Council approves home business conditional use

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


RETIRING SHEBOYGAN FALLS Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Steve Riffel (bottom row, second right) was honored by his staff at the final Sheboygan Falls Common Council meeting of his 20-year tenure with the SFPD on Wednesday, May 17. On hand to mark the occasion were (front row, left to right) Officer Paul Tiegs, Officer John Palese, Officer Zachary Delk, Riffel, Captain Aaron Wigen; (second row) Officer Thai Yang, Officer Andrew Gabrielse, School Resource Officer Doug Hall, Officer Nicole Schmelter, Deputy Chief Steve Ross; (third row) Lt. Scott Hoogester, K9 Officer Eric Wischki, Officer Matthew Pradarelli and Investigator Eric Cruz. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson RETIRING SHEBOYGAN FALLS Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Steve Riffel (bottom row, second right) was honored by his staff at the final Sheboygan Falls Common Council meeting of his 20-year tenure with the SFPD on Wednesday, May 17. On hand to mark the occasion were (front row, left to right) Officer Paul Tiegs, Officer John Palese, Officer Zachary Delk, Riffel, Captain Aaron Wigen; (second row) Officer Thai Yang, Officer Andrew Gabrielse, School Resource Officer Doug Hall, Officer Nicole Schmelter, Deputy Chief Steve Ross; (third row) Lt. Scott Hoogester, K9 Officer Eric Wischki, Officer Matthew Pradarelli and Investigator Eric Cruz. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson By a 3-2 vote, the Sheboygan Falls Common Council approved a conditional-use request to operate a family-run accounting business at a residence on Fond du Lac Avenue, during a semimonthly meeting Wednesday, May 17, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

Jeff and June Cole submitted the request to allow the residence that they own at 1163 Fond du Lac Ave. to be used as an office for June’s business, American Tax Services.

The Coles stated at a Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, April 25 that an efficiency apartment on the lower level of the residence would be occupied by a family member. The residence was most recently used as a single-family dwelling.

A variance for the property was approved by the city’s Zoning Appeals Board on May 4.

Alderman Al Mayer expressed some concern about use of the property at the April Plan Commission meeting and at the May 17 Common Council meeting.

“I have some personal reservations about this request,” Mayer said. “I’m not sure it meets the standards of our zoning codes. I also don’t think it is the best fit for that particular area.”

The motion to approve the conditional-use permit passed by a 3-2 margin, with Mayer and Alderman Terry Van Engen voted against and Alderman Peter Weber, Alderwoman Cindi Hartzheim and Alderwoman Dawn Beimel voting in favor.

The council approved the renewal of a contract with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Sheboygan Housing Authority for the Rochester Springs Apartment complex on Buffalo Street.

City Administrator Shad Tenpas said the council had to take action because the city’s contract with HUD was set to expire on May 31, 2018.

“We are required to give a one-year notice to the residents of the building if we were to decide not to renew our contract with HUD, which is why this is coming up for vote at this meeting a year ahead of time,” Tenpas said. “Our options are that we could sell the building, run it ourselves or continue to have HUD run it and the Sheboygan Housing Authority manage it.

“It is a unique property in the city in that it helps some people out in the community that have a restricted income,” he said. “HUD offers assistance to residents and the rent is quite low as a result, which supports people in need. It would seem that it would be good to renew this now and then take another look at it sooner rather than later and see if this is something we want to continue on long term or think about making a change a some point.”

The council approved salary ordinance No. 1 2017-18 for the chief of police and director of public safety position due to the impending retirement of Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Steve Riffel and the promotion of Deputy Police Chief Steve Ross into the position effective June 3.

The council approved the the hiring of a new Sheboygan Falls police department officer on June 5. The opening was created by the retirement of Riffel and the subsequent promotion of Deputy Chief Ross to chief and Captain Aaron Wigen to deputy chief.

A new on-call policy for electric utilities personnel earned council approval. Tenpas said an on-call policy is - ages during emergencies.

“We are already short on journeymen in the electric utilities department, and we really don’t want to get caught in a situation where we don’t have people to help out in the case of an emergency,” Tenpas said. “The provisions of the policy call for those that are on call to stay within a 45-minute drive from Falls, so Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Grafton area.”

The council approved a travel request for John Fielder to attend chainsaw safety training to be held June 6-7 at the Winnebago County UW-Extension Center in Neenah at a total cost of $250.

The council backed an informational technology storage agreement with the city of Plymouth.

“We had been paying $8,100 a year for IT storage and backup, but we recently entered into an agreement with the city of Plymouth Police Department, which allows us to back up each been working out very well and another great thing about it is the fact that we are saving $8,100 a year.”

The council approved a travel request for Sheboygan Falls - tend a Wisconsin International Association of Arson Investigators Seminar in Stevens Point at a cost of $242.

A travel request for SFPD the Midwest Gang Investigators Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells was approved at no cost to the city.

The council approved beverage operator applications for W. Vaughan, Emma M. Yanke, Scott A. McGlade, Trevor J. Yonan and Jennifer Lutzke.

Members of the Sheboygan Falls Police Department gathered during the meeting to present a farewell present to retiring Police Chief Steve Riffel in the form of a badge from the city’s centennial celebration with Riffel’s status designated as “retired.”

During a City Services Committee meeting, the council reviewed the city’s 2017 sidewalk program. Tenpas said the sidewalk repair work will begin on downtown sidewalks in June at a total cost of $8,000.

map for Vision Business Park was introduced at an Economic Development Committee meeting. The map was scheduled to be considered at a Plan Commission meeting on May 23.


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