Busy night for village officials in Jackson
Commissioners approve business relocation


Oct. 30, 2015

JACKSON — For village officials here, it was a two-meeting night Thursday.

The plan commission held a brief meeting first.

Commissioners gave approval pending action by the Village Board to an amendment for a planned unit development to allow JHB Design & Construct LLC of West Bend to relocate offices to an existing building at W208 N16710 Center St.

John Bagley, company owner, brought samples of the material he plans to reface the 9,000-square-foot building with — a shade of beige with red trim.

The business occupancy permit application Bagley filed with the village states the building will be used for office space only, with “storage in the rest of the building for tools and equipment,” while noting an “outside enclosure will be used for media blasting.”

It was the latter activity that Plan Commissioner Peter Habel asked for clarification about. He was concerned how the sound would be dealt with.

“We’ll be using a block system that will deaden the sound a lot,” Bagley said.

The hours of operation on the application state the business will be open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. but Bagley said at his West Bend location, the media blasting often shuts down earlier in the afternoon.

In a letter from Bagley accompanying his application, he explained that his business buys and sells used equipment and “for this I have a media blasting area to clean up the equipment.”

The outside enclosure would be added to the existing building and would have “block system walls that are 2 feet thick to suppress sound and dust,” according to his letter.

The commissioners also approved temporary signage for Midwest Vapor Pro, LLC, W213 N16806 Industrial Drive, Suite B, which will be celebrating its grand opening at 10 a.m. Sunday with a cookout and car show, according to owner Troy Salazar, who was in the audience.

Its Facebook page notes the business is a “lounge and electronics store,” that is “committed to superior customer service paralleled by a comfortable and friendly environment to take care of your vaping needs.”

The second meeting of the evening brought the village board members together for a brief budget workshop.

Village Administrator John Walther told the board “it’s been an interesting budget year,” but with the board’s direction to maintain the current tax rate, the budget for 2016 maintains the status quo.

That’s not to say they are not unknowns out there, Walther said.

The village is involved in a lawsuit with the town of Jackson over the attachment of more than 200 properties to the village as part of a revenue-sharing agreement and cooperative boundary plan created in 1999.

If the suit is decided in the village’s favor, it would add several miles of road to the village, which need to be salted, plowed and maintained.

The other budget figure up in the air also involves the town of Jackson.

In July 2014, an ad hoc committee made up of town and village representatives worked out and agreed to a formula for the operational maintenance based on population for the Jackson Area Community Center and arrived at a figure for this year of more than $70,000.

“We do not know if the town plans on honoring their commitment for that amount,” Walther said.

The village tax rate should remain the same as last year, at $8.37 per $1,000 of property value, Walther said.

A public hearing on the village’s proposed budget will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Village Hall, N168 W20733 Main St., Jackson.

Reach reporter Linda McAlpine at lmcalpine@conleynet.com.