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Preston Cole

Preston Cole, Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood Service.

Prior to moving to DNS Cole was the Director of Operations, City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works.

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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #52 Relating to Climate Change in Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #52 Relating to Climate Change in Wisconsin

"For too long we've been ignoring science, and frankly, we can't afford to do it any longer."

EPA Proposes Updates to Rules Impacting Lead and Copper in Drinking Water
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EPA Proposes Updates to Rules Impacting Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

DNR to Review Proposed Updates to Lead and Copper Rule

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

Unlike the previous administration, Evers Administration pledges to address climate change.

DNR Reaffirms Commitment to Addressing Impacts of Climate Change on Wisconsin’s Natural Resources During Climate Week
Mr. Mayor:  Who in Heaven’s Name is Watching the Store?
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Mr. Mayor: Who in Heaven’s Name is Watching the Store?

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 6, 2019

Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Address PFAS Contamination in Drinking, Ground and Surface Waters
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Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Address PFAS Contamination in Drinking, Ground and Surface Waters

"I am committed to protecting our state's natural resources and ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to clean drinking water."

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #40 Relating to PFAS in Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #40 Relating to PFAS in Wisconsin

Executive Order #40 directs the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to take additional steps to address PFAS contamination.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #38 Relating to Clean Energy in Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #38 Relating to Clean Energy in Wisconsin

“A transition to a clean energy economy will generate thousands of family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin.”

The State of Politics: Evers Respects His Agency Leaders
The State of Politics

Evers Respects His Agency Leaders

Walker at times ignored cabinet, made decisions for his political career.

DNR announces results of Madison PFAS contamination pilot study
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DNR announces results of Madison PFAS contamination pilot study

"Clean drinking water is a public health priority."

Rep. Shankland: Governor Evers Leads on Preventing Nitrate Contamination
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Rep. Shankland: Governor Evers Leads on Preventing Nitrate Contamination

"These new efforts by the Governor, DNR, and DATCP tackle the root of our pollution runoff problems and will help to prevent future nitrate contamination."

Gov. Evers Directs Agencies to Address Nitrate Contamination in Ground and Surface Water
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Gov. Evers Directs Agencies to Address Nitrate Contamination in Ground and Surface Water

"I am committed to protecting Wisconsin’s waters and ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to clean drinking water."

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water

"Lead poisoning is a statewide risk not just in Kenosha and Milwaukee, but in communities around the state."

DNR taking more steps to protect Wisconsin drinking water
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DNR taking more steps to protect Wisconsin drinking water

The DNR will ask 125 municipal wastewater treatment facilities to begin sampling and analyzing water flowing in and out of the facilities for PFAS compounds.

The State of Politics: New DNR Head Has Agenda of Change
The State of Politics

New DNR Head Has Agenda of Change

Climate change, lead laterals and CAFO-polluted private wells are top concerns.

New DNR Staff Will Probe Pollution

New DNR Staff Will Probe Pollution

Added scientists will look at impact of “forever chemicals” contamination by Tyco company.

DNR Secretary Appoints Beth Bier To Deputy Secretary
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DNR Secretary Appoints Beth Bier To Deputy Secretary

Beth began her career at the DNR in 2001 in the Secretary's Office.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Washington Nominated To City Plan Board
Eyes on Milwaukee

Washington Nominated To City Plan Board

Town Bank VP Ranell Washington would replace his former coworker on commission.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission

Mayor appoints south side leader to design and zoning oversight board.

The State of Politics: About That Climate Change Report
The State of Politics

About That Climate Change Report

2011 report by 200 state scientists and experts made predictions Republicans are still ignoring.

Senator Tiffany’s Statement on Hunting Fee Increases
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Senator Tiffany’s Statement on Hunting Fee Increases

"I remain supportive of the Governor and the DNR Secretary’s position to not include fee increases in the state budget..."

Photo Gallery: Fishing and Fun at the Washington Park Pond
Photo Gallery

Fishing and Fun at the Washington Park Pond

Dozens of Milwaukee children learned about the joys of fishing and the great outdoors at a how-to event at Washington Park.

DNR Secretary announces leadership change
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DNR Secretary announces leadership change

Tim Cooke, current deputy division administrator, will assume the administrator role.

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

Reverses stand, supports judge’s ruling invalidating Meteor Timber’s DNR permit to fill high-quality wetland.

Trump Policies on Great Lakes Opposed

Trump Policies on Great Lakes Opposed

Conservation groups resist proposed changes in wetland, stream protections, note impact on Great Lakes.

DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin
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DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin

This week the DNR worked with Department of Health Services to ask the health agency to review 40 contaminants for possible groundwater quality standards.

Op Ed: Good News for State’s Environment
Op Ed

Good News for State’s Environment

Evers administration is turning around the decline in DNR staff morale and mission under Walker.

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

GOP push back on minimum wage, water quality, corrections worker wages, unemployment compensation and more.

