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Help Stop The West Waukesha Bypass.This May Be Our Last Chance.

Posted by WEAL on May 20, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Dear Friend,


This is the corridor's (Merrill Hills/Hwy TT) future if the West Waukesha Bypass is built!

This may be our last chance to stop the West Waukesha Bypass once and for all. All our work has led us to this point!

 

Waukesha County Action League (WEAL) with the assistance of the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass has hired a legal team to analyze the West Waukesha Bypass Environmental Action Statement (EIS). We know through our own analysis that there are many problems with the EIS, but we needed expert help. And now we need your help to assist with legal fees moving forward. WEAL has graciously created a $10,000 matching fund to fight the Bypass. The initial analysis, being done right now by our legal team is costly but necessary. We estimate that we will need at least $10,000 to move forward with legal action. We've set an initial fundraising goal of $10,000 in order to take full advantage of the entire matching fund. This will give us a good start with a legal fund of $20,000. We have to act now! Won't you please help?

 

URGENT! ACT NOW

 

This may be our last chance! Please donate any amount.... $5, $25, $50 or $100 - it all helps! Every dollar will help move us toward our goal. The West Waukesha Bypass will destroy wetlands, prime environmental corridor, split neighborhoods in two, cause increased traffic (including lots more truck traffic), increase noise and exhaust, higher speeds, and much more. What it won't do, is improve safety. Just take the East Waukesha Bypass as an example. Is this section of the highway safer to drive than Merrill Hills/HwyTT? It Isn't! That is this corridor's future though, unless we stop the Bypass now! 

Click Here to donate  at http://www.WEAL.org


or by mail to:

WEAL

PO Box 1532

Brookfield WI 53008

Please help us fight the West Waukesha Bypass! Can you donate $5?

Posted by WEAL on April 30, 2015 at 11:25 PM

 

We need your support to defeat the West Waukesha Bypass.

 

We should be fixing our highway infrastructure not building new lanes through neighborhoods and primary environmental corridors. We need to build a strong legal case and we need resources to do this now if we’re going to win.

 

Our lawyers are preparing our legal plan right now and this costs money.

 

That’s why hitting our goals is so critical. We need to raise $10,000! Right now, we’re coming up short. Chip in $5 or $10, right now to help us get there!

 

Donate at www.weal.org Click onHelp stop the West Waukesha Bypass and then the Donate Button. Your donation is tax deductible.

 

Please help, we're counting on your support to fight the DOT's West Waukesha Bypass expansion plans in Waukesha County!

 

Thanks,

 

Allen Stasiewski

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 

Can You Help With WEAL's Highway Cleanup This Saturday?

Posted by webmaster on April 30, 2015 at 7:00 AM

It's time to get in shape for the summer and here's a great way to get started! A walk through our beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest prairie.

 

WEAL's Spring Highway Cleanup

Saturday May 2nd at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine. Our segment is 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.

Volunteer Opportunity Help us survey for rare plants

Posted by WEAL on April 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM


Volunteer opportunity

Help us survey for rare plants around Wisconsin


Snow trillium (Trillium nivale), a threatened species in Wisconsin, is often one of the first plants to bloom each year. Photo by Armund Bartz.

Become a volunteer

 

Explore the beautiful natural areas of Wisconsin this spring and summer while helping us conduct surveys for rare plants. New this year we are expanding surveys to the entire state, so we need volunteers willing to search the bogs of the north, the barrens of the west, the prairies of the south and the beaches of the east for our rarest native flora.

 

Volunteers are trained in surveying techniques and will be shown how to accurately estimate large plant populations, use a GPS unit and assess habitat condition. Data collected by volunteers are entered into the Wisconsin DNR's Natural Heritage Inventory database where they are used by staff in various state and national conservation efforts.

Sign up for training

 

Mandatory training sessions will be held for all new volunteers. Anyone who has not taken the training must attend one session. See details on dates and locations below.

