New fair food stand, Sargento truck lot changes approved

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Nobody likes soggy brats, so the Sheboygan County Fair Association is going to take steps to reduce that risk.

The Plan Commission Thursday approved the association’s plan to replace Food Stand 2 on the grounds with a larger structure that will include more covered picnic tables.

The commission also approved plans from Sargento Foods to add a guard shack for tractor trailers coming and going to improve quality assurance.

“Our stands are getting kind of aged, so we’ve got to start somewhere,” Gary Vanderkin, a member of the Fair Association board of directors, explained.

The new food stand at the west end of the midway would be a larger building, Vanderkin said, with multi-purpose storage space as well as a larger covered eating area.

“As you can see from this (past) weekend, we have some cover but we need more,” for diners, Vanderkin added, referring to rains that came on several days of the recent County Fair.

The size of the proposed 7,060-square foot building, substantially larger than the existing stand, could lend itself to being a music venue as well.

“They don’t like open space,” Vanderkin said of the bands that play during the fair.

“This looks like a good project,” commission member David Wilson commented.

“It will give you some workable room,” commission member Jim Flanagan added.

Tim Kraus, facilities engineering designer for Sargento, presented plans for alterations to the truck parking area at the company’s 1 Persnickety Place plant.

“We have a number of things going on in this area,” Kraus told the commission.

One would be to create two lanes – one entrance and one exit – from the lot onto County C. The driveway to Woodland Road on the north would no longer be used by trucks, only by employees, according to Kraus.

“That’s probably a better location than when trucks were turning onto Woodland Road,” Director of Public Works Cathy Austin observed.

“We’re looking to add a number of trailer parking spaces on the north side of the lot,” Kraus continued.

The other change will be to construct a permanent, enclosed guard shack with canopy at the County C entrance to the lot.

“We have to have (truck) drivers stop so we can inspect the trailer before it even enters our property,” Kraus explained.

That inspection includes checking the trailer temperature, truck seals and even under the truck to ensure they meet federal food safety regulations, according to Kraus.

Without such an inspection to assure the quality of product coming into and leaving the plant, “We could get downgraded for food quality standards,” Kraus noted.

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