Monday, December 31, 2012

Forced Road-Building Part Of Waukesha's Dominion Over Neighboring Town

Regional cooperation, Waukesha-style:

The City of Waukesha has pushed hard, with aid from the state DNR and regional planning body, (SEWRPC), to use Lake Michigan water as leverage over the smaller, more rural Town of Waukesha - - and now road-building into the Town backed by the City is being added to the pressure:

City, county give thumbs up to West Waukesha bypass

Town of Waukesha vehemently says 'no'

Town residents argued that their voice needs to be heard since they said a majority of the bypass will reside in the town and that it would ruin the town's rural atmosphere, be a noise nuisance and that it would not be a financial benefit to them
I noted this here more than two years ago:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Water, Highway Decisions/Spending Will Fuel Waukesha Sprawl

Waukesha County, where small-government, fiscally-conservative politics are said to be the norm, is about to absorb multiple government actions and spending that will direct where population expansion - - thus construction, development, traffic and demands for taxpayer-paid services - - will take place.

The drivers of this process will be a) expanded water service from a possible Lake Michigan diversion (estimated cost, $164 million), and b) highway expansion in the form of the West Waukesha Bypass (about $50 million expected).


Anonymous said...

It just makes sense -- walkersha is ground zero in walker's pay-for-play. You can't steal elections with impossible turnouts and rigged margins unless you're willing to spend big bucks.

This means public money -- just more proof that "fiscal conservatives" are just crony capitalists -- the worse form of socialism.

Heck, if Wisconsin is going to go all-in for socializing costs, might as make the people owners of those assets and the revenue streams they create.

Why does anyone want to socialize the costs largely for the benefit of out-of-state multinational business interests and that just rape our economy?

Anonymous said...

After 40 years of trying to get the bypass completed, I don't think the Lake Michigan Water diversion exception application has anything to do with it.

However, wouldn't it be interesting if the Town residents banded together in response to SEWRPC and the city and said - No thanks.- to the inclusion in the SEWRPC water service area boundries.