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Support Split For Proposed Path on Fond Du Lac Ave.

An asphalt path will be constructed regardless, but for the time being the proposed 8-foot path has split residents.

Walkers and bikers along Fond Du Lac Avenue will someday utilize an 8-foot, multi-use asphalt path the village plans to construct. But for the time being, the path represents a line of division between residents regarding its construction.

During an informational hearing Thursday at Village Hall, it was made clear that the $800,000 trail will be constructed this year. The meeting Thursday was to solicit suggestions from residents on the path’s design.

However, it didn’t stop residents from voicing their opposition – or support – of the project. The crowd of about 50 people that attended the meeting was basically split on the project.

Surveying work and plans have  multi-use asphalt trail that would run along Fond Du Lac Avenue in Rotary Park and connect underneath the 124th Street interchange in Milwaukee. When finished, trail users would be able to walk, jog, or bike from Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls all the way to Dretzka Park in Milwaukee.

Residents Take Sides 

“I’m totally against this. I don’t like the way this was pushed through. No one knew about it. No one asked us about this,” said Fond Du Lac Avenue resident Gina Bertucci. “There are many, many, things that need to be done before this goes in.”

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The Village Board approved by the Village Board in April 2012 as part of the village’s capital improvements budget. Residents felt village leaders pulled a sleight of hand on the deal, although it was approved in an open meeting. Still, residents said they weren’t notified.

However, other residents along Fond Du Lac Avenue felt the trail was a vast improvement pedestrians walking or biking along the roadway.

“I think it’s a great idea because I’ve always walked along this area anyways. I never feel safe, I watch for cars but traffic is fast on that road. I think it’s awesome,” said Katie Voss, who is deaf resident that lives at the head of the proposed path.  “I’m excited, and it will finally be safe to go for a bike ride and a walk. I’ve had many, many, close calls out there. It’s a very busy road and it’s dangerous.”

Terry Duda, who lives in the Villa Vista Condominiums, echoed Voss’ concerns about safety.

“I walk along that road a lot of times to the park. If you’re walking along that road you’re going to get killed,” Duda said. “There’s no shoulder, and it just drops to a ditch. A walkway is needed there.”

The $800,000 price tag of the project was a point of contention for other residents. They accused the village of mixing up its priorities when it came to expenditures.

“What about all those contractors that didn’t get paid for the hotel? Instead of doing this, why don’t you pay those contractors?” resident Rich Kissling asked Village Engineering Director Tom Hoffman. “My son is almost out of a job, because he works for a contractor that did work up there. He’s almost out of business now, and we’re talking about building a bike path? Let’s get the contractors get paid first.”

Hoffman told Kissling the money for the path project comes from a different funding source than money tied to the hotel. After receiving feedback from residents, Hoffman said most design feedback centered on landscaping and the path’s route.

“I’ve received positive and negative feedback,” Hoffman said. “Many people were concerned about the trees we would cut down or keep. Others were concerned about having the trail on the road or off the road.” 

Steve ® February 22, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Just can't stop spending............... Stop.Spending.Money.We.Don't.Have So what is the funding source? More Obama bucks? Can't pay the contractors with this money my ass.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 22, 2013 at 09:27 PM
We are going to pave a path 8 feet wide?? That's like a car lane. Must be for all the honey boo boos coming from Milwaukee.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 22, 2013 at 09:30 PM
By the way, Hoffman sees no problems laying down the asphalt, but ask to have your culverts deepened/widened so your yard doesn't flood every year from "100-year" floods, and that's deemed too expensive.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 22, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I suggest we all use the trail to storm Dretzka Park and play Frisbee Golf.
Nico February 23, 2013 at 01:59 PM
As a biker I like the idea, but let's use the money from the Bug Line paving project instead.
John Wilson February 23, 2013 at 02:54 PM
First, IF we are going to build a bike path, and we are, let us not build it TWICE! We need to decide that the bike path should be built to final specs - the way we want it to finally be - and then move on from there. There is no question, in my mind that it does need to be built, if for safety sake only. A build a mini or scaled down path now, come back in a few years and improve it to the way we want it, is simply going to cost at least twice as much! Tell me why we can't get things right the first time?
John Wilson February 23, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Perhaps you should take some personal responsibility and use your own money to get your own culvert repaired; if it needs it… the city can’t do everything for you. Additionally, stop using it as a urinal!
John Wilson February 23, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Craig – We already have more security cameras than we do people. As for “outsiders”, perhaps you could police one end of the path and collect a toll from each non-resident and Nuitari could pick up the other end. You both seem to have the time; perhaps you could bring Steve along as a sub, as all you people do is whine, whine and whine…
Steve ® February 23, 2013 at 05:08 PM
^ this is why we as a country are reaching financial collapse.
John Wilson February 23, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Craig – It is refreshing to see you always remain so consistent; mean-spirited, name calling, essentially full of sound and fury as you devolve into calling anyone who calls you out on your – and the other two Musketeers – “incessant whining” a “Liberal.” I would submit that when you get the count on the village of Menomonee Falls CCTV security cameras, business security cameras and personal household security cameras, you will understand the statement, “We already have more security cameras than we do people.” I suggested a toll because that is the only revenue producing greedy process that people of your ilk understand. I am surprised that you are not charging the people who walk, bicycle or drive through the “Falls”, a fee for breathing the air… perhaps that is just an oversight. “A fiscal conservative would say don't spend money you don't have on something you do not need or want.” [I am sure your mortgage is paid off, as is your automobile and you do not have any credit card or other outstanding debts.] No, a fiscal conservative would spend like crazy, put it on a credit card and make the citizens of America – like GWB did – pay of his fiscal conservativeness. A fiscal conservative would use another method of making debt disappear; Mr. Trump just declares bankruptcy. In either scenario, the fiscal conservative gets all the goodies free, and lays the costs on the taxpayers. It is good to know you are a fiscal conservative…
John Wilson February 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Gofaq Uurslf - It's your problem and it's your responsibility to fix it; please don't go whining about development boards visiting problems on you. Take some personal responsibility for your problems... it is always someone else's fault...
John Wilson February 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Gofaq Uurslf – Perhaps because people and bicyclists like to walk, ride side by side, and you do have traffic going in 2-directions.
W . Benz February 24, 2013 at 03:27 PM
RINO's spending Taxpayer monies..... They didn't hide anything " We did it in a open meeting " Just like the city of Bell California pass all those salaries in open sessions .. The Village approved this april 2012 ...Gee don't you remember that meeting and if you weren't there taking care of your family or working -- T.F.S . So .....MFTax and Wild Bill .... comments ?
Getitright February 26, 2013 at 02:44 PM
So now we are financing an 8 foot wide path from 'Dretzka Park in Milwaukee to Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls. I think we should take this great idea further and have it swing right through Woodman's parking lot to invite even more 'fun' to our community. Or better yet put up wayfinding signs that direct people to the homes that will most benefit their trip in. This sounds like a disaster in the making. This is no bugline people.
neb February 27, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Let's divert the money to repave Menomonee Ave ---I'll get stopped sometime for weaving all over the road just to avoid the potholes! (which were filled and now back again!) n
JJ August February 28, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Be very careful what you ask for.

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