Archive for March, 2014

Heritage Museum Rocks

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Today, I went to the Racine Heritage Museum to start research on my forthcoming book, Racine crime syndicate/ DBA/city of Racine, where I will outline some of the fun and games that have went on in the City and county of Racine WI

Stopped in to see how the layout in the archives work to see the lay of the land.

The 1st thing that stuck me is how nice and helpful the staff preforms their jobs, so cool to see a group of volunteers doing so much to help others looking for information.

The information they have!! Wowsers!!

I just went in basicly to look around I was their for about an hour in that hour looking only at a few newspaper files was enlightening very much so

Newspaper story after newspaper story taking about the money being spent on what is now called Reef Point Marina (in the Millions over the years) and the idea “If we build it they will come”

This was after the Harbor was changed from a Commercial Harbor to what it is now. around 1984 so after 30 years and millions of dollars not much has changed.

One story from 1988 said that 560 out of 960 slips were rented but the story goes on to say that the Harbor will be bringing more Slip rentals soon.

Gee last year a little over 50% of the slips were rented and the space that is being used for a Restaurant is as off 3/14 paying NO RENT (must be nice)  so when will this start to bring in revenue its only been oh 30+ years.

So I will be going back to do more research take a lot of notes and try to find out who got the Millions.

Going to see too what I can find out about the beginnings of Rootworks and what might be the real plan.

I will also be giving them a Copy of the Letter to the DA and a copy of the lawsuit on the Mayor and his pals, I think it is critical that this info is kept for those who come after.

 

Hey The Mayor takes a good photo

 

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Letter to the D.A.

March 24, 2014

To: Richard Chiapete

District Attorney’s Office

730 Wisconsin Ave

Racine, Wisconsin 53403

From: Wayne Clingman

236 Jones Street

Racine, Wisconsin 53404

Dear Mr Chiapete,
I am writing this correspondence to you in regards to questionable activities related “Rootworks” a project of the Root River Council intended to transform 3.26 acres of the Racine’s downtown river corridor into a live, work, condominium, boardwalk redevelopment plan.
I am concerned with two of the Rootwork board members in particular, Marty Defatte and Monte Osterman, whose role in advocating for Rootworks demands closer scrutiny. I believe they are involved in a behind-the-scenes scheme that is ethically questionable, and from which they will use their offices and positions to profit from the sale of Mound Ave Bluff property, which would be purchased with city financing and a DNR grant.
On March 4, 2014, Monte Osterman, Root River Council Chairman, Racine County supervisor and owner of Osterman Marble and Granite, spoke before the Racine City Council to advocate that public money be spent on Rootworks. Monte Osterman neglected to mention that he also owns a private business named  Osterman Marble and Granite which is located at 1251 Mound Ave. Therefore he has a personal financial interest in the proceedings. The same building his fellow Root River Council member Marty Defatte is selling as a broker for Shorewest Realty. Sec. 2-580 Failure to disclose economic interest.

Sec. 2-581 prohibited conduct.  a. Violation of work rules. b. Use of office for private gain. d. Taking action of affecting a matter in which an official has financial interest. f. Misconduct in office.

 

 

Inasmuch as these two gentlemen knew as early as 2008 of the proposed development of this land (due to Osterman’s position with Rootworks) is it not suspicious that he chose this location for his granite and marble business when so many other suitable properties are available in the city that would not require him to relocate again within a short time?
Also in a hurried up effort to secure funding, proper, required, and legal procedures were violated. On April 1, 2013 at a Racine Redevelopment Authority meeting it was decided to apply for a Knowles Nelson stewardship grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Allocating $25,000 for appraisals and surveys Matt Sadowski assistant city planner stated that the request for proposals would be sent out for bidding. No request for proposals was ever sent out although the statutes are clear that one was required. The appraisals and surveys were conducted on April 18, 19, of 2013 and completed on April 22, 2013. Three days of work. $15,700 for appraisals, $4,944 for surveys, attorney fees of $2,000 and title work for $1,500 for a total of 24,144. How was a figure so close to the allotment arrived at with no proposal having been offered or approved within the 17 days between the allotment being made and the work being performed?
Section 2-332 of the City of Racine ordinance is quite clear that the Common Council must first provide approval prior to applying for grants. Shouldn’t the results of the April 1, 2013 RDA meeting, resulting in resolution 13–05, have been forwarded to the finance and personnel committee for discussion and a recommendation then to the Common Council for a final vote prior to the proceedings? It was never done. John Dickert and Matt Sadowski rushed through the process contrary to law and without all the required approvals and submitted the paperwork to the DNR on May 1, 2013.Sec.2-332. Duties 4. Sec.2-108 b d. 946.72 Tampering with public records and notices.

