Archive for August, 2012

Things heat up.

First I like to thank Matt S at the Department of Development as well as the staff of Public Works  in the City of Racine. IMHO they enjoy talking to the public about what is going on and the how and whys. It might be there job but having someone explaining things makes misunderstands not happen.

Again I thank them.

So looks like we got some action going on with the Root River and RootWorks

A path to remove cars from the roads near the Lake costing 1.3 Million paid for by “Grants” next week I will find out how much is Grants and how much is our City Tax money.  I truly want to know how much is going to the company doing the planing and engineering.  After talking to them Tankstar  on the phone today I now feel that a lot of the companies that do this work for the D.O.T. see the D.O.T. as a Piggy Bank just for them and how dare the members of the public call and ask questions!  Looks like one of the blood suckers got a feed going on here! Next Thursday will be interesting to say the least.

Another project in planing is the path on the bank  of the Root River. Yes our pal Vandewalle   are doing that planing at least Vandewalle is a lot nicer to talk to and well cute. I like to know how much money and where the money is coming from for this planing as well.  IMHO it be wrong for The City to pay for this after telling the City Unions to go to hell.

Almost forgot planing might be going on about the foot bridges across the Root River. I should have those answers very soon next week I am thinking

and planing by Vandewalle on this too and since the RootWorks has been approved if the City can they will

Beach clean up Song and Dance

 

So I went to Mayor of Racine John Dickert’s press event. A fair number of folks there too bad out of the near 25 there only 2 or three were members of the Public.

This was held to announce that the City of Racine would benefit from  an EPA Grant of 2.6 Million as part of  Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants NOTE this is shared with 14 other locations at  no time did  $$ for Racine was told.  as in the amount we would get to use or invested in a study for Racine. be interesting how this gets spun. It is Mayor John Dicket so your guess is as good as mine.

AS the EPA and the DNR was at the beach I did not see anyone from the Root River Council to include Supervisor Osterman who if there would be a great link to Racine County and the Root River Project Root Works. A staffer from Sen Johnson was in attendance  and I do hope the Mayor’s Neck is not hurting him this morning I have not seen someones neck turn like that since the Exorcist. as he took note of her being there.

As this is a good thing for Racine in fixing up the Beach to help keep Lake Michigan clean  and this does help folks come here because of the lake.

So if we just dived the cash by 15 Racine will get about 170,000 not bad. would have been nice to know the amount at the event.

He took questions from the press so I was not able to ask any yet… but If I could have] I would have asked him how he plans to keep the Lake and the Beaches of Racine clean from the issues of 8-10 Million Gallons of “Treated Sewage” coming down the Root River.

I also would have asked him about if a bit of cash be worth ending Racine’s beaches.

 

 

 

It was a rainy day… Opinion

Opinion

Been kinda peaceful on the River front. Not much going on The Root River Council not doing much that I can see, the Pony  Show a big nothing.  A little going on with sell clean Lake Michigan water for a few $$ and “treated Sewage” to Waukesha.

So not a lot of posting until now Oh I do have a Facebook page

please like http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Sale-of-Lake-Michigan-Water-to-Waukesha/296506107110592?sk=info

I have started to go to the Racine Water Commission meetings and tape the audio if I can the Video too. Document this whole deal of Disaster in the maker is necessary to show what the Shit comes down the Root River who made it happen

Will Mayor Dickert trade a few $$ for this?

Will not this be this be lots of fun?

Now things are starting to pick up:

This Thursday:

http://legistar.racinenet.org/meetings/2012/8/5412_A_Waterworks_Commission_12-08-28_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

There is more, interesting event going on. We have a Downtown Racine Business opening a branch office in  Waukesha.  That’s fine folks do that all the time. However I find it worth while looking into more. I cant help but think that IMHO this event has something to do with water sales. A lot of places to open up a business some better operations then others .  I myself do not believe in chance. What better way to have an idea of what may be happening in Waukesha then to have a friendly business to the Mayor of Racine operate there?  I do believe that when millions are at stake,  anything can happen.

Just look at The Owens Vally or say the history of Joe Kennedy.

Sad thing is that if this happens for Racine without the court fights I think will come and the protests. The City would only get 4-6 million a year that’s a very little money very little money.

