EL Farmer’s Market back in same location

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The Farmer’s Market will be back at its familiar place this summer.

“It will be essentially in the same area it has always been in, with a couple of slight modifications,” Village President Alan Rudnick told the Village Board at their May 16 meeting. “Everybody should be happy with that.”

The location for the popular weekly event had been in limbo for several months after village officials learned that the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the market, would not be able to set up booths within the railroad right-of way downtown.

Village officials had left it up to the chamber to determine how to make the market location work and Rudnick said they had done so.

The board unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Marvin Sattler for modifications to the boathouse at his home on South Turtle Bay Road.

Contractor Tim Klieber explained at a public hearing that the Satlers want to remove the 12 inches of the boathouse that overhang the lake so they can do renovations of the boathouse.

Several speakers supported the Satlers’ request at the public hearing, while another neighbor supported it by letter. In answer to a question in another neighbor letter presented at the hearing, Klieber assured the board the renovations would not be over or obstruct the path along the lake that runs across the Satler property.

Approval was granted for a Sup ‘n’ Surf event on the lake Sunday, June 19.

In this case, Sup stands for stand-up paddleboard. The board approved launching the paddle boards from the village beach for the morning event and removing the swim buoys for it.

It is the seventh annual event, the board was told by event organizers, but it was held on Lake Michigan before being moved to Elkhart Lake last year.

Also approved was the list of requests from the chamber for the annual Downtown Night Monday, Aug. 8. They include street closures, liquor license dispensations and other items that the chamber has asked for and received in the past.

The board agreed to pay up to $2,000 to patch potholes in the alley next to Wisconsin Bank and Trust.

The alley is being abandoned and will revert to the bank, Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly explained. The bank asked the village to make the repairs before that happens, and she noted that the village has the money available in the savings from the recent purchase of a snow plow.

Trustee Richard Baumann reported that the Tourism Commission’s latest promotional video, on the Elkhart Lake culinary experience, has been well received.

“It had over 22,000 hits in the first day it was up,” Baumann told the board.

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