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Bob is a retired education administrator who was an academic administrator for a local university for 28 years and spent almost 10 years as an administrator/manager at an educational association in Brookfield. He and his wife now run a small consulting business called DeRoche Consulting LLC.

Safe Parks and Playgrounds


7-23-14 Sierra Guyton was buried yesterday. If you don't know who she is, you've been living in a bubble for the last two months. She's the 10 year old girl would was hit by a stray bullet on May 21 as she played with her sister on the Clarke Street School playground in Milwaukee. I find the entire incident depressing. How can an innocent life be taken on a playground in Milwaukee? Our city is supposed to be better and safer than some other large cities. I keep wondering if Sierra's parents were ever able to think about living somewhere in the metro area other than in their current zip code. The Journal reported that her Father works at Southgate Mall. This is not far from some nice suburbs - like Greendale. We have many parks and playgrounds in Greendale and they are safe. The reality is this: If Sierra Guyton had lived in Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners or some other suburb or even in some other part of Milwaukee, she would be alive today.

Greendale Middle School Vehicle Traffic

Greendale Middle School

I don't know if Greendale Middle School drop-off and pick-up traffic in the Village Center is currently an issue. I think it was brought up last year by the Ad Hoc Committee studying the Village Center. For the sake of discussion, let's say that it is an issue. Perhaps there are parents, citizens, school administrators, and Village officials who are concerned about traffic around the Village Center in the morning and afternoon during the school year and some traffic during summer session. I would like to propose one solution. One way to solve the traffic issue would be to take the baseball/softball field in back of the building (west) and turn three quarters of it into a parking lot and roadway. This is a terrible field. The dirt and grass are like concrete. I know because my daughter played softball on that field and I've walked it. A circle road could be built around the new parking lot for cars or buses picking up students. With the space available, a way could be found to separate cars and buses if that were necessary. A quarter of the field could be left for playground and recess activity for the school. Traffic would enter the area from several "E" Section streets and stop/finish times could be coordinated with Canterbury School to avoid conflict with other traffic. If possible, an extension road could be cut from one of the" "E" streets directly to the new circle road. Student drop-off and pick-up would be similar to or better than what currently happens at Highland View and College Park Schools. In summary the proposal is this: - convert the baseball field into a parking lot, - build a circle roadway around the lot, - leave some of the field for a playground, - traffic would enter the area through "E" streets, - extend one of the "E" street roads to the new circle road (optional). This is just one proposal. I am sure there will be others if this is an issue. In the meantime, think about it.

Greendale Primary Elections

Primary elections

It is time for a change on the Greendale Village Board of Trustees. In the primary election next week there will be two incumbents and five challengers running for two seats on the Board. It is good to see five challengers. In the recent past, we have seen only one or no challengers. That is not the way to run a democracy. At this point, change would be good for the Board. The two incumbents have given their time and talent to the Board, one for a very long time, and the community appreciates their service. However, it is time for new ideas and a new vision. We can no longer have Trustees who just sit at meetings and vote "yes" or "no" with no questions and no discussion. Nor can we have Trustees who vote "no" to spending money on anything, just so they can say they did. Good services provided to residents cost money. There is no way around that. We can no longer have new ideas and vision come only from the Village President. Yes, the Village President position is important for its leadership role, but it doesn't have to be the only leadership position. Let's thank the incumbents for their service and then vote to put two new people on the Board; to do that you will have to vote for four new people. Please don't forget to vote on February 18 - it's important.

Greendale's Original Fire and Police Station

Original F&PS

The Greendale Village Board will soon consider five proposals for the 

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Greendale Spring Elections

2013 elections

Some time ago I expressed my concern here about incumbents running for local elections with no opposition.   It just didn’t seem right to me that in a democracy no one except the incumbent would step up and run for election so people could a choice, in other words, a real election.  So I was elated to learn that in the up-coming Greendale elections voters will have some choices. 

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