Surveillance video cameras located outside and inside the home recorded the break in by three armed suspects while a mother and her were inside.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 14, 2018
Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, three armed suspects break into a home while people were inside. A female and her son were in the house when the suspects broke in. The son ran upstairs with the mother, but the suspects didn’t go to the second floor and then fled taking a laptop. The location where the forced entry occured was near the 6th Milwaukee Police District Station.
Aleks Sayavong, posted on her Facebook account that three armed suspects broke into her home while she and her son were inside. Sayavong says, “My family lives on the south side near St. Luke’s Hospital and Leon’s. This past weekend on Saturday night at approximately 10 at night, three armed suspects entered our property and kicked down our living room door. My son was laying on the couch when he heard the first sign of a break in and quickly ran upstairs to my bedroom where it was just me and my dog. The two of us were the only ones home but there are four of us that live here so they must have been watching my home to know that we were alone. We had only been there for an hour after they broke in and may have been waiting for our neighbors in the alley to go back in their homes. All of our lights were on and there were clearly people inside but these men did not hesitate to still come in. They fled and my son spotted the car and identified it as a red four door sedan Cadillac.”
Wind Lake Gymnastics Center Coach James Kivisto Busted For Secretly Video Recording Juveniles While Getting Dressed
Kivisto had installed surveillance cameras in the bathroom to video record and spy on teens while they were getting dressed.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 14, 2018
Town of Norway, WI – On Tuesday, the Racine County Sheriff”s Office (RCSO) in a press release reported that the Town of Norway Police Department received a call from a parent at Wind Lake Gymnastics reporting that a hidden camera was found in the bathroom. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau responded and executed a search warrant at Wind Lake Gymnastic Center, located in the Town of Norway, County of Racine.
During the search warrant, multiple surveillance cameras and computers were seized as evidence. The owner and coach of Wind Lake Gymnastic Center was identified as James Kivisto, age 49. A search of the computers recovered at Wind Lake Gymnastic Center, revealed multiple images of Child Pornography.
Kivisto has owned and operated Wind Lake Gymnastic Center for approximately the past 11 years. Furthermore, Kivisto has coached gymnastics since 1987 in both Racine County and Milwaukee County. Kivisto admits that he has recorded Juveniles while changing in the bathroom at Wind Lake Gymnastic Center on multiple occasions.
Kivisto is in custody at the Racine County Jail and is being held on multiple counts of Possession of Child Pornography. As the investigation progresses, additional charges will be recommended to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing and the process of conducting forensic searches on computers is very labor intensive, according to the RCSO.
Are Latinas Campaigning For The 12th District County Supervisor Seat Engaged In Dirty Political Tactics In Milwaukee’s Southside?
Are dirty political tactics taking place in the 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District race for the April 3rd Spring Election? Well let’s take a closer look inside and behind closed doors. Warning, information provided might not be suitable for some and they should strongly consider, not reading any further to avoid high blood pressure.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 11, 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District race has become the center once again of the White liberal influence to dictate who will get elected in the predominately Latino community and thousands of dollars are being spent on both candidates running for office. The LeadershipMKE is spending thousands of dollars of advertising, which favors the election of Sylvia Ortiz-Velez and doesn’t favor the re-election of Supervisor Peggy West, the incumbent. Supervisor West has raised the issue that dirty political tactics are being used. Both Ortiz-Velez and West claimed that their campaigns are not associated with LeadershipMKE. Even LeadershipMKE dot com included a disclaimer in their campaign to unseat Supervisor West, which says, “Paid for by Leadership Mke. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s agent or committee.” LeadershipMKE is also involved in other local campaigns to unseat unfavorable candidates for office as well.
Also, it is appropriate to inform that besides LeadershipMKE, some White liberals tend to try and influence who they want to succeed and become the next supervisor for the 12th District. West has been able to get endorsed by Milwaukee Common Council members, José Pérez, Tony Zielinski, Wisconsin State Senator Tim Carpenter (D), Wisconsin State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D), Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, Milwaukee County Judge Pedro Cólon, Milwaukee Municipal Judge Phil Chavez and the list of public elected officials goes on.
