Town's bid to become a village sent back to state

Sept. 25, 2012

The town of Brookfield's request to incorporate as a village has been sent back to the Wisconsin Department of Administration after mediation failed between the town and neighboring municipalities.

City of Brookfield Attorney Karen Flaherty today confirmed the move. She said that Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James Kieffer lifted the stay on the state's review of the incorporation Sept. 20.

Flaherty said she has not heard a timeline for the Department of Administration to review and decide any next steps in the matter.

The mediation was held between the town and nearby municipalities including the cities of Brookfield and Waukesha and the village of Sussex to iron out consolidation issues.

In order for the town to become a village, it needs a required minimum of four-square-miles of contiguous territory. The town, seeking to protect itself from annexation, has petitioned to annex 288 acres in the town of Waukesha.

The move reportedly has been made in light of the town's proposed Corners development that would act as an economic boost to raise taxes for future improvements.

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