Majority firm, park still going ahead

Feb. 14, 2012

Any hopes that the Muskego Common Council would slow down on plans to create a park on Little Muskego Lake were dashed tonight as the slim pro-park majority held firm.

On Jan. 24, the council voted 4 to 3 to go ahead with buying 4.5 acres for $3.6 million for a park on Janesville Road. Opponents of moving forward with the park had been pushing for one of the four voting in favor last month to ask for a reconsideration of that vote tonight. But no one did.

Just like the council, the community is divided on the park idea. Now opponents are pinning their last hopes their direct legislation drive to stop the sale. They turned in a petition with many more signatures than needed for a direct legislation petition, the Muskego city clerk's office has now confirmed. The clerk's office has finished verifying the signatures and addresses.

There is a hitch, however, in the petition's wording. But organizers are ironing that out and don't have to gather any additional signatures. They have until Feb. 20 to put the wording in proper form.

The petition will likely go to the Common Council Feb. 28. The petition calls for progress to stop on the sale and for a referendum to be held on the park.

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