I believe this will be a great move for our community. Let me start out by saying we propose no bonding or raising of village taxes to complete this project. Our current village building on Main Street, on the lake, does not serve us well. We should return it to the tax rolls and have it fit in with the rest of the downtown buildings, retail, office and apartment living for example.
The old fire station has been vacant for several years and is a very useable building. Sale proceeds from the current village hall would complete interior remolding for both village offices and the police station, infrastructure upgrades, razing of the current police building and also beautifying and landscaping of the site to better fit a municipal structure.
Outside building improvements would come in another phase depending on funds. Parking is plentiful, which will make the village offices much more accessible to the resident users. With the current police building gone, that creates more parking space, we see a combination of free, paid and employee parking at this site. The current village board sees this as a so called “win-win” situation for us all.
What is your position on further improvements to public parking in the village, and why?
In this current economic climate, I don’t see a need for looking for property for more municipal parking. The current lot with the pay station set up serves us quite well. A better economy may change this but not at present. We have discussed replacing the current street meters with several pay stations. I believe they will generate more income, look better than the meters up and down the street and solve our current problem of the meters corroding because of our harsh winters causing time-consuming maintenance and expensive replacements.