 

 

The entire process of requesting a grant from the Department of Natural Resources has been flawed. The process of purchasing the Mound Ave Bluff is also flawed an investigation needs to be opened and inquiries made. Who knew what and when? I am asking t for a full investigation into this matter.

 

 

I believe this is not the only violation the City of Racine has committed and I intend to bring those to your attention as well in a timely manner.  Until then, I look forward to your response regarding the above irregularities regarding the “Mound Ave. Overlook” project. I have enclosed a media investigation packet into the allegations I have made. All the statements made are backed up by official documents.

Respectfully

Wayne Clingman

Media Consultant  Racine Equality Project

 

I like to see the questions answered. After all is this idea going to benefit

Racine or just pals of the Mayor?

The end?

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I recall a story I was told a few years back, in the story how an ice rink all but build near Festival  Hall was stopped by the efforts of one man who simply did not give up but shared information until the Ice Rink was killed.

Now read this blog post http://racineexposed.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/rootworks-cui-bono/comment-page-1/#comment-812

and ask what might this mean to Rootworks?    When you read the post think what will happen when this information gets to:

The D.A

The Members of the County Board

The Wisconsin Department of Justice

WTMJ

WISN

Milwaukee Newspapers

The D.N.R.

The EPA

How do you think this will go?  Maybe nothing maybe an investigation, maybe only a delay of a few months or perhaps the funding groups just stop the funding. Who knows?

More interesting is what will the Black Bar owners do with the information

I did not write http://racineexposed.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/rootworks-cui-bono/comment-page-1/#comment-812    but God Bless who did

Lets rape the Lake!

From The Racine Journal Times 3-22-14 http://journaltimes.com/news/local/racine-utility-villages-agree-on-water-impact-fees/article_b87cc2ca-b16f-11e3-81d0-001a4bcf887a.html

Racine utility, villages agree on water impact fees

 

“RACINE COUNTY — It took just one meeting for Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant and Racine Water Utility officials to reach a compromise Friday on water impact fees.

Both villages had formally objected to a proposed increase in the basic residential equivalency connection fee, also known as REC or impact fee, by $130 from the current $3,320.

Village officials had previously said the fee, which can reach upwards of $100,000 for large businesses, hurts their ability to land big employers and developments……”

The cry is from the Villages is that high fees  drive folks  away and I think they are right on the other hand …”

Haas has explained that the concept behind REC fees is that existing ratepayers do not shoulder the burden for new development, which requires a more extensive utility network. The concept is that “growth pays for growth.”

The fees came about in 2004, when Racine, through its water utility, and Mount Pleasant agreed on a method for sharing the capital costs of water service infrastructure.

The agreement, which set the original fee at $2,913, also applies to Sturtevant which became a Racine retail customer in 2007. (Caledonia does not pay REC fees, but does pay 23.71 percent of any water infrastructure projects in Racine, Mount Pleasant or Caledonia.)…” And we have this “On the other hand, Wahlen said, “(Haas) needs to pay for that infrastructure.””

 

When we go back and reread we find this tidbit “n discussing that increase recently, Sturtevant Village Board members referred to an unnamed bottler that considered putting a plant in the village. But the REC fees would have been in the millions, they said.”

