County bans road parking at Parnell Tower

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

SHEBOYGAN – If you plan to go to the Parnell Tower, don’t plan on parking along County U.

The County Board Tuesday adopted a ban on parking on both sides of County U for 3,000 feet west of Kettleview Drive, including at the entrance to the observation tower in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

The supervisors accepted a recommendation from the Law Committee for the 3,000-foot no-parking zone on both sides of the road. The Transportation Committee had originally recommended the 3,000- foot zone only on the south side of the road, with a 200-foot no-parking zone on the north side, 100 feet in each direction from the tower entrance.

Supervisor Thomas Epping said the change was intended to alleviate traffic and safety concerns. He pointed out that there is little or no shoulder on County O in that area, while Supervisor Mark Winkel added that there is a steep ditch alongside the road in much of that area as well.

“There is limited parking out there and this is going to reduce the number of people who are going to be using the tower,” Supervisor Charles Conrardy countered.

The amended ordinance passed by a 15-8 vote, with Conrardy, Fay Uraynar, Jim Baumgart, Jacob Van Dixhorn, Greg Weggeman, Robert Ziegelbauer, George Marthenze and Richard Bemis voting no and supervisors Kris Wheeler and Keith Abler absent.

The board turned down a proposal to take over licensing inspections of retail food establishments in the county for the state Department of Health Services.

The ordinance had been endorsed by the board’s Executive and Health and Human Services committees, but Marthenze moved to file the ordinance with the clerk, in effect defeating it.

“My first question is, is this a problem,” Marthenze asked, noting that the state already does the inspections in the county.

“If we don’t do this, will swaths of people in Sheboygan County die of bratwurst poisoning? I don’t think that’s going to happen, because the state is already doing (inspections),” Marthenze stated.

“We’ve cut taxes over the years,” Marthenze noted, but added that they’ve been replaced in part with fees for septic system permits, boat launching and others. He said he feared the proposal would just create another added fee.

“I have 4,000 constituents and 3,999 of them did not call me and say we need this,” Marthenze concluded, saying the only constituent call he got in support of the ordinance was from the county’s Health and Human Services director.

Marthenze’s motion to file passed by a vote of 14- 9, with supervisors Roger Otten, Baumgart, Edward Procek, Vernon Koch, Jim Glavan, Van Dixhorn, Thomas Wegner, William Goehring and Roger TeStroete voting against filing the ordinance.


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