Opinion: Light at the End of the Tunnel?
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.