Yes a Water Bottle Plant by the looks of things

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You know drill a few deep wells and suck up the Aqua-fill water a few 10.000 Gals a day perhaps to fill plastic water bottles that we see in store then chucked on the ground

Of course the area wants the plant bad from the jobs needed to build the place and jobs (low paying) to run the place, then you got the added tax base that’s what they are looking at

Only a few (and some of them now paid off by perhaps the Rootworks idea?) will not bitch about the water being pulled out and maybe maybe replaced by water coming in from Lake Michigan ? What damage might this bring to the area? Will anyone care after all the Pig called Goverment must eat even if your left with

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And  to think I thought we had a Green Mayor well something is Green

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As I see this we do not want a Water plant nor be part of an industry as bad as this one is to the Environment

The Rabbit Hole

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So still looking for Bulkhead lines for the Root River in the City of Racine and got nana so far even with from State Statues  33.11 (3):

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(3) How ESTABLISHED Whenever any municipality` pro-

poses to establish a bulkhead line or to reestablish an existing

bulkhead line, the municipality shall indicate both the ex-

isting

:shoreand the proposed bulkhead line upon a map and

shall file with the department for its approval 6 copies of the

map and 6 copies of the ordinance establishing the bulkhead

line The map shall use a scale of`not less than 100 feet to an

inch or any other scale required by the department The map

and a metes and bounds description’of’the bulkhead line shall

be prepared by a land surveyor registered in this state

. The

department may require the installation of permanent refer-

ence markers to the bulkhead line

; Upon approval’ by the

department, the municipality shall deliver the map, descrip-

tion and ordinance to the office of the register of’deedsof’the

county in which the bulkhead line lies, to be recorded by the

register of deeds

Looks clear to me yet staff I talk to there today 3-21-14 had no clue called them back and asked them nicly to read the Law as in that might help them know whwre to look or research

Then we have the city of Racine

From the City Code

Sec. 106-4. Bulkhead lines.permanent link to this piece of content

(a)

North of Root River. The bulkhead line of that part of the shore of Lake Michigan north of Root River, is established and determined to be as follows:

Begin in centerline of Hubbard Street at the east line of Michigan Boulevard; thence along said centerline north 89 degrees 35 minutes east 1,120 feet; thence north 34 degrees east 340 feet to a point on concrete pier, said point being the north end and beginning of lake shoreline; thence south 34 degrees west 340 feet; thence south 13 degrees 10 minutes west 445 feet; thence south 0 degrees 25 minutes west 225 feet; thence south 34 degrees 55 minutes east 366 feet to northeast corner of concrete wall at United States Coast Guard Station; thence (along face of said concrete wall) south 5 degrees 20 minutes east 83 feet to face of steel sheet piling; thence (along face of said steel sheet piling) north 79 degrees 50 minutes east 85 feet to east end of steel sheet piling; thence (along face of said steel sheet piling) south 10 degrees 10 minutes east 20 feet to face of steel sheet piling on north side of Root River. The above-described line is located entirely in the east ½ of Section 9, Township 3 North, Range 23 East, Racine County, Wisconsin. The last described point is the south end of designated lake shoreline north of Root River. The above-described line is more particularly shown on the map hereby made a part hereof, which map is on file in the city clerk’s office.

(b)

South of Root River. The bulkhead line of that part of the shore of Lake Michigan south of Root River, is established and determined to be as follows:

Begin at a point on the north line of Fifth Street (bearing south 81 degrees 11 minutes west) 457 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue, said point being the south end and beginning of lake shoreline; thence north 22 degrees 28 minutes west 464.05 feet to a point in the centerline of Fourth Street (said point being 345.7 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue and bearing of said centerline of Fourth Street is south 81 degrees 07 minutes west); thence continuing north 22 degrees 28 minutes west 210.6 feet to a point (said point being 295 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue and 243.4 feet south of the south line of Third Street produced east of Lake Avenue); thence north 6 degrees 19 minutes east 252.2 feet to a point (said point being 360 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue on the south line of Third Street produced east of Lake Avenue); thence north 81 degrees 21 minutes east, along the south line of Third Street produced east of Lake Avenue, 375 feet; thence north 6 degrees 25 minutes west 487 feet; thence north 40 degrees 05 minutes east 405 feet to the southeast corner of concrete pier; thence (along face of concrete pier) north 0 degrees 00 minutes 14 feet to face of concrete pier on south side of Root River. The above-described line is located entirely in the east ½ of Section 9, Township 3 North, Range 23 East, Racine County, Wisconsin. The last-described point is the north end of designated lake shoreline south of Root River. The above-described line is more particularly shown on the map hereby made a part hereof, which map is on file in the city clerk’s office.

