Board of Supervisors
 

Peter Burgelis

15th District Supervisor

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for your trust and electing me to represent the 15th District. When meeting with neighbors, most are concerned with public safety, specifically gun violence and reckless driving. Neighbors also want to ensure that our parks are maintained and the long trend of budget cuts and neglected facilities improves. With once-in-a-generation American Rescue Plan Act funding, we have an opportunity to invest millions of federal dollars where they will make the biggest impact to our community.

Our community also suffers from unfair and biased shared revenue from the state. For too long municipalities have struggled to get their fair share of state revenue. I applaud the County Supervisors who have asked the United States Justice Department to review the unfair revenue policies of the lawmakers in Madison. Milwaukee County is the economic engine of Wisconsin and we must demand that our tax dollars are invested back in our county. As a large urban community, Milwaukee County has different needs than the rest of the state and in order to meet the needs of our diverse citizens, our county must have local control of revenue.

The Wisconsin tax system has a perverse reliance on property taxes where homeowners foot the bill for the community, while visitors don’t contribute to transportation, infrastructure, public spaces, public safety or repairing potholes. Keeping our tax revenue in the community would allow us to make Milwaukee County an even more exciting visitor destination, and tourists could help alleviate high property taxes.

Keeping in touch with you is important to me. Please alert me when great things happen in our community. I want to celebrate with you! Also, please reach out when you see something that should be improved. I want to work to make our community safer and more prosperous for all residents.

I look forward to hearing from you!

-Peter

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About Supervisor Peter Burgelis

Peter Burgelis was elected County Supervisor in April of 2022. Supervisor Burgelis is a first generation Latvian-American, born and raised in Milwaukee County. He graduated from Marquette University High School and the University of Louisville with a bachelor's degree in political science.

The first out LGBTQ member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Peter understands that representation matters. He strives to ensure all residents have a voice on the County Board. The 15th District stretches from the southside to the northside in the heart of Milwaukee County. Its residents are a diverse representation of the community, but they want all of the same things: safe neighborhoods, shared green spaces and access to county services.

Peter has worked as a home lender for the past 18 years. Prior to that, he was executive director for the non-profit Latvian Center Garezers in Michigan and co-owned a restaurant business. He is still active in the non-profit community and enjoys supporting good causes and local businesses. His current affiliations include Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Latvian Cultural Foundation, Latvian Center Garezers, Latvian Lutheran Holy Trinity Church of Milwaukee.

Peter enjoys spending time with his two nieces and two nephews, two of whom attend University of Wisconsin schools. He and his partner reside on the south side of Milwaukee with their beagle, Booker. Booker’s favorite dog park is Currie Park, where he happily sniffs and runs most weekends.

As County Supervisor, Peter is concerned about public safety and reckless driving, preserving parks and ensuring taxpayer investments are carefully managed to efficiently make our whole community a better place.

The 15th District is the heart of Milwaukee County and includes the neighborhoods of Alverno, Merrill Park, Bluemound Heights, Story Hill, Jackson Park, Cold Spring Park, Piggsville/The Valley, Concordia, Johnson's Woods, Martin Drive, Fairview, Hawley Farms, Lyons Park, White Manor, Washington Heights, West Milwaukee and eastern West Allis.

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Press Releases

Transportation and Transit Committee Commends Launch of Comprehensive Countywide Reckless Driving Plan Project

Jan-26-2023

On Tuesday, January 24, the Transportation and Transit Committee heard a report outlining the timeline and scope of a project to develop a comprehensive countywide transportation safety plan to address reckless driving.

Supervisor Burgelis Decries DOT Preferred Alternative for I-94 East-West Project

Nov-11-2022

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration today announced a preferred alternative for reconstruction of the I-94 East-West corridor between 70th Street and 16th Street in Milwaukee County.

Supervisor Burgelis Commends Reopening of Station 28

Jan-23-2023

On Monday, January 23, the Milwaukee Fire Department hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the recommissioning of Engine Company 28. District 15 County Supervisor Peter Burgelis made the following statement.

