Since moving to the 4th district in 1998 my wife and I have witnessed many big changes in our neighborhood. More big changes loom over us and I will be writing about them here.
Wednesday morning of this week I found that after weeks of clean air the winds had changed and Grede's pollution was back. Just a little while ago this Thursday evening at 11:00 pm I had taken my dogs out to do they're business. I had to rush them because the pollution had gotten so bad. I wasn't out much during the day but tonight is the worse of the day. I wanted to check something so I returned to my backyard with my 1,000,000 candle power Target spot light. I pointed it up into the sky in the direction of the wind and Grede Foundry.
What I saw shocked me, and I swore. When I did that I saw a current of dust flow in front of the light as if it were winter and my breath was frozen. The dust was so thick my breath must have been like cigarette smoke passing in front of the light. The particulates were thick as smoke.
No no will ever argue with me when I say I don't understand something. When I worked as a welder I always made sure I knew what I was doing so I didn't have to cut the weld out and do it over. When I worked in the carpenter shop at the factory I measured twice to make sure I cut the right length board. Even though things in the work place can become second nature you still have to check up on yourself to do it right. And having others check your work might be a good idea.
Tomorrow Tuesday the 6th, the Tosa common council may decide to approve, or not a proposed Senior Apartment development just next to our homes West. The property is owned by a developer from IL. a David Israel. He has already had a condo project already approved at this location. It was a long drawn out process for him and local residents. But the common council saw the condo project as a big property tax revenue source and approved it over the neighborhoods objection. During that drawn out process several council members as well as residents commented they did not want this condo project to some how turn into a low income housing project. I don't know if in their minds that included senior housing or not?
OK somebody call the National Security Agency I think our corner is under attack....again. We just had to button down the hatches when the captain announced "set zebra" close all hatches and vents we are under a chemical gas attack.
But that's OK ,folks, we are going to be alright . I'm sure of it. After calling the Wauwatosa health department, I think I made some head way. I just don't know why the gentleman in charge of Environmental Health hasn't called me back. But I'm sure he will. He will won't he?