Y/Village Hall among meeting topics tonight
Village of Sussex — For the first time in what is expected to be several opportunities, village residents will be able to ask questions and express opinions about a proposed agreement between the village and Central Waukesha County YMCA that may result in the construction of a 75,000-square-foot Y facility and a new 45,000-square-foot village hall, both to build on the existing local government campus on Main Street.
The proposed YMCA/village hall proposal is one of several municipal projects expected to be discussed by village staff and residents during a series of 10 neighborhood meetings scheduled for late August and early September at various park sites throughout the village.
The meetings are being held in the "open house" format where residents will be able to view plans of various projects and then ask questions or express opinions about the plans to staff members in individual discussions.
"We choose the village parks because we wanted to go out to the residents rather than asking the residents to come to us. We have not had much luck holding meetings in village hall; not many people attending them," explained Melissa Weiss
Weiss said the village staff is exploring possible rain dates or alternative locations for the meetings in the event of rainy weather.
Main Street renewal
Weiss anticipates there will be discussions on the proposed improvements on Main Street, improvements proposed for Village Park, discussions on radon treatment in the village's water system in addition to plans for the civic campus that will include the newly constructed Y and village hall buildings in addition to the existing Pauline Haass Library.
Although the Main Street and Village Park projects are likely to feature detailed maps, design plans for the YMCA and Village Hall buildings are still works in progress.
A citizen advisory committee recently began its work assigning floor space to various village departments and non-for-profit community groups that will be housed in the new two- to three-story village hall that will be built between the new YMCA building to the east and the existing Pauline Haass Library west of the new village hall.
So far, there has been very limited opportunity for any public comment on the proposed agreement that would provide the village sells land to the YMCA for a dollar and shares in the cost of the construction of the new facility. In return, the village will be able to use Y facilities for some village programs and village residents are expected to be offered discounted membership prices.
A majority of the village trustees apparently expressed support for the proposal during a closed session of the village board earlier this year.
However, Weiss suggested there may be more public involvement in detail discussions about both the agreement and construction plans that are expected to take place in various village committees next year before the Village Board casts a formal vote on the proposal.
Series of meetings
The neighborhood meetings will begin from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Weyer Park. Residents from the Village Estate, Cobblestone Estates, Old Mill Heights, Lingelbachs, Olde Towne, Stonefield and Cotey subdivision neighborhoods are urged to attend that meeting.
There will be another Wednesday, Aug. 27, meeting at Village Park between the hours of 6:30 and 7 p.m. Residents from the Crestview, Stoneridge Estates and Eagle Ridge neighborhoods are encouraged to attend that meeting.
On Thursday, Sept. 4, there will also be two meetings. One will be scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Pride's Park for Pride's, Mapleview, Sussex Heights, Canyon Meadows and Keystone Estates neighborhoods. The second meeting will be scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ridgeview Park for the Ridgeview, Braddock Place and Woodland Creek neighborhoods.
There are two more meetings scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8. One will be from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Grogan Park for Sussex Estates and Bowling Green neighborhoods and the other will be between 7 and 7:30 p.m.at Coldwater Creek Park for Coldwater Creek and Majestic Heights neighborhoods.
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