Supervisor Burgelis Authors Budget Amendment to Replace Doyne Park Playground

Oct-25-2022

On Tuesday, October 25, County Supervisor Peter Burgelis issued the following statement on his amendment to the 2023 budget which removes $1,685,345 from the North Point parking lot project and funds a $624,577 playground replacement in Doyne Park.

County Supervisors Commend Bruce Colburn on Long Career Fighting for Workers’ Rights

Jan-13-2023

Longtime labor leader Bruce Colburn is retiring after more than 50 years fighting for workers’ rights at the local, state, and national level. Members of the County Board released the following statement.

Supervisor Burgelis Appointed to Milwaukee Transport Services Inc. Board of Directors

Oct-24-2022

This month County Supervisor Peter Burgelis was appointed to the Milwaukee Transport Services, Inc. board of directors by County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson.

Washington Park Bridge Replacement Project Moves Forward

Jan-11-2023

On Wednesday, January 4, 2023, a second public information meeting was held at the Washington Park Senior Center to review progress and the preferred design for the Washington Park bridge replacement project.

Supervisor Burgelis Calls on Landmark Committee to Designate Black Nite Uprising Site

Oct-04-2022

On Wednesday, the Milwaukee County Landmark Committee will meet to vote on a historical landmark designation for the site of the Black Nite Uprising (400 N. Plankinton Ave.).

I-94 Fix-At-Six Resolution Recommended for Adoption by Milwaukee County Transportation and Transit Committee

Nov-30-2022

On Tuesday, November 29, The Committee on Transportation and Transit recommended for adoption [3-1] a resolution calling upon the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to reconstruct Interstate 94 (I-94) between 70th Street and 16th Street with six lanes, or "Fix at Six," and opposing the eight-lane alternative.

Supervisor Burgelis Encourages Young Leaders to Apply for Positions on the Milwaukee County Youth Commission

Sep-20-2022

On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, County Supervisor Peter Burgelis issued the following statement encouraging youth in District 15 to apply for the Milwaukee County Youth Commission.

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In The News

JS Online: Frederick Law Olmsted Created Four Emerald Gems in Milwaukee. It's Up To Us To Protect Them.

Dec-20-2022

What do New York’s Central Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace have in common? First of all, these great parks are the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, visionary social reformer and founder of American landscape architecture.

TMJ4: Will I-94's 6 to 8 Lane Expansion Proposal Reduce Crash Rates?

Dec-12-2022

WisDOT held its first public meeting regarding its proposal to expand I-94 from six to eight lanes in the Stadium Interchange; a controversial conversation about a dangerous stretch of road.

Recombobulation Area: Highway Widening Opposition Effort Hits a Roadblock at the Milwaukee County Board

Dec-17-2022

The debate over the controversial proposal to widen and reconstruct the 3.5-mile East-West corridor of I-94 seems to have reached a certain kind of endpoint this week.

CBS 58: WisDOT Proposal of 8-Lane Expansion of I-94 Corridor Faces Mostly Backlash at Public Hearing

Dec-12-2022

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's proposal to widen the I-94 corridor to eight lanes through Milwaukee faced a lot of backlash at a public hearing Monday afternoon.

Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee County Board Declines to Oppose Eight-Lane I-94 Rebuild on Close Vote

Dec-16-2022

The Milwaukee County Board on a narrow 8-9 vote decided not to officially oppose the eight-lane reconstruction plan proposed for Interstate 94 east-west.

Urban Milwaukee: Board Considering Abortion Referendum, Again

Dec-08-2022

The Milwaukee County Board is again considering an advisory referendum asking voters their opinion on Wisconsin’s 1849 law banning abortion. It narrowly voted to reject a similar proposal in advance of the November election.

Urban Milwaukee: Abortion Referendum Will Be On Spring Ballots

Dec-15-2022

The Milwaukee County Board approved an advisory referendum Thursday that will ask voters their opinion on Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban.

Urban Milwaukee: County Committee Backs I-94 ‘Fix at Six’

Nov-30-2022

A committee of the Milwaukee County Board approved a resolution Tuesday opposing the planned expansion of Interstate 94 between 70th and 16th streets and advocating for the “Fix at Six” proposal that calls for making fixes to the freeway without expanding it.

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