Judge Rules Against Kohler Golf Course

Judge Rules Against Kohler Golf Course

Concludes DNR permit to fill wetland invalid, significant environmental damage could be caused.

Gov. Evers Appoints Fred Clark to Natural Resources Board
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Gov. Evers Appoints Fred Clark to Natural Resources Board

Fred Clark is a forester and conservationist who is marking his 30th year working outdoors in Wisconsin.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Summit Credit Union Coming to Walker’s Point
Eyes on Milwaukee

Summit Credit Union Coming to Walker’s Point

New branch of growing credit union will be located along S. 1st St. at Freshwater Plaza.

Murphy’s Law: 12 Reasons The Foxconn Deal Is Dying
Murphy’s Law

12 Reasons The Foxconn Deal Is Dying

The company is cutting back plans. Will it walk away entirely?

DNR Secretary Cole announces additional appointments to leadership team
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DNR Secretary Cole announces additional appointments to leadership team

Todd Ambs has been named DNR Assistant Deputy Secretary.

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.

DNR Secretary Cole makes first appointments to leadership team
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DNR Secretary Cole makes first appointments to leadership team

Cole said he would announce additional appointments as they are made.

The State of Politics: 8 GOP Laws Evers Could Target
The State of Politics

8 GOP Laws Evers Could Target

There’s much new governor opposes. But which issues will he take on?

Murphy’s Law: Evers Embraces Expertise
Murphy’s Law

Evers Embraces Expertise

Hiring talented people, appointing expert advisors, who knew you could govern that way?

Governor-elect Evers Announces Key Cabinet Appointments
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Governor-elect Evers Announces Key Cabinet Appointments

"I’ve said all along that my goal is to build a Wisconsin where people come together to invest in a brighter future for everyone..."

Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes Announce Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council
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Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes Announce Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council

"We’re going to bring science back to decision-making in Wisconsin."

Coalition Pushes Efforts to Prevent Evictions

Coalition Pushes Efforts to Prevent Evictions

I in 10 renters evicted in city's worst census tracks, study found.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Wangard, City Again at Odds on Freshwater Plaza
Eyes on Milwaukee

Wangard, City Again at Odds on Freshwater Plaza

Size of sign at issue. Meanwhile developer planning two more developments at the plaza.

Commissioner Cole honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Commissioner Cole honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful
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Commissioner Cole honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

Much of Cole’s record of success was created while working for the City.

Will South Korea Partner With City?

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Will South Korea Partner With City?

Will South Korea Partner With City?

Daegu, South Korea wants to be a water tech sister city. City panel says yes.

2017 State of the City
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2017 State of the City

As Delivered by Mayor Tom Barrett

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Unveil New Signs for Arena
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Unveil New Signs for Arena

Two huge signs will add life to arena, but will trees grow on concrete plaza?

Plenty of Horne: City Department Paints the Town
Plenty of Horne

City Department Paints the Town

Painted curbs will denote no-parkng areas. And new parking checkers will ride bikes.

Plenty of Horne: Behold The ECO Mayor

Contribution to Michael Murphy of $100

Plenty of Horne: Behold The ECO Mayor
Plenty of Horne

Behold The ECO Mayor

Barrett touts green efforts, changes name of environmental sustainability office to ECO.

Plenty Of Horne: All Hail Our Business Improvement Districts

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Plenty Of Horne: All Hail Our Business Improvement Districts
Plenty Of Horne

All Hail Our Business Improvement Districts

City party celebrates work of 35 BIDs, which have helped improve many city neighborhoods.

DNR board tables sale of lakefront land to Walker donor
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DNR board tables sale of lakefront land to Walker donor

Plenty of Horne: Barrett’s Birthday Party

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $100

Plenty of Horne: Barrett’s Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Barrett’s Birthday Party

The mayor's celebration is 11 days late. And Lakefront Brewery shatters its record for annual barrels manufactured.

Photo Gallery: Entrants & Winners for Wisconsin Avenue Placemaking
Photo Gallery

Entrants & Winners for Wisconsin Avenue Placemaking

The "Tournavation" event at City Hall included an expert panel and audience, which selected two winners from among 12 finalists.

Citizens, Cut Your Grass!

Citizens, Cut Your Grass!

Common Council is considering a proposal by Ald. Davis with tougher restrictions against overgrown lawns.

The Roundup: McGee’s Folly
The Roundup

McGee’s Folly

If you want to get a chuckle and a “no comment” out of a Milwaukee alderman these days, just tell him that Ald. Michael McGee, Jr. “certainly has a way with words.”

The Roundup: “Groundbreaking” for Bridge
The Roundup

“Groundbreaking” for Bridge

It’s not really a groundbreaking without a shovel, so Cecelia Gilbert of the Department of Public Works brought five well-used, albeit ceremonial, spades to the Thursday 27 May event celebrating the beginning of construction of the Holton Marsupial Bridge. Obliging dignitaries, sensing a photo-op, grabbed the shovels and pantomimed digging them into the asphalt pavement […]