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Jeff Polenske

City Engineer since 2000. Nominated to be Commissioner of Public Works in 2018.

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Mayor Barrett Announces First Round of Cabinet Appointments
City Hall: City Workers Will Get Hazard Pay Bonus
City Hall

City Workers Will Get Hazard Pay Bonus

Mayor Barrett's proclamation boosts hourly pay by $3.13 for front-line workers.

City Hall: Bring Your Tires and TVs, Drop Off Centers Are Still Free
City Hall

Bring Your Tires and TVs, Drop Off Centers Are Still Free

Milwaukee's two drop-off centers are now open Sundays, with no fees through at least the end of May.

Dining: City Exploring Options For Closing Streets For Dining
Dining

City Exploring Options For Closing Streets For Dining

Could well spaced tables allow restaurants to reopen? Will diners show up?

Transportation: Council Committee Blesses Active Streets
Transportation

Council Committee Blesses Active Streets

And wants more. "Why seven miles? Why not do 70 miles?" asks alderman.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Is A Couture Deal Finally Coming?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Is A Couture Deal Finally Coming?

City officials say it is, while Ald. Bauman pushes city to separate streetcar from project.

City Hall: Should City Workers Get COVID Bonus?
City Hall

Should City Workers Get COVID Bonus?

Public Works employees can't work from home, face more risk of COVID-19.

Plenty of Horne: ‘Attractive’ Facade Changes for Historic Tied House
Plenty of Horne

‘Attractive’ Facade Changes for Historic Tied House

Also, more on the coming Streetcar Smart Kiosks.

City of Milwaukee Rolls Out Restaurant Carryout Zones
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Rolls Out Restaurant Carryout Zones

Program will help restaurants better accommodate customers

City Hall: City’s Permit Could Charge Summerfest
City Hall

City’s Permit Could Charge Summerfest

Revised special events permit could charge festival full price of police security.

Transportation: Streetcar Kiosks Could Bring In $500,000 Annually
Transportation

Streetcar Kiosks Could Bring In $500,000 Annually

System of 35 interactive kiosks could be online as early as May.

The Hop Unveils CityPost Smart Kiosk Initiative
Press Release

The Hop Unveils CityPost Smart Kiosk Initiative

Digital kiosks to provide real-time arrival information and other civic amenities while generating revenue to support streetcar operations

Transportation: City to Rebuild National Avenue
Transportation

City to Rebuild National Avenue

City to partner with state, rebuild street from 1st to 39th, add safety improvements.

Eyes on Milwaukee: DNC Will Restrict Construction Projects
Eyes on Milwaukee

DNC Will Restrict Construction Projects

DPW will restrict construction activity on city streets for a month this summer.

Transportation: We Energies Will Sponsor Streetcar
Transportation

We Energies Will Sponsor Streetcar

4th sponsor streetcar has attracted, $100,000 deal during DNC not finalized.

City Hall: Committee Debates Snow Plowing Performance
City Hall

Committee Debates Snow Plowing Performance

Are the city's strategies working? Council members want changes.

City Hall: Summerfest Squeezed on Police Costs?
City Hall

Summerfest Squeezed on Police Costs?

Alderman threatens to delay street closure permit if Summerfest won't pay city's costs.

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

MMSD-funded infrastructure on state land to capture 150,000 gallons of stormwater in a heavy rain.

Transportation: The “Holiday Hop” Streetcar Debuts
Transportation

The “Holiday Hop” Streetcar Debuts

Santa hops a ride to City Hall tree lighting ceremony.

City Hall: Snow Delays Leaf Collection Until 25th
City Hall

Snow Delays Leaf Collection Until 25th

Snow storms extend cutoff. You now have 11 more days to sweep leaves into the street.

City Hall: DPW Defends Plow Mounting Strategy
City Hall

DPW Defends Plow Mounting Strategy

Delaying use of plows allowed more salt to be spread and prevented expanding potholes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Proposal Would Fund Emergency Housing
Eyes on Milwaukee

Proposal Would Fund Emergency Housing

City-owned properties would house displaced families, human trafficking victims. Plus: committee cuts Bublr funding.

Plats and Parcels: Tent City Being Evicted
Plats and Parcels

Tent City Being Evicted

Plus: A packed week of real estate news, including the Schuster's project moving forward.

City Hall: Is The City Ready to Plow Snow?
City Hall

Is The City Ready to Plow Snow?

