Mayor Jim Daley fields questions
in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
OCONOMOWOC — Approximately 80 community members gathered
at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday
night to discuss a 30-unit condominium project that
would stand next door to the 150 year old building.
The church invited several participants including Mayor
Jim Daley, developer Jeff Seymour and several city
officials to discuss the proposed Fowler Lake Village.
Community members were invited to ask questions, but the
crowd mostly made comments, and most were in opposition
to the project — some passionately so.
The crowd’s concerns about the project remained similar
to previous meetings: the land swap between Seymour and
the city for several blighted properties on Pleasant
Street, access and safety of the design, size and scale
of the project and the perceived wasted potential of
Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Leidel was present and eased
concern about fire and emergency services access. In the
proposed plan there would be only one access point off
of Pleasant Street into the area behind City Hall and in
front of the proposed development.
Leidel said there are similar access layouts in the city
and he is confident the current design would work.
Another concern was the financial safety of the loan the
city is offering Seymour and his group. Daley reassured
the crowd that the city faces little risk thanks mostly
to First Bank Financial Centre’s willingness to purchase
the city bonds immediately but admitted that most of the
current agreements are verbal only due in large part to
the inability of Seymour to sign contracts until a
developer’s agreement is passed by the Common Council.
Seymour owns several blighted homes on Pleasant Street
that would be swapped for the land the city owns where
he would then build the mixed-use condominium building.
That didn’t sit well with some.
One community member said it was a matter of “human
decency” that Seymour should have taken care of the
properties and removed any hazards to the surrounding
Daley answered all of the questions, except a few
directed to Leidel. At one point in the meeting Daley
asked the crowd to give a show of hands to see if anyone
wanted to hear the developer speak, but none did.
Later in the meeting, however, Daley came under harsh
criticism by one citizen for being the only person to
Seymour remained quiet during the entire two-hour long
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