Neumann of The Neumann Companies presents at the Summit
meeting last Thursday.
Schmidt/Special to the Enterprise
SUMMIT — Building plans for the Lake Country Village
subdivision were the subject of discussion at the Summit
Village Board meeting this month, with trustees divided
over whether to allow the developer to start
construction with some infrastructure still in the
Neumann Companies, the developer of the site, requested
approval for building permits on five lots where asphalt
has yet to be installed.
Neumann, a principal with the company, said the asphalt
work had been expected to be completed in September and
in that same month utilities were paid for and slated
for installation, but heavy rains in May and June pushed
some of the groundwork back.
didn’t really think this was going to be a particular
issue but now we’re sitting here and we really need to
get these homes started as soon as possible,” Neumann
site has been approved for a Metropolitan Builder’s
Association Parade of Homes in August, and Neumann said
having starts in the ground by January is critical to
meeting that deadline.
of terms sought
Neumann said his company has previously worked with
communities to start early on gravel and is expecting We
Energies to install gas in mid-December and electric in
January. He said the main objective of the development
firm in asking for the permits is to get the subdivision
entrance ready for the Parade of Homes.
Board president Jack Riley said he was cautious about
setting the precedent of changing the terms of a
development agreement, but suggested an amendment could
be added explaining it as a special arrangement for the
Parade of Homes.
Trustees Sandy Casterline and Kraig Arenz Sr. voiced
support for similar ideas, while trustee Scott Piefer
the developer has done all its due diligence with us and
has proof of signed agreements with utilities, that
would be enough to allow it,” he said.
Casterline expressed concern that making the change a
matter of policy was too much of oversight burden to put
on village staff.
“It’s very important that we do have inclusion that we
are trying to find a way to make it work for Parade of
Homes. Otherwise, I don’t think we should be taking on
this much responsibility,” she said.
Arenz was worried about changing the development plan
“midstream,” but Piefer said later he would like the
village to be “as open for business as possible.”
longer you delay this and stage it and do all these
things it becomes a 20-year build process. I’d like to
get it done,” he said.
Macy, village attorney, recommended that the development
agreement be altered before issuing building permits so
as to avoid any liabilities if problems should occur at
added that any modified development agreement should
note private utilities installation as the only item
and safety concerns
Neumann said the goal of the development company is to
get curbs and asphalt in as soon as possible.
intent is to make sure when we have 20,000- plus
visitors to show what the future is going to be,” he
said, referencing the Parade of Homes. “We’re extremely
motivated to get it done.”
Macy added that once building permits are issued, the
village would be responsible for plowing and raised
safety and logistical concerns about the potential
Trustee Richard “Curly” Wentland also advocated allowing
Neumann Companies to move forward.
always have a problem with municipalities that get in
the way of business,” he said. “For those lots to get
things rolling; let’s do it.”
Neumann answered questions raised by saying Neumann
Companies be willing to plow or pay for plowing of the
area, and he could meet with local police and fire
departments to set up a plan for access.
board, with the exception of Casterline, approved a
motion directing village staff to draft a modified
development agreement and bring it back to the board for