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Allouez receives update on Green Isle parking lot

By Rich Palzewic
Staff Writer

ALLOUEZ – At its Tuesday, July 7, virtual meeting, the Allouez village board received an update on the Green Isle parking lot reconstruction.

The project will begin July 13.

“The plan is to reconstruct one parking lot per week,” said Chris Clark, director of parks, recreation and forestry. “The completion date is Sept. 1. With good weather, we’ll have it done by Labor Day.”

Clark made another announcement to the board in regards to Kiwanis Park.

“I attended the Kiwanis Club of Allouez-Greater Green Bay meeting, and they presented the village with a donation check for $8,700 to go for additional playground equipment at Kiwanis Park,” he said. “We’ll install the equipment either this fall or next summer.”

The Twas the Night before Christmas Boutique, a reoccurring event in Allouez, will take place Nov. 7 in Green Isle Park.

“It’s a community craft show, featuring 18 unique vendors in a boutique-style setting,” said Jim Rafter, board president. “It will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hopefully, COVID-19 won’t prevent the event from happening and everything will be back to normal.”

The board also unanimously passed a resolution signifying the village as essential.

“We’ve been asked to put together a resolution identifying ourselves as an essential business,” Rafter said. “The resolution speaks to the importance of the services we provide and the lack of funding we’ve received thus far. This will let our congressional and state leaders know we support them allocating funds to local municipalities, regardless of size. Lots of dollars have gone to larger municipalities. This will allow us to spend the money on purchasing COVID equipment and to cover loss-of-revenue expenses we are incurring.”

Rafter said the village’s estimated total loss of revenue due to COVID-19 are currently between $70,000 and $100,000.

The village also unanimously renewed the term of administrator Brad Lange, something that must be done every three years.

Lange’s term expires Aug. 5.

“We are lucky to have Brad,” said Rafter.

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