Greenfield Avenue resolution details

There’s no need to cry off with their heads. The resolution passed on Tuesday regarding the widening of Greenfield Avenue is benign. The Council refused Mayor Jeff Speaker’s request.

Resolutions have a bunch of “whereas” paragraphs followed by the “therefore” paragraphs. The first is used to build a case and show need, the second describe the action to be taken.

The “therefore” paragraphs that passed Tuesday night:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Brookfield hereby requests the DOT and/or State Legislature encourage the Town of Brookfield pay their proportionate share of the local cost share for widening Greenfield Avenue from Calhoun Road to Highway 164; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Brookfield hereby requests the DOT to construct the widening of Greenfield Avenue from Baythorn Way to Barker Road to a 4-lane road as soon as possible.

The Council voted to ask the DOT to “encourage” the Town and to “construct” the “road as soon as possible.” That’s not tough language.

Here’s what was removed during the discussion:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if the Town of Brookfield fails to agree to pay their proportionate share of the local cost share for widening Greenfield Avenue from Calhoun Road to HWY 164, the City of Brookfield will consider a contribution of additional funds towards the completion of the widening of Greenfield Avenue from Baythorn Way to Barker Road over and above the previous commitment for widening Greenfield Avenue; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if the Town of Brookfield fails to agree to pay their proportionate share of the local cost share for widening Greenfield Avenue from Calhoun Road to HWY 164, the City of Brookfield calls on other local municipalities who have cost-shared in the Greenfield Avenue project to make an additional contribution towards completion of the widening of Greenfield Avenue from Baythorn Way to Barker Road to address the dangerous situation created by not improving this 2-lane segment of roadway.

The first if/then resolve–if the the Town fails to pay, then the City will consider a contribution–was removed. The second calling on other “local municipalities who have cost-shared” to contribute was also removed.

We will never know the arguments that caused the council to unanimously remove these two statements. That was all handled behind closed doors thanks to Mayor Jeff Speaker.

VOTING TO STAY IN OPEN SESSION: Dan Sutton (1), Bill Carnell (1), Ron Balzer (3), Scott Berg (5), Jerry Mellone (6), Chris Blackburn (6), Mike Franz (7).

The Mayor cast a vote after the tie to keep the public in the dark.

The very big picture can’t be lost on this one. The Mayor wanted something and in the end even his Council supporters capitulated to unanimously deny his request.

Here’s the resolution passed February 5, 2008.

Update – still thinking on this one. Why did the mayor want the Council’s agreement to pay the Town’s share in the first place?