Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Erik Brooks, alderman for South Milwaukee's 4th district which includes my neighborhood, was out Friday afternoon talking to folks on my street and Hemlock Court whose basements were flooded and contaminated by sewage from the previous day's storms.
"It was a mix of sadness, anger, resignation, exasperation, you name it," Brooks wrote in an email. "Hearing their stories showed me how important and serious this issue is, and why it will be a priority for me."
I don't often do this, but I'm going to make a recommendation. If you need some woodworking -- finishing unfinished or refinishing wood that needs refurbishing -- particularly floors -- Mark Tomaszewski, owner of Shelterworks, is a pro.
He did some work for us and the completed product was superb, all the muss was cleaned up -- and his rates are refreshingly reasonable.
An item concerning the disasterous floodingt/sewer backup in South Milwaukee homes in the wake of last week's storms has been added to the South Milwaukee Public Works & Public Property Committee's meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 27). Below is the time, place and agenda for the meeting. Neighbors Bonnie and Ron Wieselman delivered 25 copies of this information to houses along Parkway Drive and Hemlock Court. A number of us plan to attend.
First, a big thanks to South MIlwaukee Alderman Erik Brooks. He was true to his word. I was among several people in the neighborhood who contacted him last weekend with a number of questions related to basements flooded and fouled with water and sewage backup from last Thursday's storms and torrential downpour. One was why did it happen -- again.
We were under the impression that a construction project on the east end of Parkway Drive after the April 2008 flood caused the flooding and sewage-backup problems along Parkway and around the corner on Hemlock Court would take care of the situation.