Adell approves rezoning, follows up on ‘bee’s wings’

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ADELL — A Plan Commission meeting and a public hearing were held the night of Wed., Dec. 14, prior to the monthly board meeting. Two requests were on the agenda.

Jeffrey Mueller requested that land he owns south of the intersection of Hwy. A and Hwy. 57 (just under seven acres) be rezoned from B-2 (Highway Commercial) to A-1 (Agricultural).

Mueller told the Plan Commission that part of the land is currently used for agriculture.

Commission members thought it was a straight-forward request, and voted unanimously to recommend approval to the board.

The second scheduled request was not presented. Building Inspector Walter Grotelueschen told the commission the requestor did not feel well enough to attend the night’s meetings.

During the public hearing, there was a question on the location of the Mueller property easement from Trustee Arush Chahal, but no other comments. The hearing was adjourned.

During the board meeting, Mueller’s re- quest was approved unanimously.

Dust follow-up

Representatives were present from the Adell Co-op and Great Lakes Agri Services to address the previous month’s discussion about dust from their facilities. Residents had spoken at the November meeting of how “bee’s wings” had been especially bothersome this year.

The tiny, reddish flakes called “bee’s wings” are not from insects. They are thin membranes that come loose from kernels of corn when the corn is deposited on the ground, prior to entering the dryer.

When Village President Andrew Schmitt said the problem was state-wide, it was mentioned that it is actually nation-wide. An online search finds this to be a problem anywhere corn is processed. Little if anything is mentioned about how to alleviate this dust, which is blown about by the lightest breeze, falls like snowflakes, and settles on cars and lawns.

“This year was probably the worst,” said Jerry Leick of the Adell Co-op. He said the corn this year was dry, and there was a large volume coming in to the co-op.

Leick said there were some simple things that could help reduce the release of bee’s wings dust. One would be an 8-foot fence. “It would have to be a solid fence, else it wouldn’t do much good,” Leick said. “Seasonally, you’re going to have some” of that dust, he said.

Leick said he’d talked with Tim J. Deckert, owner of Adell Auto Body, who’d told the board in November that bee’s wings had ruined new paint jobs on cars he was working on.

Schmitt said, “I think if you put some effort into it, and try to minimize what’s going on, then we’re doing our due diligence. Let’s hope next year’s better. Thank you for putting the efforts in, and we’ll see what happens next year.”

Other village business

The village received a complaint that leaf burning was causing excessive smoke. The board emphasized that leaves should not be burned unsupervised, or left smouldering overnight. The board voted unanimously to send a letter to a resident that allegedly burns leaves often.

Schmitt read a Resolution of Commendation to Deems Pelishek (who passed away recently) for His Years of Municipal Service. The board unanimously approved the resolution.

Director of Public Works Shawn Bigelow reported that the orange truck the village had tried to sell was finally purchased.

Trustee Kim Peterson said she and Bigelow had considered several street maintenance projects that would be carried out with the shared revenue from the county sales tax. The village will receive $6,189, must match that amount, and needs to spend the total on a small project. Projects to repave two heavily-used intersections (Wisconsin and Nugent Streets; Milwaukee and Edgewood Streets) will be submitted for the shared revenue.

The board unanimously approved submitting the projects for the shared revenue.

The board unanimously approved:

• The 2017 Lakeview Library budget

• $50 gift cards for village employees

• The 2017 Joint Powers agreement between the village and the county

• Suspension of street parking restrictions and penalties for the period of Dec. 20 through Jan. 1, if there is no snow at that time

• Attendance of Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Rathke at the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association conference in August of 2017

Next month’s meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 11.

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