State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The village of Greendale held its America in Bloom celebration that I attended at Greendale High School January 27, 2009.
My office prepared a state citation for the village of Greendale. It reads:
Whereas, America In Bloom is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and community involvement; and
Whereas, America in Bloom conducts a national contest based on the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements; and
Whereas, during the summer of 2008, Greendale, Wisconsin competed against communities of similar size located across the United States; and
Whereas, Greendale, Wisconsin was evaluated on eight criteria in the America in Bloom competition including floral displays, environmental awareness, landscaped areas, tidiness, urban forestry, heritage preservation, turf and groundcovers, and community involvement and
Whereas, the community-wide effort was coordinated by the Greendale Park and Recreation Department, the Greendale Community Education Council, and the Village of Greendale with participation by residents, business owners, school groups, church groups, environmental clubs, scout troops, and community organizations; and
Whereas, Greendale, Wisconsin residents cleaned up neighborhoods, planted flowers at schools, held garlic mustard pulls, and raised funds to place trees at schools; and
Whereas, Greendale, Wisconsin is named the 2008 America in Bloom winner for the 10,001 to 15,000 population category; and
Whereas, out of 125 points in each category, Greendale, Wisconsin scored 112 in tidiness, 112 in environmental effort, 119 in community involvement, 118 in heritage preservation, 118 in urban forestry, 116 in landscaped area, 112 in floral displays, 109 in turf and groundcover areas; and
Whereas, Greendale, Wisconsin earned the National Criteria Award in the Urban Forestry Category, a competition involving all participating communities regardless of population; and
Whereas, Greendale Wisconsin received an overall champion award in its population category; and
Whereas, Greendale, Wisconsin won the most prestigious of the competition’s awards, the 5 Bloom Award, designating that Greendale, Wisconsin received more than 90 percent of the total points possible; and
Whereas, the community-wide effort was coordinated by the Greendale Park and Recreation Department, the Greendale Community Education Council, and the Village of Greendale with participation by residents, business owners, school groups, church groups, environmental clubs, scout troops, and community organizations; now
Therefore, the members of the Wisconsin Senate, on the motion of Senator Mary Lazich, congratulate Greendale, Wisconsin, as the 2008 America in Bloom winner for the 10,000 to 15,000 population category. Greendale, Wisconsin, is further commended for bringing immense civic pride to its community.