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Thanks to all that helped build new soccer field

Oct. 18, 2013

Public Forum:

North Shore United Soccer Club recently installed a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field at Port Washington State Bank Soccer Park (Cedarburg) and I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation and gratitude to those who were instrumental in bringing the plan to reality. This was not a small project for NSU and the coordination of engineering, permitting, contracting and inspections from concept to reality went flawlessly, thanks to those who were so supportive along the way.

We first met with Mequon's Director of Community Development to express our vision on May 23. She explained the process and turned us over to the Engineering Department, who provided the "roadmap" of permits and approvals required, and there were many. We filed the first permit applications that day as we would need the field in time for our 175-team Fall Classic Tournament. The city of Mequon officials could not have been easier to work with! So thank you to Mequon's directors, managers and inspectors who recognized the urgency and communicated with our engineering company and our club accordingly.

The second firm I would like to thank is Port Washington State Bank, who recognized our needs, purchased naming rights of the complex, and financed the project. Developments such as this often require banks to do substantial risk/credit analysis for their own interests and for our suppliers to be assured of payment.

I would also like to acknowledge GRAEF Engineering, who worked meticulously with us from start to finish. Not only did they provide an outstanding plan, but they interfaced with Mequon, Wisconsin DNR, MMSD and our contractors to assure compliance with all state and local regulations.

To our major suppliers, ProGrass, ACT Global, Jackson Concrete, TP Concrete and Birchwood Landscaping: Without them, we could not have pulled this project off in 115 days! North Shore United families and the extended soccer community will appreciate and enjoy PWSB Soccer Park for years to come.

And finally, to the NSU board of directors who believe we owe it to our membership to continue building NSU as a club which supports soccer for all levels of play. The collective vision and unanimous vote to build this field allowed us to move rapidly. Developments such as this go beyond the game of soccer and North Shore United, Cedarburg and all of Ozaukee County have a first class soccer complex to be proud of.

Mark Koenig

past president

North Shore United

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