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Two Big Resolutions Coming Up

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on September 22, 2010

From Milwaukee County First:

This coming Thursday, September 23, at 9 am, the Milwaukee County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee will be holding their monthly meeting.   At this meeting, the committee will be considering two important resolutions.

One will be a resolution is being sponsored by Chairman Lee Holloway and Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic, Luigi Schmitt, Theodore Lipscomb, John Weishan, Gerry Broderick, Lynne De Bruin, John Thomas, Chris Larson, Willie Johnson and Mark Borkowski.  This resolution would call for the balance of the allocated funds for a new mental health complex be used to build a new building on the County Grounds.

The supervisors held a press conference a few weeks ago to announce this majority of support for this project.  Scott Walker has also indicated that he would support this resolution.

The other resolution is sponsored by Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic, Chris Larson and John Weishan and calls for the County to ask the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Administration – Division of Facilities to perform an independent investigation into the O’Donnell Park tragedy.

The mental health facility has been so neglected that it would cost up to $15 million to properly fix the facility.  While it is still arguable whether the old facility is out of standard practices, we recognize the fact that building a new building would be more cost effective in both the short and the long term runs.  If the mental health complex has to be moved, a new building would make much more sense.

As for O’Donnell Park, MCF had asked the state to get conduct an investigation more than a month ago.  As we pointed out then, just the fact that both Scott Walker and David Clarke are running for election and re-election, respectively, that gives the appearance of a conflict of interest.  More than enough people have expressed skepticism and mistrust that this investigation to warrant an outside agency to do their own investigation.

Milwaukee County First supports both of the resolutions and encourages the Committee to pass both of these so that they can be on the agenda for the meeting of the whole later in the month.


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