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a.MKE The List: MMSD New Sewer Overflow Pumping Station & Historic Milwaukee's T-Shirt Design Contest: Today’s Top Stories

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A NEW $17 MILLION-DOLLAR SEWER OVERFLOW PUMPING STATION IS NOW UP AND RUNNING AND IT’S CAPABLE OF PUSHING UP TO TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION GALLONS A DAY OF SEWAGE AND STORM WATER INTO THE MENOMONEE RIVER. MMSD SAYS THAT BY USING THE STATION’S CAPACITY, IT WILL ENSURE THAT OVERFLOWS TO WATERWAYS HAVE THE SAME OR GREATER CAPACITY THAN THE SHAFTS TO THE DEEP TUNNELS. SO THE PUMPING STATION WILL BASICALLY BE USED WHEN THE MAIN DEEP TUNNEL SYSTEM FILLS TO EIGHTY-ONE PERCENT OF ITS CAPACITY.  THE PROJECT WILL ALSO REDUCE THE RISK OF SEWAGE BACKUPS INTO BASEMENTS THROUGHOUT MILWAUKEE NEIGHBORHOOODS. 

JUST LAST WEEK, MILWAUKEE’S HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION APPROVED A PETITION FOR HISTORIC PROTECTION FOR THE SYDNEY HIH BUILDING. THE FOUR-BUILDING COMPLEX IS SLATED FOR DEMOLITION, BUT THE COMMISSION’S DECISION MEANS THE CITY WILL HAVE TO PUT DEMOLITION ON HOLD. THE FOUR CONNECTED BUILDINGS SIT ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF WEST JUNEAU AVENUE AND NORTH OLD WORLD THIRD STREET. NOW UNDER THE PRESERVATION COMMISSION’S BYLAWS, IT MUST RECOMMEND TO THE COMMCON COUNCIL WITHIN NINETY DAYS WHEATHER THE BUILDING SHOULD RECEIVE PERMANENT HISTORIC PROTECTION. NOW IF THE CITY APPEALS THE DECISION, THE COMMON COUNCIL WILL HAVE FORTY-FIVE DAYS TO VOTE ON THE MATTER.

THE SIXTEENTH STREET COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER RECENTLY RECEIVED A TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO HELP LATINO PATIENTS WITH TYPE-TWO DIABETES. THE GRANT WAS AWARDED BY THE BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB FOUNDATION AND THE INTIATIVE IS DESIGNED TO HELP PATIENTS WHO HAVE LAPSED AT LEAST TWICE IN A TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD IN GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED TO MANAGE THE DISEASE. THE PROJECT WILL USE TARGETED OUTREACH, BILINGUAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND ONGOING SUPPORT TO RE-ENGAGE INACTIVE PATIENTS. ALMOST ONE IN EIGHT LATINO ADULTS HAS TYPE-TWO DIABETES.

MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED SOME GOOD NEWS LAST WEEK AFTER DEBATING THE 2013 BUDGET. THE MILWAUKEE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED A BUDGET OF ONE POINT SEVENTEEN BILLION DOLLARS, WHICH OFFICIALS SAY PROVIDES AN EXTRA TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS TO SCHOOLS FOR STAFF AND OPERATING EXPENSES FOR THE 2012-2013 YEAR. UNDER THE OLD BUDGET PROPOSAL, FOUR HUNDRED POSITIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED, BUT THE DISTRICT HAD FOUND A WAY TO SAVE SOME MONEY AND POSSIBLY SPARE SEVENTY-FIVE OR MORE TEACHING POSITIONS FROM THE CUTS INCLUDED IN THAT BUDGET.  SUPERINTENDENT GREGORY THORNTON SAID QUOTE “THIS CERTAINLY CREATES A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR US. I THINK WE ARE POISED TO DO SOME THINGS IN CLASSROOMS THAT WE HAD ALL HOPED TO DO THAT NOW I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO.”

MARQUETTE’S NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER IS NOW OFFERING MIDWIFERY SERVICES. THE CENTER IS A NURSE-MANAGED CLINIC RUN BY MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF NURSING. BACK IN APRIL, THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE’S HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASED NEW INFANT MORTALITY DATA THAT SHOWED THE RATE AT WHICH BLACK BABIES DIE DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR OF LIFE IS NEARLY THREE TIMES THE RATE OF WHITE BABIES. SO THE NEW CENTER AND NURSE-MIDWIFE PRACTICE IS THE RESULT OF A FIVE YEAR GRANT TO REDUCE INFANT MORALITY, AND TO PROVIDE QUALITY HEALTH CARE TO UNDERSERVED POPULTIONS IN NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR MARQUETTE’S CAMPUS.

HISTORIC MILWAUKEE IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO HELP DESIGN A T-SHIRT THAT WILL REFLECT THE SPIRIT AND SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR’S “OPEN DOORS MILWAUKEE” EVENT. THE T-SHIRT DESIGN MUST BE INSPIRED BY THE OPEN DOORS EVENT, WHICH LAST YEAR OVER TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE EXPERIENCED. THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL HAVE HIS OR HER ENTRY SELECTED AS THE DESIGN FOR THE OPEN DOORS 2012 T-SHIRT, WHICH WILL BE PRINTED AND SOLD BY HISTORIC MILWAUKEE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO RECEIVE A ONE-YEAR HMI INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP AND A CASH PRIZE. CEO OF LAUGHLIN CONSTABLE, STEVEN LAUGHLIN, WILL BE CHOOSING THE WINNER. THE DEADLINE IS JUNE 29TH.