By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – A resubmitted site plan to construct screening along the north side of Clarke Hinkle Field to prevent spying on Green Bay Packers practices received the backing Tuesday, July 7, from both the village’s Site Plan Review Committee and the Plan Commission.
The previous proposal to shield practices at Clarke Hinkle Field from view on the second floor of the Resch Expo, now under construction, called for building a 14-foot high accessory structure above the existing chain-link fence, which would have resulted in a total of 22 feet in height.
However, members of the committee and commission objected to how a permanent wall would look and how it would spoil how the new expo center would look in the area.
The Packers decided to pull plans for the permanent wall after the two governmental bodies recommended its denial to the village board.
Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said the latest proposal calls for a screening system to be raised and lowered along 33-foot high poles approximately 30 feet apart, along Armed Forces Drive from the Don Hutson Center to past the existing scoreboard.
“The screen wall itself is opaque, so no one from the second floor of the Resch Expo could see the practices going on,” he said.
Schuette said the screening would have to be lowered when the team is not holding closed practices at Clarke Hinkle Field, as a condition of approval.
He said a similar system is used by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Trustee Gary Paul, who spoke out against the initial proposal with a permanent wall, said he also didn’t like the screening raised and lowered on poles, but would support it, so the team could prevent spying.
“They’ve got to do something,” he said.
The proposal is being forwarded to the village board for final approval at its July 28 meeting.