A homeowner in Waukesha for 20 years, Steve is president of the Waukesha Dog Parks Organization and enjoys motorcycling, fishing and staying on top of politics.
In media both printed and electronic, I have seen pre-election-like criticism of Mayor Scrima. It is apparent that many of these people will criticize for any reason, be it unfair or trivial. I believe them to be ideologues of the Nelson administration who remind me of President Clinton’s staff vandalizing the White House prior to President George Bush taking residence. I want to be clear that I am in no way implying that Mayor Nelson has any connection with this. I see it as groupies or paparazzi which the person of focus has no control over.
Candidate Scrima campaigned on exploring options to rolling over to the paranoid Milwaukee politicians. People forget that obtaining Lake Michigan water requires more than an agreement with Milwaukee or Oak Creek or Racine. It requires approval of each governor of the states and provinces on the lake. Does anyone really believe we will get that approval? It would set off a flurry of requests for approval by other municipalities. Any one of them not getting approval would spawn a lawsuit. It’s easier for a governor to say no than explain to the citizens of that state why they are spending money to defend themselves from something that could have been avoided by just saying no the first time.
I wish there was an easy answer to this. It is a problem due to the “expand the tax base” mantra of prior politicians of our city. Mayor Scrima is indeed trying to salvage the situation the best that one can. Tuesday’s presentation before the council by Procorp Enterprises was one of the options that Scrima was voted to office to explore. Procorp being a company with radium removal technology.
Thus far water commissioner Duchniak has told us that Lake Michigan water through Milwaukee is our cheapest solution. Nothing has been mentioned that the chances of it being approved by the surrounding governors are very slim. To not have a contingency plan would be irresponsible. Thus far Mayor Scrima is handling it responsibly.