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

North Avenue widening zooming across Brookfield

 Waukesha County executive Dan Vrakas announced yesterday that the county's plan to make North Avenue four lanes from 124th will drive right past  Pilgrim Road as indicated previously and go all the way to Calhoun.

North Avenue is the county's road, not Brookfields, so while Mayor Steve Ponto will have to field complaints, he really won't have any say over the project. Not to worry. Planning starts in 2016 with construction in 2019. A homeowner has a few years to get used to the idea.

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More development planned for Capitol and Calhoun

Scott Jackson wants it. It's on the neighborhood plan. So instead of a rezoning, the plan commission is scheduled to pass it next week as change in operation.

1) My aldermen of Rick Owen and Bob Reddin seriously suck at their jobs. There's no way this should be on an agenda without neighbors knowing about it. I guess they are flat out lazy. 

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The Shire Moratorium Committee Recommendation

The committee doesn't meet until Wednesday the 14th at 6:30 p.m., but no matter what happens, here's what they are being told to say according to the memo already drafted for them by "Brookfield;Dan Ertl":

The Committee concludes that the State has applied a professional and scientific methodology regarding preparation and issuance of said Report and accepts the State Report. The Committee recommends that the Landfill Moratorium Committee be dissolved and it’s acceptance of the Report be binding into the future regarding property-owner initiated requests for development approval or change of platting status of lands in the moratorium area unless new public health conditions arise, as documented by the appropriate state or federal agencies.

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A drive-thru bank at Capitol and Calhoun

 I discovered last week the new building at Capitol and Calhoun is to be a bank. A bank with a drive-thru. (Or two or three. I was hoping to get you a picture from the video of last night's Plan Commission meeting, but it wasn't very good quality for me, which I realize might be a problem on my end.)

Anyway, my whole problem with this new development is that it's a drive-thru in B-1 zoning where a drive-thru is not to be allowed. The code (law) states:

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The Shire Moratorium Committee is disbanded

Don't bother watching the hour unless you want to cry from boredom. The last minute or so does it all according to that blip we read the other day. There was also something added about a retaining wall being moved to the Waste Management property.

So there you go. Brookfield is fast tracking to have their first contaminated subdivision fully approved. Woohoo! Put a feather in the Mayor Steve Ponto's cap. That's one heck of a legacy, don't you think?

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Lisa Mellone to return to Brookfield Common Council

 At least that's what a reasonable person could surmise from the fact that she's being reappointed to a number of Council committees. Funny, though, the agenda doesn't state who's the appointee.

1. Council appointment to fill the vacancy in the 7th Aldermanic District.  Oath-of-Office administered.

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It's budget time!

The first rumblings are being heard as to what will shape the next City of Brookfield budget. It won't be easy, but it can be done. Here are a few things to look forward to in the next couple of months.

1) A statement or quote, probably in the HuffPo Patch, from Mayor Steve Ponto about how darn hard it's going to be. We have to prepare the people, you know, that their taxes will go up.

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It's only $15,000

Check out this agenda item for the Economic Development Committee on Monday:

5. Discussion of utilizing $15,000 in budgeted Consultant Services funds to work with Brookfield CVB to study the market for tourism related development.

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