The result of the vote from the commission was 4-4, resulting in a denial of the proposal. Athletic Director Dr. Rob Barnhill said they have appealed the decision.
“An appeal has been filed. A new application has been submitted to the Mequon Planning Commission for an alternative dome proposal and we are on the November agenda,” Barnhill said.
Concordia and the City of Mequon are scheduled to meet Nov. 11 to discuss the new dome proposal.
Concordia’s Athletic Department has over 30 different sports teams and over 700 student-athletes on campus. During the winter and early spring months, snow and freezing temperatures sometimes makes it difficult for teams to practice outside. The teams must reserve time inside either the Catalyst Sports Training Center or the R. John Buuk Field House, which makes for unpredictable practice schedules.
The addition of a dome facility over the football field would help remove some the congestion of Concordia’s winter and spring sports’ practices.
Mayor of Mequon John Wirth sees positives in the addition of the new facility.
“This facility will be helpful to Concordia athletes and the many athletic programs,” Wirth said. “The planning commission wants Concordia to be successful.”
Wirth said he did vote in favor of the proposal in September and thinks there are few drawbacks to the idea. However, other members of the commission did see some potential negatives.
“The complaints against it was it would be too visible from the highway, and it would attract a lot more cars and traffic in the neighborhood,” Wirth said.
Some residents near the campus are concerned about an increase of noise resulting from the addition of the new structure. Even so, Wirth is optimistic that the plan could pass in the future if some aspects of it are modified.
If the modified proposal passes in November, and the Mequon Planning Commission also approves the proposal, the facility is estimated to be ready during the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Written by Christian Dufresne.