Working with the city of Brookfield on the Hidden Lake Park proposal, we have been impressed with the professionalism and challenged by the high expectations of Mayor Steve Ponto and city staff. The city expects us to minimize the burden on its residents, which has been our intent from the beginning. We started with comprehensive canvassing of households within a one square mile section to really know what the concerns are and to correct misconceptions. Ongoing negotiations with the city are based upon input from residents. And we will continue to respect our neighbors once operations begin on the site through our website (www.hiddenlakepark.com) and a hotline answered by a real person.
Unfortunately, despite comprehensive information available on the city's website as well as our own, misinformation and rumors continue and people are being asked to sign petitions that obscure the process and the end result. The proposal to partly fill and restore the property to make a park, and to develop quality multifamily housing, is not just about money. It is an opportunity to create something that will be a source of pride for us and for Brookfield residents.
We each represent local companies with strong connections to the community, a history of investing in the area and reputations that we've worked hard to build. The development will be coordinated, using best practices, and completed in a manner consistent with the legacies of our fathers and grandfathers. The park will be beautiful, an asset to the neighborhood and to the multifamily development. Simply put, we must do a great job here.
While there have been people suggesting that the site not be filled, there have not been credible alternatives for converting this unfinished, dangerous site to something that can be used safely and legally by residents and their families.
We have agreed that there will be no nighttime hauling, limiting hours of operation to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. We will comply with the operating agreement that is being negotiated with the city, as well as with permits required by the city and the state. Filling will be done in a manner that preserves the most valuable vegetation.
We aspire to be the type of partners that will cause people to refer to us as examples of how companies and municipalities can work together for the benefit of the community at large.
The Siepmann Group
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