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Hydra April 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Sounds very well thought out and logical. It is my fear though that we will never know the trueRead Moredeta ils of this and that is very sad. I now have little if any faith in our civic leaders for doing all of this behind closed doors and handing out OUR money in such a secretive fashion.
Bob McBride April 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I believe you're right, Hydra. Other than the few folks who may persist in bringing it up at VBRead Moremee tings (to no avail), there appears to be little or no interest in the topic. I'd say they gambled correctly, but it's not much of a gamble when you're using others' money.
Bob McBride April 22, 2014 at 02:19 PM
I remember the raises. I think there was a story on here about them. Probably could still beRead Moresearche d. Ameril, I think, is the one who recommended dismissing the auditing firm of record on favor of giving her former employer a year contract, without getting bids elsewhere.
Bob McBride April 22, 2014 at 02:21 PM
We want the funk, pappy. Gotta have that funk. Bring it on!
Bob McBride April 22, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Searched here for the post on raises. I know I saw it here once. Spelling of her name is Amerell. Read More It came up in a Village Board meeting, I believe.
Bob McBride March 31, 2014 at 05:06 PM
That and proudly contributing 20000 signatures to the expensive and pointless Walker recall. Read MoreThat' s quite a track record...
Hydra March 31, 2014 at 05:13 PM
I rack that up as one of their many failures.
Bob McBride March 31, 2014 at 05:17 PM
As a group of supposed "Progressives", I'd have to call using race based scare tactics in Read Moreorder to get their carpetbagging ex member voted into office pretty much failure as well, in terms of sticking to high-minded principles goes....
Bob McBride March 29, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Thanks for posting, Gordon. ::::: Would have like to seen a little more emphasis on some otherRead Moreissue s. Not sure it was necessary to spend as much time on Silver Spring, particularly since the net effects of the Mandel project at this point on existing vacancies is unpredictable. No mention of crime increases in certain areas, the change in the nature of home ownership in the southwestern quadrant of the village and nothing but a passing mention of the recent resignation of Pat DeGrave. It's my understanding that the persons tasked with the handling of questions are listed as supporters on Siegel's campaign literature. That probably should have been made clear. As such it leaves open for speculation the degree to which bias played a part in the decision as to which questions made the cut and which didn't. Unfortunately, we seem to be regressing back to the days of less-than-optimal transparency in our Village.
Scott Zamzow April 01, 2014 at 10:15 AM
4700 Bartlett Drive Storm Water Facility Undersized Flood Protection Your Storm Water Utility Bill Read MoreTax Dollars Don’t Give Total Flood Protection: The 4700 Bartlett Storm Water Facility that will be constructed this summer will not have the maximum amount of land available for construction the largest possible underground facility to prevent future flooding for residents on Cramer, Oakland, Hampton north of Bartlett, Bartlett Drive, Bartlett Avenue, & north and west of Bartlett Avenue. The facility is being built at a cost to all taxpayers, including 2010 flood victims, that pay the Village’s new storm water utility bill tax, and they expect the maximum storm water facility capacity will be built into every new facility based on total land available. If the Village is not going to use all of the available land to maximize storm facility capacity, then they should not be built. The Village of WFB asked local residents to choose a street design for improvements to 4700 Bartlett Drive, coinciding with the construction and installation of the Bartlett Storm Water Facility in the spring of 2014. The residents of 4700 Bartlett Drive unanimously chose Street Design Layout Number 3, the “Bartlett Circle” option, for safety and maximizing the size and capacity of the 4700 Bartlett Storm Water Facility, which will be taking on storm water from Oakland, Hampton, and Bartlett Avenue where we hadn't in the past. The facility will hold excess storm water from 4 sources: 1) Bartlett Drive, 2) Bartlett Avenue, 3) Oakland Avenue, and 4) Hampton Road at the north end of the facility. The Oakland street flood water is what caused basement backups on Cramer in 2010. The current plan has an estimated capacity if 115,000 cubic feet or 860,000 gallons. The system will drain the field from a single pipe at a controlled rate. But if the north end of Bartlett Drive is turned into grass, that could increase the 4700 Bartlett Storm Water Facility protection by almost 25% more. When I pointed out the potential Storm Water Protection to Assistant Village Engineer Aaron Jahncke on Tuesday March 25th, I said this is a big increase in protection, and Aaron replied, "No it’s huge." The Village President and Board members have all promised that they will stand for fiscal responsibility and storm water improvements. But they are missed an opportunity to publically exhibit transparency and increase storm water protection utilizing both funds made available by Milwaukee County for turning pavement into grass green space at the same time. It took a resident on 4700 Oakland, then Bartlett to call MMSD to inquire about the Storm Water Facility noticed on the 4700 Bartlett Street design options on the Villages website, contained a tiny storm water cross section in the lower left corner key on each street design. My question is how can the Village actually use both MMSD funds totaling almost 100K without publicly acknowledging the 4700 Bartlett Storm Water Facility in order to fill out the MMSD’s paperwork indicating that the funds will be used for a Storm Water Facility?