A meeting of the Industrial Park Commission was called to order at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, by Chairman Feldt.
Members Present: Acord, Feldt, Knaus, Nytes, Schilling.
Also Present: Planning Director Jakel, Director of Public Works Sundelius, Principal Planner Watson, Project Engineer Neumeier, Applicants.
Absent and Excused: Grissman, Jerome, Knutson, Schmidt.
- Minutes. A motion to approve the minutes of the November 29, 2018, meeting was made by Schilling, seconded by Knaus. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Badger Quik Stop Offer to Purchase. Mr. Jakel explained that an offer to purchase property addressed as 331 Progress Way was previously submitted however the Commission had questions relative to the site plan which have now been addressed. Mr. Jakel explained that proposed land use included doubling the size of the current facility, adding diesel pumps, a second driveway access, driver accommodations, and solar panels for truck power. Mr. Schilling asked for clarification on the offer price. Mr. Jakel explained that it is $70,000 for the lot minus the wetland. Mr. Schilling asked if the Engineering Department had any concerns regarding the project. Mr. Jakel explained that there are grading issues on the developer’s part and utilities are already in place. Mr. Feldt explained that level 2 or 3 chargers are required for electric cars which may require some additional infrastructure. Mr. Schilling asked if Kwik Trip offered overnight parking. Mr. Jakel explained that they did not, however, they do offer compressed natural gas. Mr. Knaus asked if a detention pond would be required. Mr. Jakel explained that there is significant paved surface and he suspected that some control features would be required based on civil engineering determination. Mr. Neumeier explained that on-site storm water management, possibly a pond, would most likely be required. Mr. Knaus asked if the applicant was aware of that possibility. Mr. Jakel explained that they are aware of the process. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the offer to purchase of $70,000 contingent on a revision of the expired dates in the offer and a requirement that construction begin on the site within 24 months or the City has the option to purchase the property back at the original sale price was made by Knaus, seconded by Acord. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Velocity Water Works Offer to Purchase. Mr. Kalscheur of Velocity Water Works explained that they have outgrown their current facility in Little Chute and are proposing a 17,000 square foot expandable facility on the NEW Prosperity Center site. Mr. Kalscheur explained that they are a commercial water treatment equipment manufacturer, specializing the car wash and water reclamation equipment. They currently market nationwide and anticipate going international. Mr. Schilling asked about employment levels. Mr. Kalscheur explained that they currently have six employees but anticipate adding up to 15 employees in the next two years. Mr. Jakel asked about the project timeline. Mr. Kalscheur explained that they hoped to start in 2019.
- Executive Session – Velocity Waterworks. A motion to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:50 a.m. pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 19.85(1)(e) was made by Schilling, seconded by Acord. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
- Open Session – Velocity Waterworks. A motion to return to Open Session at 9:00 a.m. was made by Schilling, seconded by Knaus. All members voted aye. A motion to recommend to the Council approval of the single party listing and the vacant land offer to purchase as presented was made by Knaus, seconded by Nytes. All members voted aye. Motion carried.
General Matters. Ms. Watson distributed a memo regarding a new site plan review process and explained that the application is intended to make the developer fully aware of what will be required, not to slow the process but to make it more efficient. No action is required on the item at this time – it will be presented as an agenda item for action at a future meeting. Mr. Schilling explained that he supported the idea as it helps to close loopholes in the process. Mr. Feldt agreed explaining that it would help eliminate any surprises for either party.
There being no further business to be brought before the Commission, a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 a.m. was made by Nytes, seconded by Schilling. All members voted aye. Motion carried.