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Residents Organizing Public Forum About Radisson

Falls residents are invited to attend a public forum tracing the Radisson Hotel sage from inception to where it stands today.

Former Village President Jefferson Davis has been an outspoken opponent of the Radisson Hotel project in Menomonee Falls, and he is continuing to take his activism public.

Davis is a driving force behind the organization of an independent public forum about the village’s Radisson Hotel debacle. The public forum will be held from 7-9 p.m. July 24 at the Menomonee Falls Library. The purpose of the forum is to detail the Radisson Hotel loan and project from inception to the current date.

Primary village documents will be presented, and participants’ questions will be welcome. Subcontractors, who are awaiting payment for the work they completed over a year ago, will also be in attendance during the meeting. Village Board members and other officials have all been invited to attend the forum.

Refreshments and snacks will also be served.

Steve ® July 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Burn it down, collect on the insurance, put it back to nature, jail the entire village board, move on, profit.
Jason July 13, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Steve, Really? I hope someone investigates what I assume is a threat. Grow up!
Paul July 13, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Someone please ask Jefferson about his involvement with this hotel project while he was the Village Board president? We're there any promises made to the developer way back then?
Craig July 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Paul: Correct me if I am wrong; but I believe Jefferson was looking into a water park. The board shot down something like $2 Million in loans, saying it was too risky. How do we spend $18 Million on a hotel worth $2 Million is what I want to know?
Paul July 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I was asking about promises that may have been made at after-hour meetings at Village Hall. Was there something leading this guy to Menomonee Falls?
Carl Engelking July 14, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I believe there were plans or proposals for a GE facility there too.
kathy slaske July 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Jerry I say put bars on the windows and turn it into a local prison. That way the tax payers get something for their money!!!!!!
Mike Knight July 14, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Turn it into low income housing for the poor whose numbers will continue to rise under the failed US economy.
Paul July 15, 2012 at 09:51 AM
The condo project neither asked for nor received any $$$ from the village.
Menomonee Falls Taxpayers Association July 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Gaylord, "this guy Savage" works for Don Pridemore who has represented a portion of Menomonee Falls since 2004. He is the President of a Taxpayers group in Hartford that has completely turned things in Hartford around in a very positive way. We've asked him to help us organize our group here in the Falls. So far you have done nothing but take shots at everyone involved. I would like to invite you to join us and help create a solution to this mess. So far all of your suggestions you've shared on this forum have been discussed at our meetings. Our next one is August 23rd, and yes it is at the Hotel (unless it closes beforehand) in which case you can check the website, MFTax.org for the location. We hope to see you there!
W . Benz July 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
MFTax Asso : Savage is listed communication Dir Not Prez of Hartford group and lives in HARTFORD ....and works for Pridemore for his Re-Election [ No special interest groups ] a quote from HATA .. So who are the other members of MFtax and what Pols election campaign do they work for ?? Taking shots Hey !!! So if I and other Blogers criticize you because MFTax agenda is election of Pols who you work for count me out , I'll spend my 20 bucks on Happy meals. 1. Hotel solution -- Sell it and stop the bleeding of Taxpayer monies ! # 2. Recall the Pols who voted for this white elephant . # 3. Fired the Village Mant . # 4 . Elect New Trustees . # 5. File a FOIA request . Shaking hands and singing Kumbaya just doesn't get it , you've had you Warhol moment [ another shot ] ....So tell us the taxpayers [non -members] of M.Fs whats your end game ... Ps. Your right you might have to book your meeting @ another location if the "Hotel closes beforehand" Do you know something we don't . Thanks [MFTax] for allowing me and others to vent about the 18 mill and wild spending the RINOs have done in M.F. [ Another shot ]
Jefferson E. Davis July 17, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Paul: It's always good to hear from you. I'm not sure if this is Paul Wickesburg or Paul Arndt, but it really doesn't make much difference. While I was Village President, we informally met with the potential owner of the hotel at Village Hall with the Village Manager, Village Attorney, Village Staff, private financing reps and the real estate agents in the conference room just off of the Board Room floor. We shared our vision and he shared his for an area of town that had been grossly neglected for over 30 years at the time. We always did things in the open and with the public's input and knowledge. The only promises made to the hotel owner that I am aware of was by your friends Mike Hurt and Mike McDonald to get his project approved if he paid them cash. The judge had to resign and was disbarred. Mike McDonald will learn his fate when the dust finally settles. By the way, hope your business is doing well in the Village of Richfield that used to be in Menomonee Falls. And while your friends on the Village Board always tried to block progress for Menomonee Falls in the mid-2000's, they always found a way to approve your projects in downtown Menomonee Falls. Too bad others weren't provided the same treatment. I'm not sure, but wasn't it because of your affiliation with the non-profit Falls Cable Access Corporation that it was cited by the IRS in 2006 for not filing your Federal Income Tax Returns since 1992 on over $1,000,000 in income?
Jefferson E. Davis July 17, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Paul: Wrong again. Jim Heyden approached the Village in 2003. Prior to that time, no one that I am aware knew of Jim Heyden. We do now even though some in the Falls begged the Village Manager, Village Attorney, Village Police Chief, District Attorney and the AG's Office in writing as far back as early 2009 to look into the hotel project, but they were laughed at, scorned, mocked, ridiculed and made fun of for bringing the matter up. The DA even described the individual(s) in writing as, "...the boy who cried wolf" and "a hoist in one's own petard". Well, no on is crying wolf now Mr. DA, nor are they making things up to feed their inflated egos. Paul, if you know the DA, maybe you could contact him to see if there is anything that can be done legally and or criminally for the taxpayers to get some of their $18,000,000 back that was obviously obtained under fraudulent circumstances. Ask your friend Trustee Mike McDonald what kind of promises he made to the hotel owner in exchange for cash.
