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Money and Water

As The Root River is Raped….

Wow From today’s Racine Journal Times

Local group heading to NYC climate change march


The Local Group is not named but I will guess it’s 350. Org but again the group is not named and they have every right to march if they want

Interesting that this group is willing to go a march in New York but not willing to do anything when it comes to the well what I call the Rape of the Root River I guess I should call it by a better name the Root Industrial Canal, I would hope that seeing the  Root Industrial Canal, turn into well as I call it the largest Real Estate Scam in Wisconsin History this group or most Green Groups be more worried about local events., such as putting 6-8 Million Gal of “Treated Sewage” into Lake Michigan ( A day)  via the Root Industrial Canal, this would be from Waukesha pumping 6-8 Million Ga a day from Lake Michigan and how Green is that?

imagesrs2  (Treated Sewage?)

but well depending who is in this group might they be getting paid to help with the Rape of this area?

What? you mean the Local Green Groups (Or green Groups overall) can get paid off?

What do you think?  Do you have a price you sell out for? Most of us do I guess, the first 350K Cash sure could buy my home and my Wife and I be long gone from this pit of hell. Better yet 20K and I never post anything on this area of Southeast Wisconsin! I will not hold my breath

What might your price be?

Any bets that somehow Grant Funds to Root River Council are being spent on this trip?



Come on folks its about the Water…. I share my thoughts

But first we have from:



So I was talking to Mr. X on the phone today, not talked to him for sometime and out of the blue he calls

We chatted a bit talk about the RICO Suit then to the point of the phone call that being what the point of the whole Rootworks was: that being as we saw it Control of Sale of WATER!

Mind you, we thought that Machinery Row/TIF 18 could be the largest case of Land Fraud in the History of the State of Wisconsin when all was said and done but that would pale in compassion to the money to be made over the sale of Water from Lake Michigan should Waukesha  be allowed to buy Water from Lake Michigan and then send “Treated Waist back via The Root River

imagesrs2 Treated Sewage?


Right now we are being told that Waukesha will need about 6-10 million Gals a day to just stay the same size and perhaps grow a bit the Water if sent back to Lake Michigan (and the Great Lakes Compact tells us that the water MUST come back) Via the Root Industrial Canal (Formerly the Root River) would generate about 6 Million a year for the Cash Staved city of Racine, then of course, Cities like to grow builders like to build developers like to rip off tax payers I mean develop(I estimate that each year Waukesha loses millions in construction/ taxes until this issues is fixed)   and that mean MORE Water brought from the Lake and treated sewage sent back via   Root Industrial Canal  so perhaps in a few years The City of Racine could get oh 10 Million a year just for allowing this

imagesrs  Treated Sewage?

and then we have this from :   Waukesha is a symptom of a much larger U.S. problem. And for the signators to the Compact the city may be the thin edge of the wedge. The U.S. mid and southwest, particularly those communities and farmlands that have experienced prolonged recent droughts see the water-rich Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin as a prime water resource. Why not divert water from the Basin to population centers like Las Vegas or Phoenix? Why not refill the Ogallala Aquifer with water from the Great Lakes? Why not raise Mississippi River water levels through a diversion canal?

Maybe Racine Under Mayor John Dickert gets a pumping station to start here to pump a few Million to other Cities who need Water maybe to pump the treated sewage back here?

Now Machinery Row costing 68 Million over time political Hacks/Pals of Mayor John Dickert might be able to scam say over time 10% or say 10 Million, but the Water sales Sewage dumping could bring in 6 Million + a year Pipe lines need to go in land may need to be bought etc how much could crooks in Goverment make their pals?

But then there is this from the same Web page …

Poor Waukesha, located in the wrong place when it comes to fighting a water war with the Compact. That’s because Chicago and its waterways which drain into the Illinois River, a tributary of the Mississippi, lie less than an hour to the south. And Chicago has the Asian carp, (seen jumping out of the water on mass in the picture below) an invasive species currently still in the Mississippi watershed that has migrated to within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the Great Lakes. The Compact, as a result, has become hyper vigilant about any water diversion. Should the Asian carp gain access to the Great Lakes it is seen as having an even more devastating impact than the sea lamprey. And considering how unsuccessful humans have been in stopping alien species from getting to the Great Lakes, there is even greater efforts being put in place to try and succeed just once

So Waukesha is caught in a water war, even though it sits within a state that has a wealth of freshwater. Its application to draw water from Lake Michigan which requires unanimous approval from the governors and premiers of the Compact will likely fail to pass, and Waukesha will have to look elsewhere to solve its water crises

So for now our mayor who got very unhappy news about the RICO case today might be only able to find ways to scam on Machinery Row.

Please keep your eyes open this will be interesting to see go down.

What do you think?


One last thing if indeed the Good Old boys are planing to scam on Root Works and folks get in the way of say a 6 Million+ Pay day what will happen?





Kate Remington Fighter for Justice!



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.


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?


