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Muskego Council Needs to Reconsider What Voters Want

Recent petition is a loud and clear indication of dissent against Lake Park, says resident, council needs to listen, and has a chance to reconsider vote Tuesday night.

All elected and public officials know the single biggest challenge they face is getting input from the people they represent. Right now, according to Mayor Chiaverotti, that input, in the form of over 3,400 signatures on “Direct Legislation Petitions, is going to be ignored by the City of Muskego (stated on 620 AM Talk Radio 1/31/2012).  

This is not the Mayor's decision to make. It is up to Tracy Snead, Neome Schaumberg, Keith Werner and Noah Fiedler.

I must point out one thing. The Common Council, at the request of any of these 4 Aldermen, could have a "FREE DO OVER" of this decision to allow the Common Council the opportunity to a legal opinion and have a chance to review where the signatures on the Petition originate. These are NOT “just selfish lake owners” as been incorrectly asserted.  Look at the Petitions.

 

The do-over is a very simple process called a "Request for Reconsideration".   All the Alderman or Alderwoman would have to do is notify the Mayor of this "Request" at least 24 hours prior to the next Common Council meeting. The Mayor has no discretion in this matter; she must place the topic on the agenda. "Reconsideration" is a one-time opportunity.  Unless it is done at the very next Common Council Meeting, this option is not possible.

In addition to the citizen input available from the "Direct Legislation Petition", the Common Council owes it to the taxpayers of Muskego to find out the legal implications, both to the citizens of Muskego and to themselves personally, of exposing Muskego to another “developer-lawsuit". (Just ask Mayor Johnson and various previous elected officials.)

The $118 Million Parkland Lawsuit is still outstanding and will go to trial sometime this spring or summer if not resolved before then. God forbid we lose that suit AND get dragged into another lawsuit because the majority on the Common Council seem to be operating under some urgency making this decision which has not been shared with Muskego Taxpayers.

Voters Snead, Schaumberg, Werner and Fiedler’s Districts need to contact their aldermen to suggest that they swallow their pride and go for reconsideration, or else give the voters an honest and rational reason for this inexplicable urgency. There is already entirely too much speculation rampant regarding the motives of these elected officials which could be put to rest if either course were followed.

At some point or another, I have worked with three out of these 4 Aldermen. The fact that some of them have always appeared to believe they represent the Chamber of Commerce and their drinking buddies is no surprise. We have seen that attitude from them before.

Based on my past contact and experience with at least one the remaining two, I am sincerely disappointed at her indifference to the CURRENT input documented on the petitions already at her fingertips in City Hall.  There is no excuse for relying on “2-year old data on a different project”.  Does no one remember the “New Coke” debacle?  Look at the Petitions.

I sincerely hope that the Aldermen do not cave in to Mayor Chiaverotti’s determination to use lawyers, half-truths, outright misrepresentations end evasions to avoid public accountability. 

Clearly a large group of Muskego residents (over 3,400 signatures in less than 8 ½ days and in bitter cold) do not agree that this particular plan is in the best interests of the taxpayers.  Since it looks more and more as if Chiaverotti is already working for the developer, maybe she should stop double-dipping a salary from Muskego taxpayers as welI.  

Tracy Snead, Neome Schaumberg, Keith Werner and Noah Fiedler: Each of you said you wanted to represent us. You also took an oath of office to that effect.  I hope that at least one of you has the “fortitude”, for lack of a more satisfying term, to stand up for the people you have been elected to represent.

The residents of Muskego are watching closely

Suzi Link

The Anti-Alinsky February 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM
So Suzi, you are saying that we should let Parkland Ventures hold this city hostage? Art Dyer has yet to develop a single piece of property. He has also yet to win a significant lawsuit. We do not need to let him scare us. As a past member of the CDA you know he was given approval to develop his last plan on the property. Why hasn't he developed that? My understanding is that he wanted upwards of 3 million dollars from the city in funding. Why should we help make him richer? When you approached the signers did you give ALL the facts? My neighbor was approached and told the city wanted to ADD 3.5 million onto our taxes in order to buy two lots on the lake, and that it would be years before it would become a park. Both of those statements are flat out lies. In the papers, and in the meetings I managed to attend/watch on TV, it was stated repeatedly that the money would be paid through left over TIF funds, landfill monies and the existing budget. Also, there was a strong possibility that State Stewardship funds could be gained from the state. You seem to be content with Muskego as it is, with a small, limited access, park on the north side of the lake, a "tree farm" with no trees actually growing on it, and business development nowhere near where it should be. You have also said you are not anti-business. In the same way that Governor Walker is trying to attract business to the state, we need to attract business here, and this is one way of doing it.
The Warrior February 11, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Why don't you look at the agenda for Tuesday's Common Council meeting? And with the "tree farm," get off it. These are 2 different issues. Dyer is at fault for what has happened with that property. He had his chances in the past. He gambled and failed big time with that property. Look at his track record or lack of one. Your side Ms. Link does not represent true facts. It's fear, retribution and hate that drives you and the leaders of your group. As for the rest of the "3,400," get off your arses and stop being lead by these clowns. The sky isn't falling. I mean all this over a park? The rest of the Milwaukee area are laughing at us. For example I had a friend who lives in the Falls and is just amazed over this reaction over a park "on your city's lake." He says it should be a no-brainer after I lead him to where he could study the facts. GET THE FACTS PEOPLE! THINK AND THEN REACT! LOOK AT THE PEOPLE LEADING THIS CHARGE AGAINST THE PARK. ASK YOURSELF WHAT ARE THEIR INTENTIONS AND THEIR HISTORY WITH THESE ALDERMEN AND MAYORS? YOU WILL SEE A COMMON "LINK."
SBR February 11, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yes Aldermen, please represent us. Do not fall to mob or activist rule. We elected YOU to do what you believe is best for our city, not what a washed up hasn't been activist demands. Do your research and find out what your constituents want after telling them the truth. Don't let the lies of the activist and not in my back yard crowd dictate what the true answers are to the questions out there about this development. I believe that more questions need to be answered, but I want those questions answered by the people with true knowledge, not the just say no crowd with their false reality that they have been spreading.
Suzi Link February 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
AS A POINT OF CLAIRIFICATION, THE ABOVE POSTING WAS MADE BY SOMEONE USING MY RATHER RARE SPELLING OF MY FIRST NAME. WHILE I DO NOT CLAIM THE "SUZI" SPELLING AS MY SOLE DOMAIN, I BELIEVE THAT THIS PERSON CHOSE THIS PARTICULAR SCREEN NAME TO MISLEAD READERS INTO BELIEVING THE POSTING WAS FROM ME. ANY POSTING I MAKE ON THESE FORUMS CONTAINS BOTH MY FIRST AND LAST NAMES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS CLAIRIFICATION.

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