However think of the possibilities of the millions to build the infrastructure to do this the pipelines the land sales the  minority set asides.

When you read the History of the Owens Vally water to LA you get a taste of just a bit of the scams that can and do go on with Water in California. What could happen here?

Will the shit hit The Root River?

Pay attention Racine.

Money Games

Looking at the City budget and cant help but think how the hell is the City of Racine going to even start paying for all the toys of Rootworks when you look at everything else the City is paying for or wants to pay for the question still is how in God’s Earth are they going to pay for this all.

Its just wild that a City that is so broke contracts that City Unions are busted to save money would even think to run a civic center that lost over 250,000 last year. This does not include the $$ for a new roof and other fees charged by the contractor over management fees $300,000 +.
What do you think comes first keeping the Cities word or running an underused Civic center open?

A visit.

 

This weekend I walked around the Lakefront. Nice day interesting day.  Liked meeting the nice folks from Indonesia, the older one of the group said how the Mayor remained her of Sukarno when she was a child but doing a far worse job, then Sukarno did.

The Daughter had questions on what was going on with the “Sea  Wall” so was I.

So I looked at what was going on and asked some questions

 

I saw this

 

 

I asked the “supervisor” on site what was going on.

He said that Racine County was doing another 400′ of the “Sea Wall” as part of fixing up the County’s Marina. What?   WHAT?

 

 

The supervisor also said the contract called for work EVERYDAY that the Lake was flat.  Wow everyday so this crew of 4-5 on a Sunday was getting double time? Perhaps more

Leaving the area I ran into two retired guys that use to work as dredgers at the time this wall was built back in the day.  The retired men thought the crew was making $200 an Hour.

Nice to know that Racine County has that kind of money.  Now The Root River needs Dredging a good 1/4 mile from the Harbor mouth. This will cost tons. Who will be paying for this should the county do that? Are we going to be doing that?

 

 

Fred Eaton The Killer of the Owens Vally is in the House!

 

 

Fred Eaton The Killer of the Owens Vally is in the House! (Editorial)

 

 

A bit about Fred Eaton from the PBS page on the show called the West: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/d_h/eaton.htm

Born in Los Angeles in 1856, into the prominent family that had founded Pasadena, Eaton taught himself engineering and was the superintendent of the Los Angeles City Water Company by age 19. Elected Mayor in 1898, Eaton created the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and, together with his friend and former employee William Mulholland, advanced the idea of building a gravity-fed aqueduct from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles.

The first obstacle to this plan was the brand-new federal Bureau of Reclamation, which had promised to help the farmers and ranchers of Owens Valley improve their irrigation system. Eaton pulled strings in California and even traveled to Washington to meet with advisers to the conservation-minded President Theodore Roosevelt and convince them that the Owens River would yield a greater bounty flowing from Los Angeles faucets than into Owens Valley orchards and fields. The Bureau of Reclamation project was cancelled.

Next Eaton went to the Owens Valley and began buying up water rights and land options. Never opposed to mixing public service with private gain, Eaton also purchased large parcels of Owens Valley land for himself, with the hope that he would become rich when the city of Los Angeles had to buy his land to complete the project.

and a bit more http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Eaton_Fred.html

Eaton used inside information from the Aqueduct project to enrich himself and his friends at the expense of the City of Los Angeles and other landowners. See California Water Wars for more information. Eventually, his demands became so great that they ruptured his relationship with Mulholland. Eaton wanted a million dollars for some land needed by Mulholland to build a dam reservoir. Mulholland refused to buy and relocated the dam. This relocated dam was the St. Francis Dam, which soon collapsed, killing many people.

and what happed to the Farm Land becuse of IMHO the great rip off of the Water from this area to LA?

In spite of protests from valley farmers and ranchers, Los Angeles completed the first aqueduct from the valley to Los Angeles in 1913 and filled it with reductions in irrigation and, more effectively, by diverting the lower Owens River to the aqueduct. LADWP continued to acquire land and water rights as valley farmers gave up their dead and dying crops and orchards and moved.

By 1924, Owens Lake and approximately fifty miles of the Owens River were dry. By the 1930s, Los Angeles owned approximately 95 percent of all farm and ranch land in the valley….”

From

http://www.ovcweb.org/OwensValley/Waterhistory.html

 

Here is what it looks like today once green fields now this

 

 

To the Post.

