City of Wauwatosa


Learn about the upcoming Tosa schools referendum

Residents will vote Nov. 6 on a $124.9 million facilities referendum proposed to address significant needs of the Wauwatosa School District’s aging schools. The School District is hosting several informational open houses in October, and all Wauwatosa residents are invited.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: 6:30-8 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School, 2435 N. 89th St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Hart Park Senior Center.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 6:30-8 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave.

Additionally, a Referendum Fact Sheet was mailed to all Wauwatosa residents the week of Sept. 17. Watch your mailbox in early October for a Referendum Newsletter with more info. You also can learn more at wauwatosaschools.org/ref2018.


TETNA District 5 Candidate Forum set for March 21 at Roosevelt Elementary

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is hosting a forum with our two District 5 candidates for Common Council, Heather Kuhl and Brent Nistler, from 7 to 9 p.m. March 21 in the Multipurpose Room of Roosevelt Elementary School. The first hour will be a Q&A format before an audience of voters, and the second hour will allow for informal conversations between voters and the candidates.

This is not a debate but rather will be a chance for voters to learn more about the two candidates and what they think about issues of interest to the neighborhood. We encourage you to suggest topics you would like us to cover at the forum by emailing info@tosaeasttowne.org, visiting our Facebook event page. or tweeting to us at @TETNA or with the hashtag #tosa5th. The forum will be moderated by TETNA Board President David Paulsen, who will ask the candidates some of the questions submitted in advance of the forum and at the event.

Facebook event

So join us March 21, and don’t forget to vote! Election day is April 3, and our polling station is now the Firefly Room at Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

More about Heather Kuhl

Heather Kuhl

Age: 41

Address: 2563 N. 62nd St.

How long you have lived in the neighborhood: Since 2014

Family, professional, volunteer background:
Organizer/Fundraiser/Distributor for Hate Has No Home Here-Milwaukee (distributed 1000+ signs throughout Wisconsin); Volunteer/Activist/Organizer with Progressive Moms of Milwaukee; Roosevelt Parent Volunteer; co-founder/member of East Tosa Moms Huddle; Member of Tosa Equity Advocates; member of Indivisible Tosa; coat/food drive organizer; organized the donation of winter gear to Standing Rock Protesters, Lutheran Social Services; organized the fundraising and purchase of $700 in food gift cards and $125 in mittens to Roosevelt families in need; former Owner/Pastry Chef of Vanilla Vixen Cakes; Owner/Seamstress of Cheeky Bums; Current CEO of Team Kuhl Headquarters/Stay at home parent to 3 kids (Zoe 8yr, Owen 4.5 yr, Mabel 3yr)

Why you want to represent District 5 on the Common Council: I’m running for Alder because I love our neighborhood.  I’ve lived here for almost 4 years and I am still amazed by the sense of community I feel here, both in the neighborhood and in our school.  I think what we have here in Tosa is really special and I want to make sure that we don’t just protect it, but we work together to keep it accessible, safe and green. I also think that the residents of Wauwatosa are hungry to be heard and I would be honored to bring the voice of our neighbors to the common council. I have made an earnest effort to spend my time being of service to our community and I feel that the aldermanic position would be an extension of that service.

On Facebook: Heather Kuhl For Tosa District 5 Alder

More about Brent Nistler

Brent Nistler

Age: 43

Address: 2504 N. Lefeber Ave.

How long you have lived in the neighborhood: I’ve lived in the general vicinity for 17 years – 3 years on 77th and Hadley, 12 years on 68th and Locust, and about 2 years at my current location.

Family, professional, volunteer background: My wife and I met in college and will celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary in August. Our daughter starts at Tosa East in the fall. I own a law practice here in the 5th District at 70th & North. I was an Assistant District Attorney prior to going into private practice. I volunteer as a mediator, I’ve been a volunteer DJ at WMSE since 2000, and I was chair of School Committee at St. Sebastian.

Why you want to represent District 5 on the Common Council: I am running because as someone who both lives and owns a small business in the district, I am fully invested here and want the neighborhood to stay safe, healthy and vibrant. I also have a unique skill set that I believe would help me be an effective alder. I have experience as an Assistant District Attorney making difficult decisions for the benefit of the public, and now in private practice as an advocate for a large variety of people from all different walks of life. Spending my weekdays on North Avenue and walking home to Lefeber at the end of each day, I have a unique perspective on what makes District 5 so great and how we can make it even better. My daughter will start at Tosa East this fall, so if elected my term would run parallel with her high school years. My goal as alder is to make decisions over those four years that would make my daughter proud to call East Tosa home as she ventures out into the world in 2022.

Any other info you’d like to share: I am trying to meet as many people as I can as we approach April 3. If you would like to talk, please call me or text me at 414-416-9009.

On Facebook: Nistler for Tosa District 5 Alder


Comments on Schoonmaker Creek proposals are due by Nov. 30

The City of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) and Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) have been working together on a comprehensive study to understand what possible investments in infrastructure could mitigate flooding from reoccurring. SEWRPC presented these slides at last week’s open house and are looking for feedback. Residents are encouraged to complete the comment form online by November 30 and submit their thoughts on this project. If you have a neighbor who is not online, consider printing this PDF version of the comment form that they can fill out and mail in.

Please note that there are no recommendations as to how to proceed at this point in the study process. The Schoonmaker Creek runs from Kops Park neighborhood in Milwaukee in storm pipes underground to the Washington Highlands. It is in an open channel in the Highlands until Vliet Street, where it goes back underground before eventually flowing into the Menomonee River.


Town Hall Meeting

District 5 Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday April 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Elementary School, Multipurpose Room

City officials have scheduled several town hall meetings in April and May to discuss the “state of the city,” construction projects, developments, schools and other current issues. Mayor Kathy Ehley and Superintendent Phil Ertl will be at all the meetings, while local aldermen may attend those in their districts.