From: Joseph Mlinar
If elected officials rushed through important decisions to accomplish what they want before they call it quits, we’d call it the height of arrogance. If they pushed decisions of zoning and land-use upon us without regard for the stated wishes of the people, we’d call it irresponsible and self-serving. If they did this in cooperation with a corporation and landowners to intentionally serve those vested interests, we’d call it favoritism. If those officials received a reward or benefit as result of these actions, whether it was a political legacy, opportunity, prestige, or monetary value, we’d call it self-serving in the least, or even corrupt.
If a 350 acre land area is rezoned from agriculture to industrial, for the benefit of the specific corporation’s use, and without regard for the broader interest and benefit of the public, we’d call it “spot zoning.” This is illegal in Wisconsin. If the public officials pushed to rezone this property as their last act of defiant policy-making and to the unequal benefit of their’s and the corporation’s interests, we SHOULD ask if it is “contract zoning.” This is also illegal in Wisconsin. As an elected representative or appointed official, one CAN work to bring economic development into the county. But, one also has to do what the people know and expect to be right, legal, far-sighted, humble, and in the interest of the health, safety, and welfare of all the citizens. Call your Buffalo County Board Supervisor and ask what’s the rush to make way for a frac-sand transload facility across from C-FC school that was already denied, and is still opposed by the residents, school community, and citizens of the county. No means NO!