Beach wedding request back before EL board

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – A request to hold a wedding ceremony on the village beach next summer will be back before the Village Board.

The village turned down the request from Jennifer Dippel in October to have a ceremony with 150 guests on the public beach at Fireman’s Park on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

But Dippel’s mother, Jill Daane, and Jeffrey Bray spoke to the board Monday to ask them to reconsider the request.

Bray, speaking during the public input section of the agenda, presented what he said was a toscale drawing showing that the 150 chairs for guests and a wedding arch could be accommodated on the beach and still leave half the beach open for public access.

Village officials had told Dippel that the beach could not be closed for a private use. The issue was referred to the board’s Administration and Finance Committee, which voted not to grant the request.

“This really only takes up one side of the beach,” Bray told the trustees.

He explained that the reception will be held at the Victorian Village resort, where many of the guests will be staying.

“She does want to get married with the lake in the background,” Bray explained. “We wanted the guests to be able to walk to the wedding and, when the wedding is done, be able to walk to the reception, to just enjoy Elkhart Lake the way we all enjoy it and walk around town.”

Village President Alan Rudnick said the board could not address the issue Monday, as it was not on the regular agenda, but said it would be referred back to the Administration and Finance Committee to reconsider.

The board approved a relocation order for a parcel of railroad land that will be needed for for street relocations connected with the Sargento expansion and the village’s Tax Incremental Finance District 2.

Trustee Richard Sadiq reported that the Administration and Finance Committee will be meeting with Phil Cosson, the village’s financial advisor from Ehlers and Associates, to discuss possible financing options for TIF 2 and 3. Both plans calls for developer’s incentive payments to Sargento (TIF 2) and The Osthoff resort (TIF 3).

Trustee Michael Wolf commented that the exterior work on the Sargento expansion appeared to be completed. “I thought they did a very nice job. It looks awesome,” he said of the expansion.

“I understand that within a couple of week the whole thing will be done,” Rudnick added, saying that work is going on inside the expansion.

Wolf said the Public Works Committee had looked at overnight parking restrictions in village-owned lots and determined that no changes to current ordinances are needed, just proper signage in the lots.

Rudnick reminded the board and the public of two upcoming public events:

. The village Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m. downtown. Noting that the weather forecast is for cold temperatures that night, Rudnick promised that, “my speech will be short.”

. The farewell open house for retiring Village Administrator/Clerk- Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer Friday, Dec. 20, from 2-5 p.m. at the Grashorn Municipal Building.

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