 

To sign up for a training session please contact program coordinator, Kevin Doyle, by phone (608-267-9788) or email (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov). If you have already taken the training please contact Kevin to schedule your 2015 surveys.

Training dates

 

1. Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 12-3pm at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/govnelson/" target="_blank">Governor Nelson State Park

 

2. Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 12-3pm at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/hartman/" target="_blank">Hartman Creek State Park


West Waukesha Bypass Opponent Exciting News

Posted by webmaster on April 3, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Message from Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

We wanted to share some exciting news!

 

The Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL) one of our primary coalition members, has hired an environmental law firm in Washington DC to evaluate any procedural or substantive claims to bring against supporters of the West Waukesha Bypass. We knew it might come down to this. The County and the DOT have not listened! So now it's time to take this next step.

 

Our legal team is currently reviewing the entire Bypass record and will make recommendations to our Coalition Steering Team and WEAL's BOD within the next several weeks.

 

As you could expect, this initial effort has a financial cost associated with it.

 

To this end, WEAL has created a significant Bypass Matching Fund to support this legal effort. For every $1 we raise for our Bypass fight, WEAL will donate $1, up to $10,000. For this initial phase in the fight, the Bypass Coalition Steering Team has set a fundraising goal of $10,000!

 

If we can raise these funds this will give us a total of $20,000 to help fund our legal fight. This is a trivial amount of money compared to what the County and the DOT have available, basically our tax money. But we have something they don't have, all of us!

 

We're serious about our neighborhoods, we're serious about the safety of our children, and we're serious about our health and the environment! Together we can stop this unnecessary and wasteful West Waukesha Bypass!

 

Donations should be made to WEAL. You can donate right now at www.weal.org. Click on "Help stop the West Waukesha Bypass" link. Look for the "Donate" button on the Bypass page. Remember, your donation is essentially doubled!

 

Watch for more information over the days and weeks to come.

 

Thank you for your help in fighting the West Waukesha Bypass highway expansion project!

 

 

Allen Stasiewski

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass


Opportunity to Speak Out about West Waukesha Bypass

Posted by webmaster on March 16, 2015 at 9:40 PM

URGENT: Tell Joint Finance Committee to Terminate the West Waukesha Bypass this Friday!

There is an important opportunity this week to have your voice heard in our fight against the West Waukesha Bypass!

Below is information on this Friday , March 20th, 2015 Joint Finance Committee's Public Hearing on Governor Walker's 2015-2017 state budget. The hearing begins at 10:00 am at Alverno College (3400 South 43rd St in Milwaukee) and runs until 5:00 pm that day.

This budget hearing is an excellent opportunity for all of us to speak out against both the WisDOT's proposed tax and fee increases and Governor Walker's proposed $1.3 Billion (Yes, that's Billion) of additional borrowing for more unnecessary highway projects. Instead we should tell the Joint Finance Committee to reduce spending and cancel unnecessary highway projects, like the West Waukesha Bypass, as a way of balancing the budget.

The attached pdf file is two pages long - page one is the official legislative notice of the public hearings, with their locations, and page two provides a complete list of all 16 Joint Finance Committee members with addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses so those of you who cannot attend Friday's public hearing can send comments to them.

The general e-mail address for the Joint Finance Committee for these budget hearings is BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Here are the details on Friday's hearing:

Joint Finance Committee Hearing

Friday, 3/20 from 10 am to 5 pm

Alverno College

Pitman Theatre

3400 South 43rd Street

Milwaukee, WI 53234

Please attend the Hearing this Friday and speak out against new highway construction, including the West Waukesha Bypass! If you can't attend please send the Joint Committee your comments. Use the e-mail address above to submit your comments . If you have the time , call the Finance Committee members too. It is also good to e-mail individual members. More than likely you will be asked to leave a message or talk to a staff member. M ake sure you give your name and address as well as your comment.

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

You made a difference

Posted by webmaster on February 2, 2015 at 12:20 AM

Thank you all so much for writing letters to Governor Walker these past weeks. See below. You made a difference! Letters work! The fact that the governor is running for president helped as well. Its hard to run for president while raising taxes at home.

