City close to finalizing deal to sell Dino’s park land building overlaps

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The city is just a step away from getting part of the Dino’s restaurant building off city park land.

City Attorney Crystal Fieber reported to the City Council at their May 9 meeting that just a few minor agreements need to be worked out to sell the property to Travis Lambrecht and Hub City Rentals LLC.

The building at 19 S. Milwaukee St. overlaps the city-owned Bade Utility Park by about one to five feet, Fieber told the council. In addition, a gravel driveway north of the building is on city park land.

The overlap was discovered when Lambrecht attempted to purchase the building from his late uncle Dean’s estate.

Both the Park Board and the Plan Commission approved selling the land to Lambrecht for $1, with the city retaining right of first refusal to re-obtain the land should it go back on the market or if the building is ever destroyed.

That agreement is finalized, Fieber said, but the city and Lambrecht need to finalize agreements on a part of the Milwaukee Street right-of-way the building is also on.

She said she expected the full agreement would be ready for final approval at the council’s next meeting March 30.

“This is a very old building and I’m not sure anyone was really concerned about lot lines when it was placed there,” Fieber said in explaining the overlap. The building was moved early in the 20th century across Milwaukee Street from its original location on the west side of the street.

The council authorized Plymouth Utilities to borrow for the first phase of a$3.826 million project to upgrade three of their four electric substations, if they should decide they need to.

City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges explained that the project has been approved by the state Public Service Commission.

The first phase of the project will be to replace an existing transformer at substation 2 at the wastewater treatment plant on County PP and install an additional transformer at substation 4 near Johnsonville.

“It is still to be determined in the long run whether we will borrow for the project or not,” Yerges told the council. “If we can fund it without borrowing, we will do that.”

The full project is expected to take two years to complete. If Plymouth Utilities eventually bonds for the project cost, the resolution would allow the city to advance funds to the utilities to start the project before the bond issue, to be repaid out of the bond proceeds.

An agreement with the Sheboygan Falls Police Department for the Plymouth Police Department to provide data storage for them was approved by the council.

Fieber explained that police departments are required, by law, to have offsite data backup in place. The Plymouth Police Department has theirs at the Plymouth Utilities building.

Sheboygan Falls does not have offsite space available for their data backup, according to Fieber, so Plymouth will house the equipment.

The Falls department will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep for the equipment, Fieber said.

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