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
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.