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Old house is gone, but what is next? PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:35

Village Board figuring out what to do with land where house was torn down

    Now that the abandoned house at 235 Manor Dr. has been demolished, what are the options for the property that is owned by an estate?
    A discussion on the matter was held at the Village Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18.
    Ozaukee County could begin foreclosure proceedings  in October 2019 for unpaid taxes, but until then, the property would just sit there, according to village trustee John Long.
    Another option for the board is to have its village attorney petition the court to have a guardian assigned to the estate.
    Then the guardian of the estate could sell it now because the property is fully cleaned up, according to Long, who is also in charge of the architect committee.
    “It’s a nice, clean lot to build on,” he said.
    Long said the Ozaukee County land records show the property land value is $48,000.
    “It’s not a bad looking lot. It’s just a vacant lot,” Long said.
    The next step is to follow up with the village attorney, and there could be a report at next month’s meeting.
    The property owners inherited the home from their mother who died in 2012. One of them, Michelle Mascipinto stated a few months ago she and her sister wanted the house but they never had the money to fix it.
    In August, the village building inspector deemed the house beyond repair and uninhabitable.
    After the house was torn down Nov. 29, the foundation was filled with dirt. Grass will be planted in spring.
    In other business, an open house at the fire station was held for board members.
    There is hope to move firetrucks in possibly as early as this weekend. The floors will be finished Friday, then crews will start remodeling the old part of the building.
    “It’s huge and very well lit,” Long said. “I’ve been walking through it during the construction stages and it’s nice. It’s just going to be very good for them. You go through the old one now, and you have about three feet between the truck and the turnout gear. Now, they have plenty of room and won’t be tripping over each other. It’s just very well thought out and designed.”
    The tour was not open to the public, but a grand reopening will probably occur in May when the rest of the building is finished.
    Also at the meeting, Art Garcia of YellowBlue LED gave a presentation on a lighting proposal for various village buildings with the exception of the fire department.
    Garcia showed what the saving in energy would be by switching over from florescent lights to LED lights such as those in office village buildings like the police station.
    “It looks like it would be promising, but it has to be looked into a lot more,” Long said. “It was a nice presentation. He gave us a five-year payback, 10 year, 20 year, and of course it looks very glowing. But they have to be installed, how long will they last, it’s kind of like buying a car.”
    The plan is to look into it further and check out other vendors.
    “You just don’t look and jump into something like this.”

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