Thank you to the alderpersons that voted in support of the rezoning of Kettle Park West, keep up the good work.
If this rezoning were to be rejected other business investors would be discouraged from investing in Stoughton.
We have all seen copies of the Constitution of the United States, and you may not have noticed that the first three words are “We the People” and that they are in very large script, on purpose, I believe, by the founding fathers. If a poll were taken the people of Stoughton would support the expansion of shopping options in Stoughton.
It is vital to the future of Stoughton that we have a pro-business reputation. There are some in Stoughton who would like Stoughton to remain a small “bedroom community.” We cannot allow that to happen.
The recent vote by the Stoughton City Council to continue with the development at the corner of Highways 138 & 51 was contrary to the desired result of a majority of those of you writing me. Most of you are homeowners, while the remainder is comprised of a Realtor, a Banker, a copy shop owner and the Chamber of Commerce. I voted not to proceed with that development. The result of that vote was 8 – 4, to proceed.
As one who would not impose his religious beliefs upon others, I ask you to please bare with me concerning one of my core values. As a child, while attending Sunday school, I learned that Jesus took on the “Money Changers” while he was only 12 years old. It’s a very good story that, as young as I was, was understood. When I got older, I realized that even though it had occurred in the Bronze Age, the lesson remained the same. Money rules the conscience of men, and community.
The last time I wrote a letter to the Stoughton Hub was back in 1990; I was someplace in Saudi Arabia getting ready to partake in “Operation Desert Shield/Storm” and help liberate the Kuwait people who had been invaded by Saddam Hussien’s Republican Guard. I saw many horrible things back then and returned with some service-connected injuries.
After three arthroscopic surgeries, the VA hospitals in Kansas and Wisconsin outsourced me to the UW hospital and did a total knee replacement. Work has been tough since then, and disabled vets are not high on the list for potential employees, so I have had to make things work on my disability from the VA and what little work I can find or make each month, and it has been a struggle to make the bills some months.
This weekend, Nov. 9 and 11, made me regain a lot of hope that I had lost 23 years ago.
At the Nov. 12 council meeting, alders will decide whether to grant final zoning to part of the Kettle West development on the west side of the city.
I hope citizens will contact their alders and ask them to vote “no” on the rezoning and then testify Tuesday night that granting zoning for a big box store in Stoughton without knowing which company it is – is poor public policy making.
The developer has kept secret the name of the big box company he is dealing with.
Most of you remember the WalMart SuperCenter controversy. This is similar with a new twist. In Beaver Dam, the township negotiated for months in secret for the development of a WalMart distribution center, subsidized the construction with over $6 million in tax dollars then went public and completed all the necessary actions in just a few weeks before the community could react. Fiat accompli!
The Stoughton High School Student Senate would like to thank the community for supporting and contributing to the success of this year’s Homecoming week.
The week included daily dress-up and daytime activities, afterschool activities, a community parade and tailgate event before the football game, coronation of the Homecoming court and the high school dance.
We greatly appreciate all the support that was shown not only by local businesses that contributed, but also by the Stoughton community as a whole.
This event would not have been possible without you.
A philosopher once said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Without approving the TIF for Kettle Park West, Stoughton will fulfill this prophecy.
Some in our community, including many that serve on the Common Council, would rather deny our citizens access to broader retail, commercial, professional, and residential options because their ideology blurs the vision of moving our city forward.
As the story in the Hub of Oct. 10 stated, there is land available in Stoughton for development. However, these same naysayers prevented the development of two 180-acre tracts in the 2000s that to this day remain rural holding and vacant.
Because of their obfuscation, the city grew by 257 people from 2000-2010, or less than 2.1 percent. This lack of growth is not sustainable. A city needs a growth rate of more than 2.1 percent per year in order to sustain itself.
The Stoughton Inclusive Dream Park would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their past support and continued support in the future.
We held our Walk, Run and Roll and Dreamfest this past weekend and wanted to say that it is really fantastic to see so many businesses supporting us through sponsorships and community members signing up for the race.
We are but a core group of dedicated people, with families, full time jobs and activities in addition to this project and while we had hoped the project would proceed faster than it has, we are pleased with what we have accomplished so far. We could not have done this without you. Much of our work this past year has been behind the scenes and we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what we have been doing. We have been gathering estimates for all of the aspects of the project in order to create a line item budget.