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We've raised 45% of our $10,000 West Waukesha Bypass Legal Fund Goal! Donate Now!

Posted by WEAL on July 28, 2015 at 10:05 PM

We are fighting to stop the DOT from building the West Waukesha Bypass and we need your help! Your donation of any amount will help...

  • Save the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor
  • Protect our neighborhoods
  • Keep our children safe
  • Send a message to the DOT to use limited highway funds to fix the roads we have and not to build new ones
  • Keep our air and water clean (see photo at right)

Waukesha County Action League (WEAL) and the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass has filed a Federal lawsuit to stop the West Waukesha Bypass! Right now, we're waiting for a response from the individuals listed in our complaint! We have to prepare for our next steps!  

Lawsuits can cost a lot of money. We had hoped it wouldn't come to this, but it has! Thankfully WEAL has created a $10,000 matching fund to fight the Bypass. In order to take full advantage of these matching dollars we need to raise the entire $10,000. Right now every $1 you donate is worth $2. We have to act now! Won't you please help?

 

URGENT! ACT NOW


Can you help by donating any amount.... $5, $25, $50 or $100 - every dollar helps!

or by mail to :

WEAL
PO Box 1532
Brookfield WI 53008

 

 Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

 

Do you have questions? Please call Allen Stasiewski at 414-507-8358


What Hwy TT/Merrill Hills Road will look like if this bypass gets built! Don't let this happen! (this is an actual photo of the East Waukesha Bypass)

WEAL's Summer Highway Cleanup is This Saturday. Can you help?

Posted by WEAL on July 26, 2015 at 9:35 PM

Why not join us for a walk through our beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest prairie.

 

WEAL's S ummer Highway Cleanup

Saturday, August 1st at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine

Hwy N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ

 

Wear old clothes, work gloves, and comfortable shoes.

 

Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N, then turn right.

Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment, across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State Natural Area" sign.

Important West Waukesha Bypass Meeting on July 29th. You'll want to hear this

Posted by WEAL on July 20, 2015 at 11:15 PM

 How can I protect the value of my property?

What are my rights as a property owner?

A Special Notice about Eminent Domain and Your Property Rights


Acquisition of properties along the planned route of the West Waukesha Bypass has begun. Some of your neighbors are trying to learn and understand what is happening to our homes, businesses and properties because of the planned taking of land for the “West Waukesha Bypass” highway project by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Waukesha County.

We’ve scheduled a meeting with an Attorney at Law who regularly litigates condemnation matters, has over 40 years experience in trial work, and represents only landowners in these areas. He does not, and will not, represent a condemnor.

  • If you’re concerned about how to protect your property value, you should attend.
  • If you’re concerned about living next to or near a major, 4-lane highway and you’d like to know what legal rights you might have, you should attend.
  • If any of your property, no matter what amount, is to be taken temporarily or permanently by the Department of Transportation or the County for the road project, you really must attend to learn about your rights and how to protect them.

Condemnation Law is not simple, the procedures and methods for acquisition are not logical or intuitive, and only you can protect your property and its value in the face of an Eminent Domain action.

Please take this opportunity to join other informed citizens, and begin protecting yourself and your property rights from as much of the acquisition process as you can.

 

 

DETAILS:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Citizens Bank of Mukwonago, Waukesha Branch

Center Rd and Hwy 59, upper level

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

AGENDA

Your Property Rights & How the Bypass Could Affect Your Property Values.

Bob Roth, Niebler, Roth, Pyzyk & Carrig, LLCs

Legal Fights CAN Be & Have Been Won Against the Federal Highway Administration & WisDOT. How We Did It.

Jeff Gonyo, Highway J Citizens Group

 

 

Please share this important information with all your contacts e-mail lists!

 

 

Sponsored by Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass


Fox6Now interview Waukesha West Bypass

Posted by WEAL on July 7, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Fox6Now interview July 6, 2015

West Waukesha Bypass project years in the making, but there’s a group trying to put a stop to it.

Here is the link to the Fox6Now interview: http://fox6now.com/2015/07/06/west-waukesha-bypass-project-years-in-the-making-but-theres-a-group-trying-to-put-a-stop-to-it/

Bypass Interview on TV6 News Tonight

Posted by WEAL on July 5, 2015 at 6:55 PM

 

In keeping you up to date, I wanted to let you all know that we had some press today on our Bypass Lawsuit. I was interviewed by Channel 6 this afternoon on our Bypass lawsuit. The photographer got some great shots of what will be lost along the south side of the route if the Bypass goes ahead.

 

 

Of course you never know how these things are going to turn out.

 

 

The short interview should be on at either 9 pm or 10 pm Channel 6 news tonight, they weren't sure. Thank you to Shannon for being there with me. We had a great discussion with the reporter. Perhaps they will continue to follow this story as things progress.

 

Thanks to all who have donated to our legal Fund. We still have a ways to go. Visit WEAL.Org to donate.

 

 

Thank You!

 

 

Allen Stasiewski

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Important Bypass News

Posted by WEAL on July 4, 2015 at 8:10 AM

July 2, 2015 at 9:00 am Milwaukee time our lawyers in Washington filed our complaint (complaint doc ) in federal court against a number officials at the DOT, FHWA and WisDOT associated with the West Waukesha Bypass. At the same time the Press Release went out. Please share these documents! Help spread the word. Join our movement to stop the West Waukesha Bypass!

 

In addition, as you know, we need to pay our legal fees. We believe we will need $20,000 for this first phase of the lawsuit. Our lawyers are doing their part. Will you help? Our goal right now is to raise $10,000. Even a few dollars will help. It all adds up thanks to the $10,000 challenge grant we received. Will you go to WEAL .org to donate today?

