Another goodie from the Waukesha Freeman Sound Off:
I would like to know the exact reason the mayor does not want the closed-session meeting that caused the aldermen to change the reporting structure to become public. After 12 months of his campaign team complaining about the reporting structure, now the mayor wants to move on and not talk about it. Sounds like the mayor is afraid of the truth coming out. Based on Wigderson’s article on Thursday, it looks like the truth is already out. The mayor should ask that the closed session become open record, unless he has something to hide. What are you trying to hide, Mayor?
Meanwhile, WISN-AM’s Mark Belling asks a pretty good question, too. Yesterday during the last segment of his program (at 10:45) Belling asked if we really need another convention center in southeastern Wisconsin. I suspect Belling will talk about it in his Waukesha Freeman column tomorrow.
In addition to the demand issue, I wonder just how willing the current businesses in those spaces are willing to sell. Will Hardees move? The announcement took the antiques mall owner by surprise. Will he sell? How much is Scrima willing to use eminent domain to get what he wants, and will property-rights conservatives question Scrima about it?
Then there’s the question of using TIF financing, something Scrima campaigned against when he ran for mayor. Is he now a convert?
One more thing. Where does Scrima think the water necessary for a hotel and convention center is going to come from?