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Opinion: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Opinion: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

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It is shaping to be an interesting week in our Village.

On Monday, the Greendale school board will consider — whether to consider — launching a process that could transfer ownership of district owned land at the corner of Broad Street and Southway back to the Village of Greendale. It is a first step that could eventually lead to approval of the proposed veterans memorial at the site.

It appears the district was recently nudged on the issue by Jay Chadwick of the Veterans Memorial Committee when he inquired about the procedure for calling a special meeting. It is an idea that has floated among Trustees at least since the retirement of colors ceremony at the corner in November. 

That high-profile chunk of Greendale has proved controversial before. Nine years ago, the district recommended that the land be sold to The Greendale Village Church to expand their facilities. With echoes of Joni Mitchell playing in the background, it created a debate in the community that was one for the record books.

One soon retiring district administrator called the parcel of land  “the grassy knoll” and many felt it cost one Village trustee re-election. Open records requests flew, Keep Greendale Green lawn signs sprouted in the community and it led to a dramatic vote of the electors (the community) at the district’s September annual meeting. 

At the time, no one was quite sure where the voters would end up on the issue. In the end, the community voted to keep that parcel of land green. It was clear that the community felt there was better potential uses for the land than a parking lot.

If the proposed April 28 date for this new special meeting about the land holds, the outcome will be much less in doubt. It seems very likely the land will be deeded back to the Village of Greendale. The community should then look for Village trustees to swiftly approve the proposed veterans memorial at the site.

Is there finally some light at the end of the tunnel on this controversial issue? I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

About The Author

Bill Attewell

Bill Attewell is the editor and publisher of Everything Greendale. He has over 20 years experience as an award-winning newspaper editor, writer and publisher. His work has been read in in over 50 publications across the U.S. and abroad. Bill is a long-time resident of Greendale and a Greendale High School alum. Go Panthers!

4 Comments

  1. WI Mother

    And MORE Cudos to Jay Chadwick for moving this forward to the right conclusion that the majority of Greendale Residents, etc. have been asking for, for much too long. Thank you Jay and all the Greendale Veterans for their hard work and determination…

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    • Factnotfiction

      Don’t think that this is such a done deal. Why should they give this back to the Village? It’s worth clearly more than the $250K that the church was willing to pay. The school district faces a deficit thanks to cuts in state aid. That lot could easily go for half a mil if some developer wanted to put a higher end rental/condo there. Beautiful view, underground parking. If I had the cash, I’d do it and design it to curve with the lot. Great sunsets, baseball off the porch or balcony in the summer. Well, when I win the powerball. To get back to the subject, the prime motivator’s wife is on the village board, clearly a conflict of interest. Don’t tell me that they won’t be looking to the Village for monies for “infrastructure” and the like. And don’t think that this will be such an easy sell to the trustees. MANY people don’t like the site, including people who live in close proximity. Of course the generals running the Veterans group wants it their way or no way, kind of like military juntas of the past. Plus, where’s the money? The “veterans group” has not once reported on how much money has been collected so far. Will it be like the money pit of the Hose Tower, where the “chain myself to the building” people said they’d come up with their share if the Village gave them money? Of course, they never held up their end of the bargain, the village kicked in close to $200K MORE and the frigging thing still isn’t ready. Talk about waste of money and a boondoggle.

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  2. Richard

    Let the people speak as they have in the past Educrats. Your track record is to say the least less than acceptable and our Village’s reputation has been damaged by the school trustee’s action and the Educrats inaction. Cudos to Mr. Chadwick. Where is the District Administrator on all of this? He is AWOL again.

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  3. JAmes

    Finally.

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