Residents file for Lisbon's incorporation
Residents of the Town of Lisbon filed a petition in Waukesha County Circuit Court this morning to incorporate the town as a village, according to a press release from Denis Wenger, one of the organizers of the grassroots incorporation movement.
"Residents of the Town of Lisbon have been planning for incorporation for 60 years," Wenger maintained in the statement. "In 1949, town residents authorized their town board to exercise 'village powers' by engaging in comprehensive planning, writing zoning ordinances and establishing a plan commission to oversee land-use planning and development ... During these decades, the Town of Lisbon has developed a full complement of services normally associated with village or city status, so petitioners expect the transition from town to village government to be a smooth, cost-effective process that will produce many benefits for residents and surrounding municipalities."
Wendy Landry, a town resident and former supervisor who helped circulate a petition for incorporation, said "The town alrady provides all the services to its citizens that the village will be required to provide. Our existing government has a tangible investment in the town and this will not change when we become a village. This change in government also will not require the laying off of any personnel."
Bob Williams, another former supervisor, also helped circulate the petitions. "Incorporation will make it possible for the town government to maintain the quality of life that our citizens have mandated in all of the recent surveys and focus groups," he said.
"The three of us circulated this petition to help Lisbon regain autonomy over land use and property rights, solidify its tax base and restore local control over its local affairs," Wenger said. "We filed this petition from the people on behalf of all the people of the Town of Lisbon.
"This people comes from the people of Lisbon, not from the Town board."
She noted that the group must raise $25,000 to cover fees required by the Incorporation Review Board but not budgeted for by the town. Fundraising would begin after the court rules on the petition, which could take 30 to 60 days, she said.
More information about the incorporation effort is available at www.lisbon-inc.org.
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