“He that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.” Proverbs 18:9
By Riley J. Hood
I bought my home in 1990. My driveway was made of Span-crete, from the late 30’s. It was built to last. In 2009 the City of Milwaukee tore-up my easement; that small patch of drive-way which I am not allowed to fix and which the contractors won’t touch. In the year 2000 it added $600.00 dollars per year to my property taxes. Out of $5,400 dollars, $600.00 is specifically for the driveway. Not only do I “rent” my home from City Hall, I “rent” my driveway and garage as well.
What kind of value do I get for $600.00 plus dollars a year? Why, it happens t be the worst easement in the world. After the Milwaukee Department of Public Works tore up the cement, they replaced with green-friendly, recycled asphalt that doesn’t work. It started cracking within three weeks. After four years, my driveway easement is a gravel pile of dirt and asphalt chucks. It is literally green because I have to mow the grassy parts of it. I miss my Span-crete easement.
I would like to get it fixed, but I’m caught in a government-generated vicious circle. City Hall won’t let me fix it myself, because they think it is their property, never mind that I shovel it out in winter, etc. City Hall can’t seem to get around to fixing it, after all the whole City is turning into a giant sink hole, and this Eco-nut “green asphalt” is part of the problem. If recycled asphalt works in warmer climates, it doesn’t last here in Wisconsin. It plays a part in why our streets in Milwaukee are falling apart.
Wisconsinites in general and Milwaukeans in particular labor under all manner of socialist, Utopian nonsense. Much of it is “green” Eco-socialism, like recycled asphalt, the inefficient combo-sewers and the deep tunnel. I’m looking forward to getting my driveway sorted out by 2018. I think the Department of Public Works would find that agreeable. After all, socialists love 5- year plans.
– Riley J. Hood is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin