Should new Thrasher Drive include utilities?

Should Green Lake’s newest street, Thrasher Drive, be a “plain Jane road” or a “Taj Mahal”?

That’s how Ald. Jerry Bartow framed a question to the Green Lake City Council Monday night.

And then he passionately answered that he prefers Jane — and her pricetag.

Thrasher Drive is a planned road that will give Highway 23 motorists access to and from the city, where it will connect with the intersection of North Lawson Drive and North Street.

This road is planned because the city no longer will be accessible via North Lawson Drive starting sometime in 2014.

That intersection will be severed from the highway permanently in a $15 million highway reconstruction project from Green Lake to Ripon.

Property on the west side of the road is owned by the Wallenfang family, while Green Lake developer Alex Zabel owns the land to the east.

No one has presented the city with a plan that requires utilities, hence Bartow’s concern. Read the full story in the Nov. 14, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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