Friday, November 10, 2017

After WalkerFoxconnFest, the real meetings

Walker and Foxconn will star this afternoon in the biggest business and political media event to ever hit Racine. 

Then, after they've mingled and Kringled, and the photos are opped and the big question which everyone wants addressed is answered - - will Walker and pity pot prince Robin Vos kiss and make up?  - - the real meetings will begin a few miles later at the grassroots in the Village of Mount Pleasant, pop. 26,200.

The real meetings which Walker and Foxconn brass will skip because the people there and their stories and images would not look good in campaign brochures or company reports.

But will fill the air in meetings where local officials and residents will start sorting out the deal's collateral damage - - like who chooses, and why, to stay and live close to the construction and operation of a factory bigger than the US Pentagon running 24/7/365.

Or who will move out voluntarily, or through government property seizure order, their homes, businesses, farm houses and fields

falling to the bulldozers and road-graders. Or wetland-filling contractors.

Real meetings where local officials and taxpayers will figure out how to pay for, then pray over, the $764 million Foxconn tab assigned to them by Wisconsin officials to supplement $3 billion state dollars Walker signed over at his dog-and-pony show this afternoon to the already-super-wealthy Taiwanese company and its owners. 

A full Foxconn archive with more than 80 posts is here.

As best as I can determine, these are the real, Walker-free upcoming Foxconn-related meetings on the calendar, scheduled in Mount Pleasant, or nearby:

*  Master Plan and Zoning Hearing at 5:00 p.m. in the Village Hall, Village Hall – Ebe Auditorium 8811 Campus Drive.

*  Special Plan Commission meeting in the same room, at 6:00 p.m.

*  Several additional meetings next week, as laid out by the Racine Journal Times: 
The village scheduled informational meetings next week concerning its plans to acquire property for the development. There will be short presentations on the hour at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, according to a notice sent to property owners.
The village’s Plan Commission will review the relocation orders at a 1 p.m. meeting Thursday. The Village Board will then consider the orders at its 5 p.m. meeting Nov. 20.
*  Also - - this meeting open to all at Gateway Tech, Kenosha, sponsored by The Sierra Club

FoxConn's Environmental Regulation Deal: A Legal Perspective

Date and Time:
Thu, Nov 16, 2017  6:30 PM  (Local Time)
Location: Gateway Technical College-Kenosha, 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144, USA
Map | Directions
Event Organizer:
Barbara Brattin
(262) 221-5414
Attorney Tressie Kamp from Midwest Environmental Advocates will present the view of the FoxConn project from an environmental lawyer's perspective. Will the Walker administration get away with dismissing state environmental regulations in FoxConn's enterprise zone? Will federal laws protect our water, soil, and air from heavy metal contamination when Wisconsin turns its back on protecting our health? Or are we setting the stage for one more EPA Superfund site?Preview environmental concerns with this short video from Wisconsin Public Television.You don't have to be a Sierra Club member to attend our programs.
Cost: Free

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