State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
I recently received complaints from constituents about the lack of grass mowing by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) in some medians in
An angry constituent informed me that he was told by the Milwaukee County Highway Department that it had, “a directive from the DOT to not cut the grass to save money” and that “the DOT has told them that the grass will not be cut anymore this year.”
I wrote the following letter and e-mail, sent to Governor Doyle, and DOT Secretary Busalacchi, July 23, 2009:
Dear Governor Doyle and Secretary Busalacchi:
I write with urgent concern about median grass cutting in
I am especially annoyed about this issue because during road design/construction, I have pleaded with DOT staff to eliminate the grass in the median, predicting just the scenario we have today. In addition, many and possibly all, of the communities in
I understand the economy and shortage of money is the reason the directive is issued by DOT to eliminate median grass cutting. However, there is a lot of stimulus money floating around, especially in transportation, and some prioritizing of transportation spending should be able to address this issue. Since it is past mid July, it shouldn't take too much cutting to get past the growing season.
Please address this issue as soon as possible. I do not care to read about injury to people, and I cannot justify to constituents the requirements that property owners must cut their grass and that government does not have to cut their grass.
State Senator Mary Lazich
The Racine Journal Times this week reported that officials from seven counties are requesting the governor relax the limits on mowing.