Town residents OK purchase of properties for $245,000

Approval at annual Port meeting will allow for expansion of recycling center
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Town of Port Washington got permission from residents last week to buy two properties next to Town Hall to expand its recycling operation.

About 20 residents attended the annual meeting, with only a couple voting against the purchase of  properties owned by members of the Gantner family at 3703 and 3709 Highland Dr. for $165,000 and $80,000, respectively, Supr. Mike Didier said.

Residents questioned whether the town should buy the properties under a three-year land contract, as expected, or if the town should buy them outright, he said.

The purchase price brought some discussion, Didier said, particularly for the land at 3709 Highland Dr., immediately next to the Town Hall.

That’s because the property had been appraised at $27,000, he said.

“We told them that’s as low as the property owner would go to sell it,” Didier said.

Residents also questioned how the town plans to lay out its expanded recycling operations, Didier said.

Residents asked the town to include in its plans some sort of a shelter for Jim and Tim Van Hoogen, who staff the recycling center on weekends, Didier said.

“They felt bad for them,” he said. “They said they looks so cold when the wind is whipping and the temperatures are low. They want us to have a hut or shelter.”

Some people asked if the town had considered purchasing the land just north of the Town Hall instead, he said, adding that property is not for sale.

Didier said the closing date for the purchase is set for July 17. He said officials plan to tear down the house at 3709 Highland Dr. by the end of the year, and would likely allow the Port Washington Fire Department to do some training in the building before it is razed.

Officials will have the fall and winter to draw up plans for the recycling center, and would implement them by next summer, Didier said.

The corner house at 3703 Highland Dr. is being rented, and the town would continue that lease with an eye toward eventually selling the property for development, Didier said.

That will probably be after the City of Port Washington forms a northside tax incremental financing district and extends sewer and water services to the Highland Road overpass, Didier said. The city is currently discussing the potential TIF district.


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