Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

City of Waukesha Alderman Joe Pieper’s letter to his constituents, including his prepared remarks to the Common Council: To my neighbors in the 4th District: On Tuesday the Common Council voted 7-6 to amend TID 22 to pave the way for a $1,650,000 loan to the Sunset Homes Condo Association.  I opposed this amendment and will […]

Seems to be the evening for endorsements. Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki is endorsing Brandon Rosner for state assembly in the 97th district. From the press release: “Brandon Rosner is the leader Waukesha County, and specifically Wisconsin’s 97th Assembly District, needs to represent us at the Capitol,” stated Trawicki. He continued, “I have been impressed […]

Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry held a “meet and greet” small-dollar fundraiser at Sprizzo in downtown Waukesha last Friday. Alderman Joe Pieper was there, as well as downtown residents Vicky and Tom Hekkers. Other supporters were also there. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the sausage-stuffed mushrooms when Sprizzo is catering an event. * * […]

At the first debate following the primary, Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima singled out Alderman Joe Pieper for praise for all the hard work he puts in on the budget. Perhaps the phrase, “That’s just the process,” explaining the mayor’s unwillingness to work with the Common Council on the budget was too much for Pieper. He’s […]

Gerald Gaffey, husband of Waukesha’s controversial art gallery owner Lynn Gaffey, left this comment on one of my Facebook postings, “Just think if you owned a property downtown, you might not have to pay a BID tax next year.” Since Mayor Jeff Scrima has illegally declared the BID dissolved, my guess is that the mayor […]

City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima says he has consulted with City Attorney Curt Meitz and the Waukesha Business Improvement District (BID) currently doesn’t exist.  “With its $250,000 budget, the BID sweeps the streets, organizes the farmers market and puts on the Christmas parade,” Scrima said. “We have a Public Works Department that can sweep […]

The downtown task force met Wednesday night without much of the drama promised by a few businesses on Facebook. By the end of the evening it was clear that nobody is out to destroy Freeman Friday Night Live (FFNL), Kerry Mackay of the Steaming Cup thinks the parking spots in front of his place are […]

Earlier this month the Waukesha Common Council made the mistake of approving the mayor’s task force to address several issues of concern downtown. the committee is off to a terrible start already with the first meeting’s agenda. The task force was formed to address issues concerning “downtown events such as the consumption of alcohol in […]

If people want to understand the frustration of the Common Council in Waukesha, the discussion of referendums on projects over $50 million is a good starting point. The Common Council was poised to vote down the mayor’s referral when Aldermen Joe Pieper and Paul Ybarra asked Scrima if the issue was now settled. Scrima said […]

Bad news for the city of Waukesha, but not unexpected. Waukesha Patch is reporting City Administrator Lori Luther is moving to Illinois to become the County Administrator. Becoming the Peoria County administrator is a step up for Luther, who will be overseeing a budget of $110 million and 27 department heads. The county has a […]