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Waukesha BID, Town Board to meet Thursday

Jan. 22, 2013

The new eight-member downtown Waukesha Business Improvement District Board will meet Thursday for the third straight week.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Randall Room (207) inside City Hall, 201 Delafield St.

After a public comment section, the board will review and act on the 2013 operating plan and budget review. In the last couple of weeks, the board has elected new officials - Bill Huelsman is the BID's president - and have discussed a plan to move the organization forward after a controversial 2012.

Also on Thursday, the Town of Waukesha will hold a joint meeting with the Plan Commission and Town Board.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Plan Commission portion followed by the Town Board portion.

Five Diamonds talk

Among the items on the agenda for the Plan Commission meeting includes a staff update of Five Diamonds Inc.

After finishing its first season in 2012, owners of Five Diamonds, a baseball and softball complex located on Highway 59/164 and Milky Way Road in the Town of Waukesha, sought annexation into the City of Waukesha last fall. The annexation proposal failed to get the two-thirds majority needed.

Since the project started a couple years ago there have been many disputes between the owners of Five Diamonds, neighbors and Town Board members regarding noise and lights at the complex, which serves the Waukesha Blazers program and Catholic Memorial High School.

Water discussion

During the Town Boardportion of the meeting, the board will discuss possible inclusion in the Waukesha Water Service Area. The City of Oak Creek agreed to sell the City of Waukesha Lake Michigan water last fall. The state's Department of Natural Resources must review the agreement, which commits Oak Creek to supply Waukesha an average of seven million gallons of lake water per day.

Bucher replies to board

The Town Board will also hear Attorney Paul Bucher's reply so it can come to a resolution on the public records/open records complaint initiated by Supervisor Everett German a few months ago.

German hired Bucher, an outside attorney with Bucher Law Group, to look into whether the town violated an open meetings violation when it held an emergency meeting in October relating to a document that was leaked to a member of the media regarding the City of Waukesha's service area in its bid to find a new water source.

He also asked for more than 6,000 of Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc's emails in the last six months due to what he alleged were walking quorums with Town Board members. German said he would pay $300 for the production of these emails.

Bucher contacted Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel on the emails. Van Scyoc read at a December Town Board meeting that Schimel said "he could not conclude that the emails sent to him constitute any issue. No evidence of walking quorum. Let the record show that he found no issue with anything that I've done."

While these requests have led to constant bickering at meetings, the board rejected Supervisor Brian Fischer's request of bringing in a representative of the Mediation Center of Waukesha County to help them solve their conflicts.

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