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Observer on the Scene: Live at Kenosha COR, city meetings

KENOSHA ⏤ The Observer has been on the scene of government meetings and also a few announcements recently ⏤ including the move of the Great Lakes Brew Fest.

Kenosha COR debut (July 7, 2021)

Last week, Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution hosted its initial press conference introducing itself to the community. 

During the conference, leaders also expressed that they hope to help decrease violence by intervening before situations explode.

According to the group, much of this will be by asking questions and making sure people are working things out. However, they will also be trying to keep situations out of the realm of police intervention; therefore, keeping more people out of the local jail and court systems.

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On the scene at Kenosha City Council (July 7, 2021)

On July 7, 2021, the Kenosha Common Council approved an amended conditional use permit for a 8,715-square-foot indoor, plant-growing facility located at 10901 38th St. 

Gordon Foods owns the proposed facility, which it also referred to in documents as Gordon Foods Square Roots Facility. 

The council also honored this month’s Hometown Hero at the beginning of their meeting. This month, the city selected William Erickson, who served in the Marine Corps, as its hero.

You can read more about Erickson in the city’s press release below.

City Licenses and Permits, Parks and Public Works committees meet (July 12, 2021)

On July 12, City Council committees held their regularly-scheduled meetings, with several committees approving the return of various events.

However, one event previously housed in neighboring Racine caught the Public Works Committee’s eye. 

The Great Lakes Brew Fest, a staple at the Racine Zoo for 16 years, is coming to Kenosha after approval from the city’s Public Works Committee Monday.

According to the president of the festival, Curt Foreman, the zoo is “deciding to do its own thing,” and as a result, Kenosha gains a great event.

The fest began at the Racine Zoo in 2004. However, it will now move to Celebration Place in Kenosha starting Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. 

Watch on the scene as the committee and Foreman discuss the event and also the reason behind its move in the video below.

You can also watch the Licenses and Permits Committee and Parks Commission Committee meetings in the videos embedded below.

Licenses and Permits meeting

Parks Commission meeting


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