Grant writing firm approved for potential technology development center
After several months of listing a mixed ownership proposal located in both Webster Village and Meenon Town, the proposed dish was revealed to the full Webster Village Council on Wednesday August 10, showing the the property that was the source of a controversial campground proposal in the past is now slated for more residential development under new owner Ken Erickson.
According to surveyor Mark Krause, who outlined the proposal in both municipalities, the concept would include 25 different lots of varying sizes, including several that would be full five-acre rural lots, allowing for more agriculture-focused opportunities.
“We would keep a few lots in Ag (zoning),” Krause said. “Allow people to have cows or chickens.”
The property has been a source of questions, in that part of the property is within the village limits of Webster, while other parts are within the town of Meenon, which has different zoning rules , pushing for larger, more agriculture-related lots.
The Village property is zoned R-1, while the Meenon property was zoned A-2, with Krause saying the proposed development would be more of a planned lot-size development, allowing for the various lot sizes, including many premium plots on the north side of the Yellow River, part of which is within the village limits.
The proposed subdivision plan is not without its challenges, starting with the sanitary sewer systems, which would be private, even in the village portion, in part because the river is on its way to reaching the access treatment in the village.
“But we would like your blessing,” Krause said of the private sewers.
Krause said they hope to lay down ground rules on what structures will be allowed, ensuring they will be a minimum size, with no campers or RVs, although that may be an issue during development. , admitted owner Ken Erickson, because some people may not be able to afford to build right away and may want to enjoy their lots during or before construction.
This reality did not sit well with former village administrator Greg Widiker, who suggested the proposal could lead to a situation of “glorified campgrounds for three years”. Widiker also raised concerns about possible commercial development on part of the property and also lamented the proposed accesses to the river.
“It’s 25 lots, 16 of which are on the river,” Widiker said, citing a need for protection in any clauses or limitations. “It’s a very sensitive area. The Yellow River feeds the Holy Cross (National Scenic Riverway).
Widiker suggested that although the proposal had considerably lower impact than the previous campground proposal, he was still not in favor.
“Twenty-five batches is not a compromise. I think that’s way above what this land is suited for,” Widiker said, later adding that while he understood the desire to develop the land, it needed to be looked at more closely. “Not a good idea, in my opinion.”
Mark Krause clarified some of Widiker’s concerns and said the setbacks were greater than the minimum, and there were plans for shared docks, which means fewer structures in the water, as well as a possible shared canoe support and more serious wetland protection.
“There is some wiggle room,” Krause said. “We are asking for approval of layout, not lot size.”
There have been many discussions within the board about several aspects of the proposal, including how they determine the regular high water mark for setbacks, as well as structure size minimums and more.
Ultimately, council did not act on the proposal, but will wait until there is more input from the town of Meenon, which was meeting this week and is also expected to address the proposal. They are also waiting for the full village board to review the plan(s).
“For at least four of us (trustees) this is the first time we’ve seen him,” Village Chairman Jeff Roberts said.
Ken Erickson’s proposal will be reviewed by Webster’s Development and Annexation Committee on August 24 and will also review possible clauses and restrictions that may arise from the review or reviews.
They will also discuss the possibility of annexing the Meenon property to the village or leaving it as it is, with certain lots divided between the two municipalities.
In other Village Council business:
• MSA Engineer Kianna Lindh updated the board on a district administration contract with tax increase, while explaining why the village did not receive a grant Community Development Bank (CDBG) to deal with its aging and asbestos-covered water system.
“The field (of applicants) was very competitive,” Lindh said, noting that the village had several questionable scores from the state on the grant, which led her to suggest they file an appeal against the denial.
“We (MSA engineering) believe you should file a state appeal,” Lindh said, with the board agreeing, in part because of several unclear ratings, as well as the need for better clarification from a financial institution on matching. availability of funds. Lindh said they hoped a revised score would allow the village to be eligible for any excess funds, should it come to light.
• There has been much discussion about a proposal to move forward with what they call the Webster Innovative Teaching Center (WITC), which they hope to build in the village. They are currently working with the Burnett County Development Association to plan a manufacturing and development business incubator, with an educational component in the village industrial park.
The village hopes to secure state assistance for initial funding, between $500,000 and $2 million for initial construction and development. The village is expected to commit funds for the proposal, and they hope the county will also help, if the grant materializes.
The village is working on setting up a task force for the plan and should include several people in certain positions, such as a school technology educator, vocational technical education teachers, finance staff, village representatives and the county and several others who would help guide the project initially through the funding and development process.
“There’s work to be done on our part,” said administrator Charlie Weis, who outlined the plan, and suggested they hire a professional grant-wiring company to help with development and funding.
After some discussion, the board approved a verbal commitment to hire grant-making cabling company Fox Advancements to help. The deal would cost $26,250 in total whether or not the grant is approved, although the company claims a 75% success rate for grant approval.
“We need to write a concept paper, to get a foot in the door and get the grant,” Weis said, as the board approved the first half of the Fox Advancement grant payment.
They hope to establish the task force in the coming weeks and will also be working conceptually for Fox Advancements to initiate the grant application process.
“It’s an exciting proposition,” said Village President Jeff Roberts.
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