Monday, May 20th, 2019

Scrima looking for definition of reality


The agenda is out for the first downtown task force meeting and, as we discussed previously, one of the items is directly targeted to a resident of downtown. Setting a terrible precedent, this item appears to be nothing more than a rotten attempt at some score-settling by Mayor Jeff Scrima. It also exceeds the scope of the task force as was agreed upon by the Common Council.

I had heard over the weekend that another agenda would be sent out as a replacement. That now looks very unlikely.

Alderman Duane Paulson sent an email to Scrima: (I corrected a couple of typos for easier reading.)

Mayor Scrima:

I am disappointed in agenda item 3. e. I went back to the Downtown Task Force, purposed by you and passed by the Council. It identifies items 3. a, b, c, and d. With all due respect your Honor, I believe item 3.e (False and excessive complaints) exceeds the scope approved by the Council. This may be an issue that should be addressed, I question putting it on this agenda. I am afraid this could take over the agenda and nothing gets accomplished.

It is important that issues be addressed and that this be done quickly. I ask that you remove item 3.e from the agenda. If it remains on the agenda, I ask the Task Force to remove it or not address it.

Duane E Paulson
Alderman District 15

In his response, the mayor seems to be admitting that he has lost his bearings.

Subject: RE: Downtown Task Force Agenda – Clarification
Alderman Paulson,

Thank you for sharing your feelings.The Waukesha family values cooperation and open two-way communication. Since we, as Common Council and Mayor, created this Downtown Task Force to provide “the opportunity to gather downtown stakeholders and have open communication” it seems as though the Task Force’s first responsibility ought to be open communication about reality. “False and excessive complaints” may be part of the reality downtown. And in the interest of efficiency, defining reality is important because a problem well defined is a problem half solved. The Common Council, or the Task Force Members themselves, can decide whether or not they want to have open two-way communication about “False and excessive complaints” regarding downtown events.

Regardless of the agenda items or the opposing emotions present, we will have a respectful and orderly meeting. Also note that, similar to our Plan Commission meetings, public comment will be allowed on the items as they are discussed.

Thank you for your partnership in building a more prosperous community and better future!

Jeff Scrima
Mayor, City of Waukesha
201 Delafield Street
Waukesha WI 53188

After that, Scrima added an agenda item about a missing quart of strawberries.

I’m beginning to wonder if the mayor really does need reality defined for him.

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