Aldermen shut out Fowler Lake Village claim
closed session, council denies developers’ request
By Ryan Billingham - Enterprise Staff
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc
Common Council closed the doors at its regular meeting Tuesday
to confer with an attorney on a resolution rejecting a joint
claim by firms involved in Fowler Lake Village, a failed
mixed-use condominium complex downtown.
The council cited a Wisconsin statute allowing a governmental
body discussing strategy involving litigation to enter into
The council agenda made reference to a claim filed in Waukesha
County Circuit Court by Rockwell Development, LLC and Fowler
Lake Village, LLC — the two development groups that ultimately
failed to progress beyond a developer’s agreement with the city,
due in part to consistent opposition from within the community.
The Common Council reconvened into open session about 40 minutes
later and unanimously passed a resolution disallowing the claim
of the two development groups.
Lawyers for the firms asked the court in January to review
proceedings conducted by the city of Oconomowoc and the Common
Council regarding its decision to deny the developer’s agreement
for Fowler Lake Village.
The city responded in court and will go into mediation with the
groups. The first status conference is scheduled for Sept. 14.
Milwaukee attorney Joseph Wirth attended Tuesday’s closed
session. He is named as attorney for the city in court
■ The council approved a resolution to hire Waukesha-based
Ruekert and Mielke to perform the city’s engineering,
construction management and inspection services for the
2015-2016 street maintenance program.
■ Smoking e-cigarettes may soon be prohibited on the grounds of
any building leased or used by a public school in the city after
the council passed a first reading of an ordinance change aimed
at prohibiting students from using nicotine vapor at school.
Several aldermen raised concerns about the
scope of the ordinance, but passed the initial reading.
■ The council approved a Class B liquor
license for Hops & Leisure LLC for the building that used to
house Sammy’s Taste of Chicago.
■ An ordinance
allowing residents in Paganica Court to remain on private well
and septic systems passed. The ordinance is similar to others
passed before it. Due to the high cost of laying water and sewer
main, the city grants exceptions occasionally, but may change
the ordinance depending on development in the area.