Village board backs boat dock for Aldon Station
By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – The village board passed a motion Oct. 27 to work with Radue Homes to seek the necessary permits for a dock on the Fox River for use by Aldon Station Homeowners Association members.
The village, which purchased the former Schneider trucking site along South Broadway, has been working with Radue Homes to redevelop the property now known as Aldon Station for residential use with owner-occupied housing units to include duplexes, townhomes and apartment-style condominiums.
Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said Radue Homes requested cooperation from the village in placing a boat dock, which will require coordination, review and approval by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and following certain state and federal regulations regarding riparian rights and navigability.
“It’s a little more complicated than would typically be involved for a boat dock, due to the village actually owns outlot 5, which basically follows the course of the river for the entire length of the Aldon Station development,” he said.
Schuette said all costs to permit, construct and maintain the boat dock would be the responsibility of Radue Homes and/or the Aldon Station Homeowners Association.
“The boat dock would have to go in after the proposed pedestrian bridge we’re looking to connect Aldon Station to Ashwaubomay Park,” he said. “So we want to make sure this boat dock doesn’t become kind of a hang-up for the bridge.”
The village plans to build a bridge crossing the Ashwaubenon Creek between Ashwaubomay Park and Aldon Station as part of the Ashwaubomay River Trail and is also seeking grant money from the DNR to help pay for a portion of the bridge, as well as have a fishing bumpout on the bridge itself.
The board’s motion states the bridge must be constructed before the boat dock project would take place.
Schuette said the request from Radue Homes is for a formal authorization of cooperation in seeking approval from the DNR for a boat dock.
He said the boat dock project could be similar to Bay Harbor, where there would be one dock with a couple of slips off it.
“It’s really dependent on what the DNR will allow us to do,” Schuette said.
Upon the DNR authorizing the boat dock project, Schuette said details could then be worked out related to liability, who owns the dock, etc.
“What I’d like to do is basically take us out of the equation completely, and it’s all Radue Homes or Aldon Station,” he said.
In other action, the board approved using up to $4,000 of park development funding to extend the crusher dust trail at the Ashwaubenon Sports Complex from behind the softball complex to the soccer shelter/restroom area, making a continuous loop.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Rex Mehlberg said the trail extension was identified in the comprehensive outdoor recreation plan as a project for this year.
“With the acreage of the park, it’s primed to extend and enhance some of the trails that are in the park,” he said.
Mehlberg said 4 inches of dirt dug out for the trail extension will be transferred to Argonne Park to fill in the depression in the soccer field.