Town nears a resolution on trailer issue

Dennis Dahm ordered to pay about $9,000 fine before officials will approve his land division request
By 
MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

The Town of Belgium Plan Commission is one step closer to resolving an ordinance violation involving trailers on a property.

Dennis Dahm, who was fined $100 per day for having trailers on his land at 2046 Jay Rd. ,has had the final trailer removed and is seeking approval from the town to divide and rezone a portion of his land.

The Plan Commission doesn’t have a problem with the land division, but it wants the fine paid first. The fine is about $9,000, commission member Tom Bichler said at the Jan. 11 meeting that Dahm and his attorney Ed Ritger attended.

Once catch is holding up the process.

“I’m told that there’s a letter that was sent to Dennis but I’ve never seen it and he can’t find it,” Ritger said.

The town agreed to send the letter in September to motivate Dahm to remove the four trailers.

“As you know, if there’s a violation of an ordinance, a person is presumed innocent of that ordinance unless proven guilty,” Ritger said, adding his duty as an attorney requires hmi to see the ordinance and evaluate the circumstances.

Zoning Administrator Charlie Parks agreed to contact the town’s attorney, Paul Alexy, and communicate with Ritger.

Dahm claims someone else placed the trailers on his property, and he sued the person in Sheboygan County Court.

Ritger said Dahm received a $15,000 judgment and the man got an eviction notice, but Ritger isn’t sure how to collect the fine. The man doesn’t have an employer, so wages can’t be garnished, he said.

Dahm had the trailers burned and they are gone.

The commission recommended the Town Board approve the land division and rezoning if the issue with the ordinance violation is satisfied.

“I want to see the payment come first. The money’s gotta be paid up first before I’ll even consider it,” Bichler said.

Commission Chairman Tom Winker, who is also the town chairman, said he wants to see the fine paid and the property request settled so Dahm can move on.

“I want to be sure we’re as prompt as we can be on this. It’s important we give good service to everybody in the town,” he said.

Ritger said the maps were prepared in August, and he has been in communication with Parks about concerns over the mobile homes.

“We held off submitting this as a goodwill gesture until three of them were at least destroyed,” Ritger said.

A public hearing for the rezoning will be held at the Town Board’s Feb. 6 meeting.

If the ordinance violation isn’t settled at that time, the issue will be tabled. But a second public hearing won’t be necessary.

“I want to put it behind us,” Winker said.

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