Okay, now what Waukesha?
Waukesha’s Common Council President Alderman Paul Ybarra’s statement in response to the mayor is a strong one and makes excellent points. However, as with his other statement from the weekend, it doesn’t answer the question, what now?
The aldermen are going to have to take it to the streets, literally. Open houses and letters to the editor are all great. But they need to do what they should have done last March and go door-to-door to explain it to the people. Yes, it means campaigning as if they are running for re-election because, in a way, they are.
They need to explain to their constituents why they believe Great Lakes water is the only option, why the mayor is not only wrong but completely unhinged, what the next step of the application process is, and what the outcome will be if the mayor has his way.
(As this would be a purely educational and non-political exercise, there is really no reason why the Chamber of Commerce couldn’t supply the aldermen with the information brochures they need to help explain the issue.)
Because if they don’t get out and explain the issues involved to the residents, if the mayor forces the council to take drastic action, or if a recall election actually becomes necessary next spring, the aldermen will not be able to rely on the community to support them.
They should get out there now before everyone’s attention becomes too focused on the elections this fall and the Common Council’s message gets drowned out.
The mayor has basically made it a choice between him and Lake Michigan water. If enough public pressure is brought to bear on the issue, then perhaps the mayor will back down from this intolerable position. If not, at least the Common Council members and the other leaders in this community will feel more confident that they have the backing of an informed community in whatever next steps they are forced to take.