According to Friends of Milw. County Supervisor Peggy West, District 12th Facebook (FB) page, it says “Peggy …campaigns for her seat against the dirtiest of political tactics & thousands of dollars in special interest money…There’s a difference between donating to a campaign and bankrolling one. Leadership MKE, which is fully funded by Chris Abele, has already poured $28,482.60 into the 12th District Supervisor race where Milw. County Supervisor, Dist. 12 Peggy West is the incumbent…” Well in this case, West has actually benefited by the LeadershipMKE campaign as well, since she has been getting equal advertising, but not as favorable as Ortiz-Velez. West is seeking to get re-elected for a fifth term and has missed at least 10 meetings of the Milwaukee Domes Committee, which is deciding the future of the domes. She did confirm that she attends all full Board of Supervisors meetings.
Ortiz-Velez seems to be the choice that LeadershipMKE would like to get elected. LeadershipMKE posted on FB, “We are supporting Sylvia Ortiz Velez because we feel Sylvia will actually show up and represent her constituents” regarding meetings.
Ortiz-Velez has been a paying registered member in the Democrat Party of Wisconsin and is the current Vice-president of the Hispanic Caucus in the Democrat Party. Ortiz-Velez has been able to get the support and endorsements of community known leaders, movers and shakers, and activists as Luz Sosa, Hector Cólon, Teresa Mercado, Gregorio Montoto, Nancy Hernández, Victor Huyke, Martin Jimenez, Rebecca Bahr-Arrichiello, Attorney Carlos Pastrona, Tony Garnica, Ernesto Nava, Raul Huerta, Ernesto Ramirez (Chato), Ricardo Diaz, Carmen Cabrera, Anita Abraham, Rogelio Cabral, Eleazar Lopez, Cy White, Scott Wales, Roy Camronero, Blanca Blanka Estrada, Frankie Sabath, Yussef Morales, Felix Questell, Johnny Osorio, Kristina Reyes and Mariana Reyes (Reyes Family), Juan Estrada (Estrada Family), Oscar Brenes, Owner of El Patron, Dionisia Gonzalez. Former Alderman James Witkowiak, Rogelio Cabral, Eleazar Lopez, Angel Salmeron Duenas and the list goes on.
Ortiz-Velez shows a strong community base support to get elected compared to West’s political base of endorsement’s by public officials.
Today, West is facing several allegations that she took a $500 donation from a contractor, Sally Sprenger who operates ANEW Health Care Services, which has a contract with Milwaukee County to provide services to County residents, which is in violation of Milwaukee County Ethics Code 9.05(2) (k) & (l). West’s January 2018 campaign donation report confirmed the contractor donation. She also allegedly didn’t circulate some nomination papers to get on the April 3rd election ballot, according to a complaint filed by Ortiz-Velez with the Milwaukee County Ethic’s Board that included multiple affidavits by signers confirming West didn’t circulate the nomination papers that they signed. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office received a copy of the complaint that was filed by Ortiz-Velez, but since District Attorney Chisholm has endorsed West, the complaint will be turned over to another county district attorney in the state to review and determine, if West violated state law, which is considered a felony to file, certify and make false claims in nomination papers. According to Wisconsin Statue 12.13 (13) (a), falsifying nomination papers by certification is considered a felony punishable up to 3 years and six months in prison with fines up to $10,000.
On March 4, West’s alleged relationship with a registered sex offender was exposed by a Southside resident on FB that involved Milwaukee police. Felix Questell, an outspoken constituent from the Milwaukee County Supervisor 12th District posted a FB video allegedly claiming that County Supervisor Peggy West had called police and accused him of posting a threat on a social network that Questell threatened to shoot a pedophile (a registered sex offender). Questell in the video confirmed that a police officer had called him that West had complained and the officer was just checking and letting him know what West had told police.
Questell says in the posted video, that West had lied.
Apparently, Questell had posted multiple posts on Facebook that West allegedly had a relationship with Thomas James Schroder, 44, a registered sex offender who was released on February 27 from the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. Schroder was convicted on January 15, 2008 for 2nd-degree sexual assault of a child. The Milwaukee Police Department website on registered sex offenders listed Schroder as homeless, but the Wisconsin Department of Corrections sex offender registry has him as compliant.
So far, West hasn’t denied or confirmed that she actually has a relationship with Schroder. Last July, West announced on FB that she had set a wedding date for October 27, 2017, but according to Milwaukee County records, no marriage license was registered in the County or in the State of Wisconsin vitals that she got married.
The 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District race has boiled over the political realm that several organizations have decided to ban or censor news coverage about West and Ortiz-Velez from a Latino community news source. The organizations in question are the ACLU-Milwaukee Chapter and especially in the Citizen Action Cooperative-MKE FB pages.
