Town residents will be asked to OK land deals

Approval during annual meeting would pave way for recycling center expansion
Ozaukee Press staff

Town of Port Washington residents will be asked next week to allow the Town Board to purchase two properties next to the town hall on Highland Drive.

The question of whether to buy the properties from members of the Gantner family will be voted on during the town’s annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Town Hall.

The Town Board has reached an agreement to buy the properties at 3703 and 3709 Highland Dr. for $165,000 and $80,000, respectively.

They had been appraised for $157,600 and $27,000, respectively, officials said.

An inspection of the properties revealed a number of issues, Town Supr. Mike Didier, a real estate agent, said last week.

The house at 3703 Highland Dr. revealed a leaking roof, knob-and-tube wiring covered by insulation and the fact the porch is pulling away from the structure, he said.

The town asked the owners to repair these issues within 10 days, Didier said. They did not, but said that if the purchase is approved at Tuesday’s meeting, they will make the repairs, he said.

“Technically, the offer (to purchase the 3703 Highland Dr. house) is void,” Didier said, but the town is moving forward with its plan to buy both parcels.

“If they (voters) approve it and they’re going to fix it, what’s changed?” he asked.

If the purchases are approved, the town would tear down the house at 3709 Highland Dr., next to the Town Hall, and use that property to expand its recycling operations.

The corner house at 3703 Highland Dr. is being rented, and the town would continue that lease with an eye toward eventually selling the property for development, Didier said.

That will probably be after the City of Port forms a northside tax incremental financing district and extends sewer and water services to the Highland Road overpass, Didier said. The city is currently discussing the potential TIF district.

“Then it’s really close (to the town),” Didier said, making it practical for the town to bring these services into the Knellsville area and open that area for development, especially along the I-43 corridor.



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