Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Update! 6:57 PM  All discussions of the BID were tabled for this evening. – JW   At tonight’s city of Waukesha finance committee meeting, the committee will be discussing the BID audit and what to do with the funds. Some property owners have found a number of questionable expenditures of BID funds that appear to […]

On some of these items, the price isn’t right. I imagine that after the election there is going to be a lot of discussion about the expenditures of the Business Improvement District and who authorized them on what authority. Some of my favorites include who authorized the horse drawn carriage service for $5,160, what equipment […]

Downtown resident an property owner sent out an email this afternoon confirming Waukesha Business Improvement District is dissolved. Enough property owners remained on the petition to dissolve the BID. She sent out a statement that says in part, While I do not think the news that the BID is dissolved is cause for celebration, the […]

City of Waukesha Director of Community Development Steve Crandell announced today, April 1st, that it is purchasing The Calling, a sculpture by Mark di Suvero, from the city of Milwaukee. “We anticipate that this purchase of public art will spur tourism and development downtown.” City Administrator Ed Henschel said the newly purchased sculpture will be renamed, […]

Alderman Roger Patton wrote a letter to the editor that appeared Saturday in the Waukesha Freeman that complained about my column that appeared Thursday. Wigderson column wrong about aldermanic race To the editor: Mr. Wigderson, in Thursday’s column, you had so much wrong about the 11th District aldermanic race that it reflects negatively not only […]

Be careful what you wish for Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for Scrima’s college Waukesha Freeman 1/31/13 Page A8 Opinion In one of Aesop’s fables, a contented community of frogs decided they needed a king. They asked Zeus to send them one. Zeus sent them a log, and it made a big splash in the frog pond. […]

City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima, blaming the Common Council for the lack of Business Improvement District appointments as quoted by the Waukesha Freeman on November 9th. Scrima criticized the majority of the council for not contacting Igielski and Taylor and accused it of “overstepping its bounds” by trying to tell another branch of government […]

Waukesha Freeman 11/15/2012, Page A08 Mayor contributes to BID mess, drags feet on appointees By James Wigderson City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima has been busy trying to avoid responsibility for the Business Improvement District debacle. The BID still does not have enough members to make up a quorum, thanks to the mayor. Scrima has […]

The city of Waukesha’s relatively new city administrator Ed Henschel has issued a memo to the Common Council explaining his actions in taking over the functions of the Business Improvement District and attempting delay forever the appointment of new board members. The memo was included as a late addition to the Common Council packet for […]

My posting of a statement from the Waukesha City Attorney’s office is generating some buzz, but one point is being overlooked and it needs to be addressed. Mayor Jeff Scrima’s claim that City Attorney Curt Meitz says the BID has ceased to exist does not match what Meitz told me. From the Waukesha Freeman on 9/28/12: […]