Ixonia Town Board unanimously nixes farm retail store

By Eric Oliver - Enterprise Staff

Oct. 15, 2015

TOWN OF IXONIA — The Town Board unanimously denied a proposal for a “rural Amish-style grocery store” after four residents raised concerns about traffic and safety.

The store would have featured large quantities of baking supplies, spices, jams and jellies. The plan called for a barn to be used for produce and a commercial kitchen to be added to the lot. There was also a possibility for a small petting zoo. The owners were asking to be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, but intended to only operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

The proposal was for 5.3 acres of land at W1554 Northside Drive.

Sue Ebbert, a relative of the petitioners for the property David Meyer, Kim Meyer and Barbara Mueller, presented the plans for the property to the board at a meeting Monday.

Four residents spoke to the board against the proposal. They expressed concerns over traffic, road conditions, civilian safety and the atmosphere of the land. They urged the board to deny the request.

Numerous comparisons were made to the defunct Mark’s Farm. The farm started as a small self-pick vegetable business and blossomed into a large family farm experience.

Ebbert, who runs similar stores in Evansville and Fort Atkinson, reiterated numerous times that the store would stay a store and would not follow in the footsteps of Mark’s. Board Member Carl Jaeger proposed the motion to deny the proposal because of safety concerns from increased traffic and a desire to see the area remain unchanged from its agricultural state. “I think we have to consider the people on the road and the extra traffic that would be there,” Jaeger said.