The state Department of Transportation has dropped plans for a high-speed rail station in Oconomowoc, claiming city officials said they didn’t want one. City Administrator Diane Gard and Mayor James Daley said, they have no idea why state DOT officials believe Oconomowoc was not interested in a station.
Kudos to the Brew City Brawler, for this catch:
In June 2009, the council unanimously passed a resolution giving initial support for a rail station, but since that time, Mayor Jim Daley has ousted former Mayor Maury Sullivan and two new aldermen have been elected.
Sullivan had said he wanted Oconomowoc to have a stop on the rail if the federal program was going to be initiated. Part of Daley’s campaign platform was his opposition to a high-speed rail station in Oconomowoc, and he maintained his opposition in an Aug. 4 interview.
many people living in cities, villages, towns, etc… do not understand how their local governments quality or incompetence can effect their daily lives. This will be a great case study in future years if we see the places with the train stops thrive and the businesses in Oconomowoc slowly dwindle. At least they can say they remained true to their conservative roots….