The following is an exerpt from the Sheperd Express written by Michael Timm. (I originally had spelled "Sheperd" incorrectly as "Shepard"; thanks to an alert reader for pointing that out).
CUDAHY MAYORAL RACE: DAY vs. McCUE
The April 6 general election is a rematch between Day, 62, a retiree with 41 years of banking experience, and McCue, 35, formerly a Cudahy alderman and Milwaukee County supervisor. McCue said he wants to build on his past three years in office, retaining Cudahy's existing businesses, attracting new economic development, sprucing up downtown, and promoting homeowner-occupancy. McCue said he's the only candidate proposing a property tax freeze in 2011 and the only candidate who is committed to serving Cudahy full-time and for the long term. Day did not make himself available for an interview.
McCue: "Continue the Progress We've Started"
Incumbent McCue said Cudahy was once known as an anti-business community but that now the polar opposite is true, partly because of a streamlined 90-day approval process for new businesses. He also hired Cudahy's first-ever full-time economic development director, Lara Fritts. McCue said she's already brought in more than $800,000 in grants.
McCue cited Datastore, FedEx, Skyline Catering, and Rexnord as examples of Cudahy businesses expanding under his watch despite the tough economy. McCue also deserves credit for retaining businesses he said were considering leaving: Patrick Cudahy, National Tissue, Roadrunner Transportation Services, and Steelsmyth.
"They were looking at all of their options. And when I heard that, Lara and I went into their offices, met with the presidents of their companies and persuaded them to stay in the city of Cudahy," McCue said.
He points to the anticipated Cobalt Partners retail development at the southwest corner of Layton and Pennsylvania avenues and another development at Layton and Kingan as positive indicators. McCue added that the city has started a facade grant program, which will increase curb appeal at 17 downtown businesses, and rolled out "welcome wagon" financial incentives to attract businesses.
"We're positioned to take full advantage of the economic recovery," McCue said.
When McCue took office in 2007, Cudahy was being sued and in the middle of a foreclosure lawsuit over the aborted Iceport facility, which McCue said attorneys expected would last until 2012.
"In two and a half years I got the land back free and clear, no liens, and we prevailed in the $5.3 million lawsuit. Now the land is ours to develop," McCue said. "The Iceport fiasco, which my opponent supported and voted for on numerous occasions, has cost the city $3.9 million—plus all the lost [potential] development over the last eight years."
McCue opposed the Wal-Mart and Milwaukee Wave training facility later proposed for the same site because the Wave wanted $10 million of city money, he said.
An undisclosed area heavy manufacturer is "extremely interested" in expanding to the Iceport site, McCue said, and the city is considering adding a rail spur to accommodate it. "It would be 300,000 square feet and up to 900 family-supporting jobs," McCue said.
As mayor, McCue added a police officer, detective, K-9 unit, two school safety officers, and crime suppression unit. McCue also takes pride that Cudahy was held up as a model for emergency preparedness following last summer’s Patrick Cudahy fire.
His privatizing the assessor’s department saved $133,000 annually; combining the public works and engineering department heads, $139,000; having city employees pay a portion of their health care, $95,000; and McCue said paying off the city’s unfunded pension debt saved $11.3 million long-term. Cudahy’s bond rating was upgraded to AA-, he said.
Cudahy is benefiting from neighborhood stabilization grants, McCue said, and he’s working with the Milwaukee Community Service Corps to convert duplexes and foreclosed homes into single-family, owner-occupied homes.
McCue is endorsed by the Cudahy Professional Police Association and Steelworkers Union, Local 29.
"The city of Cudahy is on the right track," McCue said. "I want to continue the progress we’ve started."
To learn more about Ryan McCue, go to ryanmccue.com.
As a member of the Community Development Authority, Tony Day voted for the Ice Port on numerous occasions, to sell the land for $1 and to give the Ice Port developer millions in tax subsides.
To date, the Ice Port Fiasco has cost the City of Cudahy $3.8 million.
Mayor McCue was successful in getting the land back free and clear. In addition, the city prevailed in the $5.3 million lawsuit filed by the Ice Port developer.
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The following is a list of Mayor McCue's accomplishments in office. Please read and remember to vote on Tuesday!
Jobs and Economic Development
What an amazing week it has been! Tony Day defeated Mayor McCue. As you know, I was McCue's campaign treasurer and I supported him in the election. I do, however, wish only the best for Mayor Day and I look forward to working with him. I believe he will be an excellent Mayor and I will support him in his efforts to improve our great City to make it an even better place to live, work and play. I have lived in Cudahy since 1988 and I have grown to truly love this city and the people in it !
Congratulations to Tony and to all the other winners in Tuesday's election.
There was a huge turnout for the 2010 Badgerland Striders South-Shore Half-Marathon! I'm sure the weather had something to do with the large turnout. In the past it has always been cold, wet and windy for this race. This year's race saw temperatures in the upper forties, possible even the low fifties, and it was sunny with relatively little wind! I really don't like running outside in cold weather so this was a welcome change from prior years.
The course is entirely on the Oak Leaf Trail. Runners start at South Shore Park in Bay View and run through Bay View Park, Sheridan Park, Warnimont Park and Grant Park for a total of 13.1 miles.
The Sheridan Park Friends has three events planned for April and May. Mark your calendar!
Saturday, April 24
A recent Associated Press article by Malcolm Ritter titled, "Psychedelic trips help cancer patients in study" caught my attention. The tone of the article seems to suggest that there are medical or spiritual benefits to using illegal mind-altering drugs. This article has been printed in newspapers throughout the country and was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday, April 23rd (p. 2A). For some odd reason I couldn't find a link to the J/S copy but here is a copy from another newspaper: