Utility assessments loom for subdivision

Town of Grafton residents may have to pay thousands of dollars to extend sewer, water for village-approved project

AN AERIAL MAP shows the site of the River Bend Meadows subdivision, which will be constructed starting this summer. The first phase of the project will extend River Bend Road east to Port Washington Road. River Bend Meadows, bordered in red, is immediately south of the Falls Crossing subdivision.
Ozaukee Press Staff

Town of Grafton residents living along River Bend Road may have to pay thousands of dollars for utility work for a road extension project that is part of a new subdivision in the village.

The Village Board on Monday approved preliminary special assessments for the River Bend Meadows project that were mailed to River Bend Road residents on Tuesday.

Sixteen property owners will be assessed for the utility work based on the frontage of their property, with the assessments ranging from $36,000 to about $200,000.

Several residents are projected to pay more than $100,000 each.   

However, officials said the residents can opt out of the payment if they choose not to be annexed into the village.

“These extensions are required per an existing pre-annexation agreement,” Public Works Director Amber Thomas said.

“All these properties are currently in the Town of Grafton. Once these projects are complete and we have actual costs, we will do a final resolution.”

The project calls for extending sewer and water lines from the current village limits, east of Yuma Street, to the subdivision along Port Washington Road.

Officials said if the residents choose to be annexed into the village, they can pay the assessment in one lump sum or in installments over a 10-year period with a 3.25% interest rate per year on the unpaid balance.

Village President Jim Brunnquell said at least one property owner will have a cap put on their assessment.

No River Bend Road residents were at the meeting, but the board will hold a public hearing for the assessments at its next meeting Monday, Aug. 19.

Construction of the first phase of the River Bend Meadows subdivision is scheduled to begin this summer. 

The subdivision will eventually have 110 single-family residential lots along 50 acres on Port Washington Road south of Falls Road. 

Surrounding the project site  is the Falls Crossing subdivision immediately to the north; Town of Grafton property, I-43 and village-owned land to the east; and a We Energies electrical substation and residential town property to the south.

Land to the west of the subdivision includes two village lots totaling 20 acres. The Village Board previously approved selling 10 acres to the developer, Newman Developments, for $300,000, with the remaining 10 acres earmarked for use as a park.

About 11 acres of the proposed subdivision are in the town. 

Town Chairman Lester Bartel told Ozaukee Press he understands the development is in the village’s planned growth corridor and wouldn’t oppose annexation of town land. 

The average lot size for the subdivision is 12,276 square feet, about a quarter acre, with a minimum of 10,000 square feet.

The concept plan for the development shows four phases of construction.

The first phase of the project involves extending River Bend Road straight to the east to create a new intersection at Port Washington Road. That project is expected to cost $1.29 million.

Village documents do not illustrate a timeline for the development, but Project Manager Bryan Lindgren has said the proposed subdivision will be ready for lot purchase and building by fall.

He expects occupancy to begin by early 2020.




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