Ortiz-Velez is an active paying member of Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin, which is the Hispanic Caucus entity in Citizen Action of Wisconsin. The Citizen Action of WI is considered a progressive organization and its political endorsement group decided not to endorse any candidate in the race for the 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District race. The organization prides itself on struggling for progressive issues and encourages their members to be activists, leaders in their communities and seek elected political office, but in this case, it failed to endorse one of their own. What kind of message is the organization sending to their membership? Not a clear positive message of encouragement to its membership, when running for political office. West is not a paying member of Citizen Action of WI.
Also, no clear reasoning was made by the ACLU-Milwaukee Chapter other that several administrators claimed a news article posted about West and removed was out of the scope that it represents, but allowed other news articles to remain posted.
Well, there you have it, the latest about what has transpired in the 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District race and you can draw your own conclusions.
The Milwaukee County Ethics Board hasn’t determined, if Supervisor Peggy West recently violated any Ethics Codes by accepting campaign donations from a County contractor as alleged by an amended supplement complaint filed by Sylvia Ortiz-Velez who is challenging West in the April 3rd election.
Supervisor Peggy West posted the following statement on her personal Facebook (FB) page dated 3/12/2018 and says, the “Ethics Violation” allegation is false. West says, that the contractor in question, “is NOT and HAS not been a county contractor for more than 2 years because the department she allegedly has a contract with is no longer under Milwaukee County Government and has become its own entity.”
The following is West’s personal FB account posted statement:
This will be the last time that I justify accusations leveled at me however, as a candidate perhaps I am fair game for my name to be drug through the mud, however my supporters are not and should not be.
There is allegedly an ethics complaint which has been filed against me for accepting a campaign contribution from a County “contractor”.
This “Ethics Violation” allegation is false.
1. This person is NOT and HAS not been a county contractor for more than 2 years because the department she allegedly has a contract with is no longer under Milwaukee County Government and has become its own entity.
2. It is NOT a violation of county ethics code to accept a donation from county contractors. This is written in our Ethics Code & very easy to check.
Ways this ALLEGATION could have been checked;):
1. On the county website under Ethics Code you can find a full write up of it.
2. Call the Ethics Committee to ask.
3. Call the Contractor in question and ask if they have contracts with Milwaukee County or check their website. (I did both).
The Milwaukee County Ethics Board did recently learn that Supervisor West did accept campaign donations by a contractor with the County as reported.
Supervisor West is currently Chairwoman of the Finance & Audit Committee and is a member of the Judiciary, Safety & General Services Committee, according to the Milwaukee County Board website.
Supervisor West has received more than $2K since 2011 from Sally and Gary Sprenger who operate ANEW Health Care Services, according to Blogging Blue dot com.
The Ethics Board only investigate violations that have not expired under statues of limitations when a complaint is filed, which certainly shows that West violated Ethics Codes by accepting campaign donations from a contractor and got away simply because it wasn’t reported at the time, since the time limit to file a complaint expired.
The SNTE-CNTE in Mexico is demanding the release of at least 40 members after a bus, which they were traveling in was stopped and its members detained by State Police from Veracruz and Federal Police.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 10, 2018
Xalapa, Veracruz, México – On Saturday, Federal Police and State Police from Veracruz stopped a bus transporting members from the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación – Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE-CNTE) and detained all of the passengers. At least 40 members of the SNTE-CNTE from Chiapas including Veracruz were detained and their bus was escorted to a Mexican military base in Xalapa, the Capital City of Veracruz .
No information has been released by the Federal Police and the State Police in Veracruz to what led for police to stop the bus carrying teachers and escort the bus to military base.
SNTE-CNTE Video: https://youtu.be/7PJg2nKdQ2A
The following is the press release by the SNTE-CNTE.
TO THE PUBLIC OPINION:
On March 10, 2018, in compliance with a commission from the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), a group of members from the Executive Committee of section 7 of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), were stopped, harassed and detained by both Federal Police and State Police in the area of Xalapa de Veracruz.
This act of Facist intolerance is nothing more than the application of the Law of Internal Security, which is intended to intimidate one of the strongest contingents of the resistance against the false Educational Reform and the Structural Reforms in Mexico.
We demand the immediate release of our colleagues, headed by Professor Pedro Gómez Bamaca, Secretary General of Section 7 and we hold the Government of the State of Veracruz and the Charros del SNTE responsible for the physical integrity of our comrades.
We warn that no act of repression will reverse the decision of the democratic and popular magisterium to build the Single Front and the General Political Strike as weapons of the working class against the antipopular policies of the Regime.
