Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
It's been two weeks since our collective property, Oak Creek Parkway adjacent to South Milwaukee High School and beyond past the stone-arched railroad overpass, was strewn by vandals with what eventually ends up in sewers. Toilet paper. Two weeks since some high schoolers' parents -- and even a school official or two -- said, with a "kids-will-be-kids" wink and grin, that the culprits would return and clean it up and that the rain would wash it away.
Well, if the kids came back, they sure didn't clean it all up. Neither has the rain -- including one extremely hard downpour -- washed it away.
Looking at it yesterday reminded me of places I've been that is strewn with litter and what a terrible impression that makes on a community. Trashy. Then another thought struck me. It's not just an eyesore, it might contribute to future sewage backups in South Milwaukee homes.
Below is a picture taken yesterday, Oct. 13, of just a few of the dozens and dozens of trees along the Parkway that overhang and border Oak Creek and that are still draped with reams of sewage fodder.
I say sewage fodder, because that's what it will become. This ****-wiping material will eventually find its way into the creek and become part of the silt and debris in the creek bed that have raised it over the years, thus making the creek more shallow and more apt to overflow its banks. What doesn't clog up the creek will wind up the city's sewage treatment facility that in recent times has failed to contain sewage during heavy rain storms and ended up backing up in South Milwaukee residents' homes.
So while some parents wink and grin over their children's kids-will-be-kids antics, other South Milwaukee parents are praying that the next heavy rainstorm won't result in the creek -- and sewage -- rising in their basements.