Village poised to buy industrial park land

Commission recommends purchasing two acres to create a more marketable parcel
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

After meeting in closed session, the Fredonia Plan Commission recommended Monday night to make an offer to buy a two-acre parcel in the village industrial park.

The commission met in closed session “to deliberate the possible purchase of property in the industrial park,” according to the meeting agenda, citing an exemption in the state open-meetings law allowing for negotiations in property deals.

In open session, the commission unanimously recommended to the Village Board to make an offer for the property “for an amount that was discussed in closed session.”

The Village Board is likely to discuss the matter in closed session when it meets Thursday, Sept. 5.

The property being sought is owned by Fern Rathsack and adjoins a one-acre village-owned site in the industrial park on South Milwaukee Street.

Officials seeking to jump-start development in the village say combining the two parcels will make them more marketable.

In a related matter, the Plan Commission also directed Public Works Director Roger Strohm to prepare a request for proposal for real-estate consultants interested in helping the village find developable parcels.

Officials are hoping to get four or five bids, which will likely be reviewed by an ad hoc committee consisting of members of the Plan Commission and the Economic Development Committee.

Members of such a committee would be appointed by the Village Board.

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