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I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Graffiti and Broken Handrail on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton

Cudahy, Culture, Local Government, MMSD

When working with multiple entities like the City, County, and MMSD, it is so easy to pass the buck, but in the end someone has to step up and do something.


On May 21st of 2009 I contacted Cudahy Police Sergeant Blunt on what to do about some graffiti and broken handrail fence on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton.  He did a wonderful job of finding out whose property and responsibility it is.


As you follow along the chain of emails, you will see that I do re-contact the city and MMSD about the problem.


Here in March of 2010 we still have the graffiti and the broken handrail fence.

I have pictures at the bottom and you can see from the pictures the handrail fence is snapped off and is a safety hazard.


Some questions to keep in mind:


Does the city/MMSD have to adhere to any graffiti removal policy as far as time is concerned?  (30 days comes to mind but not sure)


Would the city be concerned of the safety hazard the handrail fence posses?


Don’t we want to cleanup Cudahy’s image and wouldn’t that include graffiti?




From: Randy Hollenbeck <rhollenbeck@gmail.com>

To: Chris Blunt <cblunt@ci.cudahy.wi.us>

Date: Thu, May 21, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Subject: Graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton


Not sure if someone saw the graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton.  I included a picture.  I am also working with the city on getting the handrail fence fixed as it looks like a car or snowplow hit it and broke it.  I don’t want someone to get hurt playing on it.






From: Chris Blunt <cblunt@ci.cudahy.wi.us>

To: Randy Hollenbeck <rhollenbeck@gmail.com>


Date: Thu, May 21, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Subject: RE: Graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton



Thanks for bringing it to my attention.  Since I drive around after midnight, I was not able to see it.  I will forward this info to the City.


Sgt Blunt




From: Chris Blunt <cblunt@ci.cudahy.wi.us>

To: Randy Hollenbeck <rhollenbeck@gmail.com>


Date: Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Subject: RE: Graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton




Regarding this problem, I was told by the head of DPW that this now falls under the jurisdiction of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.  I will follow up with them.


As always, do not ever hesitate to contact me if you need something.



Chris Blunt

Cudahy PD




From: Butch Loferski

Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 7:40 AM

To: Mary Jo Lange

Subject: FW: Graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton


This is not the City of Cudahy’s property.  The property belongs to MMSD.  We have sent MMSD a request to fix the rail and will let them know about the graffiti.


Mary Jo




From: Chris Blunt

Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 8:30 AM

To: Butch Loferski

Subject: FW: Graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton




I’m not sure if this is your department/responsibility.  If not, could you forward it to the proper department?  Thanks.


Chris Blunt

Cudahy PD




From: Randy Hollenbeck

Sent: Mon 9/7/2009 7:43 PM

To: DJensen@mmsd.com

Cc: Jason Litkowiec; Joe Mikolajczak; Mark Otto; Mary Schissel; Thomas Pavlic; Mary Jo Lange; Ryan McCue; Robert Goss; Paul Eberhardy; vtrifunovich@mac.com; Chris Blunt; Patricia.Jursik@milwcnty.com

Subject: ETA on Fence repair and removal of graffiti


On May 28th 2009 you received this email (below in blue) from Cudahy's DPW & Engineering Department head Mary Jo. 


From: langemj@CI.CUDAHY.WI.US

To: DJensen@mmsd.com

CC: mikolajczakj@CI.CUDAHY.WI.US

Sent: 5/28/2009 12:48:50 P.M. Central Daylight Time

Subj: FW: Fence




Since you seem to be the municipal contact, I am forwarding this e-mail from our alderman regarding a fence along the Edgerton channel.  I was informed that the fence belongs to MMSD.  Not sure when it happened or how.  Maybe you're already aware of it.  


Mary Jo


Now some additional info for you on “Graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton”


There is graffiti on the bridge over by Delaware and Edgerton.  Can you tell me who is directly responsible for the handrail fence that is above the bridge with the water that flows to the airport on Delaware by the vacant gas station?  It looks like a car or snowplow crashed into the fence.


Please advise when this will be taken care of?  I don't want to see anyone get hurt.


Randy Hollenbeck




From: Mark Otto [mailto:ottom@CI.CUDAHY.WI.US]

Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 12:10 AM

To: Randy Hollenbeck

Subject: RE: ETA on Fence repair and removal of graffiti




I'm not familar with guard rail or graffiti issue but will tell you I have learned alot about the Edgerton Channel.  I have worked with MMSD on the issue of flooding near Delaware.   Back in 2008 and a little bit 2009 flooding occured there.  Two factors for the flooding were cat tails in front of the grating near Pennesvania and the other grating just west in the airport.


I very glad to report after working with MMSD,  Edgerton Channel will be cleared of cat tails each winter as part of MMSD watercourse maintence contract.


On to your question, simply put MMSD will not do anything to the bridge itself.   They are responsible for water ways only.   Trusted me, I have done my homework on this.


Responsiblity for this is between the City of Cudahy and State of Wisconsin.  


Hope that helps


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