Redevelopment is the No. 1 concern now that Green Lake County is “moving on up” to the east side.
The million-dollar question is what will become of the county’s downtown block. Next week, two separate meetings will provide ideas and discussion.
Not only are these meetings independent of each other, but they’ll actually take place at the same location — Thrasher Opera House. One is a special city retreat. The other is a forum with the Downtown Green Lake Renewal Project.
Basically we’ll have one discussion Monday and do it again that Thursday. Same topic, different faces.
Although these efforts are admirable, is it really necessary to have both? And that’s not the only concern. There seems to be some misunderstanding:
— The city needs to realize the county is ultimately at the helm. It’s county land, and the county has already distributed official “requests for proposals” to numerous developers.
— In that same vein, it’s perplexing that members of an independent organization would hold a public forum on a decision that’s not theirs.
Instead of this process being clear and methodical, the county, city and a private organization are all trying to have their own influence, regardless of whether it’s redundant or even necessary.
The more people who jump into the county’s redevelopment process, the more unnecessarily convoluted it will become.
Everyone’s intentions are good, but a random hodgepodge of meetings and ideas isn’t the best solution. In fact, that’s all too familiar.
It’s similar to what happened in the 10-plus years where no one could decide whether to build the new courthouse.
Currently, there’s a need for coordination, but mark these words: Everybody will trip over themselves to share in the credit once the property is successfully redeveloped. Read the full column in the July 15 Ripon Commonwealth Press.