Meet Your 2017 HWTN Officers and Trustees

HWTN’s members elected a new slate of officers and trustees for 2017. Thank you all for your service to our group and our neighborhood!

Here’s a list of our 2017 officers:

2017 Executive Committee
President: Laurel Maney
President Elect: Gina Spang
VP Communications: Joan Miller
VP Membership: Lloyd Dickinson
VP Events: Andrew Brusky
Secretary: Sarah Streed
Treasurer: Donna Neal
Past President: Sally Peltz

Our 2017 trustees are:

Area 1 – Trustee / Term Number; Expiration
Laurel Maney (President Elect) / 1st term; extended (Pres Elect) through Dec 2019
Joan Miller (VP Communications) / 1st term; 2019
Lise Sadagopan / 2nd term; through December 2017
Tiffany Tinsey / 1st term; through December 2018
Stephanie Fitch Van Alyea / 1st term; through December 2017
Adrian Zilvetti / 1st term; through December 2017

Area 2 – Trustee / Term Number and Expiration
Jeff Bentoff / 1st term; is extended (VP of Comm) 1 year through 2017
Andrew Brusky / 1st term; is extended (VP of Events) 1 year through 2019
Lloyd Dickinson / 2nd term; through December 2018
George Gurria / 2nd term; through December 2018
Angie Kvidera / 1st term; 2019
Dawn McCarthy (Secretary) / 1st term; is extended (Secretary) 1 year through 2017
Donna Neal (Past Pres/Treasurer) / 1st term; is extended (Past Pres/Treasurer) 1 year through 2017
Sally Peltz (President) / 2nd term; is extended (Pres) 1 year through 2018
Toby Reynolds / 2nd term; through December 2017
Laura Shipley / 1st term; 2019

Area 3 – Trustee / Term Number and Expiration
Derek Brewer /  1st term; 2019
Richard Kimball / 2nd term; through December 2018
Roger Luhn / 1st term; through December 2018
Sandra McSweeney / 1st term; through December 2017
Gina Spang / 2nd term; through December 2018
Sarah Streed (Secretary) / 1st term; 2019
Bruce Thompson / 2nd term; through December 2018

Start Off 2017 Right With HWTN Monthly Meeting Jan. 11

Join us to discuss Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s 2017 plans and neighborhood issues as we kick off the new year with our first monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 2017.

(Note that because of the New Year’s holiday, we’ve moved this meeting to the second Wednesday of the month rather than the typical first Wednesday.)


As usual, we’ll meet in the Marcia Coles Community Room, which is in the lower level of Lake Park Pavilion beneath Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. Come a little early for coffee and cookies courtesy of Bartolotta’s.

Members will receive the meeting agenda by email. Not a member? Well, now’s the time to join or renew!

See you Jan. 11!



Repairs and Restoration of North Point Water Tower to be Completed in Spring 2017

UPDATE Dec. 2, 2016

The Milwaukee Water Works is reporting that its contractor found cracks in the stone finial during the carving process. A new piece had to be supplied and carved.

As a result, the cold weather now will not allow the work to proceed. Completion of the stone work including finials will proceed in the spring when weather permits, guessing mid-April. The upper portion of the tower is competed. There remains approximately 2 weeks of masonry work on the project. Soon the scaffolding and swing stage will be removed from the tower as that work is complete.



Exterior and interior repairs and restoration on the North Point Water Tower will be completed by Dec. 9, 2016, according to an Oct. 28  letter from Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent Carrie M. Lewis.

In the letter, Lewis says that repairs began May 9 and have included —

  • Interior: Tuck pointing, repairs and cleaning of brick; replacement of original cast iron floor plates with galvanized plates, and
  • Exterior: Masonry work, replacement of damaged brick, painting and sealing of wood windows.

At the end of the project, three new stone finials will be installed.

According to a fascinating Water Works history of the 175-foot water tower — which includes a photo of a cow, yes, a cow, grazing in front of the tower —  it was first put into service in September 1874.

Repairs underway this month (October 2016)

Repairs underway this month (October 2016)

“The decorative stonework of the tower housed a tall standpipe, open at the top, that absorbed pulsations of water from the reciprocating steam-driven engines in the pumping station below,” the history says. “The station and the tower served for 50 years as the sole source of lake water into the distribution system.”

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood greatly appreciates the maintenance and preservation work being done on our namesake and treasured city icon. We wish to thank Mayor Tom Barrett, DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korban, Superintendent Lewis and Ald. Nik Kovac for their support of making this possible.

Neighborhood’s Famous Frank Lloyd Wright “Bogk House” Featured in Journal Sentinel

wright wright-copyThe famous Frank Lloyd Wright “Bogk House,” one of our neighborhood’s unique historic homes, is featured in a recent edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The story features a photo gallery and an interview with one of the owners, Barbara Elsner, a devoted Wright advocate and a founder of Historic Water Tower Neighborhood.


Plan to Celebrate Holidays at Member Soiree Friday Dec. 9

Mark your calendars for the annual Historic Water Tower Neighborhood Holiday Party and 43rd Anniversary Celebration, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday Dec 9, 2016.

As in recent years, HWTN member Andy Nunemaker will host the party at his stunning home, 2221 N Terrace Ave.

andyThe party is open to HWTN members only. If you haven’t renewed or joined for our membership year that began Oct. 1, please go to our website today and become a member.

The party will feature a festive buffet, wine and beer. Opportunities to share your culinary talents for a discounted registration fee will, once again, be an option.

Information on the cost and how to sign up and pay will be sent to members.

Also, HWTN member Adrian Zilvetti is asking for volunteers to help with invitations, food and beverage coordination, set-up and tear down for this year’s holiday party. Please email Adrian at or call 414-530-6620 to offer your assistance.