Storage site not in code compliance

Town Plan Commission denies permit renewal, board to discuss next step
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Meadowlark Storage in the Town of Grafton could face a cease-and-desist order because its owner hasn’t met several fire code requirements after receiving an extension to do so last month.

The Town Plan Commission last week voted unanimously to not renew the conditional-use permit for storage facility owner Laura Logan. The business is at 2021 Hwy. W. 

“We have experienced nothing like this before,” Grafton Fire Chief Bill Rice told the committee during its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7. “It’s very frustrating for us.”

Last month, the Plan Commission granted Logan a one-month extension to fulfill number a number of outstanding punch-list items from the town and fire department in order to renew her conditional-use permit.

Officials said Logan was able to fulfill the items of the town but didn’t meet the fire department’ requirements that include extending a 16-foot wide gate to 20 feet, installing an emergency access box for the gate and properly certify several fire extinguishers.

“This is not fair to the other businesses who comply with us,” Town Chairman Lester Bartel said. “It’s time to revoke the conditional-use permit.”

Neither Logan or a representative of the storage facility attended the meeting. 

Officials said they made dozens of contacts with Logan during the extension period but did not hear back until an hour before the meeting from an unidentified lawyer who was requesting leniency from the town.

Bartel said the Town Board was to discuss the issue at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14, to determine when to issue the cease-and-desist order and the amount in fines to pay the town for being out of compliance.

Since the Plan Commission meeting, officials said Logan has removed the gate at the storage facility and is working with a contractor to install a new gate with the required width. Because the facility doesn’t have a gate, Rice said, an emergency access box isn’t necessary until a new gate is installed.

In May 2018, Logan opened the storage facility that has about 220 units ranging in size from 10-by-20 feet to 15-by-40 feet and 60 units are climate controlled.

Logan owns several storage facilities in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties.

 

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