Despite a certain amount of skeptisim, the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday decided to hold an informal public information meeting about a park proposed for the shores of Little Muskego Lake.
The meeting could be in late November but more likely in early December. After getting a feel for whether residents want a park on Janesville Road a little west of Pioneer Drive, the council will vote on whether to take the next step.
The proposal is the third for a park on Little Muskego Lake. Two larger and controversial proposals failed.
The skepticism Tuesday stemmed partly from doubts that the proposed park being the size of two residential lots could be too small. Another concern was that the city would have to borrow to buy and probably raze the two houses on the properties that are for sale. The total cost of establishing a park is estimated at roughly $666,000, although state grants might be available to offset some of that. One alderman also said maintaining another park would put a strain on city resources.
Still another concern raised Tuesday was over how to maintain the privacy and quality of life of the neighbor of the proposed park. The properties being offered for sale for a park include a long and narrow strip of lake frontage on the other side of the neighboring home.
The two properties are being offered by the heirs of a woman who lived on the lake for many years and died in August 2012. Her house was included with four others in the first park proposal in 2010. That proposal failed amid the controversy that engulfed the community. A second smaller park was proposed later but it also proved controversial and died.
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