City has 28,405 tons of salt and 414 pieces of equipment ready to clear 1,472 miles of city streets.

Transportation: Couture Streetcar Extension Decision Pushed to June 2020
Transportation

Couture Streetcar Extension Decision Pushed to June 2020

"We look like complete fools," says Bauman as Marcoux expresses confidence in project.

Transportation: City Struggles on Couture Streetcar Extension
Transportation

City Struggles on Couture Streetcar Extension

As project drags, officials to meet with Federal Transit Administration to discuss options.

Transportation: City Will Double Number of Permitted Scooters, Ends “Pause”
Transportation

City Will Double Number of Permitted Scooters, Ends “Pause”

Bird, Spin will be allowed to enter Milwaukee market.

Department of Public Works Restricts Additional Dockless Scooters in Pilot Study
Press Release

Department of Public Works Restricts Additional Dockless Scooters in Pilot Study

Possibility of suspending pilot in near future, pending scooter user behavior

Transportation: About Those Missing Streetcar Bike Lanes
Transportation

About Those Missing Streetcar Bike Lanes

Promised lanes not there: north-south lanes removed and east-west route often blocked.

Transportation: No Streetcar Expansion in Time for DNC
Transportation

No Streetcar Expansion in Time for DNC

Proposal held again. Marcoux, Hamilton fight over future of streetcar.

Transportation: The Scooters Are Here!
Transportation

The Scooters Are Here!

Lime begins deploying 500 scooters on Milwaukee streets.

Transportation: Three Scooter Companies Apply to Operate in Milwaukee
Transportation

Three Scooter Companies Apply to Operate in Milwaukee

Lime, Bird and Spin could all have scooters on city streets in the coming weeks.

Transportation: Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks
Transportation

Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks

City's action means scooters could be back on streets soon, but fined for using sidewalks.

Transportation: Will Streetcar be Extended by the DNC?
Transportation

Will Streetcar be Extended by the DNC?

Mayor, aldermen differ on whether rail extension can be completed for national convention.

Plats and Parcels: Plans Released for Foxconn’s LCD Factory
Plats and Parcels

Plans Released for Foxconn’s LCD Factory

Millwork company bringing 200 jobs to city, Bayside tower gets shorter, Sonag owner pleads guilty.

City Hall: Complaint Against American Sewer Dropped
City Hall

Complaint Against American Sewer Dropped

City officials can't verify complaint, but may still consider debarring contractor.

Transportation: City Confident Couture Won’t Block Streetcar
Transportation

City Confident Couture Won’t Block Streetcar

Federal grant at risk if lakefront extension to The Couture isn't running by end of 2020.

Transportation: Council Holds Streetcar Extension
Transportation

Council Holds Streetcar Extension

Streetcar proponents become opponents, push for longer extension to Walker's Point.

City Hall: What’s the Infrastructure Plan for DNC?
City Hall

What’s the Infrastructure Plan for DNC?

Council, led by Bauman, pushes for city to have citywide, coordinated plan for convention.

City Hall: Barrett Offers Upbeat State of City Speech
City Hall

Barrett Offers Upbeat State of City Speech

Mayor touts employers coming to city, The Hop's launch and a friendly governor.

City Hall: Who Will (Finally) Clear The Snow?
City Hall

Who Will (Finally) Clear The Snow?

"Why did you stop sending out front-end loaders to finish the job?" irate alderman asks.

Signed December 1 to March 1 Parking Regulations Extended until March 15, 2019
Press Release

Signed December 1 to March 1 Parking Regulations Extended until March 15, 2019

This extension is for those streets that are posted with signs No Parking Dec 1- Mar 1.

Transportation: Streetcar Manager Leaving
Transportation

Streetcar Manager Leaving

Darryll Simpson will lead New Orleans transit agency.

A call to support the family of Bryan Rodriguez
Press Release

A call to support the family of Bryan Rodriguez

Statement from Commissioner Jeff Polenske February 13, 2019

Transportation: Track The Hop in Real Time
Transportation

Track The Hop in Real Time

Yes, real time data is now available, so you know exactly when to catch the streetcar.

Real-Time Vehicle Information Now Available to Hop Riders
Press Release

Real-Time Vehicle Information Now Available to Hop Riders

TransLoc Rider app provides real-time positioning of streetcars and next vehicle arrival estimates for all stations along the route

City Hall: Karen Dettmer Will Lead Water Works
City Hall

Karen Dettmer Will Lead Water Works

Committee puts veteran engineer through the ringer before endorsing her appointment.

