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Rezoning approved for Broadway Automotive expansion

By Kevin Boneske
Staff Writer

ASHWAUBENON – The village board gave final approval Tuesday, Feb. 25, to a rezoning request from Broadway Automotive to have a collision center on property the company purchased near the corner of the Ashland Avenue access road and Industry Court.

Broadway Automotive is expanding at the corner with the two parcels it purchased being rezoned from B-3 Community Business to I-1 Light Industry.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said the rezoning is required under the village code to have a collision center on the property as a permitted use.

Mike Cuene, owner of Broadway Automotive, said the renovation plans for the property include having a collision center with approximately 70,000 to 75,000 square feet.

Cuene said Broadway Automotive’s planned expansion is intended for general administrative staffing, warranty administration, a vehicle buying center, offices, a business development center, a collision center and a parts department.

Floodplain zoning

In other action, the board approved a revised floodplain zoning map for the area generally in the northwest corner of the intersection of Sand Acres Drive and Grant Street in the southern part of the village.

Schuette said the amended map involves six parcels and was sought by Mau & Associates, which undertook a new study at the request of a landowner by utilizing actual survey elevations to more accurately define the floodplain.

He said the data had been subsequently approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Administration, but the village also had to approve an amendment to the zoning map as part of the process.

Schuette said the village is responsible for maintaining the floodplain zoning map, which was initially developed by FEMA and the DNR in the early 2000s, and the rezoning removes areas that were previously in the floodway and/or floodfringe.

License approvals

The board approved a request for a Class B Beer/Class B Liquor from Viand Hospitality, which will be doing business as Parker John’s BBQ & Pizza at 2851 S. Oneida St., where Grazies Italian Grill closed and surrendered its liquor license.

Parker John’s received approval Feb. 18 from the Site Plan Review Committee to build a fence and an accessory structure at that location, with the fenced-in area will encompassing 765 square feet of prior parking area and concealing a permanently secured storage container as well as a commercial smoker.

This will be the fourth Parker John’s location in Wisconsin with the family-owned business also in Kiel, Sheboygan and Menasha.

T. Bacon’s BBQ, which holds a Class B Beer license at its present location at 3120 Packerland Drive, is planning to move to a new location at the former Joe’s Texas BBQ at 2052 Holmgren, where Tom Bacon, owner of T. Bacon’s, requested a Class B Beer/Class B Liquor license.

However, because the village only has one Class B Beer/Class B Liquor license available under a state-imposed quota, the board instead approved a Class B Beer/Class C Wine license.

Tree pruning

The board approved a 2020 tree pruning contract with Selner Tree & Shrub Care of De Pere for $61,980, the lower of two bids.

Village Forester Tim Bauknecht said the pruning work is scheduled to take place in Management Areas 7 and 9.

The contract calls for pruning all deciduous trees along the streets in these areas and the Dutchman’s Creek Conservancy area between Buffalo Street and Glen Road.

However, he said there will be no pruning of any ash trees within the project area because of Emerald Ash Borer and requiring those trees to be removed in the next several years.

Truck purchases

The board approved four truck purchases, which include:

• A 2020 Ford F250 for $30,050 with a double battery from Ewald Ford in Hartford for the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to replace a truck from around 2001 with the road visible in spots through the floorboards.

• A 2020 New Way Sidewinder refuse truck for $260,359 from Envirotech Equipment for the Public Works Department to replace a 2010 refuse truck.

• A 2020 Freightliner tandem-axle-drive truck with upfitting by Monroe Truck Equipment for $213,240 from Truck Country for the Public Works Department to replace an existing truck built in 2001.

• A 2020 three-quarter-ton pickup truck with a plow package for $36,035 from Ewald Ford in Hartford for the Public Works Department to replace a 1996 pickup truck.

Food truck rallies

The board authorized four food truck rallies this year at Ashwaubomay Park.

They will take place from 4:30-8:30 p.m. May 14, June 18, July 9 and July 30.

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Rex Mehlberg said beer will be the only alcohol served at each event, similar to the 2019 format, with the village selling the beer and the rallies supervised by Parks, Recreation and Forestry staff.

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