We call on our bases and the popular movement as a whole to be in a state of maximum alert to respond to the height that the circumstances demand.
Only by fighting in Unity and Organized … WE WILL OVERCOME
Secretary of Communication of Section VII of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación – Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE-CNTE).
Update: 43 members of the SNTE-CNTE from Chiapas and Veracruz and the bus driver who were detained have been released by the authorities in Veracruz, according to the SNTE-CNTE.
El SNTE-CNTE en México exige la liberación de al menos 40 miembros después de que un autobús, en el que viajaban, fue detenido y sus miembros fueron detenidos por la Policía del Estado de Veracruz y la Policía Federal.
Xalapa, Veracruz, México – El sábado, la Policía Federal y la Policía Estatal de Veracruz detuvieron a un autobús que transportaba miembros del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE-CNTE) y detuvieron a todos los pasajeros. Al menos 40 miembros del SNTE-CNTE de Chiapas, incluido Veracruz, fueron detenidos y su autobús fue escoltado a una base militar mexicana en Xalapa, la ciudad capital de Veracruz.
La Policía Federal y la Policía del Estado en Veracruz no han divulgado información sobre lo que llevó a la policía a detener el autobús que transportaba a los maestros y escoltar el autobús a la base militar.
El siguiente es el comunicado de prensa del SNTE-CNTE.
Este es el comunicado
A LA OPINIÓN PUBLICA:
El día de hoy. 10 de marzo de 2018, cumpliendo una comisión de la Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), un grupo de miembros del Comité ejecutivo de la sección 7 del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), han sido hostigados y retenidos por la Policia Federal y Policía Estatal en los alrededores de Xalapa de Veracruz.
Este acto de intolerancia Facista no es más que la aplicación de la Ley de Seguridad Interior con la que se pretende intimidar a uno de los contingentes más sólidos de la resistencia en contra de la falsa Reforma Educativa y las Reformas Estructurales.
Exigimos la libertad inmediata de nuestros compañeros, encabezados por el Profr. Pedro Gómez Bamaca secretario General de la sección 7 y responsabilizamos al Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz y a los Charros del SNTE de la integridad física de nuestros camaradas.
Advertimos que ningún acto de represión dará marcha atrás a la decisión del magisterio democrático y popular de construir el Frente Unico y la Huelga Política General como armas de la clase trabajadora en contra de las políticas antipopulares de Régimen.
Convocamos a nuestras bases y al movimiento popular en su conjunto a estar en estado de máxima alerta para responder a la altura que la circunstancias exigen.
Sólo luchando Unidos y organizados… VENCEREMOS
Secretaria de Comunicación de la Sección VII del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación – Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE-CNTE).
Actualización: 43 miembros del SNTE-CNTE de Chiapas y Veracruz y el conductor del autobús que fueron detenidos ya fueron liberados por las autoridades en Veracruz, según el SNTE-CNTE.
Lopez, a former popular Tejano music style singer who was convicted for two counts of sexual assault of a child is scheduled for release next week.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 10, 2018
Huntsville, Texas – José Manuel Lopez, 67, also known in the Tejano music style stage name “Joe Lopez” is scheduled to be released on parole on March 15, 2018 from the Coree facility with the Texas Department of Correction (TDOC) located in Huntsville, according to the TDOC. Lopez completed a nine month sex offender treatment successfully and will be released on Thursday.
Lopez was convicted in 2006 for two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault (Lopez was sentenced to 20 years on one count and 8 years in prison on the second count) and one felony count for indecent contact with a child age 13 (sentenced to 4 years in prison) and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Lopez has served 10 years.
Lopez was convicted for raping his 13-year-old niece Krystal Lopez who had his child. Lopez has indicated that he had written multiple songs while in prison and is eager to sing again and to continue with his career as a Tejano singer.
Lopez of Brownsville is the co-founder and former Tejano lead singer for the Grupo Mazz. In 1998, both Lopez and Jimmy González, the other co-founder split and two Tejano bands continued to perform Tejano style music venue as Jimmy González y Grupo Mazz and Joe Lopez y La Nueva Imagen Mazz. La Nueva Imagen Mazz band was phased out when Lopez was convicted and sent to prison.
González, 67, of Brownsville is the current lead singer for the Grupo Mazz and has won 8 Grammy Awards. González has three sons involved with the Grupo Mazz.
Grupo Mazz is credited for modernizing the Tejano style of music.
