Endo Rockstar wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:From the city's letter: "Wisconsin Act 32 now prevents the City from performing any construction work for which a private person is financially responsible."
So anyone know what that means in regards to sidewalks? Does that mean we all hire our own contractors?
The letter is misleading political hackery. There was nothing in the 2011 budget to prohibit municipalities from participating in private/public works improvements and sidewalk repairs won't be implicated by the sewer line policy "change" in Madison.
I assume the letter is referring to the reduction in state clean water fund monies used to subsidize local spending on various water and sewer-related projects. The problem is, the clean water fund monies were specifically prohibited from being used for lateral sewer piping to private properties to begin with, so the reduction in subsidy can't possibly have any bearing on this situation (unless the city was improperly using clean water funds to subsidize private construction of lateral sewer lines, which they seem to be denying now).
The city just sees an easy opportunity to use boogeyman Walker as a way to deflect responsibility for the insurance solitcitation that they wanted to send out (because, as someone else points out, they get kickbacks from the insurance company). And people eat it up, because people are simple.