HWTN Annual Meeting, Briefing on Proposed County and City Budgets Set for Wednesday Nov. 2

The proposed 2017 Milwaukee County and City of Milwaukee budgets will be presented by top officials at Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016.

Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman

Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman

Members also will be asked to vote on a slate of 2017 officers and trustees at HWTN’s annual meeting starting at 8:15 p.m. that evening.

Milwaukee County 3rd District Board Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman will discuss the proposed 2017 Milwaukee County budget. Discussion will include updates on the Historic Lake Park Concrete Footbridge. Wasserman was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on April 5, 2016, to represent the residents of Milwaukee County’s 3rd District, which includes Milwaukee’s Eastside, the Village of Shorewood and the Village of Whitefish Bay.

Ald. Nik Kovac

Ald. Nik Kovac

City of Milwaukee 3rd District Alderman Nik Kovac will discuss the proposed 2017 City of Milwaukee budget. Ald. Kovac has been alderman for Milwaukee’s 3rd District, which includes the East Side, Riverwest and north Downtown neighborhoods, since April 2008. He serves as chair of the City Information Management Committee; Vice-Chair of the Milwaukee Arts Board; and a member of the Public Works Committee, Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee; Library Board; and Deferred Compensation Board.

Members should watch their mail for the list of proposed 2017 officers and trustees.  All members are eligible to vote.

The meeting takes place in the Marcia Coles Community Room in Lake Park Pavilion, below Lake Park Bistro. Complimentary coffee and cookies provided by Lake Park Bistro will be available starting at 6:45 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Nov. 4 Annual Meeting to Feature HWTN Co-Founder, Preservationist Barbara Elsner

Historic preservationist, Frank Lloyd Wright conservationist and Historic Water Tower Neighborhood co-founder Barbara Elsner will speak at our annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 4, giving us her perspective on our group’s past, present and future.

Elsner copyBarbara, one of a number of residents involved in founding HWTN in 1973, has been a leader in historic preservation, with a focus on our neighborhood and Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Barbara and her husband Bob, a former HWTN president, live in a restored Wright home.

Wednesday’s meeting also includes election of HWTN’s 2016 officers and trustees. All HWTN members are eligible to vote.

The meeting takes place in the Marcia Coles Community Room in the Lake Park Pavilion. Come between 6:30 p.m. and 7 for refreshments prior to the meeting courtesy of Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro.

New Officers, Trustee Elected for 2014

Two new officers and one new trustee have been unanimously elected to serve on the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood board in 2014.

VP-Special Events Lise Sadagopan displays cupcakes decorated with North Point Water Towers. Members enjoyed the cupcakes and other treats at the meeting to celebrate HWTN's 40th anniversary.

VP-Special Events Lise Sadagopan displays cupcakes decorated with North Point Water Towers. Members enjoyed the cupcakes and other treats at the meeting to celebrate HWTN’s 40th anniversary.

At our group’s Nov. 6, 2013, annual meeting, Trustee Donna Neal was elected as 2014 president elect, and she’ll serve as president in 2015. Sandra McSweeney, the current president-elect, will become president for 2014. Trustee Adrian Zilvetti was elected VP-Special Events for next year, and member Colin Scanes was elected as a new Area 3 trustee.

Re-elected for 2014 were current VP-Communications Jeff Bentoff, Secretary Dawn McCarthy, Treasurer Donna Neal and Trustee Sally Peltz. We currently have an open VP-membership position.

At the annual meeting, trustees thanked three outgoing officers for their years of service — President Lloyd Dickinson, VP-Special Events Lise Sadagopan and VP-Membership Thea Kovac. Lloyd served as president for 2012 and 2013. Lise and Thea have served for multiple years in their current positions but did not seek re-election for 2014. In 2014, Lloyd will serve as immediate past president, and Lise and Thea will remain as trustees.

Members also celebrated HWTN’s 40th anniversary with treats and champagne. VP-Communications Jeff Bentoff gave a presentation on our group’s history, and Ald. Nik Kovac presented the board and members with a proclamation honoring the group for its anniversary and contributions to the neighborhood. In another proclamation, Mayor Barrett had declared the day “Historic Water Tower Neighborhood Day.” More info on our group’s history is available at http://hwtn.org/about-hwtn/hwtn-history/ and http://hwtn.org/accomplishments/.