New Green Lake entrance keeps sewer/water branch

There were tense moments of debate during a special city of Green Lake meeting Nov. 18, but in the end, nothing changed.

A future, main entryway into the city still includes a partial extension of the city’s water and sewer service for possible future development — at a significant cost to the city.

And that’s that.

In recent weeks, the city of Green Lake’s newest alderman, Jerry Bartow, has been trying to rally citizens and fellow council members to oppose adding the infrastructure to the city’s future entryway — “Thrasher Avenue” — which will become the city’s main northern entrance once the intersection of Highway 23 and North Lawson Drive seals off forever due to the 2014 highway reconstruction.

Thrasher Avenue will enter the city just west of North Lawson Drive, running between land owned by the Wallenfang family on one side and Alex Zabel on the other.

Bartow has argued it’s not the city’s problem to spend tens of thousands on utilities for a road that may not ever get enough development to pay back the cost. Extending the utilities could cost the city more than $100,000, with some estimates as high as $230,000.

Instead, it should be a “plain Jane” road,” Bartow said.

And as of last week, Bartow’s concerns appeared to have some legs, with other aldermen also voicing skepticism at a Nov. 11 council meeting.

“I don’t think it makes any sense to spend [approximately] $180,000 on sewer and water to possibly get a developer in,” Ald. Jon McConnell said, arguing the Wallenfang family likely will never develop their prairie land, and development on Zabel’s side alone may not be enough to pay for the utilities.

Ald. Nancy Wells agreed.

So, a special meeting was called Nov. 18, in part for the council to discuss Thrasher Avenue again. Concerns about infrastructure, and the city’s cost, took center stage ... Continue reading in the Nov. 21 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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