Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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In the past few months the news of a development in the location better know as Silenos Pit has caused resentment by those citizens who are residents that reside near the location of the proposed development. The announcement of this planned development came as a great surprise to the dismay of the taxpayers who have a personal and financial interest in protecting their property rights. Property rights have been sacred in the City of Brookfield since its inception. But, today the wishes and desires of city hall employees and commercial developers ignore the very people that live and vote in our city.
The notice of a public meeting to view the plans already conceived was on very short notice and was preceded by political activity to create a state law(Sec.85.193, published 10/1/13) which was preceded by an 8 page opinion from legal counsel to the City. The legislative history and effect of this new law has not been explained in detail to the public. I have written many comments to blogs and news stories and now decide to protect my property rights. The total destruction of traffic on Burleigh Road for a number of years will have an ill effect on property values and potential buyers will look elsewhere for a clean and quiet suburb for their families. Those most affected should have the most to say. However this is not the case. Meetings and polls do not truly represent those most affected.
Residents will not be better off with a park hidden away from view and more apartment buildings that stand vacant. It is a myth that local retirees will down size and pay high rents just to live here in the winter.
We, the taxpayers will in the end pay the price for this impossible dream.