 

IMHO I think I understand the rush to get RootWorks passed as a City of Racine plan and a few wink wink nudge nudge deals going on in the City of Racine.

As I see it, Mayor Dickert needs the water deal with Waukesha just as fast as he can make this happen.  The 4-8 Million a year Racine would get would go  to pay for the Black Hole that called Racine.

This amount would be about 10% of the City budget Last year 2012 City Budget was 47,186,932

however the City said it would spend 81,729,249  Oh the games the City plays with numbers.

See Mayor John Dickert needs to find every Dime he can

Now should Waukesha go with Racine vs Milwaukee or Oak Creak it still have a long ways to go before any work get started but Mayor Dickert knows its going to be a fight to head off part of the fight was a deal made to say The Root River Council that for this groups backing for a water sales plan they (Root River Council)  would get City help in getting EPA/State of Wisconsin Grants and part of any fees Racine would get goes to fund some aspect of the Root River plan called RootWorks?

Has a “deal” been made for the backing of the Root River Council for selling the Water out of Lake Michigan? If so how much did they get for selling their soul? Guess that’s a money trail that must get followed.

Knowing that even with Walker in charge in Madison that having a State Senator/Assemblyman on his side to help get more $, State backing, and /or DNR approval for the Water sale did that motivate the games played with Voting issues in Racine and the retirement of Rep. Turner?

The Money the City of Racine get for selling  the water from Lake Michigan is just a small part of the Gold coming if we get this deal think of the land that may have to be bought/leased for the pipeline for the Water going to  Waukesha. Think of the contracts for the work think of the games that could be played in this alone! Minority set asides, training programs for youth.  The “oversight” needed money and power galore!

Oh has Racine not been sued via the NSP program for contact issues and Minority contacting issues?

Boy this whole Water sales issue if far greater then I ever thought.

Root River Goes to Sewage?

 

 

So I went to my first meeting of the Waterworks Commission yesterday. I did so because with the focus of Mayor John Dickert to sell water from Lake Michigan to Waukesha even though this would becuse of the Great Lakes Compact to replace Water from Lake Michigan with “Treated” sewage from Waukesha. This sewage as I understand it would come down the Root River yes Sewage in the Root River perhaps looking like this

 

 

Yum! Lets go boating or swimming now!

 

Last night meeting was interesting. Went fast the members had read the agenda (Unlike what goes on at say the City Cable Commission). Overall I was impressed whit how it was run.

Mayor Dickert was there as a member but did not run the meeting. The Mayor also did not make motions he may have seconded  some no issues with that.

I taped the Audio of the meeting and plan to tape the Audio of all the meeting of the Waterworks commission with what is being proposed by the City of Racine to sell water to Waukesha and get  “treated” sewage in return is so critical because  the Good old boys want this done andd as  I see it will do anything to make it so. Why?

Easy, all about the money.  Lets look at what the Water might bring in If I understand right Waukesha might need 5 MILLION gallons a day and  lets say we charge only .05 per 1000 gallons that’s $2500 per day  about 900,000 a year. I am sure that there will be fees and other charges Racine see over 1 million a year in income for the City of Racine easy if not more.

Think of the land that may have to be bought or rights leased to run pipes under/over. How many millions will that cost? What FOJ (Friend of John) might be used for that  sweat part of the deal?

Think about the engineering and the creation of the system. How much money will that be who might benefit  from that part of the contact? How much might that cost.

How many Millions will this selling of Water cost us? Who might see a lot of funds come into their hands?  Can we trust Mayor John Dicket to keep our Water clean? Please recall the Lead issues in some of the Homes in Racine’s NSP program.

Now I have been assured that the Sewage will be treated and all will be well then I recall this:

http://mediatrackers.org/2012/05/30/politically-toxic-tom-barrett-and-the-metropolitan-milwaukee-sewerage-district/   only 170 MILLION gallons of Raw Sewage dumped last year into Lake Michigan by the Green Mayor of Milwaukee in 2011. So what might we look at here if some act of God would dump sewage into the Root River?  1 Million Gallons? 2 Million?  What woult that do to the homes along the River? What might that do to North Beach?  Are you willing to take a chance?

 

In the posts to come lets look at the money