Field of Dreams

As You See It

To the Editor,

I am writing in response to a recent article in the Sheboygan Press regarding the Field of Dreams and delays caused by ethical concerns. I understand the citizens actually had to file a motion with Judge Stengel to recuse him from the case. Apparently Stengel didn’t believe his son’s high level employment with the defendant in the case was enough. That’s rather hard to believe. However, had it not been for the motion, when was he going to reveal his close friendship to the Defendant. My understanding is that this case has been pending for many months. Why did it take a citizen’s motion and all this time for him to come clean? Did he just recently discover who the parties in the case were? I doubt it.

All the citizens in Sheboygan want is a fair and impartial process to figure out why the Sheboygan Area School District never informed us about the sale of the Field of Dreams until February of 2015, despite the following:

Allowing Aurora to conduct digging and testing on the east parcel in Spring 2014;

Allowing Aurora to petition the DNR to reduce the wetlands designation on the East parcel in the Spring of 2014;

Allowing Aurora to obtain a Title Commitment on the purchase of the Field of Dreams in the spring of 2014;

Allowing Aurora to have 3 commercial appraisals of the Field of Dreams completed in the Fall of 2014 with Sheboygan School District’s assistance.

I am quite sure that once the attorneys start digging the timetable will go much further back. What really irks me as a citizen is that while the Sheboygan Area School District was apparently keeping everything secret from us citizens we missed out on any real opportunity to actively participate in the elections of both the school board and the city common counsel. In 2014 when all of this secret work was being done between the School District and Aurora, THREE incumbents ran for re-election on the School board, including Mr. Gallienetti the board president. Why didn’t the school board let the citizens know about an issue that would clearly be controversial especially in an election year? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the school board was trying to protect itself against a negative public response and manipulated the election. Shame on them!

We as citizens deserve the right to openly participate in the process. If the result in the end is the same then so be it, that’s democracy and I accept it. However, I will never accept elected officials clearly operating under the belief that they alone can decide secretly the future of my community.

The ends do not justify the means, this is a democracy we have the right to be heard.

Lorraine Greene

Sheboygan


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