Village delays plan to hire business park consultant

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Plans to hire a consultant to help the Village of Fredonia develop a business park were put on hold last week after the Village Board voted to shop around.

Representatives of Newmark Knight Frank Real Estate Services (NKF) were on hand to discuss their proposal, which called for the village to pay the firm $75,000 in three installments as an advance on future sales to research the availability and suitability of land around the village.

The village could pull out of the deal at any time before the next installment would be paid.

Trustees opted instead to see if there are other consultants who might provide the same or better services for less money.

“I still don’t feel I know exactly what we’re getting for our money,” Trustee Jill Bertram said. “Personally, I would just like to see a few more bids and see exactly what they’re going to do for us.”

In July, a discussion by trustees on the merits of hiring NKF came to a stop when   most of them said they had not been informed of the proposal prior to the meeting.

The proposal from NKF had been presented to the village Plan Commission but not distributed to other trustees.

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