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SIGN CONTROVERSY: Muskego non-profit needs to come up with $1,100

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MUSKEGO (WITI) -- Controversy over a sign is impacting a rehabilitation facility that works with people (including veterans) who have suffered brain injuries. The sign for "Acres of Hope and Aspirations" in Muskego was erected by Boy Scouts. But Muskego's city planning office informed "Acres of Hope" it had not applied for the proper grant to have the sign posted in a residential area.

Because Acres of Hope is set back from the road, it would be easy to drive past and not even notice -- if it weren't for the sign.

Lisa Alberte is the executive director of Acres of Hope -- a therapy home for people with brain injuries. Oftentimes, Alberte's patients are war veterans.

Her work incorporates therapy animals -- and last fall, her organization was helped by another.

"It's a beautiful sign. It's gorgeous," Alberte said.

Boy Scouts designed and built the sign -- but after it went up, the city took issue.

"We found out we should have had a conditional use permit," Alberte said.

The city says Acres of Hope owes $1,100.

In the months since the sign was erected, Alberte has been unable to come up with the money.

"Do you have eleven-hundred dollars? Because I would like a check if you do. I don't right now," Alberte said.

But, there is still hope.

The city has given Acres of Hope an extension to get the money together. They'll revisit the issue on June 20th, but if the money still isn't there, the sign will probably have to come down.

That's something Alberte hopes doesn't happen.

"People need to be able to find us, so they can have that hope and they can have those aspirations. That is what this place is all about," Alberte said.

Alberte says she hopes to fundraise to come up with the $1,100.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Acres of Hope and Aspirations.

2 comments

  • Brett

    Why not make use a portable sign? To avoid the permit it could be place out in the morning and removed at night.

  • Carol Schlintz

    There are several inaccuracies in this story. I love what Acres of Hope and Aspirations brings to the community and the help they give to people suppering from brain injury as well as the animals of rehab. I also love my community, Muskego and think that the story needs to be corrected.

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