TOWN OF KEWASKUM — Sunburst Ski
Hill may get some surprise summer visitors and tasty treats if the
final plans are approved next month. In this week’s Town of Kewaskum
meetings, the proposals for both sheep grazing and food trucks were
discussed and given the go-ahead from town officials.
First in the Plan Commission meeting and then in the Town Board
meeting, members discussed a request to rezone Sunburst to allow for
these animals and mobile food.
Friedel Ski Ventures would take advantage of the ski hill’s summer
off-season, when maintenance varies from snow upkeep to extensive
lawn care. A local sheep owner approached the board roughly eight
months ago with a solution, according to Town Treasurer Daniel
“There’s a gentleman who has some sheep and was looking for areas to
graze them, and since the ski hill has to spend money, time and fuel
mowing grass in the summer, they thought it would a better option,”
Stifle said. “Since that is zoned in the park category, they needed
permission to do that.”
Town Clerk Holly Knock explained the grazing process, which would
have to adhere to specific guidelines that, if passed, would amend
the pre-existing ordinance.
“The sheep will be rotated on the hill and it’s not like it would be
covered with them — it’s honestly just to maintain the hill itself
and I think it’s fairly harmless,” Knock said. Other companies have
adopted similar methods, she said, including a golf course. “It’s a
way to keep the grass fertilized as well as being a natural way to
keep it healthy,” she said.
She also detailed the request to rezone for food trucks, which was
introduced separately in a January hearing but has been included
together with the sheep proposition, since both would require an
amendment to town ordinances.
“They want to be able to have food trucks for events, but it would
not be many, only for the hours they’re open and they would not be
doing it in the parking lot, it would be off the path a little bit,”
Knock said. “This would just be an additional resource for them.”
During this month’s Plan Commission meeting, there was not a lengthy
discussion surrounding the issue, Knock said. Members were in favor
of both rezoning requests and sent them on to the board, where they
were explained for those members without any opposition and set for
a public hearing and a vote. Receiving board approval for both
requests was important, as it moved them one step closer to
finalization, which could come with May’s meeting.
“Obviously there was no opposition from the Town Board, so you can
never say never but they took a major step in moving forward on
those,” Stifle said.
But the community members may be a different story. It could be good
business for both the ski hill, the farmer and local service
providers, but residents may present strong arguments against its
“We’ll see at the public hearing, because that’s when the neighbors
weigh in,” Stifle said. “It could bring some issues when it is
brought up next month. It’s kind of an odd issue, so who knows what
direction it may go.”
After community members share their opinions, the Town Board will
vote on both rezoning proposals.
“They always take into account what the residents have to say about
it, but at this point we don’t see why they would have any objection
to it,” Knock said.