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The “BIG EVENT” is only a few days away. Please remember to send us your donations.

Dear Friends & Neighbors:
 
    Last week, I informed all of you that our federal lawsuit to stop the four-lane expansion of Highway 164 in both Waukesha and Washington Counties (as well as other directly-related road expansion projects in this area) will be heard by Judge Lynn Adelman on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 390 of the federal court building in downtown Milwaukee (517 East Wisconsin Avenue).  THAT "BIG EVENT" IS NOW ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY!
 
    At this federal court hearing (which is called an "oral argument"), our highly-experienced team of attorneys will argue this important, precedent-setting case before Judge Adelman, and he will issue his written ruling shortly thereafter.  This court hearing is "free and open to the public" and we cordially invite and strongly encourage all of you to attend this momentous legal event. 
  
    At the Wednesday, July 8th court hearing, you will have an excellent opportunity to "see our attorneys in action" as they vigorously fight to protect our homes, families and communities here in this beautiful Kettle Moraine area of Southeastern Wisconsin.  Given the outstanding job our attorneys are doing for all of us on this complex federal litigation, I believe it is appropriate that they should be reasonably compensated for their valuable services (which involves a great deal of time, talent, and effort on our behalf). 
 
    Winning this lawsuit will benefit EVERYONE in our communities, therefore, please show your appreciation for these efforts by DONATING TODAY!  Our mailing address for this purpose isHIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A., P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033 or you can donate online with a debit or credit card using our safe and convenient PayPal feature on our website at www.hwyjcitizensgroup.org.  
 
    If you have any questions, please either call me at (262)-644-8334 or e-mail me here.  I look forward to seeing YOU at the Wednesday, July 8, 2009 federal court hearing at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 390 of the federal court building in downtown Milwaukee (517 East Wisconsin Avenue) to stop the WisDOT's unnecessary, fiscally-irresponsible and environmentally-damaging road expansion plans for our area.  THANK YOU!
 
Most sincerely,
 
Jeff Gonyo,
Steering Committee Member for the
HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A.
P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033
Phone:  (262)-644-8334
 
P.S.  If you want to "see what your money is buying" before donating, then I strongly encourage you to attend the July 8th federal court hearing in Milwaukee where you can personally witness the great work that our attorneys are doing for us in this case.  After the court hearing, you also will have the opportunity to personally meet our entire legal team and ask them questions about this case.  Please either donate today (either by regular mail or online using PayPal) or bring your checkbooks to the July 8th federal court hearing, and we then will accept your donations after the conclusion of this hearing.

The “BIG DAY” is here! Our court hearing on our Highway 164 federal lawsuit will take place on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. PLEASE JOIN US THERE!

Dear Friends & Neighbors:
 
    The "BIG DAY" is finally here!  Our federal lawsuit to stop the four-lane expansion of Highway 164 in both Waukesha and Washington Counties will be heard by Judge Lynn Adelman on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 390 of the federal court building in downtown Milwaukee (517 East Wisconsin Avenue).
 
    At this federal court hearing (which is called an "oral argument"), our highly-experienced team of attorneys (Attorneys Charles Barr, Elizabeth Rich and Jeremy Shapiro-Barr) will argue this important, precedent-setting case before Judge Adelman, and he will issue his written ruling shortly thereafter (usually within 30 days of the hearing date).  Upon request, I would be happy to e-mail you copies of our recently-filed legal briefs on this case — that would give you a better idea of what the key legal issues are here.
 
    This court hearing is "free and open to the public" and we cordially invite and strongly encourage all of you to attend this momentous legal event.  This is your opportunity to "see our attorneys in action" as they persuade Judge Adelman to immediately stop this unnecessary, fiscally-irresponsible and environmentally-damaging road expansion project (which, upon being successful here, will protect and preserve our communities in this beautiful Kettle Moraine area of Southeastern Wisconsin for many generations to come).  PLEASE JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 8TH!
 
