Bob is a retired education administrator who was an academic administrator for a local university for 28 years and spent almost 10 years as an administrator/manager at an educational association in Brookfield. He and his wife now run a small consulting business called DeRoche Consulting LLC.
The Greendale Village Board will soon consider five proposals for the
redevelopment/reuse of the original Greendale Fire and Police Station. Many
Greendale residents do not want this original building demolished and most
Greendale residents do not know where six members of the Village Board stand on
the issue of demolition or redevelopment, but we do know where the Village
President (a voting member of the Board) stands. It is clear from the Greendale
spring newsletter and from his comments to the CDA that Village President, John
Hermes, wants the building demolished Evidently he doesn't think it has any
historic value although it is an original municipal building and part of our
historic district. At least we know where he stands.
The other Trustees, to my knowledge, have not expressed their opinions
publicly so we don't know where they stand. So let's speculate. Let's say that
is it probable there will be at least one of the five proposals that
will be very good and very likely to succeed. In this case the vote could go
several different ways: 3-3 with Mr. Hermes breaking the tie; 6-1 with only
Hermes voting no; or 4-3 in favor, etc.; or, of course, the majority could vote
a against any proposal in several different ways so that some could say I
voted "for", so don't blame me that he didn't pass. The real danger is that the
other six will get on board with Mr. Hermes and vote against and say we are just
following the lead of our Village President. Let's hope this doesn't happen. If it does,
the residents will, hopefully, express their opinions in large numbers.