Greenbush seeks answers on post office

by Sabrina Nucciarone
Review Correspondent

GREENBUSH - The future of the town's post office was the focus for the Town Board at their Nov. 27 meeting.

The question of a new post office site for Greenbush was brought up by Merlin Miller, a member of the town's Planning Commission, to the board.

“If they don’t get anything at the Wade House, it dies [for Greenbush proper]…as of Nov. 16, unless Wade House approved them some space,” Supervisor John Kline said.

Nothing was said to Greenbush officials and they were not approached by that deadline for any land use or structure.

To supplement and clarify the issue Miller raised, Wade House Site Director David Wagner positively identified a location at the Wade House as a potential site for a new post office, via email.

“Yes, we gave a tour to the Plymouth Postmaster of a potential site at the Old Town Hall and the Regional Real Estate Specialist for the USPS is scheduling a visit to look at the site. The building is owned by the Wisconsin Historical So- ciety but the State Department of Administration oversees improvements and may have to approve the lease as well,” Wagner wrote.

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Miller also raised the issue of dead deer along the roadside. A newspaper story on the subject was mentioned, but no one recalled the particulars of when it appeared or who between the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Transportation would be responsible for the disposal of animals killed as a result of vehicle contact.

Town Chairman Mike Limberg said that people should let him know of deer on town roads. Dead deer and larger domestic animals on State 23 is a different animal altogether, he added.

Board members did say that Sheboygan County has worked with the DNR and for about $400 a year the county contracted someone to clear away carcasses of animals, large or small.

Confirming a decision made recently, the Capital Times in Madison reported Nov. 24 that as of September, the responsibility has indeed shifted from the DNR to DOT, but as the responsibility shifts from one agency to the other, lines of communication have gotten crossed and the carcasses of dead animals remain roadside.

“As a township, is there anything the township can do?” Miller asked of the animal carcasses that remain on State 23.

Limberg noted that smaller animals can be in the ditch, but deer are larger. “Out of sight, out of mind,” he said.

If the large animal carcass is in the right-of-way on a side road, a skid loader can carry it behind a barn, other outbuilding or tree line where coyotes can feed on it, Limberg suggested.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website, the DOT, “is currently contracting with car-killed deer (CKD) disposal services in each county on interstate, U.S. and state highways” for the removal and/or disposal of the animals, domestic and wild, that are killed on said roads.” However, there is also language that indicates larger animals that have been pulled off the right of way but still abandoned may be included as part of the removal request process.

Until it is known who is contracted by the DOT for the removal of the carcasses, the current process is if there is a deer or large animal that needs removal from an interstate, U.S. or state highway, report the finding and location to the local sheriff’s office. The process of reporting a dead deer or larger domestic animal on county or municipality roads, respectively, remains the responsibility of county or municipal officials to handle.

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After several years of waiting, two of the three owners and the perspective land owners were present when the board approved the rezoning of a 36.72 acre parcel. The landowners - Dennis Kolenc, Sandra Kolenc and Sharon Shinabeck - requested that the land be rezoned from A1 to A5 so that the prospective owners can built a home on it.

“It’s not fantastic land, but okay land,” Supervisor Ken Stemper said, speaking of the location on the property where the placement of the house will be. The board identified the land by describing a creek on the land that the house would skirt, and be southeast of a row of pine trees, near a knoll.

The minutes of the Oct. 23 Planning Commission meeting indicated there was a letter received “against the rezoning from a neighboring property owner.” At that time, the request for rezoning was from A1 to C2.

According to town zoning statutes, the A5 zoning indicates “those lands which are in agricultural areas but which land is not generally suited to agricultural activities except in an incidental manner.”

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