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Council to discuss latest BID Board appointee

West bypass another meeting topic

Dec. 4, 2012

With the special election - the 33rd Senate District that Rep. Paul Farrow won - having taken place on Tuesday, the Waukesha Common Council will instead meet on Thursday.

And on the agenda once again is a recommendation by Mayor Jeff Scrima for the now-active downtown Waukesha Business Improvement District Board.

Scrima is recommending Alderman Roger Patton to be the eighth member on the BID Board.

His possible appointment comes after repeated requests by the CommonCouncil to have at least one council member on the BID Board.

Many aldermen have become frustrated that it has taken Scrima this long to appoint a council member, while Scrima said he doesn't want to look to the past and that Patton is the best choice.

"He has the heart for the good of the downtown," Scrima said last week.

Patton, who serves constituents in the downtown, was one of the 11 BID board members who resigned in September after controversy surrounded the downtown organization (a taxing entity responsible for promoting the downtown throughmarketing and events) following then-BID Executive Director Meghan Sprager citing a "hostile work environment."

At its last meeting, a seventh member - Sandy Cianciolo (a downtown business owner) - was narrowly approved, 7-6, by the council, giving the board enough members to meet and conduct business.

In addition to Cianciolo, owner of Mia's Italian Restaurant, Natalie Walters, of Waukesha State Bank, Bill Huelsman of Berg Management, Jim Taylor of Taylors People's Park, City Administrator Ed Henschel, Nick Martinez, a local attorney, and Ron Lostetter, Carroll University's chief financial officer, have been approved to the new BID Board.

Walters and Huelsman were the only two who did not originally resign from the BID Board.

West bypass on agenda

Besides the BID appointment, the council could also review and act on a resolution endorsing the West Waukesha Bypass, a plan that has been in county and regional transportation plans for decades.

In February 2010 Waukesha County began a detailed study of the West Waukesha Bypass between I-94 and Highway 59 on the west side of the City of Waukesha.

According to the West Waukesha Bypass Study website, the transportation improvements are being studied to address growing local and regional traffic volumes and to enhance traffic flow and safety.

In April 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Waukesha County, the City of Waukesha, the Town of Waukesha and the WisDOT, identifying the local, county and state responsibilities for studying and possibly building the West Waukesha Bypass.

The website states that the study is scheduled to culminate in 2013 with a decision by the Federal Highway Administration on whether to build the bypass and where to build it.

If approved, construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2015 north of Summit Avenue and 2015 or 2016 south of Summit Avenue.

Officers to be honored

City of Waukesha Police Officers Amanda Bauer and Jan Corrigan will also receive the Citation of Valor Award.

The Common Council meets at 7:30 p.m. inside the Council Chambers, 201 Delafield St.

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