(Re. “Green Lake council must realize city is not an island,” Sept. 24) That’s right, we don’t want to be an island. Why is the town of Brooklyn trying to fence us in with a boundary agreement? State s tatutes clearly provide for the city of Green Lake room to grow within the town’s boundaries. When the boundary agreement was presented to the city, it was just a shot in the dark hoping the city would be suckered into an agreement prior to 2009 city elections.

The city does not need to ask for or get permission from the town to expand. Let’s not forget, township boundaries were established to allow city growth. The city already has a boundary established by the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction). That boundary is a mile and half from city limits.

The agreement that was proposed would commit the city to only grow within the city’s existing sewer-service area, and refrains the city from exercising extra territorial powers outside the sewer-service area. ...

— Ald. Joe Parise

City of Green Lake

District 3

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