There are two For Friday, December 6th, 2019
Did You Know?
"The Main Street Lot and South Main Lot, highlighted in the map below, will be closed starting at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 and will not be fully reopened until mid-day on Tuesday, December 10. This closure is necessary for the completion of a site investigation including ground penetrating radar, soil borings and installation of ground monitoring wells. The work will be completed on Monday, December 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. Advance notice will be posted within the parking lots pertaining to the closure."Many residents have questions:
1. What is the REASON for "a site investigation including ground penetrating radar, soil borings and installation of ground monitoring wells"?
2. What is the explanation of the TIMING of the "site investigation including ground penetrating radar, soil borings and installation of ground monitoring wells" during one of the busiest and most critical times of the year for our downtown businesses?
3. Further, should "a site investigation including ground penetrating radar, soil borings and installation of ground monitoring wells" have been performed BEFORE entering into a legal agreement to develop the Giesche site and Main Street parking lot? Many of us have long been aware of potential contamination of that site.
4. Who is PAYING for the "site investigation including ground penetrating radar, soil borings and installation of ground monitoring wells"?
5. Who is LIABLE for the ramifications of the findings of "a site investigation including ground penetrating radar, soil borings and installation of ground monitoring wells"? The Village? The developer?
6. Who will answer our questions?
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Did You Know?
That since July we have lost 20 parking places in the Main Street lot due to the demolition of the Giesche building? Take a look at the aerial view of the lot and the two red boxes marked "A" and "B".
A Used to contain 12 spaces painted straight-in; there are now 6 spaces painted at angles (loss of 6 spaces)
B Used to contain 14 spaces painted straight-in; now a larger buffer from the demolition site is required. 7 spaces are painted as parallel, but they are still not available (loss of 14 spaces)
***The result is a total loss of 20 parking spaces in the Main Street lot during one of the busiest and arguably most critical shopping and dining periods for our downtown businesses.
The restriping of the parking spaces on both the north and south sides of the driving lane closest to Giesche was necessitated by the danger of the excavation site and the need to move parking further away from it. This narrowed the driving lane and thus required redesigning the spaces from "straight in" to "angled".
Save Main continues to question the wisdom of the Village allowing the demolition of the Giesche building given an active lawsuit. That action has left us with a dangerous demolition site. Such a site would never be allowed on residential property. It has also left us with an eyesore at the southern gateway to our historic downtown. And it has deprived us of 20 parking spaces so far. We have seen no public explanation of this situation from the Village staff, the Village President, or the Village Board.
Rather than solving the parking problem in our downtown, the Village has exacerbated it. We can do so much better.
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In The News:
The Patch headline is inaccurate.
The lawsuit is not over. There are at least two substantive counts remaining that will be heard in early November. We remain strongly committed to this effort.
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