Town Board provides guidance for new landowner

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Town Board held an impromptu seminar on residential land use at their meeting Tuesday.

Plymouth native Nicole Passini was before the board seeking approval to place a mobile home at 878 Western Ave., on the town’s boundary with the city of Plymouth.

“I just purchased the property and a manufactured home is what I was hoping to put on the land,” Passini told the board. “I know there was one on the land previously and I know it was a little unsightly. I’m hoping to make it a nice property.”

She said she was researching the rules and regulations she would have to meet and had already met with city officials to get their input.

The property does have city water available, Passini said, and city officials indicated she could connect to a city sewer line if she can obtain an easement through a neighboring property to the east on Chaplin Court in the city.

Otherwise, Passini continued, she would have to put in a holding tank, which would require county approval.

Town Attorney Jim Hughes advised that if Passini opted to connect to the city’s sewer line, the city would probably require her to annex her property to the city.

“Your first decision should be whether to go with city sewer or a holding tank,” Hughes told Passini.

“Either one is going to be expensive,” she replied.

Hughes added that, if Passini chooses to remain in the town, she would have to seek rezoning for the property, which is currently zoned agricultural.

“You’ve done all the right things so far,” Supervisor Glenn Kruschke told Passini. “I’m glad to see the property’s going to be improved.”

“You’re doing the right things first,” Supervisor Gene Blindauer agreed.

In a special town electors’ meeting preceding the board session, supervisors were granted a 10 percent pay raise on their current salary of $3,276 a year.

Town Chairman Warren Luedke pointed out that it had been more than 10 years since pay for board members had been raised.

The Board of Adjustments, meeting before the regular board meeting, approved a request from Scott Teunessin to construct storage buildings 25 feet from his east lot line at N6111 County OJ, closer than the 100 feet required in the town code. Teunessin is operating his business, SJT Rentals, from the former county highway shed on County OJ, which he purchased from the county earlier this year. Teunessin pointed out that the buildings he was seeking a variance for are farther in from the lot line than the existing former salt sheds that are on the property. The board granted a conditional use permit form W5172 LLC to allow them to rent storage space in their building at W5172 County O. Brian Buchko of W5172 LLC explained that there are a couple of potential renters interested in space in the existing pole building. The only alteration to the building would be to put in walls to divide the interior space, he added. Luedke presented a proposed five-year road plan for the town, which he noted is required when applying for state aid for road and bridge projects. “It's not set in stone, by no means,” he said of the plan, but would provide a guideline for future boards.


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