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Brookfield City News

Cindy moved to Brookfield in 1994 with her husband and three children in tow. It's been a very interesting seventeen years.

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I'm coming back to BrookfieldNOW. Well, the Brookfield-centric material is coming home, anyway. I'll still be keeping my other blogs.

Oh my goodness, we have so much to catch up on! I can't wait to fill you in on the details.

City meetings for the week starting May 16

The agenda has been published for Tuesday's Common Council meeting. You won't find much of controversy on it.

There is a public hearing to change some zoning related to the constant planning this city does. We'll need to talk more about that in the next couple of weeks. There is the annual renewal of a number of liquor licenses. You'll see some familiar names, but not anything of concern.

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Forbes calls Brookfield a Top Education Town

You'll find it right there on page 108 of the May 23, 2011 edition:

Median home price: $200,000-$399,999

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The Town scores Von Maur, the City lands a Target

No doubt many of you will be shaking your collective heads and muttering, "there she goes again." But someone needs to say it:

Why did the City of Brookfield with an enormous and dreadful TIF district to improve our mall and a bazillion (just an estimate) tax dollars into land use planning end up with a big-box retailer like Target when the extremely frugal Town of Brookfield scored the biggest new retailer to come to Wisconsin in decades?

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Brookfield Farmer's Market: More hugs per mile

The spouse, the oldest and I headed out this morning to Brookfield's Farmer's Market. There's not a whole lot in the way of fresh produce yet, but there's plenty of folks anticipating what's to come.

We ran into Mary Kay and Jeff; Gordana, Pat, and Fran. No hugs from Fran. She was sore from a big yard chore yesterday and did well to be vertical.

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Meetings for the week starting May 23

There's a Plan Commission meeting on Monday. The agenda shows a ton of talk about planning, but not much doing. Murph's would like an updated facade and some outdoor seating. Let's hope the old guys don't give the small business too much trouble.

Tuesday is a:

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Robbing the library to pay for city employee health club memberships

I know I'm going to get some pushback on this one. In fact, 5th District Alderman Scott Berg has really made a name for himself already even though we completely agree on this issue. (You never quite know what to expect from that guy.)

So, here's the bottom line: The Common Council recently voted to increase the "wellness" fund for city employees by $12,000 in order to help pay for health club memberships.

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Elmbrook School Board's leaky excuses


So the big deal at Elmbrook right now is that $1 million in necessary high school roof repairs were not included it the $60 million plus updates that were just done. If you are to believe this article at least two school board members, two who were also on the board and pushed for the referendum, are surprised the administration didn't bring the need up back when they were discussing the original bonding.

I'll remind those two that as recently as October 2009 the board was deliberating where to spend extra referendum funds.

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Meetings for the short week starting May 31

Brookfield meetings

The only meeting this week is the Sister Cities Commitee on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. No agenda was provided, nor is there one on the city's website.

The website does indicate members of the commitee will be traveling to Germany in June. We just don't know who the committee members are, or who is going. Hey, you were invited and could even have had an extra week in Rome!

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