Board Expected to Create Committee on Village Center

On Tuesday, the Village Board will review Committee of the Whole's recommendation to create an ad hoc committee that will help develop a plan for the future of the Village Center.

The Greendale Board of Trustees will decide Tuesday on the structure of a committee that will assist in developing a plan for the future vitality of the Village Center.

The Committee of the Whole, made up of village trustees, discussed the committee's structure Wednesday night, after an earlier discussion derailed due to disagreements between board members about Village President John Hermes' original proposal.

The formation of an ad hoc committee comes after  were presented at open houses in February and April. Multi-residential buildings in all five concepts were met with resistance from residents and some village trustees, .

The ad hoc committee would consider and make recommendations to the Community Development Authority and the Planning Commission regarding the future mission of the Village Center. The committee would take a broad examination of the past, present and need for the future, long-term economic sustainability of the Village Center.

The committee passed Hermes' new presented plan passed on Wednesday with the addition of a citizen member. The plan is as follows:

  • Plan Commission representative: Henry Kosarzycki
  • Grandhaven LLC: One representative, to be determined
  • Popp Dental: One representative, to be determined
  • Greendale School District: One representative, to be determined
  • Village Center business owners: One representative, to be determined
  • Greendale Historical Society: One representative, to be determined

10 Greendale citizen members

  • Donna Oullette
  • Jackie Kraemer
  • Mike Connor
  • Noelle Joers-Yanisch
  • Ed Hannan
  • Rick Nowak
  • Marc Padron
  • James Ward
  • Carrie Kaliebe
  • Jim Bryce

Trustees recommended passing the plan on a 4 to 3 vote, following two failed amended motions. 

One of the failed amended motions included making Kosarzycki a non-voting member. Another failed amended motion by Trustee Sally Chadwick included adding Greendale Historical Society board member Bob Prindiville as a citizen member. The original proposed plan does not allow a different member of the representative organizations to join as citizen members because they would bring undue influence to the group, Hermes said.

The board will take action at a meeting on Tuesday at Village Hall at 7 p.m.


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