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Muskego council removes lake park from 2020 plan

Little Muskego park still remains in some documents

July 16, 2012

Muskego - With the extremely controversial proposal to establish a park on Little Muskego Lake now dead, the Muskego Common Council last week wiped mention of establishing a park on the lake from the city's Comprehensive Plan for the year 2020.

One of the justifications for a park on the lake was that the 2020 plan suggested that it be explored to enhance the city's identity as a city of lakes and to perhaps trigger development of a downtown. The 4-2 council vote did not accept the Plan Commission recommendation to leave the park idea in the plan.

Despite that decision, the potential for a park on the lake isn't completely lost in city documents. It is mentioned in the city's new marketing plan and possibly in other city planning documents.

"The Common Council did their job tonight," Lori Oliver, a leader of residents opposing the lake park plan, said after the meeting.

Removing the park doesn't tie the hands of future Common Councils if a solid park proposal comes along, Alderman Dan Soltysiak said.

Taking a differing view was Alderman Rob Glazier who said it sends a message that the city doesn't want a park there. Glazier said he wanted to leave the possibility open, adding that he goes on record as someone who was against the park for different reasons.

Glazier and Alderwoman Neome Schaumberg cast the two votes against taking the park out of the plan.

Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti spoke strongly against removing it, saying that disregards the voice of the people as expressed through the process of developing the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The people were asked their opinions, it's not appropriate for the council to handpick parts to remove, she said.

"Where will it end?" Chiaverotti asked.

But the residents have spoken twice on the proposed park so loudly that the property owners decided not to sell, said Debra Bolton, a leader of the park opposition.

Storms of protests swept the 2010 park idea away while the community was deeply divided over the smaller 2011 park plan.

But on the other side, resident Barbara Schroeder alleged that some residents were against the park because they were misinformed, and she wanted the park idea to stay in the plan.

"It's only fair to future generations" to keep the park idea alive in the 2020 plan, Schroeder said.

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