Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:41
Concern about conflict with disc golf course spurs lukewarm reception
Plans to develop campsites on land not far from the Village of Fredonia wastewater treatment plant appear to be in the way of a disc golf course already being developed, the Parks Committee learned at its June 12 meeting.
That emerging conflict has village officials divided over the plan.
Village President Chuck Lapicola is the driving force behind the campsites, contending the six spaces would augment camping options already available in the county-owned Waubedonia Park.
The village sites would have water and electrical service.
The campsites would be accessible from the treatment plant access road, and close enough to allow campers to use the bathroom and pavilion in the nearby county park.
In addition to the campsites, which would be large enough to accommodate recreational vehicles, Lapicola would like to add a dump station and rudimentary sewer system that would allow RV owners to flush out their waste systems.
The waste would be pumped to the village’s wastewater treatment plant.
Lapicola estimated the preparation work for the campsites would cot about $10,000, plus $2,500 for the lift station and $5,000 for sewer and water services.
To offset those expenses, Lapicola said, the village could charge $25 a night for camping and $5 per dump for those using the waste system.
At those rates, he said, the village could raise $22,000 a year when the campsites are fully occupied.
Money collected would pay off the improvements and eventually support village recreation programs, Lapicola said.
Trustee Jill Bertram, chairman of the Parks Committee, however, questioned the need for the campsites.
Her primary concern is that the proposed sites are on the fringe of the area designated for expansion of the disc golf course. The intention is to create 18 holes in the area around Marie Kraus Park.
“I’ve never been a big fan of the plan for campsites. I thought we already pulled the plug on that,” Bertram said.
“The disc golf course is something we have been working on for four years. I can imagine people from out of town saying, ‘You want us to camp where? Next to the treatment plant?’”
Village officials have not taken any final action on the campsite proposal, but approved the plans for the dump station during last week’s Village Board meeting.