Council rejects easement agreement involving The Parc on Lac La Belle

By Jake Meister - Enterprise Staff

Oct. 19, 2017

OCONOMOWOC — Tuesday night’s meeting of the Oconomowoc Common Council went by at an unusual pace, with the only slow down occurring out of a matter of principle.

The council was asked to approve the cross easement agreement between the Oconomowoc Community Center, 200 W. Wisconsin Ave., and The Parc on Lac La Belle, the 18 unit high-end condo development coming to the 100 block of West Wisconsin Avenue. However, the aldermen’s vote was being sought without them having the chance to look at the finished agreement which is being drafted by City Attorney Stan Riffle and city staff.

While Alderman Matt Rosek took no issue with the project or Riffle’s ability to represent the city, he said the council should never vote on a document without having looked at the finished product, whether it was two sentences long or a mini novel.

“As a policy decision, I’d prefer to see it when it’s in front of me,” said Rosek, who works as an attorney.

Aldermen Lou Kowieski, Derek Zwart, Kevin Ellis, and Jeff Schmidt agreed, shooting the agreement down.

Riffle and city staff had planned on finishing the work on the agreement this week, but the group working on The Parc at Lac La Belle feared that having to wait until Nov. 7 for aldermen to vote on the agreement again would be “devastating” to a construction schedule that requires a good jump on winter weather.

The developers were told they can begin the process, but wouldn’t be allowed to do any work that requires a building permit until Nov. 8.

Fowler Lake Village gets more approval

The ceremonial ground-breaking already took place, but a few more things had to be approved by the city before the construction of Fowler Lake Village actually starts.

On Tuesday, the council approved the certified survey map for the project, thus combining the properties at the southeast corner of St. Paul Street and Pleasant Street. The condominium plat for Fowler Lake Village was approved with no opposition.

The council also approved:

An agreement between the city of Oconomowoc and Waukesha County Communications to have Western Lakes Fire District’s Oconomowoc fire and EMS services serviced under the Waukesha County Dispatch.

A resolution granting MOD Super Fast Pizza — which opens in Oconomowoc next month — a 2017-2018 Class B and Class C liquor license.

The final resolution regarding revenue bond financing for the St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church project.

The use of Lac La Belle for the 2018 Lake Country Triathlon.

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