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Board of Appeals
Wednesday, May 13 2015
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Public Hearing


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., the Town of Taycheedah Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering an application submitted by Laurie Leestma for a Conditional Use Permit to conduct a retail/wholesale automobile dealership on a .93-acre parcel located at N7659 County Road WH, in Section 32 in the Town of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

The hearing is open to the public. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Town Board members may be in attendance.

Brenda A. Schneider, Town Clerk


MAY 13, 2015
6:30 P.M.

Members present: Chairman Jerome Bord, John Buechel, Tom Friess, Jason Meyer and Joe Sabel. Also present was Secretary Brenda Schneider. Excused: Erv Karls.

The purpose of the public hearing was to consider the Conditional Use Permit application submitted by Laurie Leestma, to conduct a retail/wholesale automobile dealership.

Chairman Bord called the public hearing to order at 6:30 pm.

The Secretary read the hearing notice.

Laurie Leestma, 115 Rose Avenue, Fond du Lac, was sworn in. Her testimony and responses to questions were as follows:
She intends to operate a retail/wholesale used car lot at N7659 CTH WH in Peebles.
The inventory would be limited to 12-20 cars at one time.
The business would be run by Leestma and her son-in-law Rob.
Rob is a certified auto mechanic.
Their current office building, a wholesale auto operation, has been condemned by the City of Fond du Lac.
They do have some inventory at this time.
Their expected hours of operation would be Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays daytime and by appointment.
They plan to use the office in the front of the existing building.
Photos of current inventory were circulated amongst the Board of Appeals members. They primarily purchase 2002-2009 vehicles.
They will often purchase a vehicle at one auction, or from another dealer, and then take it to another auction to be sold. Wholesale cars would rarely be on the lot.
Sales via wholesale need quantity to make money. Retail sales are more profitable.
Leestma is a Registered Nurse; she thinks ethically.
The cars for sale will be located on the parking lot.
They will not utilize a garage on the site initially because none are available; however, when one comes available, they intend to lease it.
They are currently paying someone to inspect cars. They intend to someday use a garage on site for inspections and needed repairs to inventory.
They do not plan to increase the parking lot or exterior lights.
They expect to post a sign with a light.
They have yet to determine the Saturday hours of operation, possibly 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The business will not be obtrusive to the neighborhood.
They do not expect to provide auto servicing during the first year; only inspection and needed repairs to inventory vehicles when and if a garage becomes available.
They have a trailer for the storage of used parts. Discarded parts and fluids will be disposed of in a proper and timely manner.
The aesthetics of the property are important to them and to the community.
The owner of the property is open to the construction of another garage for their use.
There are no planned structural changes to the existing building.
Signage will be placed on the existing building.
Stan Freund, owner of the building, was sworn in. His testimony was as follows:
He assured the Board of Appeals that the property will be kept clean.
He is poised to enter into a lease agreement with Leestma.
He will maintain the lawn maintenance and snow plowing.

Laurie Krawczyk, part owner of Tim's Alignment and Auto Sales, was sworn in. Her testimony was as follows:
They (Tim & Laurie) operate Tim's Alignment.
They have a current Conditional Use Permit for automotive repair shop and used car dealership.
The community dictated what they wanted via several meetings; some of which were volatile.
They are concerned about the Saturday hours. They are allowed to operate only until noon, no more than 26 weeks a year.
The proposal has potential for auto service.
They would like to see consistency with the hours of operation for the two businesses. They requested that any deviation from their hours of operation also be applied to them. Secretary Schneider noted that considering an amendment to the Krawczyk CUP would require a future properly noticed public hearing.
Lighting in their CUP is specifically noted to be mounted on the building and shining down. More lighting at their business would improve safety and deter illegal activity.
Their CUP required fencing and containment measures compliant with EPA standards.

Tim Krawczyk's comments were as follows:
He also deals in wholesale auto sales.
He preps vehicles for auction at his business location.
The auction could be days away from the date of purchase.
He suggested allowing more leeway than 20 cars.
He requested that Leestma's hours of operation be consistent with their hours.
They apply their hours of operation to service and sales.
He limits his towing service to the hours of operation.
He noted that they were required to install bypass lanes on the highway.
He added that wholesale auction purchases are delivered at various times; sometimes beyond the hours of operation. The delivery service does their work in a quiet, unobtrusive manner.

An interested citizen was in attendance to observe. However, he commented on the dangerous access to the highway due to a bad blind spot.

Seeing no further testimony or comments, Chairman Bord declared the public hearing closed at 7:06 p.m.

Board of Appeals deliberation.

The Board of Appeals discussed the following Special Conditions, using the Krawczyk CUP as a guideline:

1. General Conformance. Leestma agrees to comply with the standards set forth in Section 13-1-66 of the Town of Taycheedah Zoning Code and the business is a referenced Conditional Use in Section 13-1-54(c)(1) and (3).
2. Setbacks and yards. Vehicles shall be parked beyond the public right-of-way.
3. Specified sewage disposal and water supply systems. The structure is serviced by Taycheedah Sanitary District No. 1 and has a private well.
4. Fencing. Fencing shall be installed for the temporary storage of tires, discarded parts and containment of used fluids shall be by EPA standards.
5. Lighting. Any additional lights shall be mounted on the building and shall shine downward.
6. Hours of Operation. The hours of operation shall be as follows:
a. Sales.
Monday thru Friday-7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday-10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
b. Service.
Monday thru Friday-7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday-10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
7. Traffic Circulation. All damaged or demolished vehicles may be stored on the site for a period not to exceed one month.
8. Increased Parking. Additional parking area shall be upon the Board of Appeals' review and approval of an amendment to this Conditional Use Permit.
9. Disposal of waste materials. All waste materials shall be disposed of in a timely and proper manner.
10. Vehicle Inventory. Automobile inventory shall not exceed 25 vehicles at any one time.
11. Repair of Vehicles. An exception to the hours of operation is service client's delivering or retrieving their vehicles.

Motion by John Buechel, second by Tom Friess, to approve the Conditional Use Permit, for a term of five years, under the following conditions:
All General Conditions as outlined in the Town's standard Permit.
Special Conditions, Items 1-11 as noted above.
Roll call vote:
Jason Meyer aye
Tom Friess aye
John Buechel aye
Joe Sabel aye
Jerome Bord aye Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by John Buechel, second by Joe Sabel, to adjourn the public hearing at 7:35 pm. Motion carried (5-0).

Brenda A. Schneider
Town Clerk

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