Working with the Mandel group to get the best results possible for the Convent redevelopment and working with the Plan
Commission and Building Board to delineate design options is the best option.
**We should all understand that the zoning is “Institutional”, and it could be developed as a hospital or nursing home. The property will be vacant soon… Maintenance and upkeep of the buildings will be a major problem if this project fails.
Mandel being involved with the Village in acquiring, helping pay for, and supporting Municipal water from Lake Michigan will be a big help with Village expenditures as well. As we continue to have redevelopment of properties downtown it is likely that we will need Lake Michigan water, NOT WELL WATER FROM BROOKFIELD! Getting “Well Water” from Brookfield was a poor decision! Cost is important but not the only factor to consider.
Giving the public detailed information about Village deals to be consummated is the only fair approach to take. Major efforts to reach out with more information to the community, is a strong goal of mine. This has not been the case for a long time in the village with the residents nor with the Elm Grove Business Association. The taxpayers of the Village have the right to know what their government is thinking and doing. Having more give and take at the Trustee and committee meetings will be a healthy change. Open discussion about the Village’s upcoming projects, and proposed improvements can help us all in the future.
The design and costs of this project have gotten to be grandiose and not practical. The impact will again stress/break many of our local small businesses. This design is outrageously expansive and expensive and makes no sense. Losing a large number of parking spaces and having only one ingress and one egress in front of Zisters will cripple free access to the shops and offices at the Park & Shop and Sendik’s. This needs a lot of work, and re-examination of the scope and money.
In 2017 we were told that this is the most dangerous intersection in the Village.
I have asked many times for the Village to make strong efforts to improve the situation. We need to improve the signage, and pavement markings to reduce the “danger level”. In past years the white “Pavement Stop Bars” and Crosswalk Stripes on Pilgrim were left faded or unpainted. There have been excuses for this, but we can’t accept excuses anymore! Safety here is a much higher priority.
The website should be much more user friendly. We will include weekly or bi- weekly newsletters on the site to keep our citizens informed about the many issues that affect life in Elm Grove.
Re-evaluate the design, costs, & motivation for the Downtown Master Plan which is not realistic as shown on the Village website.
Again, this was money spent for a very impractical, poorly conceived design.
Chronic speeding on Watertown Plank Road west of downtown continues and has become more dangerous. We now have an upsurge in the number of families with small children living on the west side on Watertown Plank Road. We need to address this problem now.
Cooperation with property owners is the first step in enhancing our downtown. The Elm Grove Business Association (EGBA) suggested the flower baskets that are now hung from the downtown light posts every Spring, and are financed by the donations of the EG Foundation. Working with the businesses and property owners will encourage enhancement of the “quaint” feeling of Elm Grove.
3000 – 5000 people attend the event in the Village each year. The title of the day is “Family Fun Fest”. We must keep it that way again this year. It will be done, and done safely if I’m elected. We also need to support and keep our other Village-wide activities alive and happy and add knew events that our Volunteers can organize!
Regarding the Park Pool: To thank and encourage more volunteers we should give free pool passes for volunteers: Including our Firemen, EMT’s, and committee members. We NEED Sunshade structures and deck chairs for the people sitting on the pool deck, not just in the Splash Pad. We need to reevaluate our playground equipment and bring it up to today’s standards. It is at the standards that were in place when it was installed many years ago.
Diversity of backgrounds and life experiences is healthy to committee work. Elm Grove
has women with great business and personal experience that could portend big contributions to the Village. We need to have a balance on our committees. While reviewing the membership I was hard pressed to find members of any of the committees or commissions who are owners of retail operations. I was hard pressed to find a woman on any of the most important committees. This pattern will change if I am elected.
Early In Person voting starts Tuesday, March 23rd at the Village Hall from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, daily Mon through Fri.
A person can request an "Absentee Ballot" now, however the ballots are not yet available.
When they become available, they will be sent out.
Absentee ballots must be returned no later than 8:00 PM on Election Day, Tuesday April 6th.
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