Graphic Facebook videos show how Trump’s ICE snatched Morales-Luna from a sidewalk in National City in California.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 8, 2018
National City, CA – On Thursday, several Facebook videos (video 1 and video 2) were posted by Judith Castro-Rangel showing multiple U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) agents snatching Perla Morales-Luna from the sidewalk as her three daughters watched and frantically cried with emotion as the agents forced their mother into an USCBP vehicle. Morales-Luna was walking with her daughters to pay their monthly rent when USCBP agents encountered the family, according to Castro-Rangel.
After the videos went viral, Theron Francisco, the spokesman for the USCBP released a statement that says Morales-Luna was an alleged smuggler, but didn’t know any details of her involvement in the operation nor, if she is facing any criminal charges. “Perla Morales-Luna was identified as an organizer for a transnational criminal smuggling organization operating in East County, San Diego. She was arrested as a result of a targeted operation on March 3, 2018, in National City for being in the country illegally. She is currently in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to ICE for removal proceedings,” according to the USCBP.
Unfortunately, ICE and the USCBP are known to make false statements, which might include this incident. If Morales-Luna was involved in smuggling, police or other federal law enforcement agencies would have made the arrest. Morales-Luna has not been charged of any crime, other than being in the country illegally.
Morales-Luna would have been booked at a local law enforcement agency on an alleged charged, but she is currently being held at an ICE detention facility.
The USCBP hasn’t confirmed if Morales-Luna was served with a legal federal warrant, which would than implicate her of an alleged crime.
Mark Lane, an activist in National City during a press conference says, that when an arrest by immigration officials go bad, that they tend to lie, which he referred to other incidents where immigration officials used the same excused.
José Rodriguez, a Union representative at the press conference says, that most of the undocumented immigrants that are detained by immigration agents end up in private prisons, which are profiting from the undocumented population.
Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General has released information that Trump approved extra U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to target undocumented immigrants residing in California.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California claiming the federal immigration enforcement has been blocked by California state laws, but Governor Jerry Brown (D) and Xavier Becerra, the State Attorney General say that both Trump and Sessions are lying and their lawsuit won’t stand in court.
ICE is considered one of the most corrupt immigration enforcement agencies in the country, which rogue agents who commit illegal arrests and activities are not held accountable.
Numerous deaths of undocumented immigrants have been reported while on ICE custody and not one agent has been fired or prosecuted of any crime against undocumented immigrants.
Water Bill To Include Lead-in-water Safety And Lead Laterals Info Adopted By Milwaukee Common Council Water Works Committee
City water bills for Milwaukee residents will include information about lead-in-water safety inserts and dissemination of other lead-related information, according to a resolution passed by the Milwaukee Common Council Water Works Committee.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 8, 2018
Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Common Water Works Committee passed a resolution (171523) for Milwaukee City water bills to include information about lead-in-water safety inserts and dissemination of other lead-related information for residents. The City water bill will also include whether the City-own portion of the freshwater lateral line service flow connected to properties from the water main are made of lead and will definitely improve transparency in lead-related testing.
Also the Water Works Committee passed a resolution (171538) to replace drinking water service lines to all City-owned properties. This resolution directs the Department of City Development to develop and implement a program to replace lead drinking water service lines in all City-owned, one to 4-unit residential properties, except properties scheduled for demolition.
The resolutions will be taken up by the full Common Council on March 27 for approval.
Wisconsin State Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milw.) on Wednesday confirmed that she is working on a final draft of a bill as an Adverse Material Fact to mandate property owners and Realtors in the state to include and disclose whether properties being sold have toxic lead laterals connected to city or municipality freshwater mains.
Robert Miranda from the Freshwater For Life Action Coalition (FLAC) who is advocating for removal of all lead laterals within the city spoke at a Townhall meeting on Wednesday and says, that the City of Milwaukee banned the use of toxic lead laterals in 1962, but the U.S. Department of the Interior banned the use in 1986, so for decades Milwaukee officials knew that using lead laterals was a hazard for those drinking water from the freshwater flow into homes.
In the City of Milwaukee Water Department Rules, Regulations and Penalties dating 1872, the City mandated for lead laterals to be connected from the City’s water main and in 1921 the Common Council passed a resolution making lead laterals extra thick, which extended to the inside of buildings including residential properties and the practice lasted until 1951, laterals were later changed to copper and other non-toxic materials, indicating that the City owned the lead laterals.
Today, when a lead lateral is replaced from a property to the city watermain, the property owner can face a cost of up to $5,000 for removal.
Substitute resolution relating to Milwaukee Water Works water bill lead-in-water safety inserts and dissemination of other lead-related information.
