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Senior Viewpoint

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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REDUCE THE SIZE OF CITY GOVERNMENT

Now that the elections are over and the winners can relax for another 4 year term (Mayor and Aldermen)the issues that they promised to resolve are still unresolved. REDUCE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT. In every election every candidate agrees one thing: that the size of government must be reduced. This has been the conservative theme for ages. The City of Brookfield has not done one darn thing to keep their promises. That includes the elected and non-elected officials. The issue has never to my knowledge has been on the agenda for an open discussion and a vote. The city has 14 Aldermen/women. That is a huge number of people in a city of our size to govern over us. That is more than the size of department heads, city staff, municipal court employees and a number of other internal operatives. There has never been a justification for that many Aldermen. Not only are they get salaries, but they get certain perks and assistance from paid city employees. The Aldermen are members of certain committees that make important decisions. There are no standards, job descriptions or precise duties for them and the bulk of the decisions are made by the Mayor and his staff. The political philosophy promoted by our elected officials is a sham. In short, we still need a common council to conduct business, but not made up of 14 members.

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