NEW BERLIN – The Village of New Berlin Board voted this month to modify a two-year-old land offer to Milford Academy after both were unable to come to an agreement.
The land debate has contributed to the possible relocation of a popular community event and the cancellation of a building project at the school.
The New Berlin Youth Days Committee said following its 50th Anniversary Celebration this summer, the Milford Academy grounds where the event has been held for the last half century will no longer be made available.
Milford bought the Main Street park area eight years ago and agreed at the time to rent the location to the Youth Days event for at least the following year, said Milford Director Bill Chaplick. Chaplick said the school now needs the area to develop additional practice fields for incoming students in 2012. He added the event’s “thousands of visitors and heavy tractor trailer sized equipment” caused significant damage to the grounds, making them unusable as practice fields.
“We love Youth Days, (committee coordinator) Larry Lloyd has always been great and for the last seven years we’ve been glad to volunteer the property for the event, but things are developing here at the school. We need to put the school’s needs and our students’ needs first,” said Chaplick.
The timing of the decision to no longer offer the privately-owned grounds drew concern from New Berlin Mayor Wade Schrag as the village and Milford continue to disagree on the details of a land usage agreement involving two playing fields behind the school. Schrag said the school was “adding pressure” to finalize an agreement.