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.
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.
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.