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With recess over, Common Council gets back to work

The Milwaukee Common Council went back into session after a month without committee assignments. At Wednesday’s meeting, all the aldermen were marked “present” at the start.

But what did everyone do on their summer break?

Alderwoman Milele Coggs said Bronzeville Week, a celebration of a neighborhood in her 6th district, was a success.

Alderman Joe Dudzik said he stuck to tradition for the 110th anniversary party for Harley-Davidson. He got out on his hog and roamed the city, giving directions to people visiting from around the world.

Alderman Jim Bohl was less enthusiastic about August. He said it could hardly be called a recess, because he was in his office, working.

Anyone who counted on the meeting being brief thanks to a short agenda was disappointed when a discussion of block grant allocation took up more than two hours.

I guess an intense start is the best way to prepare for the coming weeks. The Common Council’s next meeting begins the monthslong process of creating and approving the annual city budget. Mayor Tom Barrett will propose his budget to the council Sept. 24.

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