    In addition to stopping an economically and environmentally-devastating road expansion project in our communities, this federal lawsuit will yield many long-term benefits to everyone in the State of Wisconsin.  Most importantly, winning this federal lawsuit will set a binding legal precedent which will require the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to "change the way it does business in our state" thereby saving ALL of us billions of dollars in taxes over the next several years.  By requiring the WisDOT to "act responsibly" with our hard-earned tax dollars, we can significantly reduce the overall tax burden on Wisconsin residents (like YOU and ME).  WILL YOU HELP US ACHIEVE THESE LONG-OVERDUE, VERY WORTHWHILE, COMMONLY-SHARED GOALS TODAY?
 
    Over the past several weeks, I have enjoyed the opportunity to personally meet with many of you while going "door-to-door" through our communities to share information about our citizens group's ongoing grassroots activities.  During my visits, I strongly encouraged you to make donations in support of our citizens group's legal efforts and left you with a contribution card/return envelope for that purpose. 
 
    If you have not recently done so, NOW IS THE TIME TO DONATE so our attorneys can continue providing us with high-quality legal representation in this important federal lawsuit.  Please use the attached contribution card to mail us your much-appreciated donations at:  HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A., P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033 or you can donate online with a debit or credit card using our safe and convenient PayPal feature on our website at www.hwyjcitizensgroup.org.  
 
    If you want to "see what your money is buying" before donating, then I strongly encourage you to attend the July 8th federal court hearing in Milwaukee where you can personally witness the great work that our attorneys are doing for us in this case.  After the court hearing, you also will have the opportunity to personally meet our entire legal team and ask them questions about this case.  Please either donate today (either by regular mail or online using PayPal) or bring your checkbooks to the July 8th federal court hearing, and we then will accept your donations after the conclusion of this hearing.
 
    In conclusion, I want to remind you that we still have a limited number of DVD copies of our Highway J Citizens Group, U.A. movie which was professionally prepared by a highly-respected film production company two years ago when our case had reached the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.  This movie is narrated and includes interviews with many of your neighbors, our attorneys and some of the elected officials who are supporting our citizens group's efforts here.  It also includes some great scenic views of this beautiful area we all live in. 
 
    ANYONE WHO DONATES AT LEAST $100.00 WITHIN THE NEXT 30 DAYS, will receive a copy of this excellent movie production DVD as our way of saying "thank you" for your most generous support!  CAN WE COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT TODAY?
 
    If you have any questions, please either call me at (262)-644-8334 or e-mail me here.  We look forward to seeing YOU at the Wednesday, July 8, 2009 federal court hearing at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 390 of the federal court building in downtown Milwaukee (517 East Wisconsin Avenue) for this "once in a lifetime opportunity" to see our attorneys legally stop these arrogant, unresponsive bureaucratic bullies at the WisDOT from devastating our communities with this unnecessary, fiscally-irresponsible and environmentally-damaging road expansion project.  Thank you for your continuing interest and support!
 
Most sincerely,
 

Jeff Gonyo,
Steering Committee Member for the
HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A.
P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033
Phone:  (262)-644-8334

Richfield Village Board Continues its “Lawless, Irresponsible Behavior” to the Great Detriment of Area Residents.

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
 
    Over the past several months, the Richfield Village Board has continued its pattern of "lawless, irresponsible behavior" to the great detriment of the area residents they are suppose to be representing as local elected officials.  The details are as follows.
 
A.  Neighborhood Activity Center Ordinance — Lawsuit Now Being Considered By Our Attorneys.
 
    FIRST, at their February 19, 2009 meeting, the Richfield Village Board ignored both the law and citizen-raised concerns when they approved a Neighborhood Activity Center (NAC) ordinance which was inconsistent with the village's 20-Year Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan.  Many of those citizen concerns are discussed in the Highway J Citizens Group, U.A.'s (HJCG) attached public hearing comments presented to the village board during the public hearing on this NAC ordinance. 
 
    Perhaps, the most egregious legal violation committed by the Richfield Village Board was the fact that they now have approved a NAC ordinance which could allow gas stations, strip malls and big box retail stores to be built near the corner of Highway 164 and Q in direct contradiction to the village's "Smart Growth" Plan.  On page 107 of this plan, it clearly states that "more intensive uses like gas stations, strip malls and big box retail are not consistent with a neighborhood activity center (NAC)."  However, in the final approved version of Richfield's NAC Ordinance, both fuel service stations and buildings in excess of 15,000 square feet are allowed as "conditional uses" (i.e. what that means is the Richfield Village Board now has the power to approve these busy, traffic intensive business uses which are specifically prohibited by the "Smart Growth" Plan). 
 
