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Muskego Common Council Considers Two Lake Park Compromises

Initial resolution will be accompanied by another that outlines more detail on ad hoc committee, with alderman hopeful there isn't another 4-3 split

With a full membership of the Muskego Common Council expected on Tuesday, discussion on the proposed lake park purchase can move forward.

Opponents feel the $3.55 million price tag is too high and that the city has not completed other park developments. Proponents have cited that the lake frontage offered is an ideal location for a second park on the lake, with the other (Idle Isle Park) having parking limitations and being difficult to find.

A proposal by Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti was to be introduced and discussed on Feb. 28, but The item is back on this agenda, and will now be accompanied by another resolution brought forward by Alderman Kert Harenda.

"I wanted to open up the invitation for more civic groups to take part in this committee, and also focus not just on this park, but on the others as well," Harenda told Muskego Patch on Friday.

The two resolutions recognize the need to delay and extend a deadline on the offer to purchase to Sept. 30, 2012 and requests $40,000 to fund studies to determine costs for park development. However, Harenda's resolution extends the focus of the committee to include , the , and also the recreational trail plan for the city.

"We need to look at all of the ongoing projects in these parks, because people are concerned that we aren't finishing one projects before we invest in another," Harenda said.

His proposal also casts a wider net of representatives that would be included in the ad hoc committee to add Muskego Athletic Association, Muskego Little League, Muskego Kickers (Soccer League), property owners with properties sharing lot lines on both Janesville Road and Little Muskego Lake, along with such other representatives as the Common Council may determine

Ideally, Harenda said he'd like to be able to make the language as simple in a resolution that would invite all civic groups.

The Common Council will meet Tuesday at City Hall to discuss these proposals, beginning at 7 p.m. in the lower level Muskego Room.

Richard March 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I say bulldoze the whole town from the Library West. Its a mess. Dumpy strip malls. A vacant "tree farm". Mostly old buildings converted into something else. There is nothing attractive about Muskego. A new park,,,,,,, Yah, thats what it needs! Maybe a few more gas stations would be nice also.
csbothsides March 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Gas stations, banks and auto supply stores!
Denise Konkol (Editor) March 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Actually, Richard it sounds like you've described the 2013 portion of the Janesville Road plan. Improvements won't stop in the roadway, as the idea is to make that stretch look more cohesive and 'deliberate.' No one disagrees it's looking sad, but improvements before road construction are seen by many to be like landscaping a lot before you build the home. They will come, but not until after the roadwork.
Yada yada yada... March 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Actually Denise, making any kind of wide scale road improvements is somewhat backwards if the 'improvements' to the shops requires any kind of heavy equipment to use these roads. Your analogy is weird. A better one would be not to pave your brand new driveway until you build your house. That's just common sense.
Concerned Citizen March 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The tattoo parlor has added a nice touch to the Fast food restaurant, auto supply store, bank and gas station "strip".
Yada yada yada... March 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
add in a check cashing place and an Aldi's and you could call it Milwaukee...
Yada yada yada... March 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
nevermind, there IS an Aldi's...
Dan Dorn March 12, 2012 at 09:02 PM
IF this gets rammed thru,let us all keep an eye out for who buys the mansion to the east (Gardettos ?) and for how much!! It's currently listed for $1.9m Maybe someone close to this whole fiasco ???????

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