I'd like to respond to the mayor's Oct. 10 column titled, "Plans for quarry represent best efforts for best long-term results."
Since our property is adjacent to a long stretch of the Sileno Property at the southern ridge, the outcome of these negotiations will have a huge impact on a home we've treasured since we moved here in 1988.
When Mayor Steven Ponto describes the Sileno Property as an overgrown sand and gravel pit, I wonder if he's ever actually seen it beyond the photos. At the hearing on Sept. 9, nearly everyone who spoke in favor of the fill operation lived far enough away that they wouldn't be affected by five years of 12 hours per day noise, traffic and dirt — but it was also evident they had never seen this land.
On the other hand, my neighbors who spoke up knew very well what we all stand to lose. Ironically, this project is presented as five years of sacrifice for the reward of a beautiful park at the end, whereas the opposite is true. Filling in part of the lake, then piling more fill up the sides of the quarry will destroy one of the cleanest bodies of water in Wisconsin (which I understand is connected to Brookfield's water supply), as well as beautiful groves of aspen, poplar and blue spruce that carpet the sides of the quarry — now brilliant with the colors of autumn.
This land is full of wildlife such as deer, turkey, fox, many varieties of owl and much more. The paths that now exist are mostly game trails. I can certainly understand my fellow Brookfield residents wanting another park, but we'd have something far more unique if this natural beauty is preserved. The trails could be stabilized and covered with wood chips for hiking, rather than taming it into yet another man-made park with a pond. Doesn't Brookfield already have enough of those?
Let's not make this hidden gem into something ordinary. Instead, why not go for a miniature version of the Ice Age Trail? Mr. Ponto, if you're interested, we'll be happy to give you a tour to our ridge for a birds-eye overlook of this land.
Mary Beth Miranda
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