    This week Thursday, March 5, 2009 the Richfield Plan Commission will be holding a public hearing to consider rezoning the 30 acres of property near the Highway 164/Q intersection from agricultural to "Neighborhood Activity Center District" which is the first step in allowing JBJ Development to begin building its intense commercial development project there.  Please join us at this meeting to strongly oppose JBJ's rezoning request.  This meeting begins at 7:30 PM and will be held in the Richfield Village Hall (4128 Hubertus Road — one mile east of the Highway 164/Hubertus Road intersection).  For your convenience, I have attached a copy of the Richfield Plan Commission Meeting agenda here for your review (the public hearing related to JBJ's rezoning request is item #9 on this agenda).
   
    The village board's illegal actions associated with its NAC Ordinance approval could form the basis of yet another lawsuit against the Richfield Village Board.  They already are being sued twice for other illegal and improper acts committed last year.  Please read below for further details on these two pending lawsuits which our citizens group is currently pursuing against the Richfield Village Board in Washington County Circuit Court.
 
B.  Helsan Business Park Annexation — Lawsuit Filed by HJCG on February 18, 2009.
 
    SECOND, at its November 20, 2008 meeting, the Richfield Village Board abruptly approved the annexation of the Helsan Business Park from the neighboring Town of Polk.  Prior to its approval, the State Department of Administration (DOA) sent a letter to the Richfield Village Board strongly opposing this annexation because it constituted a noncontiguous "balloon on a string" configuration which the Wisconsin Supreme Court has long held to be illegal
 
    Area residents (including me on behalf of the HJCG) spoke out against this annexation and urged the Richfield Village Board to summarily reject it both for the reasons specified in the DOA's letter and also because such annexation was inconsistent with both the Richfield "Smart Growth" Plan and the recently-adopted Washington County "Smart Growth" Plan.  In both of those "Smart Growth" plans, Richfield officials represented to the public that they had no plans, for at least the next 20 years, to annex any property from its neighbors (like the Towns of Polk, Erin and Hartford).  For more details on these key issues, please see the attached HJCG public comments opposing this annexation which I presented to the Richfield Village Board at their November 20, 2008 meeting.
 
    Despite these well-documented legal problems associated with this annexation, the Richfield Village Board (under the direction and recommendation of both Village Administrator Toby Cotter and Village President Diane Pedersen) unanimously approved this illegal annexation.  Because many of our HJCG members are property owners and taxpayers in both the Village of Richfield and the Town of Polk, we have decided to take immediate legal action to protect our homes, families and communities in this matter. 
 
    On February 18, 2009, we filed a lawsuit in Washington County Circuit Court to reverse the Richfield Village Board's illegal annexation decision and return this business property to the Town of Polk.  This case has been assigned to Judge Andrew Gonring and will be argued in the coming months.  For more details on this lawsuit, please see the attached press release issued by our HJCG legal team along with the related news articles.
 
C.  Highway 164 Speed Limit — Lawsuit Filed by HJCG on October 17, 2008.
 
    THIRD, last year Richfield Village President Diane Pedersen again circumvented Richfield's 20-Year Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan by creating an Ad Hoc Committee to advise the village board as to what position it should take on the Highway 164 speed limit issue.  What President Pedersen failed to understand is that the Richfield Village Board alre
ady had taken a position on the Highway 164 speed limit issue in its Smart Growth Plan — i.e. they emphatically stated in this plan that Highway 164 must have a uniform 45 mph speed limit to improve traffic safety for its residents. 
 
    Despite this unequivocal language in the village's Smart Growth Plan endorsing a 45 mph speed limit on Highway 164, the Richfield Village Board voted 3-2 to ignore that plan and instead support the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) position to keep Highway 164's speed limit at an unsafe 55 mph.  This vote occurred even though 100% of the citizen comments made both at the Ad Hoc Committee and during the Village Board Meeting supported the Smart Growth Plan's position of reducing Highway 164's speed limit to 45 mph.  Furthermore, accident statistics have shown that, in the past, when Highway 164's speed limit was temporarily reduced to 45 mph, the number of accidents decreased by 76% and fatalities were reduced to zero.
 
