'Other phases not approved'

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The city's decision to permanently close 4th street, and the reason they gave should bring up some questions.

The reason given was because the school district planned on changing it to a pedestrian mall. Says who? That wasn't discussed as approved in phase one. The pedestrian mall is part of a later phase not even approved yet. Why is the city making a very unpopular decision based on a plan that hasn't even been discussed yet in public meeting by the board?

It brings me back to my questions on the discussion over phase one. Why does each phase set up the next if, as the taxpayers were told, nothing beyond phase one is approved, and even more recently I was told by board members, we simply cannot afford the next phase. And we cannot! Just who from the district has been talking to who in the city?

It sure sounds to me like the next plans for phase 2 are set in stone now, by the reason the city council gave for closing the road forever. Watch out folks, there's behind the scenes work here. It's quite obvious there have been talks of the next phase, that includes a new ball park, more parking lots, artificial turf on Jacobson, and a brand new soccer stadium.

How is the city so sure the next phase is going to be approved? It really causes me to wonder, have there been violations of open meetings laws that they are so certain?

Kenneth Streeter II

Beloit

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