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Visit our Facebook page at stopwaukeshabypass

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

June 2015 WEAL Newsletter

Posted by WEAL on July 3, 2015 at 7:20 AM

Read the latest Newsletter; WEAL June 2015 Newsletter

WEAL Files Suit To Halt Unnecessary Lane Expansion and New Road Construction of West Waukesha Bypass

Posted by WEAL on July 2, 2015 at 7:30 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m. CST
Contact: Allen Stasiewski (414) 507-8358, AStasiewsk@aol.com

 

 

WEAL Files Suit To Halt Unnecessary Lane Expansion and New Road Construction of West Waukesha Bypass

WEAL and its partners in the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass advocate for a “No-build, Improve” option not considered by planners.

 

 

Waukesha, Wisconsin

 

Today, the Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL) and its partners, the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass (the Coalition), filed suit in Federal Court to stop the four-lane freightway and development corridor known as the West Waukesha Bypass. The complaint names the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as defendants.

 

According to the complaint, the purpose and need of the road expansion was to have been clearly defined and a thorough environmental review conducted under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) “before decisions are made and before actions are taken.”

 

Once the project purpose has been properly defined, agencies must first consider and then meaningfully address the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives in its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

 

WEAL’s attorney, Eric Glitzenstein of Meyer, Glitzenstein and Eubanks, states, “There are multiple legal violations in the flawed process that WisDOT, U.S. DOT and FHWA pursued, including an ill-defined purpose and need and a ‘Final’ EIS that leaves major issues unaddressed, such as cumulative impacts, pedestrian safety, wetland mitigation and alternatives to the four-lane expansion.”

 

Only one route alternative — along existing County TT – was considered beyond the initial screening process. A two-lane alternative on the County TT route was rejected on the grounds that it couldn’t address the safety and potential traffic concerns that the Draft EIS claimed would be solved with a four-lane road, despite traffic projections that appear to be inflated and an accident report that counted accidents as far away as five miles from the route.

 

Allen Stasiewski, WEAL Vice President and Transportation Team Leader says “It's unfortunate that we have to file a lawsuit to get the DOT's attention. After hours of public testimony, hundreds of petition signatures, hundreds of pages of public comments, press conferences, rallies and signs opposing the Bypass, the DOT plowed right ahead. Not a single one of our concerns was adequately addressed. The Draft EIS even claimed that the project has the support of the local community. The public was steamrolled and our concerns were paved over.”

 

 

WEAL and its Coalition partners have long advocated for a “No-build, Improve” alternative that would cost a fraction of the $65 million estimated for a 4-lane highway, create no new environmental impacts, preserve the pristine Pebble Creek wetland and recharge area and improve safety and road conditions for all travelers.

 

Not that the lack of alternatives considered, inflated traffic projections and wetland destruction are the only problems with this project.

 

“It’s unfathomable that our serious concern for the safety of children crossing Meadowbrook Road to and from their elementary school has gone completely unresolved. Waukesha County initially proposed building an overhead footbridge, then an underpass, for 5-11 year-old students to cross what will become a 4-lane state highway. Both options were rejected and to date, there are NO proposals to resolve pedestrian safety, yet plans proceed to expand the road regardless,” says Shannon Majewski, parent, resident and Bypass opponent. “It’s acknowledged that the expansion will attract more traffic, including freight traffic shortcutting to the south side of Waukesha, and increase traffic speeds. We’re a residential neighborhood with thousands of families! What are we to conclude? That the safety of our children and our neighbors is of no concern to the City, County, WisDOT and the Federal Highway Administration? That freight trucks and cars take priority over our children’s safety and lives?”

 

Stasiewski concludes, “This supposed ‘Bypass’ was a bad idea when it was defeated in the past and it’s a bad idea now. It CAN be stopped because it HAS been stopped.”

 

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The Waukesha County Environmental Action League is a 37-year old grassroots organization dedicated to protecting Waukesha County’s natural resources. The Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass consists of neighbors and concerned citizens opposed to out-of-control highway spending while existing roads and bridges go unmaintained. More information, including the filed Complaint, can be found at www.WEAL.org and https://www.facebook.com/StopWaukeshaBypass .

 

 


Can you make a few calls to save $55+ million and maintain our Quality of Life?

Posted by WEAL on June 26, 2015 at 6:20 AM

 Bypass Opponent,

 

As you may have read, there is a lot of controversy over the Transportation portion of the State Budget. The West Waukesha Bypass is in jeopardy. We can't let up now!

 

Do you have 15 minutes to make some phone calls before the 4th of July?

 

Click on the link below and call as many Finance Committee members as possible starting on Friday. Every call will help.

 

Ask the legislator called to:

  • Reduce or eliminate entirely any borrowing to pay for highways in Wisconsin.
  • Ask the DOT to rein in its spending on new roads. The DOT should live within its means.
  • Encourage the DOT to maintain the roads we have and don't build new ones until a sustainable transportation funding source is found.
  • Eliminate the $55+ million dollar West Waukesha Bypass. Improve the route, but don't build more lanes. A huge 4-lane highway through a prime environmental corridor, neighborhoods, and farmland is unnecessary and should not be built! Many Waukesha County residents are opposed to it! In fact, a lawsuit will be filed soon to fight the West Waukesha Bypass. This will cost the State even more in legal fees!

http://www.wi-bpdd.org/docs/2015/Joint-Committee-on-Finance-Members-2015.pdf

 Please respond to this e-mail and let me know how many calls you make. This will help us monitor activity and plan next steps.


 Thank You!

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass


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