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September 26, 2021

7/28/2021 1:51:00 PM
Ridgeway planners send specialty auto permit to village board

By Bruce Paull
The Village of Ridgeway Planning Commission met on Wednesday July 7. Meeting was called to order by Michelle Casper. Committee members in attendance were Kevin Zeier, Kari Phelan, Jeff Brindley, and Gus Bellenger. Hailey Roessler and Maggie Johnson were village staff in attendance.
Dynamic Farms represented by Todd Kuschel was requesting a conditional use permit for property at 6868 Rock Road. Todd explained that he has some friends that have a desire to open a specialty automobile sales area. The type of cars that would be marketed would be some current models, classic collectible, and Hot Rod type. These would be higher end vehicles. Jeff Brindley asked Todd if he was doing car shows. Todd responded and said that if and when a car show were to happen it would not be at this location. There would only be light mechanical work on vehicles that were consigned to this business. It would not be a business for repair of other vehicles from general public.
Discussion was agreed to maybe have three to eight working cars outside for sale. The site would need to adhere to any and all DNR regulations. Vehicles parked outside will be monitored by the Marshal as he does his rounds. The grounds will also be monitored by cameras and improved down lighting. Kari Phelan made a motion to send this to be on the August Ridgeway Village Board agenda.
The second item on the agenda was an ATC easement request. After a short discussion Kevin Zeier made a motion to table the American Transmission Line agenda item until a later date. This was decided because of recent news that some aspects of the ATC approval process need to be redone.
The committee tackled the last agenda item with enthusiasm which was CORP or known as Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Ridgeway is lacking a plan of the outdoor recreation areas of the village. These areas include The Military Ridge Trail, the retention pond at Cardinal Way Subdivision, The Village Green which is the park under the water tower, and the future play ground at the Ridgeway Community Center. The biggest part is the ball park which has playground equipment for the youngest kids to volleyball and basketball courts. The archery range and baseball diamonds are also a big part. The village board recently voted to reduce funding for the ballpark from $100,000 to $30,000. The $30,000 is planned to make improvements to the bathroom and drinking fountain areas. This will still support the Sunday Farmers Market and the large shelter which is available for rent for family events.
Discussion was had to combine the Planning Commission and Sidewalk & Parks committee together. Discussion was had to do education of the public first. The next steps could be focus groups and will come together with getting the public input with a public hearing or a survey. The consensus was to proceed forward. There is no deadline but the need to move forward is necessary to apply for grants and other funding and end with a product of a long range ten year plan.

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