This resolution directs the Milwaukee Water Works to mail lead-in-water safety information on an annual basis to occupants of all buildings served by City-owned lead service lines, and to ensure that this and lead-in-water safety information included with City water bills meet the same standards that the Health Department is held to for providing ongoing community updates to the public related to lead safety.
The Water Works is also directed to allow City departments and non-profit entities to sponsor secondary lead-in-water and lead public education materials for inclusion with all City water bills on a semi-annual basis.
This resolution also directs the Milwaukee Water Works to identify, on every City water bill, whether the City-owned portion of the service line serving the premises being billed is made of lead, and to make publicly available the details of all lead-related testing, monitoring and control treatments conducted by the Milwaukee Water Works.
Whereas, Lead exposure poses a significant threat to public health and safety, with infants, young children, and pregnant women being at the greatest risk of adverse health impacts from lead exposure; and
Whereas, Milwaukee Water Works regularly tests Lake Michigan source water, treated water from Milwaukee water treatment plants, and distribution system water, including tap water, for the presence of lead; and
Whereas, Lead service lines and plumbing can introduce lead into tap water; and
Whereas, Approximately 74,600 properties in the city, including 68,300 residential properties comprising 54.2% of all residential properties in the city, receive water through City-owned lead service lines, and according to the Milwaukee Water Works, a property with City-owned lead service lines is likely to also have privately-owned lead service lines; and
Whereas, The City of Milwaukee recognizes that all residents of the community need access to information on how best to protect themselves and their children from lead in drinking water; and
Whereas, Under Common Council File No. 170253, the Milwaukee Water Works was directed to incorporate lead-in-water and lead public education materials with City water bills on a semi-annual basis; and
Whereas, More recently, under Common Council File No. 170131, the Health Department was directed to provide ongoing community updates to the public with an expanded identification of at-risk populations and recommendations for lead safety; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Milwaukee Water Works is directed to mail lead-in-water and lead public education materials on an annual basis to occupants of all buildings served by City-owned lead service lines; and, be it
Further Resolved, That lead-in-water and lead public education materials mailed to occupants of buildings served by City-owned lead service lines or included with City water bills shall meet the same standards that the Health Department is held to for providing ongoing community updates to the public related to lead safety under Common Council File No. 170131; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Milwaukee Water Works shall update all lead-in-water and drinking water safety initiatives, websites, social media messaging, printed materials, outdoor and media advertisements and campaigns under the authority of the Milwaukee Water Works to meet the same standards; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Milwaukee Water Works shall ensure that the use of water filtration systems certified to remove lead according to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 is promoted to the public as the most thorough means of lead-water safety; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Milwaukee Water Works shall include, in any discussion of flushing drinking water by running taps, a warning to the public of the risk of lead exposure from failing to adhere to flushing guidelines; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Milwaukee Water Works is directed to allow City departments and non-profit entities to sponsor secondary lead-in-water and lead public education materials for inclusion with all City water bills on a semi-annual basis; and, be it
Further Resolved, That these secondary lead-in-water and lead public education materials may include information about at-risk populations, the benefits of healthy eating to reduce the effects of lead poisoning, how to identify lead in internal plumbing fixtures, options for testing tap water for the presence of lead, information about NSF/ANSI certified lead filters, information about the importance of following installation and maintenance guidelines for lead-removing filters, or information about City programs that provide lead-removing filters or assistance in replacing lead service lines or internal plumbing; and, be it
Further Resolved, That secondary lead-in-water and lead public education materials incorporated with City water bills shall be limited in size to a single one-third page insert to be included no more than twice annually, are subject to review and approval by the Commissioner of Health and the Superintendent of the Milwaukee Water Works, shall be funded by the requesting entity, and shall be permitted only to the extent that inclusion of the secondary insert does not cause the City water bill to exceed postage and mailing size restrictions set by the Milwaukee Water Works; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Milwaukee Water Works shall identify, on every City water bill, whether the City-owned portion of the service line serving the premises being billed is made of lead; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Milwaukee Water Works shall make publicly available the details of all lead-related testing, monitoring and control treatments conducted by the Water Works on Lake Michigan source water, treated water from Milwaukee water treatment plants and tap water, including site selection and sampling protocols, the date of construction of sampled sites, the presence of lead service lines at sampled sites, dates of collection, disclosure of invalidated samples and reasons for invalidation, testing results and the details of lead-related corrosion control treatments.
Dana J. Zelazny
March 6, 2018