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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.

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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