Written by Mark Jaeger
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 18:03
As far as battles against Town Hall go, this disputed issue turned out to be anything but heated.
The Saukville Town Board unanimously approved an after-the-fact berm permit last week for Matt Ryan, who had the landscaping element erected last year along his property at 2693 Hwy. I.
Town officials learned about the berm after it had already been installed without the required conditional-use permit.
The permit is required to give neighbors a chance to react, and to ensure that the mound does not interfere with sight lines for passing motorists.
Members of the Plan Commission were unconcerned about the berm posing a visual obstacle because Ryan’s property is considerably higher than the roadbed.
No objections to the berm were raised by commission members or town supervisors when they reviewed the plan.
However, because the berm was put in without a permit, Ryan was required to pay a double fee — to $600.
According to the landscaper working on the project, the berm will include a variety of decorative plants, including purple coneflowers and day lilies. Much of the grassy area will be left unmowed.
“This is more or less a done deal, although he won’t be able to finish the landscaping until spring,” said Town Chairman Barb Jobs in recommending the permit be approved.
The Town Board also avoided a series of other after-the-fact decisions by approving seven festival permits for Riveredge Nature Center.
Because of its monthly meeting schedule, the board often approved Class B wine and beer permits for the nature center after the events were held.
At the urging of the town, the center sought — and gained — permits for seven events planned throughout the year.
They include the March 1 Maple Syrup Supper, the pancake breakfast on April 6, a volunteer recognition dinner on June 8, the River Valley Bike Ride on June 22, the Frothy Forage on July 12, the Aug. 16 Farm Dinner and the Yule Log Dinner on Dec. 5 and 6.