Transportation: Streetcar Real Time App Coming “As Quickly As Possible”
Transportation

Streetcar Real Time App Coming “As Quickly As Possible”

City promises real time data for The Hop which was supposed to launch in December.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Hop Has a Schedule

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Hop Has a Schedule
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Hop Has a Schedule

Streetcar begins operating with a public schedule. When will real-time data arrive?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Pride, City Debut Rainbow Crosswalks
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Pride, City Debut Rainbow Crosswalks

Crosswalks near Cathedral Square Park celebrate city's LGBTQ community.

City Hall: Barrett Taps Polenske For Public Works
City Hall

Barrett Taps Polenske For Public Works

Veteran City Engineer to become head of 2,300-employee Department of Public Works.

City Hall: Barrett Signs Complete Streets Policy
City Hall

Barrett Signs Complete Streets Policy

Mayor, city officials and activists gather to celebrate new legislation.

Eyes on Milwaukee: When Will The Hop Have a Schedule?
Eyes on Milwaukee

When Will The Hop Have a Schedule?

Streetcar system could launch without one.

Regional Transit Leadership Council Names New Executive Director
Press Release

Regional Transit Leadership Council Names New Executive Director

Dave Steele named new executive director to move region’s connectivity and economy forward

City Hall: Council Passes Complete Streets Policy
City Hall

Council Passes Complete Streets Policy

Streets for all, not just cars, is now the law of the land.

‘Hop-able’ Open House Slated for October 10
Press Release

‘Hop-able’ Open House Slated for October 10

Special event designed to showcase The Hop’s accessibility features

City Hall: Committee Okays Complete Streets Policy
City Hall

Committee Okays Complete Streets Policy

Proposal on street design places pedestrians and cyclists on same level as motorists

City Hall: Gonda Resigns from Water Works
City Hall

Gonda Resigns from Water Works

Longtime city employee resigns as Milwaukee Water Works director for job at UWM.

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

City officials announce they will accept proposals for dockless bikeshare.

Members Only: Milwaukee Streetcar Insider Tour
Members Only

Milwaukee Streetcar Insider Tour

Get an up close look at The Hop and ask questions of the experts leading the project.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Celebrates Bike to Work Week
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Celebrates Bike to Work Week

Complete Streets policy set to be introduced.

Eyes on Milwaukee: First Streetcar Heading to Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

First Streetcar Heading to Milwaukee

Left Pennsylvania plant, will arrive by on March 26, mayor announces.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $65 Million Spent on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

$65 Million Spent on Streetcar

Construction of track is 90 percent complete, project ahead of schedule.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Fighting County on Rapid Transit
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Fighting County on Rapid Transit

Council committee puts restrictions on BRT project, charges county acted in bad faith.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How to Make a Pedestrian Friendly City

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Eyes on Milwaukee: How to Make a Pedestrian Friendly City
Eyes on Milwaukee

How to Make a Pedestrian Friendly City

New district-by-district reports on improving city for bicycling and walking.

Eyes on Milwaukee: County Gets Waiver on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

County Gets Waiver on Streetcar

Still in running to operate city's streetcar, but a long shot to win.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bublr Opens New Downtown Office
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bublr Opens New Downtown Office

Officials celebrate first office tenant to move into Grand Avenue Mall.

Behind the Headlines: The Status of the Streetcar
Press Release

Behind the Headlines: The Status of the Streetcar

As part of its continuing effort to encourage in-depth analysis of the most important issues of the day, the Milwaukee Press Club is pleased to present its next Behind the Headlines topic.

Plenty of Horne: City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant

Contribution to Nik Kovac of $50

Plenty of Horne: City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Plenty of Horne: City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant

Contribution to Terry Witkowski of $50

Plenty of Horne: City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant
Plenty of Horne

City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant

City wins TIGER grant after "a brutal competition" where demand for transit dollars greatly exceeded the sums appropriated.

City storm water efforts making an impact
Press Release

City storm water efforts making an impact

News event Wednesday to tout newly constructed bioswales

Michael Murphy hits railroad for refusal to share bridge safety information

Contribution to Terry Witkowski of $50

Michael Murphy hits railroad for refusal to share bridge safety information
Photo Gallery: The Transportation Circus
Photo Gallery

The Transportation Circus

Story and photos on Tuesday's celebration of transit in Milwaukee.