Lawyers,Guns, and Money



The line above comes from the taking over of the area now called Oklahoma when asked what was needed to take this land over from Native Americans given this area by the U.S. Goverment the crooks  sent a telegram with this message, E.G. send Lawyers, Guns, and Money.

This would be used in a song by  Warren Zevon, that was big in my day.

Still true today, as many from just plain folk members of the public to City Alderman have raised questions on RootWorks  to not only City Leadership but State Leadership and If I understand right The Feds. However unless something happens perhaps fall out from the RICO case or a case coming from statements Mayor John Dickert made on WRJN not much can/will be done.

Why? Simple, with what I understand from folks looking into this have told me, to get more done will require Lawyers to go to court and those looking into this do not have Lawyers nor the money to retain the to take the issues they have into a court room and fight it out there.

Now I have some questions that I like answered the main one being with Millions on the line if RootWorks got stopped or delayed  why did these folks not prepare to have a lawyer to go to court?

Why do all the work done so far and end things here?

Unless its all part of a bigger plan?

Oh the Tape that Mayor John Dickert Told us he had of the Alderman of the 6th doing wrong should be interesting hearing as should the tape from the last city  Meeting



Lets rape the Lake!

From The Racine Journal Times 3-22-14

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


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


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


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

First Full Day Back.


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.

Side bar

Don Bolles




…”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.


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? …..

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.

Change The Harbor!


My great Idea for the City of Racine using the Harbor, Freight Rail and Wind Power to create real UNION jobs, transistion from Peak oil and create tax base growth for the City of Racine

In a few words build a terminal at the County owned Harbor to handle freight. Use Rail to move off loaded freight to a trucking hub.

I expand the idea

Due to the price of Oil Sailing ships are making a come back


As the price of oil keeps going up, this will only continue.  Companies wanting to keep shiping costs down will be looking for ways to do so.

The use of sail for non-time critical Cargo will begin to be used more and more. From transport of  Soybeans/Corn to Coal cold be transported by Sail.  Racine could moving to create a small Freight Harbor for the Sailing Cargo ships to use with Truck/Rail Terminal to off load the Cargo and repair center be that for the Engines still in use or rigging on the Ships.

My plan would also call for some type of Temp Housing for the Sailors as they may wait for their ship to be reload for the next trip out.  I see a great opportunity to build a Maritime Museum/Retail Center for locals/ tourists  wanting to see the Ships sail into and be off loaded.

Unlike the Downtown Racine trying to serve only the rich and white (The More rich and white the better) this area would be a great place for all t come and visit. We would soon find the Downtown changed to be a far more happier place  full of just plain folk seeing something be created like no other place in America, we find return visitors more and more. Unlike no visitors like we see now. Of course the DRC would not like this but no worries as with the Downtown dieing fast the DRC would come to mean little (Kinda like now)

We would not try and compete with the Milwaukee Harbor but create our own market. The better the Harbor serves the Small Cargo ships the more that would come. Bringing more money/jobs to the City .

Racine too would quickly see other businesses  come to Racine to serve this new industry.

Of course City Taxes would have to come down and a honest City Government  be in office.

Interesting idea to think about.





Crises! and the low water levels  of the Great Lakes is a crises. From the story

New water lows for Great Lakes could drain local economies

By Mike Pearson, CNN
“… — The coal trade on the Great Lakes declined 8.2% in 2012 from the previous year, and down a quarter off the 5-year-averge — in large part due to falling water levels and a $200 million backlog in necessary dredging throughout the lakes, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association.
— Commercial fishing boats are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate some harbors, risking a downturn in a vital part of the Great Lakes economy, said Mark Breederland, an educator with Michigan SeaGrant..”
However this is not the first time this has happened From the Story “…It’s also a cycle that’s been seen before.Lake levels were nearly this low in December 1964, and it’s the March 1964 record that’s likely to fall in the next few months….”

of course Dredging is brought up

“… Groups with interests in the economy of the Great Lakes say Congress has failed to appropriate enough money to keep up with a growing backlog of dredging jobs needed to keep harbors clear for larger boats….”  Of couse low Water be an issue if if the Racine Marina’s get so low that oh say a Hull get ripped  open or Boaters thought that might happen.

Too bad its not The City of Racine’s issue to fix is it? I know the downtown White Business owners think “we” (read me and you not them hell many can’t pay the property taxes they owe) to come up with the millions it would cost to do the Dredging needed to begin to even start to open the  Harbor/Root River. I’ll ask what happened to The City’s $$ and Counties money from the Simuluis? That would have been a shovel ready job for the $$ given to both I think. Why was that $$ used for the work?

Too bad Racine does not have a muti-use Harbor for both Freight and Fun. I sure could get behind that effort, not so much (Read No fucking way) $1 spend on a Rich man’s toy.

Mind you this is a big issue we could see the Harbor slit up in my life time.

What odds do you give the Downtown club in starting a fund drive to pay for Dredging or do you think that that the DRC will cry to the Mayor for the millions needed?