Emphasis mine

They had no clue either both offices where  nice The City Clerk is looking for them and to cover my ass I did an open records request … “Good Afternoon

I would like a copy of the map of the  Bulkhead lines of the Root River as described in Sec. 106-4. Bulkhead lines.of the C
Racine, Wisconsin, Code of Ordinances

A PDF copy would be fine, I understand that a fee maybe charged for this and I need to be informed of this cost if any.

This may help you locate a copy of the Map.

This State Law may aid as well. 30.11(3)

How established. Whenever any municipality proposes to establish a bulkhead line or to reestablish an existing bulkhead line, the municipality shall indicate both the existing shore and the proposed bulkhead line upon a map and shall file with the department for its approval 6 copies of the map and 6 copies of the ordinance establishing the bulkhead line. The map shall use a scale of not less than 100 feet to an inch or any other scale required by the department. The map and a metes and bounds description of the bulkhead line shall be prepared by a land surveyor registered in this state. The department may require the installation of permanent reference markers to the bulkhead line. Upon approval by the department, the municipality shall deliver the map, description and ordinance to the office of the register of deeds of the county in which the bulkhead line lies, to be recorded by the register of deeds.”…

I also called My State Senator office and the DNR for further help.

Wait do not go to sleep yet the interesting times have yet to begin and boy that will be lots of fun for me but not so much for others.

 

 

First Full Day Back.

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Mayor John Dickert overlooking Racine WI ?

As readers of my other Blog Racine in Ruins may know, I am focusing on fresh water issues of Racine with some attention to Lake Michigan after all its one of the largest bodies of fresh water around so that be a part of my over watch.

So too would be Rootworks (Its hat the City calls it) and the major refocus came not only after the last city council of Racine meeting 3-18-14 but a series of phones calls about happenings about the Root River council a self appointed group chosen some how to over see the Rootwooks plan and If I understand right and I think I do get some amount of money to do so. 

I looked into what I was told found the information was right and knew if I did not talk about what was going on with the issues no one would and worse down the line after I and you are long gone no one would know the strange happenings of the Fresh Water issues of Racine.

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Don Bolles

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From http://dondevereux.com/2013/02/25/the-bolles-murder-a-case-of-curious-coincidences/

THE BOLLES BOMBING DEEPLY CONSIDERED

…”Meanwhile, shortly before noon on June 2, 1976, a dynamite bomb was detonated by remote control beneath the car seat of Don Bolles’s Datsun sedan in a Phoenix hotel parking lot. He had gone there to meet a source named John Adamson, a local hoodlum who clearly had set him up. Bolles lived 11 more days, finally dying on June 13, 1976, following amputation of both legs and one arm.

Before losing consciousness after the blast, the reporter managed to implicate Adamson and to attribute the attack explicitly to “Emprise” and the “Mafia,” long-standing targets of his Arizona dog track inquiries. Like any experienced investigative journalist, Bolles had a good sense of where the serious risks lay among the topics on which he was working.

In the months before the car-bombing, Bolles had confided to family friend Kathy Kolbe that his investigation of possible dog track skim money going to the mob had led to a spin-off as the “big story” in which he was currently engaged. Kolbe is a prominent and bright Phoenix entrepreneur who back in the 1970s was a member of the Phoenix 40, a powerful group of local business leaders that controlled city politics. She is the ex-wife of late Phoenix Gazette columnist John Kolbe and ex-sister-in-law of U.S. Congressman Jim Kolbe of Tucson.

As Kathy Kolbe has told it, Bolles’s impending major story in 1976 involved Mafia reliance on dog track skim as the front money —  covering bribes and other start-up costs —  for a systematic diversion of gold and other precious metals from Motorola plants in the metropolitan Phoenix area. At the time many millions of dollars in gold per year were being used as plating on circuit boards and in other electronic components. According to Kolbe, that large-scale theft operation implicated a salvage yard, evidently in Mesa, and something with “Gemini” in its title”…..

Before I go further, actives of myself and other such as those behind the RICO lawsuit on Mayor John Dickert and others of his associates, I feel may disrupt quite the gravy train and IMHO when millions are at stake wild times may just happen.

So be very interesting times

But back to my first day

Went to get a map of the     Bulkhead line of the Root River what is that you ask?