 

Did you see the Saturday's MJS headline; Walker rejects gas tax increase! This is very good news for all of us fighting unnecessary highway expansions like the West Waukesha Bypass. Unfortunately, the article goes on to say that he is proposing to borrow $1.3 billion to fund transportation. We can only hope that the republican legislature will see this borrowing as unnecessary! Just stop building new highways and repair the ones we have! Add we've been saying all along, its time for a moratorium on highway expansion projects.

 

What's next? The legislature will be reviewing and making changes to governor Walker's budget. So, we'll be needing to let them know that there is waste to be found at the DOT and ask them to cancel the West Waukesha Bypass!!!!

 

Please watch your e-mail for our next letter writing campaign! Please don't get letter fatigue...we need your voice now more than ever.

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 

 

Highway Admin publishes Its Record of Decision on the Bypass

Posted by WEAL Webmaster on January 28, 2015 at 7:25 AM

 

Highway Administration publishes Its Record of Decision on the Bypass. No, we won't stop fighting! Please write your Bypass letter soon!

Well, we knew it was only a matter of time! The Record of Decision has been released and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supports the building of the West Waukesha Bypass. It's a lot of the same rationale used in the Draft EIS and the Final EIS. In fact, if you look closely it is the same rationale. Nothing's changed, the fight continues! But we need your letters!

 

Here is the Record of Decision that has been issued for the Bypass. It was approved by the FHWA on 1/20/15.

http://www.waukeshabypass.org/eis.shtm

 

 

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West Waukesha Bypass Opponent,

 

Urgent! If you have already written your letter, thank you! If you have not, we have only a few more weeks left to attempt to stop the West Waukesha Bypass. Please Write Your Letter Now!

 

Please send your letter by January 30th.

 

Governor Walker will decide on budgetary funding levels for the Wisconsin DOT in February 2015. Because of the DOT's unsustainable practices of the past, the state is running out of highway money. They've hit a tipping point. The state and the DOT can raise taxes again or it can "tighten its belt!" We need to urge Governor Walker to require the DOT to "tighten its belt' by canceling or delaying road building projects like the unnecessary West Waukesha bypass!

 

Write Governor Walker between now and January 30, 2015. Copy these e-mail addresses into your e-mail browser. Your message should be sent to Governor Walker with a copy to Rep. Ripp, Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Thiesfeld, and Sec. of Transportation Mark Gottlieb. The senator and representatives are chairs and vice-chairs of the State Transportation Committee.

Please let me know by e-mail (astasiewsk@aol.com) if you sent a letter as we're tracking this actions impact!

 

Send to: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov,

 

CC to: Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Thiesfeldt@legis.wisconsin.gov, Mark.Gottlieb@dot.wi.gov

 

 

Use this sample letter or write your own (ideas below):

Dear Governor Walker,

I'm writing to urge you to not raise taxes or charge new fees to pay for the Department of Transportation's huge budget increase request. I believe the DOT needs to "tighten its belt" just like I would need to do if I lived outside of my means. I ask that you place a moratorium on any new road building projects in Wisconsin until the DOT can get its spending under control and catch up with required maintenance projects! This would give citizens and politicians a chance to truly scrutinize what the DOT spends its money on. By continuously expanding highways the DOT just sets itself up to ask for more and more money each year. It's time to stop building and start fixing Wisconsin's roads.

You have fought against tax increases in the past and I ask that you continue to do so now!

Thank You

(insert your name and address)

 

 

Coalition Opposed to he West Waukesha Bypass

 

Only a few weeks left until Governor Walker Announces His Budget .We Can Stop The West Waukesha Bypass Here

Posted by WEAL Webmaster on January 14, 2015 at 11:15 PM

West Waukesha Bypass Opponent,

 

Urgent! If you have already written your letter, thank you! If you have not, we have only a few more weeks left to attempt to stop the West Waukesha Bypass. Please Write Your Letter Now!