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration
Friday Photos

Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.

Murphy’s Law: Who is “Lobbying” For the Streetcar?
Murphy’s Law

Who is “Lobbying” For the Streetcar?

Money is being spent and wild rumors are flying. So what’s the truth?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes

Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.

Bike Czar: Can Milwaukee Upgrade to Gold Ranking?
Bike Czar

Can Milwaukee Upgrade to Gold Ranking?

City officials pledge to work towards upgrading the city's national, bicycle-friendly ranking from bronze to gold.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar

Public Works Committee votes to send streetcar proposal to full council, setting up a showdown Dec. 16th.

Plenty of Horne: Ambulance Chasing Lawyer Chases Abele
Plenty of Horne

Ambulance Chasing Lawyer Chases Abele

Plus: Bud Selig’s birthday bash and where will new Journal CEO live?

Cyclists, city officials gearing up for seventh annual Riverwest 24
Press Release

Cyclists, city officials gearing up for seventh annual Riverwest 24

Riverwest 24 Starts tonight -- News release from Alds. Kovac and Coggs

Seeking solutions to prevent another tragedy like Sherman Blvd. crash
Press Release

Seeking solutions to prevent another tragedy like Sherman Blvd. crash

Statement of Alderman Willie C. Wade July 11, 2014

Back in the News: A Streetcar Named Cooperation?
Back in the News

A Streetcar Named Cooperation?

Republicans force city to pay to relocate utilities for streetcar and Barrett calls for cooperation from We Energies to keep costs down.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Share Launching in 2014
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike Share Launching in 2014

Phase I of bike share program will have at least 28 stations and 250 bikes, thanks to a federal grant.

Alderman Donovan to Mayor Barrett: “What is happening with the streetcar project?”
Press Release

Alderman Donovan to Mayor Barrett: “What is happening with the streetcar project?”

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 3, 2013

Photo Gallery: Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail
Photo Gallery

Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail

Despite rainy weather, Mayor Barrett and a host of politicians celebrated the new bike trail.

Plenty of Horne: Streetcar Social
Plenty of Horne

Streetcar Social

Gathering of notables tracks the route of proposed streetcar. And HGTV comes to town to film a straw-bale home.

In Public: “Wait, Wait, Wait”
In Public

“Wait, Wait, Wait”

The city’s new audio crosswalk alerts are annoying -- and potentially dangerous.

Plenty of Horne: Residents Reject Freshwater Name
Plenty of Horne

Residents Reject Freshwater Name

Contest to rename Pittsburgh Ave. to honor water institute didn't convince street's residents, who nixed Freshwater Way.

Photo Gallery: Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!
Photo Gallery

Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!

Mayor Barrett kicked off Bike to Work Week with his annual bike ride, and announced new city funding for bike-sharing.

Streetcar Meeting on Tuesday

Streetcar Meeting on Tuesday

Public invited to ask questions about project.

New Bike Transit System?

New Bike Transit System?

A city committee votes to support a system of bike-sharing kiosks. Other cities have cut auto traffic this way.

Public Safety Committee Approves New Milwaukee Bike Plan

Public Safety Committee Approves New Milwaukee Bike Plan

The Bicycle Master Plan was presented to the Public Safety Committee at the September 16th, 2010 meeting.

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

This committee meeting had numerous items of significance relating to the built environment that were up for debate.  A couple highlights (or lowlights) included the holding of a file over budget concerns, a heated discussion over Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (“CMAQ”) grants, and a most intriguing debate on public art. The approval of the […]

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

The hot topic of this committee meeting was a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article accusing the Department of Public Works (“DPW“) of having a racial bias in their handling of pothole filling.  Jeff Mantes and Jeff Polenske laid out DPW’s process in regards to pothole repair.  Explaining that they prioritize arterial roads higher than neighborhood streets […]

Public Works Committee Holds Up Appointments

Public Works Committee Holds Up Appointments

The reappointment of Jeff Mantes to the position of Commission of the Department of Public Works and the reappointment of Jeff Polenske to the position of City Engineer were held to the call of the chair to start off this meeting. As numerous reappointments have flown through as of late it appears this may be […]

Murphy’s Law: Why Businesses Are Attacking The State’s Freeway Plan
Murphy’s Law

Why Businesses Are Attacking The State’s Freeway Plan

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's latest freeway project could "virtually suffocate downtown Milwaukee," a letter from the Downtown Business Improvement District complains.