Archive for March, 2012

Fire Sale Closed

The Fire Sale on Domain names is now over
10K gets them all Cash only.

Root River meeting 3/31/12 my thoughts

Lets do the Math

Total number I counted at the Public Meeting 45

Who Who not members of the public

Rep Corry “The Tick” Mason

County Supervisor Osterman

“” “” Snow

City Administrator Thomas Friedel

Head of City Development O’Connell

Principal Planer Matthew Sadowski

Public Works (Water Dept) 1

Director of Public Works Mark H. Yehlen

One from Racine County Economic Development

EPA Supervor/Project Manager Kyle E. Rogers

Vandewalle and Associates had two members Note they are being paid well to come up with this plan

Ben Lehner RRC- Project Coordinator

The City and County are vested interest in the project managing grants for a fee and/or will be using the Grant funds and other grants for city work.

so out of the 45 12 where NOT members of the public most have something to do with the money of the Grants paid work or receiving fees or about 26%

so about 33 members of the public out of which there was 1 African American 1 Hispanic (Great outreach here) My best guess not having done a survey is that most where what I call well off. Many I even call very well off.

Interesting outreach My Cat could do a better job of course this might be the idea eaiser to control a smaller group when you can seed it right?

Ave age in the late 30’s

The Water quality talk was rather well done and I learned a lot. The Racine Water Dept guy spoke well and was easily understood and the City Water Dept eats money fast. IMHO the Water Dept guy was upset that the DNR now had less regulations then before oh well.

More interesting was the Talk about the Menominee Vally and the added value of property claimed by the Shrill from Vandewalle and Associates over 1,000,000 over the time frame of that project the same time frame as the expansion of the Casino could that be the real reason values went up? Would Statistics be fiddled with to suggest “facts” Now how much is Vandewalle and Associates getting and might be getting? When money comes into Racine by trust and faith go out the window. The Root River I am sure will be bringing lots and lots of $$$.

Fire Sale Ends Soon!

The Domain Name fire sale ends very soon at 5:00 PM today! all my Root River type Domains for until 5:00PM today $3000.00 Cash  ! at 5:01 3/29/12 goes back to 10K. Buy now! You know you want to!

Corry Mason Racist? Editoral

Only in Racine WI, do we have a great hard working Black Assemblyman being told to “Retire”  as I see it(Robert Turner) so a White DEMOCRAT can stay in Madison living off our taxes. By Moving into Turner’s area and running for his seat.
Yes the Democrats once again showing its all about the White man. Corry Mason is not only  a Tick but a Racist who thinks He deserves a  job in Madison so he can be the Union’s boy. To hell with a hard working Afro-American who works for everyone.

I think my black neighbors are NOT going to like this very much.

Fighting Corry Mason Editoral

This blog and all my owned Domain names will be put to use to fight any and all attempts of Corry “The Tick” Mason to run for State or local office.

I can not think of a better use to put them to.

Vandewalle and Associates

I think today I will start looking at this company to see how much they have made from the “Root River Project” and how much they stand to make.

So far my Open Records has them down for $40,000 (how much did you make last year?) be interesting to see how much more they have made or could be making. Yes its a nice Dog and Pony show they are putting on and Dog and Pony shows cost money.

Myself I like to see how Grant money is spent and who benefits from the spending of the cash.

With Vandewalle and Associates, I will be looking at:

How much they got

Billing rates

How much if anything have Vandewalle and Associates donated to Mayor John Dickert’s campaign

other local Racine races  they may have donated to

Who if anyone at  Vandewalle and Associates signed the Walker Recall

This info I will put out as a Page here or perhaps it’s own blog under another domain I own thinking the Back to the Root Domain after all I am tracing how the money flows. Perhaps like the Root River it flows to Lake Michigan there is a HUGE amount of money to be made in fresh water:

“But when it comes to slaughter
You will do your work on water,
An’ you’ll lick the bloomin’ boots of ‘im that’s got it.”

Gunga Din

Waukasha needs or so the City said Million of Gallons a day every and just for fun one could charge .25 per how much money would that bring in to a city?

How tempting might it be to …..

Maybe I need to put a steel plate in my truck…….

 

 

Bike Paths

One of the no brainier things I guess coming are Bike Paths around the river and linking one part of Racine to another. As I have talked about Bike Tours as a Business opportunity as part of the Root River project that I guess will not be done or done well  by the consultants  Vandewalle and Associates  (hell its only 40,000 and a paper map is so much easier and looks good and that what counts not being useful!) but that’s an another blog post.

My thought is that we will see on on Mound St and that Street redone (and about time) with a Bike path.  State Street getting one and in and around the Downtown area. Be great if the paths are well marked for both Bikes/Cars I love to see something done so the paths be well marked both day and night use.

I myself would link theses paths into the West Racine area so a family of four could ride safely say from Wilson’s in West Racine to the RPL or YMCA, to make a day of fun events without say getting in a car.

The cost be only a small amount and come from a wide range of State/Federal programs and this way be of some use to the City and tax payer

Open Records!

On the 8th of March I asked for the following Open Records:

1) The total amount of Money paid to the Root River Council for any and all work done as a sub contactor to the City for any EPA Grant from 2010 to this date 3/7/12 and the name of the grant and any other sub contractor receiving funds and the amount of the funds of the same Grant(s)

2) A copy of any Block Grant that  the Root River Council received for the years 2009 and 2011. Pdf’s would be fine.

With in ten business days I should have received some type on answer as in its going to take longer, records are under Attorney/Client    or the records I asked for.

Today will be Day 13 so I email the City today for an update, on my request.

Be interesting to see what happens.  My guess is that the delay is just a matter of gathering the information, I guess few are asking for this.

Sent the reminder Email this morning thinking that I get something back saying yes we are working on it ….  but as of 3:25 today I have gotten nothing back now I know the outlines on how Open Records work but if I do not hear something soon if only we are working on this… but if not I wonder what say Sen Johnson might say about this delay after all its Federal Funds or perhaps  the EPA might want to know why public info is not being made public?

Gentrification Rocks!

From About.com

Gentrification is defined as the process by which wealthier (mostly middle-income) people move into, renovate, and restore housing and sometimes businesses in inner cities or other deteriorated areas formerly home to poorer people.

If  nothing else happens with the Root River Revitalization Gentrification will be worth every penny spent, for the West 6th St area of Racine, the West 6th St area is a very poor area of Racine and still in decline.

Yes, this is the area that I live in my home was the first one build in the sub division in 1905 at the time this area was THE area to live in (1905)

not so much now.

This area has NO community Center and to get to the closes one may be unsafe for youth to walk to (after dark) and another close one has had large fights with weapons  would you want to have your kids walk into that?

We have high crime and falling numbers of owner occupied homes  worse of all we do not vote how can our Alderman do anything when we do not have his back?

What I hope happens with the Root River Project that no matter what folks may find ways to get paid or what soon to be I Hope former State Assemblyman may find a way  to get a nice gig, that this project draws folks to this area to buy, fix up or rebuild homes raising property values and rents causing Gentrification and bring more in with higher incomes and less need of Social Serves making it a better place to live.

Foot Bridge

One of the project I think we will see coming soon is a new foot bridge across the Root River.   I from a distance have seen across the River now. I do not know the shape of the bride if it can be safety used and if it is a location best to be used for foot bridge for the River project. As I see it its in a poor location for foot traffic it connects   as I see it waste land (No business near by). I see it being relocated to nearer the Downtown area so folks using it can get to working businesses.