I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
This post was very long and so I am dividing it into two parts. This is the first and than the math part will be the second.
In my post titled: Cudahy Common Council Meeting Dec 2nd, 2008 (includes audio file) a reader reached out and posted the following comment:
It is just too bad the rest of the Cudahy Alderpersons didn’t send out a questionnaire like Third District’s Mark Otto.
Here is the audio file from the Cudahy Common Council meeting Tuesday December 2, 2008.
Here is the WTMJ 620 Jeff Wagner Show talking about the Cudahy Wal-Mart listen to the Cudahy callers in what they have to say. The Wal-Mart District Regional Manager also called in.
Before I get into the meat and potatoes of the post, here is Jay Weber’s pod cast on Wal-Mart and cleanup of the Iceport site. We truly have to thank God for giving us Jay Weber. Please listen to his show as he always has interesting and thought provoking topics.
I included a snippet of the editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Wal-Mart…a word and a place that simply makes some happy and others mad.
My name is Jeff and I have done guest blogs before. I currently run The Right View Wisconsin blog. http://www.rightviewwi.com/
While at the last CDA meeting talking about the MOU, it was made clear that things are moving along. Slow, but they are moving. I was happy that the city is looking at putting a provision in place that if Wal-Mart would decide to close the store and move that we would not be left with just an empty building.
I have no idea what is going on with the store. I know the CDA has had closed door meetings about the business conditions, but have no idea if it is moving forward. Lisa Nelson of Wal-Mart Public Affairs is still out of the state on National Guard duty, so I have not heard from her.
- Truly, What’s The Beef With Wal-Mart? – This was a question and answer from the Wal-Mart public forum.
- Recall Donations and Help Needed – Talked about the open record request and the recall and how to donate. They still need money donations to keep doing the open record requests.
- Setting the record straight by Lisa B. Nelson – Guest blog from a Wal-Mart rep to debunk the Joe Henika post in the public forum on Wal-Mart asking for a tax subsidy.
- Moving Forward –About the Wal-Mart moving forward and what I thought of the future.
- Putting People’s Mind To Ease – Some one in the Wal-Mart public forum made an accusation that K-Mart, Walgreen’s, and Pick N’ Save would close if Wal-Mart came to town. I called and talked to management of each of the stores and they didn’t seem concerned and welcome them.
- Business Conditions – I talk about what I would include in the business conditions with the developer and Wal-Mart.
- Water-boarding – I let people know what exactly water-boarding is and how I feel about it.
- Important Emergency Phone Numbers – A collection of Important Emergency Phone Numbers that I have collected.
- Lawn Care Part II – Weeds – Creeping Charlie – This one is about those pesky weeds that are everywhere in Cudahy and southeastern Wisconsin. They are very hard to get rid of. Normal weed and feed will not kill it.
- Audio File – Cudahy State Of the City Address – You can download it or just click on and listen to the speech that the Mayor gave if you missed it.
To go along with the post of “Going Out of Business” about the True Value hardware at 3014 S. 13th St in Milwaukee closing, here are the scanned documents.
In the Milwaukee Journal, it was reported that the True Value hardware at 3014 S. 13th St. was closing. The story is below. While it is true that the storeowner lists Wal-Mart as one of the reasons for the closing, it is not the only one and not everything. So after reading a blog on what the Wal-Mart supporters think about this and the come back, one of my friends stopped to visit with the owner.
My guess the continued talks will meet the requirements to have the lawsuit dismissed. I do think the most of the city would like the development to move forward. I also feel that many of the city leaders also share the sediment as long as the city gets what is asked for in the business conditions.
So you would think that Wal-Mart and the developer Continental are done with the Iceport. Well not so fast. It seems the city may be okay with dealing with Continental directly. You may also now understand that Joe Henika was right about given Sportsites money, but he kept making it sound like Wal-Mart was getting the tax break.
While Wal-Mart is not everything or all things, it is something. I do not believe in the dooms day prediction of Packard Ave. if Wal-Mart comes to Cudahy. I do believe that Wal-Mart is a piece of the puzzle towards recovery in Cudahy. I do believe that Lee Barzcak can still and will still find tenants of the public market. I feel it will actually get easier for him once Cudahy Station is finalized either way for the clogs Lee needs to find to complete his wheel called the Public Market.
We’d like to set the record straight with regards to claims that Wal-Mart is asking for a taxpayer subsidy to build in Cudahy. Those making this claim are wrong, and are attempting to scare taxpayers and city officials.
- April Top 10 – With over 170,000 views for just the top ten of the month of April that is fantastic. Thank you to all that read my blog!
- Reminder of Recall Meeting Today –I talked about when and where the meeting was to be held and a few of the reasons I was told for it possibility.
- The Recall Of Mayor Ryan McCue – Had a few emails about the recall and voting in the plan commission.
- Wal-Mart & Wave Pushed Away – Talked about the plan commission vote, thus ending the Wal-Mart and Wave site plan.
- I Was Wrong Mayor! – Satire of an apology to the Mayor. I go over the Mayor’s platform and highlight important sections.
