Cindy Flower Stands Up
She’s only an alderperson. She’s only a small voice in the distance. She’s only one woman. But this woman took the mayor and the establishment on and won. She won time, and she won place, and she won a voice in the myriad assortment of differential stories being told about the Hillmoor deal. She spoke for the people and there was nothing anybody could do, except go along, which the rest of the city council did, exclusive of the mayor Tom Hartz and alderperson Doug Skates, of course.
Doug Skates, that skating kind of Lake Genevian, continues his awful performance on the council and in every committee that he’s a member of. We have Starry Stonewort with no solution because (almost exclusively) of Doug Skates. We have a mess of the Riviera because of Doug Skates. We have no real confirming public meetings about Hillmoor, again because of Doug Skates. What is it going to take for the public to finally figure it out and recall this nasty mean-spirited man from office? These officials, elected by very few people in specific districts within the city, have a huge effect on the overall development and continuing beauty and ambiance of the city and the area around it.
Cindy’s revolt against the powers that be, who apparently have specific ideas about joining outside developers in “paving over” much of the city, is similar to that of Straube when she called for a reconsideration vote earlier this month. That reconsideration was quickly shut down at the following council meeting, but it set the stage for what Cindy is attempting to do (i.e.) stopping this zoning change, which is part of the whole comprehensive plan modification. That the current owners of the Hillmoor property knew what they were buying when they bought it (property zoned for agricultural/recreational use) cannot be denied.
Why this property should be rezoned for commercial development has become a grand issue, with fictional pieces substituted for the truth. The truth is that rezoning would triple, (at least) the value of this land for the owner’s benefit, but would create a nightmare of great dimensions for the city of Lake Geneva. The traffic on Highway 50 during the summer is already terrible. There is no alternative to that since the back road on the north side of the property is only a two-lane road. That road would have to be expanded to four lanes, at the very least, to support commercial development customers and/or residents of a high-density development of that land.
Is Cindy standing alone? There are other city council members who oppose this steamrolling development move, but will they stand up with her? Hillmoor has become the current living example of what might be done with moving forward in community development. It is not that Hillmoor does not cry out for usage and development. It does. However, it is the kind of development that must be controlled and managed by the public through the judgment and actions of its representatives. Will the rest of the city council, or at least four of them, stand with Cindy in her nearly lone battle to save Hillmoor?