    To reverse this illegal decision and require consistency with the village's Smart Growth Plan, the HJCG filed a lawsuit against the Richfield Village Board in Washington County Circuit Court on October 17, 2008.  This case has been assigned to Judge James Muehlbauer, and our attorneys are scheduled to meet with the judge on April 24, 2009, after which legal briefs will be filed by the parties.  This lawsuit has received both statewide and local news coverage on WTMJ Channel 4 News (Speedbusters segment), WisPolitics.com, West Bend Daily News, Hartford Times Press and in The Country Today.  Copies of this recent news coverage along with our attorney's press release are attached here to this e-mail for your review.
 
D.  Please Generously Donate to the Highway J Citizens Group, U.A. — Let's Work Together and Win!
 
    ONLY YOU can help us hold these arrogant, unresponsive government officials fully-accountable for their reprehensible conduct here (as described above), and in doing so, protect our homes, families and communities in this beautiful Kettle Moraine area of Southeastern Wisconsin.  By winning these two recently-filed lawsuits described above, we will make sure that Richfield's Village Government becomes "a government of the people, by the people and for the people" once again.  With your financial support (i.e. donations), we can achieve this laudable goal.
 
    In addition to these two lawsuits now pending in Washington County Circuit Court, our citizens group continues its four-year long federal lawsuit to stop the Highway 164 four-lane expansion in both Washington and Waukesha Counties.  In 2007, this federal lawsuit reached the United States Supreme Court, after which it was returned to the district court in Milwaukee for further proceedings on the substantive merits (will be discussed in greater detail in a separate e-mail update).  Right now, our attorneys are filing legal briefs in this case which will lead to a major decision in May or June of this year.  Your much-needed donations will help us continue pursuing this "one-of-a-kind" federal lawsuit and help us pay for the valuable services of our top-notch team of attorneys and experts who are "doing an outstanding job" representing us in this very important legal case.
 
    Please generously donate, $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or any other amount you are comfortable with to help us win these very important, precedent-setting lawsuits.  Anyone who donates at least $100 within the next 30 days will receive a DVD copy of our recently-released Highway J Citizens Group, U.A. promotional video which explains, through on-camera interviews with our attorneys, elected officials and many of your neighbors, how the HJCG has become "A Powerful Voice for Positive Change" in our communities over the past ten years.
 

    Please send your much-appreciated donations to us at: HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A., P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033 or donate online at www.hwyjcitizensgroup.org with a debit or credit card using our PayPal system established there for your convenience.  IT'S NOW UP TO YOU!  CAN WE COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT TODAY?  THANK YOU!

 
Most sincerely,
 
Jeff Gonyo,
HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A.
P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033
Phone: (262)-644-8334
 
P.S.  If anyone would like to see copies of some of the specific legal documents associated with the three lawsuits referenced above, please let me know and I can e-mail them to you.  Thanks again for your support!

Invitation to attend Thursday, January 8th Richfield Plan Commission Meeting and Public Hearing to Oppose Unwanted Commercial Development.

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
 
    On Thursday, January 8, 2009, the Richfield Plan Commission will be holding a meeting and public hearing on its proposed adoption of a "Neighborhood Activity Center District" ordinance which would allow JBJ Development to put significant commercial development on a 30 acre, now-agricultural, parcel located on the northeast corner of Highways 164 and Q (i.e, this is the parcel immediately to the east and north of the former St. Columba Church on that corner).  This meeting and public hearing starts at 7:30 PM that evening and will be held in the Richfield Village Hall (4128 Hubertus Road — just one mile east of the Highway 164 and Hubertus Road intersection).
 
    Please join us at this public hearing to testify against this unwise proposed development which would only exacerbate the serious traffic congestion problems that already are occurring at the Highway 164 and Q intersection.  In addition, the increase in noise and pollution, reduced residential property values, and damage to the overall "rural aesthetics" of this area all are very serious concerns if this overly-intense development plan of JBJ's is allowed to move forward. 
 
