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City of Kaukauna

Industrial Park Commission Meeting – November 13, 2019

INDUSTRIAL PARK COMMISSION

 

A meeting of the Industrial Park Commission was called to order at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, by Chairman Feldt.

 

Members Present:  Acord, Feldt, Grissman, Jerome, Knaus, Knutson, Nytes, Schilling.

 

Also Present:  Planning Director Jakel, Principal Planner Brunette, Director of Public Works Sundelius, Ryan Gaffney.

 

Absent and Excused:  Reith.

 

  1. Introduction of New Member. Chairman Feldt introduced Ryan Gaffney and welcomed him as a new member to the Commission.  Gaffney works at Piping Services and will fill the seat of Jeff Knaus who resigned his appointment.
  2. Minutes. A motion to approve the minutes of the July 31, 2019, meeting was made by Schilling, seconded by Acord. All members voted aye.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Site Plan Review – Team Industries. Brunette explained that the proposed expansion of warehouse space was considered as part of the site plan review process. Ms. Brunette explained that contractor Keller submittals showed a 60’ x 60’ pre-fab building to be placed over the current parking lot to store pipes and fittings and other non-combustibles.  Ms. Brunette explained that Kaukauna Utilities confirmed the location of infrastructure on the site and as the project is relatively small, there were no objections from staff.  Mr. Schilling asked about the ongoing issue of employee parking on site.  Ms. Brunette explained that the project will not increase employment and the Building Inspection Department did not require any additional parking stalls as part of the project.  Mr. Knaus asked if the new structure will make the on-going parking situation worse.  Ms. Brunette explained that the area is currently asphalt and Team Industries sees no issue with parking as a result.  Mr. Schilling asked about future plans for expansion.  Mr. Knaus explained that Team currently rents and recently purchased several buildings.  Mr. Nytes explained that Team currently utilizes the former Quality Mail Marketing building and parking lot.  Mr. Schilling asked how many people were employed by Team.  Mr. Knaus estimated between 200 and 250 on two shifts plus administrative staff.  Mr. Acord asked about a timeline for the new structure.  Ms. Brunette explained that Team intends to begin construction as soon as all approvals are received.  Ms. Brunette explained that required parking area is determined by how the Building Inspection Department classifies a property and that she would be happy to meet with Team regarding their parking concerns.  A motion to approve the site plan as presented and authorize Building Inspection to issue the necessary permits was made by Schilling, seconded by Knaus.  All members voted aye.  Motion carried.

 

  1. General Matters. Schilling asked for an update on the status of the North Pole Christmas display.  Ms. Brunette explained that the display is currently being set up at the vacant Concrete Cutters lots in Industrial Park No. 1.

    Chairman Feldt formally recognized retiring Commissioner Jeff Knaus for his 17+ years of service on the Industrial Park Commission.  Mr. Schilling added that Mr. Knaus was an employment union leader and the community benefitted from the balanced approach he brought to the Commission.  A motion to formally recognize Mr. Knaus for his years of service was made by Feldt, seconded by Schilling. All members voted aye. Motion carried.

 

There being no further business to be brought before the Commission, a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 a.m. was made by Schilling, seconded by Knaus.  All members voted aye.  Motion carried.

 

Julianne Schroeder

Community Development Coordinator