 November 18, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel DOT Plan Would Study Toll Roads, Fees Based on Miles Driven PDF

 January 12th deadline extended to January 30th!

 

It appears that Governor Walker will decide on budgetary funding levels for the Wisconsin DOT in February 2015. Because of the DOT's unsustainable practices of the past, the state is running out of highway money. They've hit a tipping point. The state and the DOT can raise taxes again or it can "tighten its belt!" We need to urge Governor Walker to require the DOT to "tighten its belt' by canceling or delaying road building projects like the unnecessary West Waukesha bypass!

 

Write Governor Walker between now and January 30, 2015. Copy these e-mail addresses into your e-mail browser. Your message should be sent to Governor Walker with a copy to Rep. Ripp, Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Thiesfeld, and Sec. of Transportation Mark Gottlieb. The senator and representatives are chairs and vice-chairs of the State Transportation Committee.

 Please let me know by e-mail (astasiewsk@aol.com) if you sent a letter as we're tracking this actions impact!

 

Send to: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov,

 

CC to: Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Thiesfeldt@legis.wisconsin.gov, Mark.Gottlieb@dot.wi.gov

 

Use this sample letter or write your own (ideas below):

  Dear Governor Walker, I'm writing to urge you to not raise taxes or charge new fees to pay for the Department of Transportation's huge budget increase request. I believe the DOT needs to "tighten its belt" just like I would need to do if I lived outside of my means. I ask that you place a moratorium on any new road building projects in Wisconsin until the DOT can get its spending under control and catch up with required maintenance projects! This would give citizens and politicians a chance to truly scrutinize what the DOT spends its money on. By continuously expanding highways the DOT just sets itself up to ask for more and more money each year. It's time to stop building and start fixing Wisconsin's roads.

 You have fought against tax increases in the past and I ask that you continue to do so now!

 

Thank You

 

(insert your name and address)

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Background: Please read the attached Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article on the DOT's Tax increase request or here's a synopsis!

 

Wisconsin's Transportation Secretary is suggesting that Wisconsin needs a $751 million boost in taxes and fees and needs to borrow another $805 million, study the possibility of tolling and use $574 million more taken from funds that normally go to schools and health care to pay for new highways and road maintenance in Wisconsin.

 In January Governor Walker will decide which aspects of Secretary Gottlieb's plan to officially include in his upcoming budget

 

We need to;

  •  Let Governor Walker know that these huge tax increases are unacceptable and that the DOT needs to "tighten its belt" before any new taxes are considered
  • Ask Governor Walker to cancel all highway expansion projects in the State of Wisconsin until the DOT gets its spending under control.

 

  • Remind Governor Walker of his conservative policies and of his promises over the years to not raise taxes. Secretary Gottlieb's proposals are all about raising new taxes.

 

  • Remind him that the people of Wisconsin recognize Secretary Gottlieb's strategy. It's all about asking for an amazingly huge amount of money, in hopes that you'll fool decision makers into giving you a lesser amount, which in the end is lots more than you really needed in the first place.
  • Ensure the Governor that you support maintenance and safety improvements but that far too many roads are being expanded at the expense of maintaining what we have. Take the money being used to build new roads and put it into reasonable maintenance and safety improvements

 

Here's what Secretary Gottlieb hopes to do to pay for Wisconsin's road building binge;

 

  • Raise the gas tax by 5 cents

 

  • Charge people who buy a new vehicle a fee of 2.5% of the suggested retail price of the car

 

  • Borrow $805 million over two years

 

  • Transfer money into the transportation fund from the State's general fund (some will be used for transit)

 

  • Hire a consultant for $1 million to pay for a study on what it would take to turn Wisconsin highways into toll roads

 

  • Changing a State law so that the DOT can require drivers to report odometer readings to the State when they register their vehicles. This is the first step toward charging drivers for the miles they drive

 

 Thank You,

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Tell Governor Walker To Say No to Huge Tax Increases to Pay for Roads. Help Stop The West Waukesha Bypass

Posted by WEAL on January 4, 2015 at 11:10 PM

 

West Waukesha Bypass Opponent,

 

Urgent! We have only a few more weeks left to attempt to stop the West Waukesha Bypass. Please Write Now!

