THIS IS AN E MAIL I RECEIVED FROM A READER COMMENTING ON THE RECENT STREETSCAPE WORK, D2D, ETC
So the SHS lot is once again accessible after only a short time in spite of the earlier dire predictions of a far more extended closure! While part of me is glad the 'crisis' there is over, another part is concerned that it seems like for the most part, there seems to be no real concept of a time frame for any part of this project! Looking at the piecemeal way things are proceeding on Oakland Avenue, per your pictures and my own firsthand viewing, and the lack of knowledge of such things as who actually decided to close the SHS lot and for how long, I'm beginning to wonder how things are being coordinated!
In addition, before viewing your blog today, I saw the ShorewoodNow picture of the groundbreaking ceremony after the final home football game weeks ago and I note daily, while driving past the field, that seemingly nothing has begun on the D2D front, either!! As this is some of the most favorable weather we'll probably see before winter, shouldn't things be in a more 'git 'er done' mode?!?
RESPONSE TO READER
It does seem amazing that "voila" the SHS lot was open a couple of weeks before schedule. It does bring to question whether the Powers Who Be put the pedal to the metal when they starting getting complaints --- or if they folks in charge of the work are that incompetent that they could be that far off in their projections for the time required.
Interestingly, the Village put out a Streetscape Update at the end of September, saying that the whole time schedule was being re-evaluated and could be changed --- while at the same time, the BID Director was telling folks that the work was being stopped and put on a new schedule --- all of this was while Trustee Dawn Anderson was writing a comment to defend the NO PARKING in areas where NO WORK was being done --- kind of sounds like Board Members were not kept updated and in effect got Blindsided !!
Regarding D2D -- it appears the School District is no better at handling a Public Works project, than the Village is.
It is obvious that the only work they have done is the Ceremonial Groundbreaking --- but they have stopped playing their games on the Home Field.
From what I have heard, the High School has incurred a lot of new expense by transporting everyone --- including the band --- to home games played on other fields. This is not an expense that was budgeted --- and seeing how there is no work being done on the field -- it is an obvious waste of taxpayers' money.
If any readers out there actually knows what is going on with these projects --- please write in and share the information with us !