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Were State Rules Broken With County Bypass Vote?

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The County Board officially voted last week to support building the West Waukesha Bypass using the Pebble Creek West Alternative.  Interesting!  Here's our concern about this official vote!  The County is the coordinating agency charged with evaluating construction of the West Waukesha Bypass.  The State gave the County this job.  Most of the $60+ million dollars needed for this project will come from State taxpayers. In this role, one of the most important jobs the county has, is evaluating and choosing the preferred alternative.  Important legislation dictates how this must be done. For instance, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be developed, and public input must be considered. 

So, here it is, two weeks before the public comment period ends and the County votes for the preferred alternative!  As the Coordinating agency, wouldn't you think that the County Board would need to review public input first, before choosing the Bypass Route.  They basically told the public, through their vote, that they have already made up their minds!  At the very least, the Board members who voted for this resolution are telling their constituents that they don't care about their comments nor do they care about the EIS!   And, perhaps they have broken the law!  We'll have to wait and see.

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