Opposition by hundreds of residents for turning a former Brookfield quarry into a state dump site is noteworthy, especially when the back-room deals allowing this to happen are verified. If individual homeowner quality-of-expectations are to have any future merit, to protect personal and financial investments we all make to live where we do, the time is now to hold elected officials accountable for what is happening before it happens to you.
Facts are what they are. Super Excavators and others would profit big time using Brookfield as a dump, especially since current plans have no guarantees for future city aquifer water quality. Alderman Dan Sutton is on record saying he agrees outsiders will profit, and that is because state law changed and reduced the amount of local authority. Had that law not been passed this would not be happening. Why are more and more people questioning that this land stood idle for 30 years until a new state law diminished developer controls for Brookfield? Who believes this is a coincidence?
This new state law was a last-minute tag-on to other legislation. That said, why aren't elected officials opposing this back-room deal? Why does Mayor Steve Ponto support what hundreds turned out to oppose? Why don't elected representatives better represent their existing collective tax base? Is it because their constituents let them allow these back-room deals? When will the next developer impact your homeowner investment, and what will you do then?
Petitions force referendum feedback, and can negate back-room deals made against resident expectations. Signing the B.R.A.D. (Brookfield Residents Against the Dump) petition against Brookfield becoming a dump to profit others will send a message taxpayers want ethical accountability from their representatives. Isn't now the time to qualify your government-by-the-people investment?
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