Crowd again attacks Fowler condo project

By Ryan Billingham - Enterprise Staff

Oct. 9, 2014

OCONOMOWOC — Twenty citizens spoke at Tuesday’s meeting of the Oconomowoc Common Council, all of them in opposition to the proposed development project called Fowler Lake Village.

Just before the public comments portion of the meeting, Mayor Jim Daley prefaced it by telling the crowded council chambers he wants all aldermen to be present for any future vote taken concerning the project, and it would be delayed a further two sessions, making the first possible vote on the controversial condo project Nov. 4.

Daley said aldermen had previous engagements and that date is the soonest the entire council can convene.

The petitioners spoke on familiar themes — the project is too big, moving the boat launch is a bad idea, the swap for land with developer Jeff Seymour is wrongheaded — but a new idea entered the debate, as well.

Several speakers called for a public referendum on the use of the land, something that had not been mentioned in previous comment sessions.

The council approved amendments of the comprehensive land use plan and made them into law. The amendments will pave the way for the development of Pine Ridge Estates II, the second phase of a subdivision on Lisbon Road.

A motion to approve a community development block grant agreement to build an accessible restroom at Village Green Park was postponed by the council until the city budget is approved.

Alderman Ken Herro pulled out a consent agenda item for further discussion. Herro felt strongly that the trick-or-treat hours established by the city on Oct. 25 were unfortunate due to Halloween falling on a Friday this year. The trick-or-treat hours have been traditionally associated with the Lions parade and the downtown business trick-or-treat. The hours were approved for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25.

The council also discussed the city’s refuse, recycling and yard waste collection options.

Director of Public Works Mark Frye said the city has several options including switching to a curbside bin system. Frye said it would save residents money and would increase recycling by 15 percent. The discussion needed no action.