W . Benz July 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
HATA: Why did you take your web site down listing Savage as PR. person and not PREZ , Now Savage from Harford Wisc. is list as Menomonee Falls taxpayers treasure of this MFTA ... Is Savage still on the payroll of Rep Pridemore and who decided to endorse Pridemore over Nick Oliver in a rebublican primary Did you even interview Oliver ? --- Why did Savage close his Bar in West Allis "Wild Bills Saloon a few weeks ago. Last Question how much are dues and how is it spent from this non-profit Org .@ MFTax.org.
W . Benz July 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Ya the smell of free money 18 million worth - Paul did Davis vote on this spending of taxpayer $$$ or was it after he Quit as Prez and which Trustees ok the free $$$$$. When the Village gives out Money word gets around .
W . Benz July 23, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Jefferson if you feel that the person or person's you named did somthing criminal you should refer to Wisc. Statute - 968.02 [3] and bring your evidence and file a complaint.
Jefferson E. Davis July 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Firefly: Thank you for your suggestion. Once the Citizen's Public Forum on the Radisson Hotel is concluded after July 24th, I will be formally filing a complaint with the FBI, Attorney General's Office and the DA's Office of Waukesha County. There is plenty of evidence to present. Hopefully you can come to the public forum July 24th as you will be very informed with factual materials.
Pj July 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Jefferson its time to tone it down a bit, you don't come across as someone I would vote for. You sound like a very typical politician, listened to you twice found it to be a turn off both times.
Jefferson E. Davis July 23, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Pj: Thanks for your input. Your comments will be taken into consideration the next time a presentation is made. No one is asking for a vote in this matter. Some members of the community just want to know what's going on instead of being kept in the dark by the Village Staff and Village Board. You call that being a politician, others call that using common sense and doing the right thing for the Falls. After all, it's only $18,000,000 plus interest. Perhaps you will have time to attend the Citizen's Public Forum on the Radisson Hotel at the Library July 24th from 7-9 P.M. The facts will be presented and the community can decide what the best path forward is for the hotel.
Craig July 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Pj: Although you may not agree with the methodology with which he delivers his message, you have to agree Davis' point is spot on. Maybe another man would find a different way to deliver the same message, but I would think most would agree something stinks like a dead rat regarding the Hotel deal.
Pj July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Greg: I agree with the message I don't agree with the delivery. If the delivery is not correct the message isn't heard.
red July 25, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Keep the bottom line in mind. Somehow we own a hotel. This is not good. Lots of money was involved. Be open to the evidence and see where it leads.
Jefferson E. Davis July 25, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Firefly: Thank you for your questions on the $18,000,000 hotel loan and any role that may have involved any votes that were made by me. The $18,000,000 taxpayer funded interest free loan was unanimously approved by the Village Board at the request of the Village Manager and Village Attorney in April of 2010. I no longer held public office after 2005. The Village Trustees that approved the loan were Jeskewitz, McDonald, Farrell, Raymonds, Ellis and Newman. Steliga was conveniently absent for the vote on the $18,000,000 loan, but had his hands in the entire project from inception to make sure his now razed theater on Main Street, that was obtained from Marcus Corporation in a quid-pro-quo arrangement with his fellow trustees for his non-profit Falls Fest organization in 2003 for $750,000 less than it was assessed at, was purchased by the taxpayers on November 18, 2011 for $350,000 through a wire transfer to the Wal Mart Grocery Store builder. The taxpayers paid Steliga, his dad (former Village President and current Falls Fest President), Jeskewitz, Jim Dwyer and other affiliates of Falls Fest for their outstanding mortgage of around $200,000 and their delinquent property taxes from 2009 and 2010 of nearly $22,000. The Steliga's, Jeskewitz, Dwyer and others walked away with $150,000 for Falls Fest at taxpayer expense. Dick Rechlicz spearheaded the whole project for the hotel prior to his term coming to an end a few days before the loan was approved.
Jefferson E. Davis July 25, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Red: You are correct. The taxpayers of Menomonee Falls now indirectly "own" the hotel and are involuntarily responsible for minimizing the losses on the $18,000,000 taxpayer funded interest free hotel loan for the potential upcoming Sheriff's Auction later this year. Regardless of the apparent recklessness and irresponsibility of the Village Manager, Village Attorney, Community Development Authority and Village Board for approving the loan in April 2010, the community must come together to figure out what the end game is for the $18,000,000 bond that is due in May of 2014. The consensus from the Citizen's Public Forum on the Radisson Hotel on July 24th at the Library was that the Village should not allow for the hotel to be sold at the Sheriff's Auction later this year for anything less than $5,000,000. The consensus of the citizens at the forum was that the Village would be better off "buying" the hotel back at the Sheriff's Auction, because the Village figuratively already owns the hotel now, instead of letting it go at a fire sale in an effort to build up the value of the hotel and getting the best price possible at some future date to minimize the losses on the $18,000,000 loan. Some in the community will keep the public informed about what is going on instead of hiding behind the cloak of secrecy, open meetings law, getting lawyered up and no comment.

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