John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
If you have ever taken Hwy 794 south of E. Oklahoma Avenue, you will see many lamp posts on the ground or missing. Now if you have driven this same road at night, you will understand why they are hit or are missing. During the last several months, in order to save on electricity, many lamp posts are never turned on or are burned out. This stretch of parkway is very dark at night. If you can't see because there are no lit street lamps, it is very easy to make a slight turn with your car and knock one over. Why Milwaukee County is not repairing or lighting these street lights is beyond me. Maybe because of the Milwaukee County Pension Scandal, there is not enough funding to pay for the repair, replacement or the electricity for them. They may save on costs this way, however, somebody is going to get hit or killed due to the lack of lighting on this stretch of road. We know that they can't afford toilet paper for the parks, but can they at least try to save some lives of drivers using this road? Haven't we have enough of this cost saving and lack of funding for Milwaukee County needs? Must we lose all of our parks, buses, disabled people, seniors and other things due to the Milwaukee County Pension Scandal? The voters of Milwaukee County should wake up and do something about this situation. Now is the time to act. Maybe one car will hit a lamp post and hit a car in the other driving lane head on. When lives are lost or injured, then finally they might turn the lights back on.