Kate Remington Fighter for Justice!

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Reprinted with permission

August 25, 2014 Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service MC 4910 DAL Dallas, TX 75242 Re: Additional information: Root River Council Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division

To Whom it May Concern: I am a property owner in the City of Racine, WI (please see letter dated July 18, 2014, enclosed as requested) I am a retired fine artist and purchased my building 15 years ago. Foreword I believe in freedom of information and I have been pursuing the activities of the Root River Council because there are so many questions unanswered regarding the Root River Watershed and the redevelopment the City has been developing and is now introducing as MACHINERY ROW. This is currently being estimated as a 65 million dollar project. At the same time Racine,Wi is #1 in state unemployment and is simultaneously turning off street lights and cutting back essential services. The population is declining steadily. And, we are being told today that the City is at least 6 million dollars short regarding its budget. My interest is and has been focused upon the Root River Council because there appears to more than suggestions of impropriety regarding custodial duties re Ordinance and the Ordinance survey regarding established bulkhead lines re the Root River watershed. New Information State Representative Cory Mason says in his current newsletter for the 66th District that this Machinery Row project has been in the works for nine years. In the same pr statement Cory Mason quotes a Rodney Blackwell who is identified as the overall creative force and head of Financial District Properties. Mr Blackwell is quoted as crediting 4 people responsible for “the high level of collaboration and commitment”: John Dickert/Mayor of Racine; Robin Vos/Speaker of the Assembly; Cory Mason/State Representative District 66: and Jim Ladwig/County Executive. So it sounds good, but what about the collaboration with the taxpayers and residents of Racine? What about their representatives, the alderpeople of the common council, how come we haven’t heard from them? How come these alderpeople are beginning to ask questions like I am asking regarding Machinery Row? And how come we who have been asking to see the 990 forms find there are multiple Root River Councils and missing paper work and contradictory paper work and we don’t know what is authentic and what is not. The confusion for me centers around the bulkhead lines for the Root River Watershed which in April 2013 I requested via Public Information. The process was painful and not satisfactory. And the information I did receive (which was that there is no such thing) makes no sense to me because sometime during 2004 and 2005 I had requested the Root River Bulkhead line survey from the City’s Development Department and received a large detailed copy from I believe Matt Sadowski who is still in Development. I requested this survey in my capacity as secretary of the Historic Sixth Street Business Association which used this survey in its presentations. This Sixth Street Association disbanded in 2004-2005. The Racine Library has a good research room with lots of clippings and historical info yet I found no reference to bulkhead line discussions re the Root River or public discussions. These two steps are required when land usage is being altered. And to the best of my knowledge these steps were not taken. Unbeknownst to me UNTIL NOW is that sometime during the last two years the City through its instrument County Supervisor Monte Osterman and one of his Root River Councils (there seem to be a for profit and a non profit) created something called a Root River Overlay District which was sent for approval to the City Plan Commission and not the Common Council. And then the chairman of the Plan Commission (Brian O’Connell the head of Development) then sent it to a body called Root River Corridor Redevelopment Technical Team, identified by Cory Mason in his newsletter as Vandewalle, a design firm (also not local). This is not following the City’s rules, the state statutes or the constitution of the United States. The public was left in the dark and bypassed along with the alderpeople. The very last time I heard reference to the Root River bulkhead lines was in a presentation circa 2005. Allison Warner mentioned it and putting a task force together of people….most of whom are presently members of the Root River Council. It even appears that the Redevelopment Authority, yet another level of executive appointed members of the community elevated above the public by the Mayor. No one uses the words ‘bulkhead lines’ and no one mentions “Root River Watershed’ because by calling the downtown watershed a ‘corridor’ or a ‘manufactured canal,’ the land usage changes and instead of the public right to access both of the banks of the river, the use of the land is changed and the ownership of the land is changed. It is my believe that the City has no right to sell this land which still belongs to the public because the City did not follow procedure. Instead of protecting the public’s land usage or simply attempting to convince the public that they should give it up, the City just eliminated an Ordinance and its survey for the benefit of whom?? I am asking you to consider investigating further. I believe this land still belongs to the public and that this Machinery Row is about money for others and not for the good of the future of Racine, WI.

Sincerely,

Kate Remington 613 Sixth Street Racine, WI 53403

 

 

More and more and sending letters like this to the IRS and another group who the writer thinks may be of help.

The hope is that someone cares or thinks that this is worth looking into, I myself am letting The Press know about this  who knows what say The New York Times could find out?

To me that is the one thing the Good Old Boys fear the most is others outside Racine asking questions or perhaps getting a Grand Jury interested.

Yes how would Mayor John Dickert deal with a grand jury looking into this at the same time he is fighting the RICO case filed by the Black Bar owner?

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Kate Remington on August 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Wayne you read it!  You made it look better too and me!  Thank you.  The bus people, the sign people and the simply fed up people of this city are pushing back now.

    Reply

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