New Aurora hospital in Kohler plan advances

by Amber DeFere
Review Correspondent

KOHLER – Progress is being made slowly but surely on agreements between the village and Aurora Health Care for Aurora's planned new hospital.

The Village Board learned at their October meeting that Aurora has agreed to the village's predevelopment agreement for the project.

Among other things, it promises reimbursement to the village for outside legal or financial advisor fees for the project and releases the village from responsibility if any problems arise.

Aurora announced plans in April for a new medical facility in the village. The $324 million facility would be located on Taylor Drive north of Acuity and south of the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan campus, on a 56-acre parcel owned by the Kohler Co.

It will replace the existing Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. Aurora is planning to open the new facility in 2021.

The next step in the process, trustees noted, will be a developer's agreement with Aurora. That agreement, they said, will be more detailed, with specifics about what infrastructure is required, who will be paying for what, who is building what and other items.

Concern over garage sale signs being put up throughout the village came before the board.

In the past, it was noted, many people would put signs in their yards, at the end of their street and even in the yards of neighbors who agreed to them.

However, trustees said, there was a recent incident with one resident having several garage sales in a row and not taking their signs down in between.

The board discussed whether or not placing signs in such frequency should be allowed. A decision was reached to allow garage sale signs only in an individual's yard.

Discussion then focused on whether a building permit is needed for children's play structures. Board members agreed that, since such structures are temporary in nature, factoring in when the children grow up and no long have use for it, such structures would not require a building permit.

The meeting began with Kohler/City of Sheboygan Municipal Court Justice Natasha Torry introducing herself to the board.

Although she has held the office for two years, she had never been to a Village Board meeting – though she had been in contact with several trustees during that time.

Torry explained her role as a judge and how it affects the citizens of the village. She also expressed her willingness to work with the board.

Saying she was curious about what transpires during a Village Board meeting, Torry stayed for the entire session.

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