Another swing

Email I was cc on
Mr. Rogers,

I am the Project Coordinator directing community outreach for the Root River Council (RRC).  As public engagement is at the forefront of all efforts undertaken by the Root River Council, we take these concerns very seriously.  The current Root RIver Corridor Redevelopment Project is implementing recommendations outlined in the “Back to the Root Plan”; a document that summarizes community input gathered through many hours of public outreach meetings held in 2007 and 2008.  In reading this correspondence, I thought it might help to give a brief update about past outreach efforts related to the Root River Corridor Redevelopment Project.  The following are dates and locations of public workshops hosted by the Root River Council:

  • August 11, 2011    6.30-8pm- Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC-1301 6th Street)
  • October 22, 2011   1-4pm  – Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC- 1301 6th Street)
  • December 1, 2011   6.30-8pm  –  21st Century Preparatory School (1220 Mound Avenue Suite 102)
  • January 26, 2012   6.30-8pm – 21st Century Preparatory School (1220 Mound Avenue  Suite 102)

There have been well-over 200 community members involved in this process to-date, and we anticipate a much larger turnout as the weather warms and days get longer.  These workshops support a public planning process which depends upon community involvement and input.  The following dates and times are scheduled for future public planning workshops:

  • March 29, 2012   6.30-8pm  – 21st Century Preparatory School (1220 Mound Avenue)
  • May 31, 2012    6.30-8pm  –  Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC- 1301 6th Street)
  • July 26, 2012   6.30-8pm  –  Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC- 1301 6th Street)
  • September 27, 2012  6.30-8pm – Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC-1301 6th Street)

With regard to direct outreach efforts to residents in neighborhoods adjacent to the redevelopment project area, I can personally attest to the door-to-door canvassing efforts undertaken by myself and RRC board members.  We have walked area neighborhoods several days in advance of planned meetings and spoken directly with residents about this effort.  In addition, announcements and invitations targeting these neighborhoods have been made through the ‘City Alert’ telephone system.   The Root River Council has contacted Aldermen and County Board Supervisors representing these districts to personally introduce them to this project and invite them to up-coming public planning workshops.

The Root River Council has directly contacted faith-based organizations, neighborhood churches, area minority-owned businesses, the Urban League of Racine/Kenosha, Neighborhood Watch, the Community Oriented Policing (COP) houses, the Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency, the NAACP, the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC), the Hispanic Business Association, and senior-high level students in area schools to introduce the project, extend an invitation to up-coming public planning workshops and promote RRC related activities.

The Root River Council has submitted press releases to the Journal Times and the Insider News (a minority-owned publication) promoting public planning workshops.  This effort was a featured article on the front page of the Journal Times.

In addition to these efforts, the current communication strategy details a multi-media component and advertising strategy in select community publications throughout the remainder of this public planning project.  The RRC remains open to enacting additional outreach strategies and seeks volunteer assistance and input in this public planning process.  Though we obviously welcome and encourage the enthusiasm and support of community members throughout this process, we are not in a position to purchase privately-held domain names or support unauthorized and inaccurate marketing efforts.  My schedule is cleared for any time selected to meet with you and Mr. Clingman.  Please feel free to distribute this correspondence as necessary and do not hesitate to contact me or the RRC chair (Monte Osterman -cc’d) with any questions or concerns related to this project or the current outreach strategy.


Ben Lehner

RRC- Project Coordinator
262.672.0283  (RRC office)

cc- Wayne Clingman
Karen Frost
Brian O’Connell
Monte Osterman

Well looks like I kicked the nest over.

I live in the west 6th st area and in the past year no one to my knowledge has come to the watch group meetings nor has my phone rung from City watch about this (Note I understand that City watch no longer is used by the city its a new system)   yes and the Insider news I understand is no longer published and has not I believe since late 2011 if it has I have not seen it

Interesting that the list Ben has is the same list that everyone sends information too and claims great results (or not) to “keep the dream alive”

so whats the big flinch from? Is someone upset that what they like to happen here may not? Are they upset that 1.4+ Million of funds might be delayed?  Am I too close to what the plan might be in the Root River project?

At least they know I have domain names for sale they must read this blog!


Still and to the point only 3-4 African Americans are going to the meetings maybe they do not care maybe they do not know maybe its eaier this way?

After all why focus on how this might help jobs come to West 6th st when we can have a Water Taxi?


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