Crivitz rejects downtown apartment use permit

By: 
Shirley Prudhomme

CRIVITZ – At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, Crivitz Village Board voted by a six to one margin to deny a conditional use permit requested by William and Kimberly Faulkner, who had hoped to construct apartments on their property at 803 and 805 Main Ave. in downtown Crivitz. The sole vote in favor of the request was cast by Trustee Michael Strandt. Voting no were trustees Ginger Deschane, Jeff Baumann, Jeff Dorschner, George Gocht, Corey Sievert and Village President Amy Grandaw.

The evening began at 5:30 p.m. with a public hearing on the conditional use permit request. The only speakers were the Faulkners. The property is zoned B1-Central Business.

The board vote was in line with the committee recommendation, which had been to refuse the conditional use request, partly because a precedent had previously been set to deny residential apartment use permits in the downtown area.

Construction of the new bandshell at Crivitz Community Park is underway, and State Rep. Jeff Mursau approached the board with a request to buy or trade for the old bandshell when the time comes. Mursau said he and his wife Nancy have some big family celebrations coming up, for which they could use the structure. He offered to provide fill they need at the park in exchange for the old structure. He had been told the village wants it gone by the Fourth of July. Grandaw told him the decision will be made by the property committee at its meeting in mid-June.

At the start of the meeting Village Attorney Frank Calvert reported he has been working on development of a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in which public improvements are financed through increases in property tax income on newly developed properties as businesses and residences are constructed.

The board had some discussion on public works department summer helpers, and addition of a part-time public works employee. Grandaw advised that some of this discussion should be held up for a closed session of the board to discuss individual employees.

The board approved appointing Alex Zielinski to the position of Weed Commissioner and Michael Sutek as Animal Control Officer.

Also approved was hiring Gail Strandt as Village Hall Custodian at a rate of $20 per hour. Trustee Strandt abstained and the other board members voted in favor.

Alcohol licenses were approved for Fuzzy’s Bar, Inc. with Norella Jahnke as agent, Dudek’s Hot Stone Pub, LLC with Jamie Dudek as agent, and Thor’s Wolverine Den, LLC with Brian Thoreson as agent.

Licenses were approved for numerous businesses to sell retail liquor and fermented malt beverages and cigarettes.

Motion to form an Ad Hoc Committee to raise funds for further development of the Littleland Playground and organize maintenance was approved without dissent. Grandaw noted they already had five volunteers ready to serve on the committee. Grandaw said the new playground equipment so far had cost nearly $1,200 less than anticipated, and the company that supplied the equipment had provided most of the labor to get it set up. 

The board approved spending not more than $3,500 to purchase seven power flush toilets for the Village Hall and Community Veterans Park.

An ordinance change that allows the public works superintendent to issue street use permits was approved without dissent. Grandaw explained this removes the need for these permit applications to go to the full Village Board.

Also approved was a motion to allocate an additional $2,000 to this year’s Fourth of July fireworks expense, with money to come from designated funds and donations.

At the end of the meeting the board went into closed executive session to discuss the TIF Developer’s agreement.

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