Archive for March, 2013

Harbor Meeting 3/23/13 Part II


Just a few more random thoughts.

I have to sit closer to the talking being older they do not talk very loud and I missed the names of groups and other information, I will be sure to do so.

They did not have public comment however when I raised my hand they did allow me to speak.

Of course just so you know it’s Ryan’s fault that The City of Racine does not have Millions for dredging, that is what two of the members said. After all Racine needs the money. Troubling because in the day of 16 trillion in debit something must be cut. More troubling is that two members just see this as a Right vs left issue.

When I spoke I recalled to the Group that Our Mayor as is said is one phone call away from Obama perhaps   the group should have The Mayor contact the White House vs blame/contact Rep Ryan? That did not go over well.

I have a lot of research to do a few open records to ask for and calls to make To Rep Voss  about changes I like to see happen in Groups that may get State Money.

Oh one last thing. The chairman of the group and another talked of the effort needed to move along 5th St project, and let’s say a fear of the effort stalling out.

Harbor Meeting 3/22/13 Part 1

Went to the City Harbor Commission meting yesterday. I went because along with Rootworks there is a lot of opportunity to spend $$ on what who knows or  for the benefit of what group of folks? The rich well off Boaters who are looking to have their enjoyment of the Lake subsidized or everyone who may want to use Lake Michigan?

Let me start off in saying that this group of folks I think are doing the best job they know how within a city Goverment that has no clue about the effort needed to keep the Harbor open.

I will say that IMHO this group is thinking The City will be so much better off with a City/County operated Marina to attract the Mythical boaters to Racine. This will be a huge issue and fast for the days of the Boaters coming and spending tons of money are dead and gone. We will see how fast I can convince this group that the idea they have is well dead. Must be truly sad to see days of glory boating in Lake Michigan is gone, when in living memory they were part of it and perhaps still own large boats now.

That being said the City does have a Harbor that local fishermen use as well as Charter Boat Capts and others.  The City has a duty to maintain this harbor and improve said Harbor if/when able.

Over the years I have found out from this meeting and other  research due to high  cost much maintenance has been neglected, other factors beyond anyone’s control  has led to issues that need to be addressed like Dredging. In the meeting I was at, the survey done for the 5th street pier is finding (If I understand correctly) that 13,000 cubic Yards of bottom would have to be removed for a 7′ path that is needed, cost 450K to 1,000,ooo  that is a lot of money the City have to come up with 30% or so. How can we spend that money at a time that we are turning off street lights and fighting to keep open fire stations?

I strongly believe that this city needs to talk about what we are going to focus on with the small amount of resources we have for the best return on investment.

Let me be blunt My .02


I am of two schools of thought:

1) A lot of good can come with a focus on the River and Harbor within the City of Racine

2) I do not trust The Mayor of Racine John Dickert  to do anything more then enrich his pals and by use of Public Funds to continue to build shit just to build shit any say he did something (and give Cronies money)

He can also use the Harbor to raise taxes and create more opportunities to give cronys money.

To me this is shown by such things as:

City Hall Bathrooms

CAR 25

Roundabout on 7th St

This is so bad that I can not trust the Mayor nor those who work on the City’s Commissions or Boards in Racine City Goverment. for I feel that the members of such are in on the games or to dumb to understand what is going on.

There are exceptions to this, few and far between but they do exist.  So what do I do?

I guess the only thing I can do is go to the Meetings and talk about the issues on this blog.