    At the very least, your presence at this meeting will put intense pressure on the Richfield Plan Commission members to modify this proposed ordinance and "scale-back" this unwanted development.  You now have an opportunity to make "a positive difference" in the Village Richfield.  Please join us and take your turn to speak out against this unwise commercial development proposal
 
    For your convenience, I am attaching PDF copies of the January 8, 2009 Richfield Plan Commission Meeting agenda along with currently-proposed "Neighborhood Activity Center District" ordinance.  We hope to see you at this important public hearing on Thursday, January 8th beginning at 7:30 PM!  Thank you.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Jeff Gonyo,
HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A.
P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033
Phone: (262)-644-8334
 
Attachments:
 
 
 

Please join us on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 in Milwaukee to Speak Out in Opposition to the Recertification of SEWRPC.

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
 
    On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 (between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM), the Federal Highway Administration will be holding a public hearing at the Milwaukee County Downtown Transit Center in the Harbor Lights Room (909 East Michigan Street, Milwaukee, WI) to receive citizen input concerning the recertification of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).  Please join us there to speak out in strong opposition to the recertification of SEWRPC.  For your convenience, I have attached a PDF file with some detailed information about this public hearing to this e-mail.
 
    For the past nine years, SEWRPC has been nothing more than "an unresponsive, taxpayer-funded, rubber stamp" for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the roadbuilding lobby in this region of our state.  THAT IS NOT THE INTENDED PURPOSE OF SEWRPC!
 
    40 years ago when SEWRPC was organized, its stated mission was to create a reasonable balance between the transportation, land use, environmental, social, economic and other interests in Southeastern Wisconsin so that our communities could be well-planned and provide a high quality of life for this area's residents.  All of these interests were to have "a place at the table" during this planning process.  However, that is not what is happening here.
 
    During the past nine years, many HJCG members and other like-minded, concerned citizens from both Waukesha and Washington Counties have attended SEWRPC meetings and hearings to speak out against unnecessary, fiscally-irresponsible and environmentally-damaging road expansion plans (including the Highway 164 four-lane expansion, the Pioneer Road-Waterford Road-County Highway E expansion, the Lannon Road expansion and many other related projects) only to have their thoughtful comments "fall upon deaf ears" and ignored
 
    For example, in 2006, many of our members attended SEWRPC's 2035 Regional Transportation Plan public hearings in Washington County to speak out against these road expansion projects and offer more reasonable alternatives.  GUESS WHAT — Even though 100% of the people who spoke at that meeting were vehemently opposed to SEWRPC's roadbuilding plans, this unresponsive agency refused to eliminate or modify those plans.  Also, earlier this year, concerned citizens participated in the Washington County Smart Growth Plan public meetings and raised concerns about several road expansion projects as well as the unresolved groundwater contamination problems in the Ackerville area — only to have the SEWRPC representative at those meetings summarily dismiss or minimize these valid community concerns.
 
    By caving-in and catering to the WisDOT and their roadbuilding allies at the great expense of our precious environmental resources (air, water and land), our neighborhoods, and our health and public safety, SEWRPC has effectively "abandoned its original mission" and, thus deserves to be immediately decertified as a taxpayer-funded, regional planning agency.  If SEWRPC is decertified, then it will no longer be able to tell the WisDOT which highway projects need to be built or expanded in Southeastern Wisconsin (which includes Waukesha and Washington Counties).  Decertification of SEWRPC would give the people greater control and more influence over the roadbuilding decision-making process and ultimately lead to implementation of more reasonable alternatives, better protection of the environment, and greater preservation of our local communities.
 
    Please join us at this very important public hearing and "make your voices heard" on this matter of great concern to all of us.  If you are unable to attend, then you can submit your written comments before November 8, 2008 to the Federal Highway Administration at: Federal Highway Administration, Attn: Planning Certification Review, 525 Junction Road, Suite 8000, Madison, WI  53717, FAX: (608)-829-7526, E-Mail: wisconsin.fhwa@fhwa.dot.gov
 
    Thank you for your sincere concern for our homes, families, communities, and the environment.  We hope to see you on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Milwaukee County Downtown Transit Center (between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM) to vigorously oppose the recertification of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Gonyo,
HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A.
P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033
Phone: (262)-644-8334
 
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Highway J Citizens Group, U.A. files lawsuit in Washington County Circuit Court against the Village of Richfield for violating its Smart Growth Plan and related village ordinances.

