SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WFRV) – Thursday night, the Sheboygan community had the chance to chime in on Aurora’s plan to purchase a site from the school district.
The site is home to an athletic complex and park called The Field of Dreams. Some are saying the new plan would be a nightmare.
Thursday’s public meeting was held by the school board at Cooper Elementary School’s gym because of the amount of people expected to show up, and show up they did.
The meeting’s sole purpose was for the school board, and for Aurora Health Care, to hear from the community.
It also was a chance for the two parties to be able to answer any questions and correct any mis-information that may have been spread.
Community members who spoke at the meeting were split. Some Sheboygan residents are in support of a new field of dreams, while others remain concerned that their neighborhood will become busier with the building of Aurora’s outpaitent facility.
“There is concern with noise, there’s concern with traffic, they have three different entry-ways going into their facility right now from three different points and the traffic up and down our road would increase, ” says an organizer of the Save the Field of Dreams effort, Renee Rusch.
“We have space allocated for football use, and soccer benefits quite a bit but football will finally get a home of its own, it’s going to take a little time for that to happen, but by having land allocated to us, it gives us the ability to apply for grants through the Green Bay Packers and the NFL and some other organizations,” says President of Sheboygan Youth Football, Scott Schaefer.
Decisions will start being made next Tuesday on the 24th. The Plan Commission will hold an open meeting to review the Zoning Map Amendment, and the Board of Education will hold an open meeting at North High School to vote on the sale of the Field of Dreams Property to Aurora.