My name is Joni Griffin. My husband, Raymond and I moved to Menomonee Falls six years ago to get away from the "hustle and bustle" of Milwaukee. We were attracted to the "rural atmosphere" of Menomonee Falls. We live just a few blocks from the Bugline Trail and we use it extensively for hiking, biking, walking our dog and I ride my horse on it with friends.
When I heard the plan to widen and pave our beautiful trail with asphalt, I was outraged. I had to do something to try to stop this insane project, so I launched a campaign to "Save The Bugline, Don't Pave the Bugline!". We call our campaign: "Friends of the Bugline." We have been circulating a petition to stop the paving project and the response has been incredible! We have around 500 signatures and there are more petitions being circulated. We would have hundreds more, but you know how it is, got to go to work too!
While collecting signatures, the same question comes up again and again: "Why would they want to pave the Bugline?", followed by: "I don't want that, where do I sign?"
To be honest with you, I have not yet heard a viable reason for this project. The biggest reason not to do it, is that the majority of the people, plain and simple-DO NOT WANT IT! So far our protests seem to be falling on deaf ears where our public elected officials are concerned.
They would like us to believe that it doesn't matter what we want or what we think and that it is a "done deal." I just cannot accept that and will continue to fight this project.
Anyone wishing to sign the petition, there will be "Friends of the Bugline" with petitions at the meeting in Sussex on May 10. We also are planning a "Rally on the Bugline" on May 12 at noon. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details, or to request a petition form to be e-mailed to you.