From Wikipedia Bulkhead line is an officially set line along a shoreline, usually outside of the dry land, to demark a territory allowable to be treated as dry land, to separate the jurisdictions of dry land and water authorities, for construction and riparian activities, to establish limits to the allowable obstructions to navigation, etc.

So having read where I might find them : “

North of Root River. The bulkhead line of that part of the shore of Lake Michigan north of Root River, is established and determined to be as follows:

Begin in centerline of Hubbard Street at the east line of Michigan Boulevard; thence along said centerline north 89 degrees 35 minutes east 1,120 feet; thence north 34 degrees east 340 feet to a point on concrete pier, said point being the north end and beginning of lake shoreline; thence south 34 degrees west 340 feet; thence south 13 degrees 10 minutes west 445 feet; thence south 0 degrees 25 minutes west 225 feet; thence south 34 degrees 55 minutes east 366 feet to northeast corner of concrete wall at United States Coast Guard Station; thence (along face of said concrete wall) south 5 degrees 20 minutes east 83 feet to face of steel sheet piling; thence (along face of said steel sheet piling) north 79 degrees 50 minutes east 85 feet to east end of steel sheet piling; thence (along face of said steel sheet piling) south 10 degrees 10 minutes east 20 feet to face of steel sheet piling on north side of Root River. The above-described line is located entirely in the east ½ of Section 9, Township 3 North, Range 23 East, Racine County, Wisconsin. The last described point is the south end of designated lake shoreline north of Root River. The above-described line is more particularly shown on the map hereby made a part hereof, which map is on file in the city clerk’s office.

(b)

South of Root River. The bulkhead line of that part of the shore of Lake Michigan south of Root River, is established and determined to be as follows:

Begin at a point on the north line of Fifth Street (bearing south 81 degrees 11 minutes west) 457 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue, said point being the south end and beginning of lake shoreline; thence north 22 degrees 28 minutes west 464.05 feet to a point in the centerline of Fourth Street (said point being 345.7 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue and bearing of said centerline of Fourth Street is south 81 degrees 07 minutes west); thence continuing north 22 degrees 28 minutes west 210.6 feet to a point (said point being 295 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue and 243.4 feet south of the south line of Third Street produced east of Lake Avenue); thence north 6 degrees 19 minutes east 252.2 feet to a point (said point being 360 feet east of the east line of Lake Avenue on the south line of Third Street produced east of Lake Avenue); thence north 81 degrees 21 minutes east, along the south line of Third Street produced east of Lake Avenue, 375 feet; thence north 6 degrees 25 minutes west 487 feet; thence north 40 degrees 05 minutes east 405 feet to the southeast corner of concrete pier; thence (along face of concrete pier) north 0 degrees 00 minutes 14 feet to face of concrete pier on south side of Root River. The above-described line is located entirely in the east ½ of Section 9, Township 3 North, Range 23 East, Racine County, Wisconsin. The last-described point is the north end of designated lake shoreline south of Root River. The above-described line is more particularly shown on the map hereby made a part hereof, which map is on file in the city clerk’s office.

I went and ask the Clerk’s office for a copy or to be able to look at one to make notes.

I was told by the first staffer that she had no idea what I was talking about even after I cited the above. She got her supervisor who said the same thing when asked but took my Email and said she look into this further and get back to me. In the two hours between that time and the close of the day I have heard nothing, should I not by COB Friday I will call   to follow up then call The State DNR you see State Law coves this too and I am more then  willing to talk to the DA about this map

Then I went to the Harbor commission meeting to learn more about the dredging and ramp rebuilding on 5th St.

Looks like Belle City Marina is going to be filled in. The other interesting note was that members of this group think that less then 50% of Reef Point will be rented this year, but wait are we not told that boater from IL will save Racine? …..

You cant say

You cant say that I and others have not said we had issues with  Rootworks

I do think that far more then just Eddie D will be asking questions, some of us will be calling Goverment offices and raising hell.

 

 

I will not put up will strange games nor hiding what is going on. We have a right to know EVERYTHING going on.

There may be reasons why the City of Racine is playing fast and lose.

Wait the Game is afoot!

In fact I think I need to focus far more on this blog then Racine in Ruins I owe The Root River that much