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Planned recreation path takes new turn

April 10, 2012

With residents protesting about the loss of trees and the loss of sometimes large parts of their front yards because of a planned recreation path, the Muskego Common Council decided tonightto take another look at the path.

It is planned as an off-road path along Tess Corners Drive between Janesville and Woods roads. A petition protesting the path and signed by 34 people along that stretch was submitted to City Hall.

Although the loss of trees is their major concern, it's difficult to tell in some cases whether trees would be taken for the path or the Tess Corners Drive road and drainage project, David Simpson, DPW director has said.

To try to get a read on whether residents really are against the path or if the path has many supporters as officials suspect, the city will invite everyone who lives along the planned path to the April 24 Common Council meeting.

At that time the council also will see if there are affordable options that might keep the path further from homes and save trees. Officials are worried that the delay might mean there will not be time to do the project this year. The city had planned to go out for bids three days ago.

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