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Mayor Scrima Delivers 2012 State of the City Message

Jeff Scrima, Waukesha's mayor, acknowledges past highlights while looking forward to future goals and projects.

Editor's Note: The following column was provided to Patch and written by

Things are getting brighter. During the last two years we have made significant progress.

  • In 2010, Money Magazine ranked Waukesha 50th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.
  • In 2010 and 2011, America’s Promise Alliance ranked Waukesha one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in the United States.
  • For 2011, our city tax levy increased by zero percent.
  • In 2011, the National Recreation and Park Association granted Waukesha its Gold Medal Award.
  • In 2011, the Wisconsin Library Association designated our Public Library the Wisconsin Library of the Year.
  • In 2011 with city incentives, Waukesha Electric and Weldall Manufacturing expanded adding 325 new family supporting jobs to our community.
  • In 2011, our Police Department Bilingual Citizens Police Academy received state recognition and our Fire Department was awarded a Flight for Life Scene Call of the Year award.
  • In 2011, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin granted us its Arts in Community Award.
  • For 2012, we came within $61,000 out of a $51 million city budget in meeting our zero percent increase goal.
  • In 2012, Gibson Guitar Corporation designated Waukesha for its next nationally acclaimed GuitarTown arts project.
  • In 2012 with city incentives, Woodman’s Food Market will break ground with store opening in 2013, which will add more than 200 jobs to our community.
  • In 2012 the new Kendal Lofts, Third-Ward-style residences, will begin construction downtown on the river.
  • In 2012, the city will continue to focus on new business and investment opportunities, including a potential convention center downtown.
  • In 2012 our downtown will continue and expand family-friendly events including the Farmers Market, Friday Night Live Music, and Art Crawls.

Our goal is for Waukesha to become the No. 1 rated Best Small City in America by 2018.

This is a big dream for a small city. We can do it by focusing on our sense of community. On our neighborhoods. On our homes. On our families. On our values of empathy and responsibility. And for those things to come to light, we would be wise to focus on the good and look out for others so that others will look after us.

Things are getting brighter in Waukesha. Together our light will shine. Please join us!

Sarah Wonderiling March 18, 2012 at 03:29 PM
He is without a doubt the worst mayor Waukesha has seen in 100 years. No education. No understading of his job. Can't wait to see him go.
Paul Furrer March 18, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Be that as it may, this is his best speech to-date.
Joshua March 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Darkness is the absence of light. Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.
Concerned Resident April 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Sarah - you called it! I want him AND his Alderman puppets out!!! The traffic situation Weldall created in the neighborhood is very dangerous. It's a residential area with a heavy equipment truck route next to Prairie Elementary and Prairie Park (>50 semi-trucks per day). Super dangerous for children in the neighborhood. The Mayor and the Alderman are fully aware after a petition was circulated and filed at City Hall but they did nothing. Public safety was of NO concern when assessing their growth and ALL the funding (State/County/City) they were granted. His re-election can't come soon enough!
Curtis Schwab May 07, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Hello concerned resident, a Waukesha company expanding its facilities should be a good thing in this type of economy we are in currently. now I'm sure the construction crew found the best way possible to get to Weldall. Our mayor is doing everything in his power to have public safety a major priority in his agenda. while other cities are falling apart, Waukesha is on tract to having a great family friendly city. So maybe we can start thinking of the bigger picture of our place we call home and put more people back to work.

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