I see no mention of a contribution from Waukesha County in the Executive's Long-Range Capital Budget plan to the City of Waukesha's proposed $164-million-or-more Lake Michigan water diversion scheme even though the water is intended for five communities in the heart of the growing County.
There is talk of a federal earmark in preparation, and I wouldn't be surprised if Scott Walker finds a state earmark for the project, too - - but shouldn't Waukesha County have a stake in the plan's successful implementation?
It was Waukesha County that asked the regional planning commission to study long-range water supply alternatives - - a study that culminated in the not-surprising recommendation that Waukesha communities be supplied with Lake Michigan water
From the water study's prospectus:
By resolution adopted on November 19, 2001, the Waukesha County Board indicated that an urgent need existed to develop and manage the water resources of the Region in an efficient and cost-effective manner that would protect and preserve the quality and quantity of the regional water supply. The resolution further requested the Commission to prepare a prospectus for the preparation of a regional water supply system plan, and to present that prospectus to the seven constituent county boards for approval and cooperative implementation.
The request was supported by the Waukesha County Executive; and by the City of Waukesha; by the Villages of Hartland and Wales; and by the Town of Genesee, all in Waukesha County. The request was also supported by resolutions subsequently adopted by the County Boards of the Counties of Kenosha and Racine...
Accordingly, in response to the new State law and to the action of the Waukesha County Board and County Executive, the Commission undertook the preparation of this prospectus.Just a thought...