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Water Politics Causing Recall Elections Near Waukesha

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (WTAQ) - Two town board members near Waukesha will face recall elections a week from Tuesday over the politics of water.

A concerned citizens’ group said town chairman Robert Tallinger and board member Stephen Smart neglected to protect the town’s water supply, by voting to create a place where the nearby city of Waukesha can drill for new water wells. Each incumbent faces 2 challengers.

Tallinger is running against Angie Van Scyoc and Patricia Bartlett. Smart is opposed by Joe Banske and Curt Bauer. Van Scyoc and Banske helped start the recall movement. Bartlett and Bauer said they want to try to bring the divided town together on the issue.

The city of Waukesha has tried for years to find a suitable water supply, after the state DNR said its dwindling wells had too much radium. The city has looked into using Lake Michigan. But all 8 Great Lakes states would have to approve. And Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima, who was elected in April, continues to oppose the Lake Michigan option.

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