Posts tagged ‘water’

June 14, 2011

Enlightenment from Bruce Murphy

by thoughtfulconservative

You have to go all the way down to the “Buzz” section, but there it is

-Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima’s proposal to have a referendum to approve or reject the idea of buying water from Lake Michigan probably puts him on the side of average folks in the city and in opposition to nearly the entire leadership community of Waukesha. This is turning into a bizarre soap opera that could continue right through his four-year term.

via Inside Milwaukee – Dine, Shop, Entertainment and more.

If so, should we expect to see an increase in folks running against sitting council members who are roughly 12-3 against the mayor?

May 15, 2010

Noted 05-15-2010

by thoughtfulconservative

Mark Neumann spurned the Republican Party hierarchy on Thursday, saying he won’t pursue the party’s endorsement for governor.

So does this mean he’s going to run as an independent?

Dozens of illnesses reported after Waukesha County fund-raising luncheon. I think it was the Democrats. Everyone knows the  Country Springs is a Republican hangout. 🙂

Session scheduled on proposed Waukesha west bypass.

Salary increases proposed for Waukesha County officials. Can I get one, too?

Former Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson will return to the classroom in the fall after the Waukesha School Board approved a contract with him Wednesday, the same night it also voted to send layoff notices to 18 full-time teachers.

In approving Nelson’s return, the school board was honoring a contractual agreement that allowed him to go on unpaid leave for four years when Nelson was elected mayor in 2006, Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said.

Former Waukesha mayor Nelson returning to classroom. Isn’t that special? Nothing like job security.

Less than a month into his term as Waukesha’s new mayor, Jeff Scrima is taking exception to aldermen who are embarking on their own public relations battle over the city’s quest for Lake Michigan water.

Common Council President Paul Ybarra, Ald. Joan Francoeur and Ald. Rick Tortomasi are meeting with representatives of the City of Milwaukee on Wednesday while Scrima announced Friday that he would have the first of some upcoming meetings with three Milwaukee aldermen May 24.

Scrima said he asked Ybarra to wait and join in Scrima’s meeting, but Ybarra declined.

Rift emerges between new Waukesha mayor, aldermen in water talks. The Boy Mayor learns how hard it is for the mayor to do anything in a weak mayor government.

May 5, 2010

Waukesha water woes?

by thoughtfulconservative

So, did Waukesha get a glimpse of things to come? In a flurry of activity recently, we saw:

1. The Milwaukee County Board voted 13-3 on April 22 to oppose the Waukesha’s water plan.

Ostensibly the vote was to protect the county’s streams from pollution and erosion, but the comments from board members seems to indicate a different motivation, the kind you normally see from children.

“You have been sidestepped on this process,” said one. “We’ve been treated purely as an afterthought,” said another.

“They do not care about the concerns of Milwaukee County,” replied another.

“Why should I trust them?”

“They get the water and we get – I don’t want to say it – we get everything else,” intoned another.


Waukesha’s water utility manager, Dan Duchniak disagreed with the assessment, claiming that the water Waukesha puts into the creeks will be cleaner than the water flowing there now.

To be fair, the County Board is excluded from the process of approving or disapproving Waukesha’s request. The DNR and the Great Lakes states are the ones who will sign off on the request.

Racine’s representative Cory Mason is on record opposing dumping of Waukesha waste water in the Root River. (A tip of the conservative ball cap to James Rowen who recently posted on how new phosphorus rules could add to any plan’s costs.

2. Milwaukee aldermen and Waukesha’s new mayor, Jeff Scrima, traded letters about requirements for receiving Milwaukee water.

Scrima contended during the recent campaign that if Waukesha didn’t keep its options open it would lose some of its sovereignty to Milwaukee. He alleged that somehow, Milwaukee will use Waukesha’s needs for water to advance some dastardly purpose.

The water saga continues and will stretch well into the foreseeable future.

If you’ve been living in a cave the last few years, Waukesha needs water because of elevated levels of radium. Lake Michigan seems to have a lot of water and Waukesha would like to get some, but the Great Lakes Compact requires returning the water to Lake Michigan.

Waukesha’s plan, sent to the DNR earlier this month, is to return the water to Underwood Creek where it would flow to the Menomonee River and back to Lake Michigan.

Waukesha is somewhat under the gun, facing a 2018 deadline for cleaning up there water.

People talk regional cooperation but the playing out is a little more difficult. The suburbs think Milwaukee wants their tax dollars. Milwaukee thinks the suburbs are using their infrastructure without paying for it.

Obviously, more work needs to be done. Like maybe growing up and behaving like adults.

3. Two neighboring local governments have expressed concern about the city’s plan to drill shallow wells as a backup measure. The major concern here seems to be the potential for privately owned wells going dry as Waukesha sucks water from the planned area.

The road is long, the opposition varied and the clock is ticking.

And if both options go down in flames, what’s left?

There’s a lesson for communities everywhere—don’t outgrow your water supply.

Yeah, like they will pay attention.

June 7, 2008

One more thing from Missouri

by thoughtfulconservative

A friend brought us a case of bottled water (Is bottled water against the law, yet?) that the Columbian fire department had given her because they had the water turned off for a couple of hours flushing the hydrants.

In the socialist state of Wisconsin, why don’t I get bottled water when flushing mains turns mine a deep shade of brown?

Don’t I pay more tax dollars than Missouri?

March 16, 2008

Waukesha carnival time – March 16, 2008

by thoughtfulconservative

Welcome to this, the March 16, 2008 edition of The Waukesha Carnival. Let’s get to it.

David B. Bohl starts us off this week with the post Where is the Love? Tips for Getting Back that Old Spark posted at Slow Down Fast Today!,

Healthy, committed relationships can sometimes lose their luster because we get too comfortable and fall into old routines. We take each other for granted and put our partners on the Low Priority list. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Tom Gehl posting at Brookfield Basics informs us that he will be going on hiatus and blogging infrequently.

Let’s move to the budget.

Fox Head tells us why both sides need to work to fix Wisconsin’s budget.

Sen. Mary Lazich (Kevin Fischer?) tells us that the Democrats have the wrong solution for our budget shortfall It’s posted at Conservatively Speaking.

Dad29 links us to Boots and Sabers where Owen shows that the numbers in Governor Jim Doyle’s budget “rescue package” does not add up. Surprise, surprise.

Okay, let’s move to, let’s see, photography which The Asian Badger discusses at The Asian Badger Kultural Korner.

In Waukesha County politics, Linda Richter, who posts at Inside New Berlin, insists that a post at New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government has spin & blunders .

Kyle Prast compares two different referendums and two different tour themes from her blog Practically Speaking.

James Wigderson tells why he’s going to need more hose at Wigderson Library & Pub. It was picked up by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Best of the Blogs” feature.

Jeff, posting at his Five Points blog shares the answers to his downtown survey.

More photography is next as Spring City Chronicle has some interesting old pictures from previous Circus Parades.

In national news, Jessica McBride has not blogged often recently but she does have a regular column in the Waukesha Freeman and Saturday she discussed the Spitzer double standard.

Bryon Houlgrave opines that Daylight Savings Time is costly. You’ll have to click on the link to find out why.

Pete Fanning talks about a recent trip to Giggles Comedy Pub at his blog

That concludes this edition. I may skip next week as we’ll be in Ohio next week. It depends on if I can get an Internet connection.

You can always submit a post to the next edition using the helpful carnival submission form. If it I don’t post next week, I’ll include it in two weeks.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on the archive page.

February 2, 2008

Mayor optimistic on lake water

by thoughtfulconservative

Have you ever seen the mayor of Waukesha not optimistic?