Confidence in Krauter

To the Editor:

The March 25 issue of The Sheboygan Falls News contained detailed articles regarding the city’s budget and plans for our parks.

Several park-related items had to be cut - notably permanent fencing for the dog park and playground equipment replacement for both Rochester Park and Woodview Mini Park.

These three items totaled approximately $50,000.

Park Board President Bob Hackel correctly stated that very few local civic groups remain – one being the Lions Club.

Many readers will remember that last fall, the Lions Club proposed to build a beer garden and museum next to Settlers Park.

I recall that they were prepared to spend a great deal more than $50,000 on their plan.

I believe the figure was roughly $300,000 (which may have been a conservative estimate).

Neighbors (including myself) were strongly opposed to the plan. Over 40 people signed a petition and about a dozen voiced their concerns at a City Council meeting.

District 1 Alderwoman Anne Krauter was one of the council members who took the time to return our many emails and phone calls.

Months have since passed, and we haven’t heard what will be the Lions’ next step.

Currently, Lions Club President Al Mayer is running for the District 1 seat on the City Council. He has asserted that his civic-mindedness is unrelated to the Lions’ proposal, but my experience with the club has left me skeptical.

I think it would be wonderful (and much wiser) if the Lions used their monies and fundraising skills to address the muchneeded park projects mentioned above.

Those are the types of true community-minded projects that all residents can stand behind.

Our many parks are part of what makes Sheboygan Falls a great place to live.

Alderwoman Krauter is a member of the Park Board, and as such has worked hard to

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