander and Cafe Bavaria. We do not want this to occur again and as such, the Department of Public Works installed three large concrete planters into this area and planted them with grasses and flowers.
Laura Conklin, Health Officer, has advised on a few precautionary measures that we can take:
The Department of Public Works has used these rebates to purchase tools that save staff time, allow more projects to be completed in-house, and in one notable case a tool that lowered on-the-job injury risks. Public Works has used their rebate to purchase a power screed, which is an automated tool that levels and smooths concrete slabs. This work used to be done by hand, which limited work efficiency and necessitated contracting out larger jobs. They also purchased a drill to put rebar into concrete slabs. This work was previously done by hand. These purchases not only allow Public Works to complete more work in-house, but also to be more efficient. What a great example of using p-card rebates to benefit the community.
Since 2006, Wauwatosa has averaged 1% annual new growth (or net new construction). This means that each year Wauwatosa finds efficiencies to help maintain the status quo and in the long run this will become difficult to sustain.
Village Reconstruction: 30 More Trees to be Added by 2018
Vegetation was recently removed as part of the Village construction project from Root Common and Pocket Parks, as well as other areas in the construction limits. Overall, approximately 60 trees were removed from the project limits, a number of which were ash trees. Approximately 90 trees will be added back throughout the entire project limits. Landscaping is planned for spring of 2018. If possible, Engineering will work with the contractor to add trees to the project this fall, dependent on the construction schedule and weather. The Forestry Division has a goal in the 2017 budget to have a 1:1 ratio of new tree planted per tree removed. This is an excellent example of exceeding that goal.