- Tar and Feathers For McCue? – Title came from an email to me from a McCue supporter asking me to stop the recall. I listed a few of the reasons people emailed me why they support the recall.
- Questions and Statements – I took peoples’ questions and statements out of the public forum and answered them. I had the drawings of the Wave and Wal-Mart buildings.
- Thank You for Voting Against Wal-Mart Mayor McCue! – Another satire this time from a person that wrote in the public forum thanking McCue for voting NO.
- The Forbidden Store – Talked about Cobalt’s email to me and not trying to interfere with the proposal on the table. This is before the vote.
- Internet Child Predator Sterotype Changing Study Shows – Talks about how new studies show a change in the habits of the Internet Child Predator.
The adding of business conditions on Cudahy Station is tricky, because of the involvement of the council and CDA. If a business is not regulated by municipal ordinance or code (roller rinks hours of operation are in city code, for example), then it would be up to the Plan Commission to put any additional restrictions on a business. The Plan Commission has certain powers and they could have made any reasonable conditions, such as hours of operation, noise, landscaping, at the Plan Commission level.
First, it was Jobs and that Wal-Mart pushes out small business.
Here is how some Cudahy people react to the Recall of Mayor McCue and/or Support of Wal-Mart/Wave.
Day 23 – Still No real response from the Mayor – A real leader will admit to mistakes
Day 17 – Still No real response from the Mayor – Can you say Change
Day 10 – Thursday May 15th 2008 - Still No response from the Mayor – Will a recall change that?
Wave may look to Oak Creek for training academyThe Milwaukee Wave and Continental Properties Co. Inc. may be looking to Oak Creek as the site for a soccer training academy and Wal-Mart Supercenter. The Cudahy Plan Commission rejected the Wave and Continental's proposal May 5 to build a 60,000-square-foot indoor soccer facility at the abandoned 26-acre Iceport site that also would have included a Wal-Mart Supercenter, a hotel and other retail stores. The proposal to build the project in the Cudahy tax incremental financing district was defeated by a vote of 4-3. "We were stunned, but there's plenty of land available in Oak Creek in tax incremental financing districts," said Mike Lafferty, president of the Wave. Lafferty declined to reveal specific sites in Oak Creek.
There was two posts today, please don’t miss the Wave Center Post
I hope the agenda is clear to the Commission. I don’t want to be embarrassed of the train wreck that was the last Plan Commission meeting.
This is my email to Gerber about the safety of plastics for children and their response.
Gag Order - Judicial ruling barring public disclosure or discussion (as by the press) of information related to a case; broadly: a similar nonjudicial prohibition against the release of confidential information or against public discussion of a sensitive matter. (Definition by Merriam-Webster)
Many communities have found the right mix of housing, retail and manufacturing to keep it viable and Cudahy needs to do the same. Cities are places where people can live, learn, work, visit and play. They should offer a wide range of services - schools, parks, health care, stores, restaurants and transportation, just to name a few. Cities that are vibrant, safe, and attractive are where residents, visitors and businesses want to be. Cudahy has what is necessary to be successful; it just needs to move forward.
A very informed reader emailed me this info about Cudahy School closing and Wal-Mart spin.
At the Plan Commission meeting, I received and handed out “YES Wal-Mart” signs. I kept a few for myself and my two neighbors.
Some people, when they hear the word “Traffic,” think negative thoughts like traffic jams/grid lock. While some people hear the word “Traffic,” think positive thoughts of increased people, money, and growth.
As I stated in my State of Cudahy post, just after the “Master Plan” meeting I was talking to Mayor McCue and asked him if he was going to do a State of City address? He looked at me and said he had not thought about it before, but he thought it was a great idea. I was ecstatic to find out he took my suggestion and was going to do it.
Have any of our city leaders done anything lately that would enhance life for the elderly? I am not aware, does anyone know? Can someone site a few examples or just one? Maybe I missed it. I am not perfect.
One of the battle cries of those against Wal-Mart, is that Wal-Mart is a threat and they run people out of business. This may or may not truly happen. It could be just that those businesses did not want to have the competition, or they closed for other reasons. Many of the small companies just make bad business decisions and it is easier to have a scapegoat like Wal-Mart than blame themselves for their mistakes.
After thinking about my comment that I don’t think Mr. Smith and Mayor McCue would be happy if Wal-Mart still built in Cudahy, just not on the Ice Port, I have received a few emails that the people stated a Wal-Mart would be fine for Cudahy, just not on the Ice Port land. After seeing what Austin Texas Wal-Mart will look like, I think that would be perfect if the KRM would come true (If it does, I hope they get private funding for it, not taxes).
“'Good deal' might not be real” was a headline in Feb. 17, 2008 Journal Sentinel.
Tax Increment Financing, “TIF’s” are not new to Cudahy. Some people think that the proposed Wal-Mart and Cudahy Station are the only projects in a TIF/TID and that is not correct. Cudahy Station has 13 years remaining. TIF’s are a good tool to bring in development.