Appraisals on Potential Muskego Lake Park Development Come In

Common Council reviews numbers

The Common Council reviewed appraisals involving four parcels of land that could become a park on Little Muskego Lake Tuesday night in closed session at the end of their regular meeting.

"There are two full appraisals and two partial (easement) appraisals per the original concept map from the resolution of necessity approved by the Council," explained city planner Jeff Muenkel.

"We aren't looking to purchase all four properties in full. The Council was only looking to see the costs of the parcels as proposed which again consisted of almost two full parcels in the middle and possibly two lake frontage easement areas on the outside per the map," Muenkel said.

The appraisals equal approximately $4.5 million and represent a full parcel of the Michael Dilworth properties at $1.6 million and the full parcel of the Cherek property of $2.1 million. The two easements, or 'wings' as they have been referred to in previous discussions, were appraised at $204,000 and $665,000 for the other Dilworth property and the Gardetto property, respectively.

What decisions or strategies were discussed during the closed session could not be released, but will likely appear on agenda in the new year.

Suzi Link December 14, 2011 at 08:16 PM
The Warrior December 14, 2011 at 11:35 PM
thanks suzi. you go girlfriend!
Denise Konkol (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 04:49 AM
So, is this number higher or lower than you expected?
Robert Bueckers December 15, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Why were these appraisals discussed in closed session? What are our city officials trying to hide from the tax paying public. I agree with Suzi Link, it sounds illegal to me.
Denise Konkol (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 07:41 PM
This is not uncommon among any municipalities. There have been several closed sessions with regard to the purchase of the Borst property, but no outrage over that. Here's the legislative link on this and other exceptions to the open meetings law. http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=stats&jd=19.81 Consider it similar to the process of purchasing a home; not all of your information is shared with the seller.
Simple Bacon December 16, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Here's the outrage - the City still has not discussed this plan with the taxpayers. We've heard only that the developer and his lawyer (who sits on the Parks & Rec board) like the idea.What I heard listening to the audio recording of the meeting was a mayor shouting down a legitimate question from a citizen and telling aldermen to VOTE NOW! on going into closed session. Listen to it for yourselves (you won't read about it in the Patch) at about 1:35 Muskego's Mayor came unglued. Listen for yourself (http://www.ci.muskego.wi.us/Portals/0/COMMedia/CC/Recordings/2011/ccr20111213.mp3). I also heard very divisive commentary by proponents of this stimulus plan; that it was the haves against the have-nots, that a view of the lake is a right bestowed upon all citizens, and that those that live on the lake are "elitists". I heard on the audio that we have to do this now - we have no choice but to spend this money now. Know where else I've heard a very similar set of arguments? By our current president and the "occupy" movement (the similarities are striking).What I'm really outraged by is the tone of this administration and their apparent desire to divide Muskego in order to move this stimulus package as fast as possible.
Simple Bacon December 16, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Also, how could the Patch have "reported" on this without including the part about the Mayor shouting at the aldermen and a private taxpayer for questioning the need to go into closed session? Blatant bias by omission....
Asiseeit December 24, 2011 at 07:41 AM
Ok I listened. The alderman was ineppt in his duties. Vote yes or no, but vote. Also there is no public input or questions.allowed at that point of a meeting for good reason...order. Alderman herenda sounded ignorant.
Suzi Link January 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
To ASISEEIT: I listened to the same audio and am of the opinion that the Alderman WAS NOT the person who acted improperly during the exchange in question. We are each entitled to our own opinion. MEANWHILE, Please stop trying to divert us from the real issue here. The Mayor and her voting bloc on the Common Council are performing spectacular gynnastics to PREVENT PUBLIC COMMENT before they spend (by the end of construction) nearly HALF of the TOTAL PROPERTY TAXES the City will collect in 2012. At this point, I can only believe that they are so desperate to prevent "legal public hearings" is that they already know from the meetings in 2010 that the vast majority of the taxpayer comment OPPOSED THIS PLAN. It is looking very much like they are trying to stick the taxpayers with these properties at grossly inflated prices BEFORE they allow us any serious input. At that point, they will have already given yet another one of thier "friends" a huge financial windfall at taxpayer expense.
Mary Brunner January 24, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Merrytyme, This is an overt scam and a prime example of power run amok. The mayor, her toadies on the council and the developer are all in bed together on this. In fact, certain alderpersons, as far back as August 2011 were heard (after a cocktail or two) that this park was a done deal. they had the votes, were under the threshhold for spending the money and it was "going to happen". What happened to public opinion? These folks need to go! If they don't get their way the 1st time around, they go around back and try to force it down our throats by going into stealth mode. Also, why would two, seemingly wealthy folks, approach the city about selling their properties for almost $1million below the appraised values? Sell them yourselves----Oh wait, they've been on the market for two years with no buyers--that's why!!!! And, since when is Muskego in the real estate, distressed property business?
Simple Bacon January 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
The Alderman asked a question. That appears to put the Council and Mayor on the defensive. She let the whole thing break down into choas ending it by shouting down questions from the Alderman and citizens in the audience. Regardless of your opinion of the park proposal the scene had to make you cringe.


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