November 18, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel DOT Plan Would Study Toll Roads, Fees Based on Miles Driven PDF

 

It appears that Governor Walker will decide on budgetary funding levels for the Wisconsin DOT in February 2015. Because of the DOT's unsustainable practices of the past, the state is running out of highway money. They've hit a tipping point. The state and the DOT can raise taxes again or it can "tighten its belt!" We need to urge Governor Walker to require the DOT to "tighten its belt' by canceling or delaying road building projects like the unnecessary West Waukesha bypass!

 

Write Governor Walker between now and January 12, 2015. Copy these e-mails into your e-mail browser. Your message should be sent to Governor Walker with a copy to Rep. Ripp, Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Thiesfeld, and Sec. of Transportation Mark Gottlieb. The senator and representatives are chairs and vice-chairs of the State Transportation Committee.

 

Please let me know by e-mail (astasiewsk@aol.com) if you sent a letter as we're tracking this actions impact!

 

Send to: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov,

 

CC to: Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Thiesfeldt@legis.wisconsin.gov, Mark.Gottlieb@dot.wi.gov

 

 

Use this sample letter or write your own (ideas below):

 

Dear Governor Walker, I'm writing to urge you to not raise taxes or charge new fees to pay for the Department of Transportation's huge budget increase request. I believe the DOT needs to "tighten its belt" just like I would need to do if I lived outside of my means. I ask that you place a moratorium on any new road building projects in Wisconsin until the DOT can get its spending under control and catch up with required maintenance projects! This would give citizens and politicians a chance to truly scrutinize what the DOT spends its money on. By continuously expanding highways the DOT just sets itself up to ask for more and more money each year. It's time to stop building and start fixing Wisconsin's roads.

 

You have fought against tax increases in the past and I ask that you continue to do so now!

 

Thank You

 

(insert name and address)

 

 

Background: Please read the attached Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article on the DOT's Tax increase request or here's a synopsis!

 

Wisconsin's Transportation Secretary is suggesting that Wisconsin needs a $751 million boost in taxes and fees and needs to borrow another $805 million, study the possibility of tolling and use $574 million more taken from funds that normally go to schools and health care to pay for new highways and road maintenance in Wisconsin.

In January Governor Walker will decide which aspects of Secretary Gottlieb's plan to officially include in his upcoming budget

 

We need to;

Let Governor Walker know that these huge tax increases are unacceptable and that the DOT needs to "tighten its belt" before any new taxes are considered.

Ask Governor Walker to cancel all highway expansion projects in the State of Wisconsin until the DOT gets its spending under control.

Remind Governor Walker of his conservative policies and of his promises over the years to not raise taxes. Secretary Gottlieb's proposals are all about raising new taxes.

Remind him that the people of Wisconsin recognize Secretary Gottlieb's strategy. It's all about asking for an amazingly huge amount of money, in hopes that you'll fool decision makers into giving you a lesser amount, which in the end is lots more than you really needed in the first place.

Ensure the Governor that you support maintenance and safety improvements but that far too many roads are being expanded at the expense of maintaining what we have. Take the money being used to build new roads and put it into reasonable maintenance and safety improvements

 

Here's what Secretary Gottlieb hopes to do to pay for Wisconsin's road building binge;

 

Raise the gas tax by 5 cents

Charge people who buy a new vehicle a fee of 2.5% of the suggested retail price of the car

Borrow $805 million over two years

Transfer money into the transportation fund from the State's general fund (some will be used for transit)

Hire a consultant for $1 million to pay for a study on what it would take to turn Wisconsin highways into toll roads

Changing a State law so that the DOT can require drivers to report odometer readings to the State when they register their vehicles. This is the first step toward charging drivers for the miles they drive

 

 

Thank You,

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 


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