County fund helps EL park expansion

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – With a little help from their friends at the Sheboygan County Stewardship Fund, the village will be moving ahead with an east entrance to June Vollrath Athletic Park.

Village President Alan Rudnick told the Village Board Monday that the village’s application for the grant was approved for $16,939.

That will be used toward the purchase and development of a lot on Kettleview Court that will be developed into an east-side entrance to Vollrath Park and a tree park.

The remainder of the cost will be covered by the village and the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Athletic Association. The ELGAA is contributing $5,000, the village has roughly $30,000 already set aside, and a $7,000 payment for a utility easement through the property will fund the project, according to Rudnick and Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer.

The board approved the purchase for $47,000 by a vote of 4-1, with Trustee Michael Wolf voting no and trustees Pam Garton and Richard Sadiq absent.

The board approved a request from the Brown Baer tavern to open the back door of their tavern to allow bands to load and unload equipment before and after performances.

The board said it would rescind the approval if there were complaints from the tavern’s neighbors.

The Brown Baer had been ordered to keep the back door closed at all times by the village after complaints from neighbors in the past about bar noises coming out through the door.

But the tavern has new neighbors, so the board was willing to lift the restriction, but only for the period of time it takes bands or performers to load or unload their equipment.

“We had told Mike at the Brown Baer that when the two properties on either side of him sold, we would reconsider allowing him to open the back door, letting bands use it to load and unload, pending further concerns,” Trustee Lynn Shovan said in reporting the recommendation from the Public Health and Welfare committee.

The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. at their Aug. 5 meeting on a rezoning and conditional use permit request for 610 Aero Drive from Elite Charter Service.

Rudnick said the requests, to enable Elite to operate a helicopter charter service, were tabled pending the outcome of the hearing.

“We visited the Osthoff expansion and we’re moving along with that,” Rudnick also reported for the Planning Commission.

“There are still some things the Osthoff has to do before they can bring it back before the Planning Commission. We’ve tentatively scheduled a date of July 31 to talk about a possible TIF district,” Rudnick added.

Trustee Steve Kapellen said the Protection of Person and Property Committee is looking at developing a dog leash ordinance. “One of our concerned citizens was wondering about a leash ordinance, which it turns out we don’t have,” Kapellen explained.

The board agreed to pick up the cost of putting up banners for the SCCA Runoff event this fall, as they did last year.

Moioffer said the cost would be about $350 and said there was more than enough in the festival fund in the village budget to cover the cost.

They also approved allowing banners for the Ferrari Club of America 50th Anniversary celebration July 30-Aug. 4.

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