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County supervisor thankful quarry project called off

Dec. 20, 2013

Public Forum:

It was with great relief and appreciation that I read that the Brookfield quarry project has been called off.

To Mark Regal and the Brookfield Residents Against the Dump organization, thank you for your dedication to defeating this ill-advised proposal to degrade the beautiful Sileno quarry site and damage the integrity of our east side Brookfield neighborhoods in the process. No matter how many ways it was spun, the project was wrong for this site, wrong for the neighborhoods, wrong for the city of Brookfield.

I also appreciate that the mayor and Common Council voted for the ordinance that requires a binding referendum prior to the city purchasing any land that has been used for a fill operation, and supported Assembly Bill 483, which would exempt the Sileno quarry from the state rule that opened this residential area to road fill in the first place. AB483 was introduced by our representative, Dale Kooyenga, who has been very supportive of our efforts to deal with this issue.

Now, hopefully, Mr. Sileno can move forward to work out a more acceptable development of this exceptional, yet complicated parcel.

Citizens of Brookfield, be vigilant of new state laws that are systematically taking away local control when it comes to land use decisions. The city of Brookfield has capable, educated planning staff and deserves to determine its own destiny when it comes to what is built, or filled, at any given site without state interference.

Contact Rep. Kooyenga, (608) 266-9180, and state Sen. Leah Vukmir, (608)266-2512, and let them know you support AB483 and oppose any further erosion of local control.

Patricia A. Haukohl

Waukesha County supervisor

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