Herald and Journal, Oct. 21, 2002
Housing possible on north end of Lake Mary
By Julie Yurek
Houses may dot the previously undeveloped north end of Lake Mary, if tentative plans to develop the area move forward.
Ideas about what to do with the 72 acres, which is owned by the late Albert Geisenkoetter, were discussed at the Victor Township meeting last Monday.
Charles Paschke, an attorney for the estate of the late Albert Geisenkoetter, asked the board for its recommendation on what it would support regarding Geisenkoetter's property.
Paschke wanted to know the board's thoughts before he proceeded with anything, he said.
Geisenkoetter died earlier this year, clerk Sharon Glessing said.
The board encouraged Paschke to apply for more than one building entitlement permit.
Paschke was originally thinking of just applying for one building entitlement, he said.
"Go for the maximum," said chairman David Hoover. "It's the only area on the lake that's not developed."
"Go for agricultural-residential," said board member Burton Horsch.
If the land is rezoned ag-residential, the acre requirement per house would be less, which could mean as many as six houses, Horsch said.
The requirement would be one building per 10 acres, he said, instead of one per 40 acres with just an agricultural zoning.
Also discussed at the meeting, some roads in Victor Township are getting a huge amount of traffic compared to other locations, said Bob Bakeberg, maintenance employee for the township.
The township borrowed traffic counters from the state in order to do a traffic count on each of its roads, Glessing said. "Every road was counted."
The count was for Bakeberg's information, she said. It may allow him to pinpoint why certain roads or portions of roads deteriorate faster than others, she said.
"It's not so much the number of vehicles, it's more so the speed of them," Glessing said. The number of vehicles is still important, she added.
The Lake Mary area had the most vehicles traveling on its roads, with approximately 900 vehicles per day, Bakeberg said.
In other business, the board:
· approved a variance for Brian Bedor to raise his house up four feet due to the flooding in June. He resides on Lake Ann.
· discussed the issue of cement trucks dumping cement debris on the sides of roads, which is dangerous to the grader and mower, Bakeberg said. He will send a letter to area cement companies to ask this to stop.
· informed Bakeberg of the county's request to identify culverts that have water problems for an ongoing inventory, Glessing said.
The November meeting date is changed to Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., due to Veterans Day.
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