Why is the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll on October 21st, Homecoming Day?

The Board of Trustees voted at an August meeting to set the date for the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll on Saturday October 21st from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Considerations in setting the date included 1) finding a date when many residents would be in town and available to participate 2) finding a date when weather conditions are less likely to keep residents from voting and 3) finding a date that the St. Paul’s Field House and the voting machines were available. We recognize how important participation is and considered a variety of factors with a goal of maximum participation.

With residents gathering in our Village on that day and celebrating on the GCHS football field and around town, we expect participation to be positively impacted. Similarly, we are hopeful that young families watching their children play games at the St. Paul’s fields will take a few minutes to vote in the Opinion Poll. They will already be there!

The one concern we have heard is about parking because of the fact that so many residents will be in town and there will be activities at the St. Paul’s fields, a parade from 7th Street to GCHS, and the Homecoming Football Game at GCHS. With the long period of time that the polls are open, we believe residents will be able to plan their voting accordingly and avoid difficulties with parking. We will also be working with our Police Department as they are skilled at handling parking in similar situations to make sure parking is not a deterrent to anyone’s participation. We are confident that Commissioner Jackson and his Department are well equipped to handle this. We will share more details with you on the parking plan as the day approaches.

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1. I pay $9,000 in Village taxes now and want to know how much a St. Paul’s project would cost me?
2. What would a St. Paul’s Project cost me?
3. Can I vote by Absentee Ballot if I am unable to vote in person on October 21st?
4. How Can the Village Ensure Safety of St. Paul’s Fields and Middle School Fields During Any St. Paul’s Project?
5. What is the present condition of the St. Paul’s Main Building?
6. I am confused by the ballot. Can you explain it to me?
7. How much has the Village spent on the St. Paul’s Building over the last 10 years?
8. Why is the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll on October 21st, Homecoming Day?
9. What do we know about the environmental impact of a demolition, adaptive reuse or façade project at St. Paul’s?
10. Why is the Village taking steps now to remove the stained glass windows from the St. Paul’s Chapel rather than shoring them up in place?
11. What resident votes, polls or surveys have taken place in the past relating to St. Paul’s and what were the results?
12. What are the details of the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll? When and Where?
13. What will be on the Ballot on October 21st?
14. How do I get an Absentee Ballot?
15. Why is the Village having a “St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll” on October 21st rather than a “Referendum” or a “Vote” and what is the difference in these terms?
16. Will the demolition have an impact on the air quality of the students attending the Middle School?
17. Would lead paint particles be present on the surrounding playing fields as a result of demolition?
18. What are the restrictions on the St. Paul’s Property and why do we have them? What do people mean when they talk about “Permitted Uses”?