Town of Grafton, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin : Meeting Minutes
May 4, 2011 Plan Commission
TOWN OF GRAFTON
PLAN COMMISSION MEETING
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Lester A. Bartel, Jr.
Commissioner Lyle Sperber
Commissioner Dale Wolf
Commissioner Bob Wolf
Commissioner Jack Heisler
Commissioner Lou Hefle
Commissioner Larry Tutewohl Town Clerk Jessica Schmidt
Town Engineer Kristen Lundeen
Building Inspector Rick Fellenz
Town Planner Amanda Schaefer
Town Attorney Sara MacCarthy
1. ABSENT: None
II. CLERK’S ASSURANCE THAT MEETING WAS PROPERLY NOTICED
1. ACTION-Clerk Schmidt assured the meeting was properly noticed
III. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
IV. ADOPTION OF AGENDA
1. ACTION – Commissioner Bob Wolf moved to adopt the agenda as
presented, seconded by Commissioner Tutewohl. Motion carried 7-0
V. REVIEW & APPROVE MINUTES
1. Commissioner Bob Wolf clarified that the recommendation for the
Family Farm was to allow them to operate year round with no
restrictions on hours of operation.
2. Commissioner Bob Wolf stated that public hearing for the Family
Farm was closed by him, not Chairman Bartel.
3. ACTION – Commissioner Sperber moved to approve the minutes as
amended, seconded by Commissioner Heisler. Motion carried 6-0 with
Dale Wolf abstaining as he was not on the Commission at that time
VI. PUBLIC HEARINGS - OPPORTUNITY WILL BE AFFORDED TO ALL INTERESTED
PARTIES IN BEING HEARD CONCERNING:
A. Amendment to Conditional Use Permit for additional soccer
fields-Grafton Soccer Club-tax Key # 06-030-09-000.00-River Bend Rd
1. ACTION-Chairman Bartel opened the public hearing at 7:06 PM
2. Chairman Bartel read a letter from Dave & Patty Jaffke into the
public record (letter is attached for reference-EXHIBIT A)
3. Bill Gruenwald stated the following concerns:
• Heavy impact of traffic and noise to the neighborhood
• During tournaments there will be an increased need for parking
spaces. Will the new fields provide for overflow parking?
• Has Engineering performed a study based on usage and amount of
vehicles in the area? There is a formula to calculate amount of
• Engineer Lundeen stated that the plan does meet the parking
• Commissioner Bob Wolf stated that there is an increase of 75%
• Mr. Gruenwald stated that he would report all vehicles parked along
the road to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department as this is a
safety concern especially for the children
• Traffic will be horrendous with the new Village of Grafton Little
League fields and with the new Village of Grafton Waste Drop off
• There has been times where bull horns have been blaring and
children have been blowing long horns and he has had to go and ask the
club to turn the volume down
• There should be a stop sign installed at the exit from the parking
• The soccer club should use the adopt a highway program and have
parents clean up the garbage
4. Scott Orten stated that there are not enough recreational
activities for the youth. He feels there is plenty of parking on the
site as he utilizes it often. He feels the Town and the Village
should provide more activities for the youth, not less.
5. Marko Musich stated that he has been a long time resident and feels
that the soccer fields are a great addition to the community. He
asked that the Town engineering department review the possibility of
installing ingress/egress lanes coming out of the site.
6. Kevin GIerach-Adele Ct- Asked if there will be concessions,
alcohol, night games? Chairman Bartel stated that there are already
concessions there, no alcohol and night games are not allowed. Mr.
Gierach asked how far the fields will be off of the north property.
Engineer Lundeen stated that the closest field is roughly 80 feet from
the property to the north.
7. Mr. Gierach asked if the tree line will remain. A representative
from the soccer club stated that the tree line will remain; most of
the clearing will be the brush in the location of the fields.
8. Matt Kuchas 1404 Adel Ct asked for a brief description of the
proposed project. He too is concerned wit the garbage in the area.
Chairman Bartel explained that this is an existing site that they are
looking to add additional fields with the intent of letting their
existing fields rest. Mr. Kuchas asked how this project is funded.
Chairman Bartel stated that the land is owned by the School District
and is used by the Soccer Club.
9. ACTION-Chairman Bartel closed the public hearing at 7:24 PM
10. Commissioner Bob Wolf stated that the existing CUP stated that it
is the responsibility of the Soccer Club to clean the garbage. He is
in favor of the adopt-a-road idea. Mr. Wolf also stated that if the
garbage becomes an issue, the Town could have the Soccer Club come
back and discuss the issues with the Town.
11. Mr. Wolf also stated that staggering the start times of the games
could help with traffic flow. He feels that reducing the speed limit
at the time that the little league fields are installed is a good
12. Commissioner Bob Wolf asked if it is common to have bull horns in
use. It is not common; they are typically only used during
13. Commissioner Sperber asked what the typical schedule is. Tuesday
and Thursday are the busier practice days Monday and Wednesday are
lighter practice days. Fridays are typically closed. Season is from
early May to mid June, then lightens mid summer to very light use, and
then August thru November for the remainder of the season and fields
aren’t used again until mid April.
14. Commissioner Tutewohl asked if the fields are used by outside
organizations. The Milwaukee wave has leased the fields for a nominal
fee ($100-$200) to cover the cost of mowing. Commissioner Bob Wolf
stated that it is a condition of the original CUP that the fields are
not rented out.
15. Commissioner Heisler is concerned that there is insufficient
parking, especially during tournaments.
16. Dick Juedes stated that over the last few years the parking along
the road has greatly improved, however, there has been mud on the road
around the bend that has been dangerous at times.
17. Daniel 1440 River Bend Rd-stated that the only issues he sees is
if the gates are locked cars can back up until they are opened.
18. ACTION-Commissioner Bob Wolf moved to approve the amendment to the
Conditional Use Permit as recommended by staff, seconded by
Commissioner Sperber. Motion carried 7-0
VII. RESIDENT CORRESPONDENCE/PERSONS WISHING TO BE HEARD
1. Bill Gruenwald stated that the blacktop on River Bend Rd looks
great; however, shouldering needs to be done immediately. Chairman
Bartel stated that this was discussed at the Road tour today.
VIII. OLD BUSINESS-NONE
IX. NEW BUSINESS
A. ANDREW STRUCK, OZAUKEE COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT-DISCUSS AG LAND
1. Andrew Struck asked the Board to re-consider participating in the
Working Lands Initiative Farmland Preservation program that he
presented last year.
2. Mr. Struck clarified that the Town would have to amend the future
land use map to include exclusive agricultural land that could not be
zoned up from that. This would mean that if a parcel is included in
this program, future property owners would have to petition the Town
to amend its Future Land Use Map/Comprehensive Plan before the
property owner was able to divide their land.
3. Chairman Bartel explained that production agriculture as a business
in the Town died about 30 years ago and our forefathers decided that
the Town is growing in other areas. This would create spot zoning for
the few property owners who may be interested in this program.
4. Chairman Bartel explained if the Town does not participate in this
program that anyone who applied for the farmland preservation program
would be denied.
5. Planner Schaefer stated that about 2 years ago the Town denied an
application to go to agricultural zoning on the future zoning map.
6. Chairman Bartel stated that the Town really does not wish to
participate in the program at this time.
X. TOWN STAFF UPDATES-NONE
XI. MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS DEEMED PERTINENT AS ALLOWED BY LAW
1. ACTION – Commissioner Heisler moved to adjourn, seconded by
Commissioner Bob Wolf. Motion carried 7-0
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