Despite public outcry from the affected residents, Mayor Steve Ponto and the city council are bending over backward to accommodate the private interest group proposing to develop a "dump" site within a quarry surrounded by developed residential areas on the east side of Brookfield. As proposed, this enterprise would result in a five to seven year stream of loud, dangerous, dirty "dump" trucks driving about residential roads.
As I see it now, we have three factions:
1. An ever-growing number of residents in the area supported by citizens citywide who oppose having an active "dump" in a residential area.
2. City government that does not have the will to fight. It is not about developing a park. It is not about constructing multifamily housing. The issue is allowing the operation of a "dump" site in the middle of a developed residential area for five to seven years, or longer.
3. The special interest wants to operate a "dump" in a residential area for one reason — to maximize their profits.
What could city government do to prevent the development of a "dump" in the middle of an established residential area?
1. Clearly identify the issue. The special interest group wants to develop an active "dump" site in a location where there clearly should not be a "dump."
2. Obtain competent legal counsel willing to fight to support current efforts to stop the development of a "dump" site.
3. Actively lobby the governor and other state officials to rescind Wisconsin statute 85.193, which is supportive to special interests wishing to develop "dump" sites wherever they please, circumvents local government and was not supported by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Fight the statute in court.
4. To the extent allowed by other existing laws, establish weight limits on the affected residential roadways, establish restrictive times of operations in an area zoned residential, conduct random inspections with mandatory cessation of operations until remediation is completed, impose severe fines for "dumping" anything other than what is allowed by statute, initiate strict traffic enforcement with regard to load limits, speed and unsecured loads, etc.
Think about what our elected city officials are doing for the affected residents. Think about what the city could do. Think about which residential neighborhood could be adversely impacted by the next group of profiteers.
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