Council finalizes subdivision details, considers temporary signage for festivals

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved lot prices, a final plat, and the arrangement of a lot draft for the new Woodridge Acres Subdivision at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The subdivision is slated for construction next month.
As first reported by the Courier Press June 17, lot prices will range from $11,000 to $25,000, at $1 per square foot, and include a $500 administration fee to be collected at the time of the sale. City Administrator Aaron Kramer pointed out that any realtor commissions will be applied in addition to the sale price.
The lot draft will be held Monday, July 8, at noon, in the Council Chambers of City Hall. A random draft order will first be determined and then interested realty companies will choose lots one-by-one until they’re all selected. Realtors are asked to notify the city administrator by Monday, July 1, if they intend to participate in the draft.
“We already have two realty firms committed to taking part in the draft,” Kramer noted.
The council also reviewed the ordinance regulating Woodridge Acres Tuesday night and moved to plan a second reading for the council’s July 2 meeting, during which a vote on the ordinance would also be scheduled.
“We encourage anyone interested in reading the ordinance to contact City Hall, and we will have a copy on our website (www.prairieduchien.info),” Kramer said.
Bridgeport festival signage
The council heard from Scott Sheckler Sr., representing Rock on the River and Country on the River, Tuesday night. Sheckler requested permission to place temporary event signage in the city at two locations to promote the two festivals, which are held every July and August, respectively, in Bridgeport.
Under Section c(2)(c) (Temporary Event Banners and Signs Located on Private Property) of Chapter 17.6.16 (Special Signs) of the Zoning Code, no temporary event sign or banner shall be erected that advertises an event held outside the corporate limits of the city without special permission from the common council.
Several members of the council expressed their concerns about locating one of the signs on the land Sheckler owns in the downtown due to the condition the land is currently in. By a vote of 9-1, with Frank Pintz opposed, the council eventually approved, the installation of just one of temporary event signs, on the property of Kwik Trip North, at the northwest corner of Marquette Road and Iowa Street, as long as the sign is outside a 50-foot vision triangle for the street, as determined by a co-public works manager.
Other business
• The council voted to approve the installation of wireless service in City Hall. Dependable Solutions will do the work.
• The council learned that the city’s share of the $15 million Marquette Road Project is estimated to be $2,141,244. Kramer presented the plan for financing the city’s portion. No formal action was taken.
• The council voted to approve paying off two State Trust Fund Loans and to refinance three State Trust Fund Loans. This will help the city refinance at a lower interest rate and avoid paying an estimated $274,350 in future debt service.
• A Wyalusing Community Advocacy Committee was appointed. Mayor Dave Hemmer named Nate Gilberts to the committee, representing the council, and Linda Munson and Paul Morris as at-large community members. In addition, Wyalusing Academy will appoint one staff member, and the chief of police will appoint one police officer to the committee.
• Following closed session, the council voted 9-1, with Sharon Boylen opposed, to hold a public hearing on a finding of no public need for municipal property located in the 900 block of South 1st Street.

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