Committees / Commissions

Citizen Boards & Commissions

There are various citizen boards and commissions that help make the Village of West Milwaukee a more efficient and better place to live. The Village President makes appointments, subject to confirmation by the Village Board. 

Your Involvement:   You should become involved by being a member of a village board or commission! If you live in West Milwaukee and are interested please contact the Clerk’s Department for more information and/or an application.

Commission Committee Application

West Milwaukee Community Development Authority (WMCDA):

The WMCDA has the power to issue revenue bonds to provide financing for qualified redevelopment projects to be constructed by private developers, including elimination or prevention of substandard, deteriorated, unsanitary and blighted areas; the provision and retention of gainful employment opportunities for the citizens of the Village; an increase in the tax base; and the stimulation of the flow of investment capital to the Village with result and beneficial effects upon the economy in the Village.  The CDA’s primary role has been to facilitate borrowing for infrastructure and acquisition costs related to redevelopment projects in the Tax Increment Finance Districts and Environmental Remediation District, as well as reviewing and providing direction on specific redevelopment proposals in these areas. 

The Community Development Authority consists of seven (7) members, including the Village President who serves as Chairperson, two (2) appointed member of the Village Board, and four (4) citizen appointees with background and experience with financing of projects.

The WMCDA meets the fourth Monday of the month at 6 pm in the West Milwaukee Community Centre’ located at 1345 South 47th Street.

  • Chairperson Kurt Ritzka
  • Commissioner William Elliott
  • Commissioner Joseph Van DerLinden
  • Commissioner Simone Jaschko
  • Commissioner Jennifer Andreas
  • Commissioner Craig Schaefer
  • Commissioner Jane Edgar

West Milwaukee Plan Commission:

Plan commission members need to be prepared for the business to be discussed at the meetings. They should take time to review each proposal in light of the comprehensive plan and applicable land use. If a major development is involved, they can talk to the engineer or to others for a technical review information.  They review planning documents, zoning, conditional use requests and signage.

The Plan Commission consists of seven (7) members, including the Village President who serves as Chairperson, one appointed member of the Village Board, and five (5) citizen appointees with background and experience with financing of projects.

The Plan Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm in the West Milwaukee Community Centre’ located at 1345 South 47th Street.

  • Chairperson John Stalewski
  • Commissioner Shad Andreas
  • Commissioner Ronald Hayward
  • Commissioner Carl Knapp
  • Commissioner Richard Lewein
  • Commissioner Allen Omick
  • Commissioner Susan Stalewski

Tourism Commission

The Tourism Commission will oversee the collection and expenditure of room tax revenue and to make allowable expenditures for tourism promotion and tourism development. In addition, the Commission shall monitor the collection and expenditure of the room tax.

The Tourism Commission consists of 5 members, 1 of which is a representative of the Wisconsin hotel and motel industry.  Members are appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Village Board.  (Ord. 01-O-2017 adopted February 20, 2017).

The Tourism Commission meets as needed, determined by the Commission Chairperson.

Members:

  • Village President John Stalewski
  • Trustee John Ragonese (Chairperson)
  • Trustee James Kavanagh (Vice Chairperson)
  • Trustee Craig Schaefer (Secretary)
  • Hotel/Motel Representative Erik Unmuth