Plans unveiled to build strong neighborhoods in West Allis

WEST ALLIS (WITI) -- For more than a decade, Citlali Mendieta has been a resident and business owner in West Allis.

Her love for the city prompted her to start the Burnham Pointe Neighborhood and Business Association.

"We want to see our community thrive. We want to have our area be what it used to be 30 years ago but even better. We want to see the residents taking pride of their properties and working together," said Mendieta.

Now city officials are asking all residents to step up and make a difference like Mendieta.

"We hope that these initiatives will build on these strengths but also bring about a new energy through expanded involvement of the residents of West Allis," said West Allis Mayor Dan Devine.

They're encouraging people to create their own neighborhood groups and help out with things like spring cleaning.

"We want to just encourage residents to clean up as things melt. We want to encourage residents to get involved helping out their neighbors," said Mayor Devine.

Keeping your home looking nice will also help the city look nice, and there are financial assistance programs to help you do this.

"Anyone who lives within a half mile radius of Summit Place would be eligible for up to a $15,000 loan with 15 years to pay it at 2½% interest and for the first 2 years you don`t have to pay anything," said First District Alderman Michael Czaplewski.

Just a few measures residents can take with the goal of building relationships, attracting homeowners and businesses, and making the city a better place.

West Allis is hosting a city-wide clean up on April 19th from 9 a.m. - noon.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the police sub station on 70th and National and a free lunch will be provided.