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
 
    On September 18, 2008, a large number of concerned citizens (most of whom were Richfield residents) attended the Richfield Village Board meeting and spoke out in favor of a uniform 45 mph speed limit on Highway 164 to greatly improve safety on this two-lane residential roadway through our community.  The citizens who spoke at that meeting strongly urged the village board to "remember its promise to the people" and reaffirm its support for this more prudent speed limit. 
 
    For the past nine years, the Richfield Village Board (and its predecessor town board) had consistently supported a 45 mph speed limit on Highway 164 and even documented that support in board resolutions, letters to both the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and our area legislators, and in its 20 Year "Smart Growth" Comprehensive Land Use Plan adopted in 2004.  Most recently, in a January 10, 2008 letter, then Richfield Town Administrator Toby Cotter informed the WisDOT that, as a village, Richfield's longstanding position in support of a uniform 45 mph speed limit on Highway 164 would not change.
 
    However, at that September 18th board meeting, the Richfield Village Board (by a narrow 3 to 2 majority) reneged on its nine-year long promise to the people and decided to support the WisDOT's plans to keep Highway 164's maximum speed limit set at an unreasonably high and unsafe 55 mph.  This action was taken despite the fact that 100% of the people who spoke during that meeting favored the lower 45 mph speed limit and that such action was in direct violation of the village's 20-Year "Smart Growth" Plan and the related village ordinances implementing this plan.  (The three board members who "thumbed their noses" at their constituents and disregarded the village's "Smart Growth" Plan that evening were Village President Diane Pedersen and Village Trustees Dan Neu and Rock Brandner.)
 
    During this meeting, Village President Diane Pedersen stated that, in the past, she had supported a 45 mph speed limit along Highway 164 because "that is what the people wanted," but now, she was going to "side with the WisDOT instead of the people" by endorsing a 55 mph speed limit along our residential roadway.  The WisDOT didn't elect Diane Pedersen as Richfield Village President — THE PEOPLE DID!  Also, it is very interesting to note that, within a few short weeks after she had "voted with the WisDOT" on the Highway 164 speed limit issue, Ms. Pedersen abruptly announced that she would not be seeking re-election as village president.  I guess that's one way to avoid being held accountable by your constituents.
 
    After this meeting, the Highway J Citizens Group turned the information about the Richfield Village Board's speed limit vote over to our attorneys for a thorough review of likely "Smart Growth" law and village ordinance violations.  As a result of this review, our attorneys have determined that the Richfield Village Board violated these state and local laws when they voted in favor of a 55 mph speed limit on Highway 164 (which is totally inconsistent with the 45 mph speed limit position taken in the village's Smart Growth Plan).
 
    To hold these unresponsive village officials fully-accountable for their illegal actions and to improve traffic safety on Highway 164, the Highway J Citizens Group, U.A. has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Richfield.  Attached here for your reading interest is a PDF copy of the summons and complaint which our highly-experienced legal team (Attorneys Elizabeth Rich and Lindsey King of Petrie & Stocking, SC) filed on October 17, 2008 in Washington County Circuit Court to start this very important legal action.
 
    Basically, we are seeking a reversal of the Village of Richfield's September 18, 2008 vote on the Highway 164 speed limit which was taken in violation of both their 20 Year Smart Growth Plan and the related village ordinances implementing this plan.  As this precedent-setting case progresses through the court system, we will keep you informed on any new developments.
 
    By winning this lawsuit, we will make sure that Richfield's Village Government becomes "a government of the people, by the people and for the people" once again.  You can help us achieve this very worthwhile goal by donating in support of this important lawsuit. 
 
    Please send your most-appreciated donations to us at: HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A., P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033 or donate online at www.hwyjcitizensgroup.org with a debit or credit card using our PayPal system established there for your convenience.  IT'S NOW UP TO YOU!  CAN WE COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT TODAY?  THANK YOU!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Gonyo,
HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A.
P.O. Box 152, Hubertus, WI  53033
Phone: (262)-644-8334
 
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