space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Thunder on a Roll; Claim Four More Wins
* Coleman Wins D3 Regional; Advance 12 to Sectional
* Crivitz Takes Half Game Lead Into Final Week
* Bulldog Defense Upsets Clippers
* Bay Area Youth Rugby Expanding

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Board Grants Variances For East End Mobile Home Court

Marinette County Board of Adjustment on Thursday, Dec. 5 reversed a 1999 decision and approved some variances for East End Mobile Home Court on the northeast shore of Lake Noquebay in the Town of Middle Inlet. As a result, owners Dr. Gary and Lisa Kotecki will be able to replace older, narrower mobile homes with the newer ones required by a Middle Inlet town ordinance passed since the original zoning variance refusal.

Marinette County Zoning Administrator John LeFebvre explained at the start of the hearing that some of the Shoreland Zoning requirements have eased since the mobile home court’s previous owners were refused a variance in 1999.

The Koteckis explained ownership of the road had also been clarified. He said while working with the town on some culverts they had discovered the town had owned the entirety of Lake Road at least since 1966 when the original mobile home court began. The 1999 variance was sought for only some of the 36 home sites because everyone believed the remainder of the road belonged to the mobile home court and would not be affected.

Also, in the past decade the town had passed an ordinance prohibiting mobile homes more than 10 years old. Most of the older homes in their court are 12 feet wide, a size that hardly any manufacturers produce any more. The newer homes are 14, 16 and 18 feet wide. Because of the increased width, they sought permission to place homes a bit closer together than the ordinance prescribes.

On hand for Thursday’s hearing in addition to Dr. and Mrs. Kotecki were Ken Kotecki and the entire Middle Inlet Town Board, including Clerk Chuck Stanek, Town Chair Richard Wade, and Supervisors Roger Leick and Tony Magerowski, all in support of the variance. There was no one opposed, and LeFebvre said the DNR had provided no input for or against.

Zoning Board of Appeals Board members Dan Zeitler and Carl Turkiewicz and alternates Todd Stepien and Wayne Gerondale had toured the mobile home court in the morning with LeFebvre, and all were present for the afternoon session. Member Jim Shea was absent.

The 1 p.m. portion of their meeting opened with election of board officers for new terms. LeFebvre noted Shea was unable to attend, but had indicated he would be willing to again serve as chair should he be elected. Zeitler nominated Turkiewicz. Turkiewicz nominated Shea. Election by paper ballot resulted in a 2/2 split on the first ballot, and a 1/3 decision in favor of Turkiewicz on the second round of voting.

Turkiewicz then nominated Shea for vice chair. There was no other nomination, and a unanimous vote was cast for Shea.

Turkiewicz nominated Zeitler for secretary and again there was no other nominee so election was by unanimous voice vote.

Copies of the 1999 decision were distributed to board members, and LeFebvre said some of the changes in state laws and county ordinances in regulations on non-conforming structures since then allow the variances requested, and provide a basis for reconsideration. He said rules for improvements to non-conforming structures have become more lenient in the last 14 years. Now they can be remodeled and repaired and even added to, they simply cannot be made more non-conforming than they were originally.

The variances requested and granted by unanimous vote were for road setbacks, minimum water frontage per home, and minimum roadway setbacks.

Before the vote, Kotecki explained they want to improve their mobile home court with better and newer homes, particularly on the four sites that were denied variances in 1999 because they are most visible and give a first impression of the entire facility.

Kotecki said he recently replaced the septic/sewage system for the entire park and rearranging the homes would be prohibitively expensive, since new water and sewer connections would be needed. There are currently three vacant sites.

They aren’t asking for more homes, they just want to upgrade the ones they have, commented Magerowski. He said those upgrades will result in more taxes for the town and Marinette County.

I have lived in that area since that mobile home court was started in the mid ‘60s, said Stanek. He agreed that being able to put in newer homes will be an aesthetic improvement, and added that while there is not a through road involved, many visitors to the town drive down there just to get a view of the lake, so just to improve the aesthetics of the area would be valuable. Asked by Zeitler if he felt all the homes should be included in the variance request, Stanek responded, Yes, Definitely! Zeitler and Turkiewicz then moved to include them, and eventually vote approving the variances requested was unanimous.

The new units are to be no closer to the road than the existing units, and must occupy basically the same footprint as the units they replace, except that being wider they will be a bit closer together. Some could be 12 feet apart and some 15 feet. Steps and entry ramps no more than six feet wide can extend closer, but not enclosed porches, additions or decks. Lot line setbacks were settled at a previous hearing. Most homes will still be about 25 feet from their neighbor.

Before the vote, Dr. Kotecki explained when he and Lisa bought the mobile home court from Bill and Betty Plucker and her parents, Marge and Jack Rein in 2003 everything was already in place. There was a bar and restaurant, lodge and rental cabins as well as the mobile home park, which was developed in accord with the rules that were in place in 1960. We have not changed, but the things around us have, he commented. The rest was sold off and they kept the mobile home court. He said only two of the 36 homes are closer than 100 feet to the lake.

LeFebvre said he was in favor of the variance, but asked that the ruling allow them to replace current homes with those 14 feet wider, or the next standard size, in case standards change again in the future, and also that the homes be allowed no closer to the road than they are now.

If the park is happy with reduced setbacks, the staff has no objections, he commented.

Letters from four neighbors expressed support for the variance request.

The board agreed forcing compliance with all existing rules would prove an unnecessary hardship, and granting the variance will improve aesthetics, both as viewed from the water and from the road, although most of the homes are screened from the water.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
02-14-2018Sports
Thunder on a Roll; Claim Four More Wins

02-14-2018Sports
Coleman Wins D3 Regional; Advance 12 to Sectional

02-14-2018Sports
Crivitz Takes Half Game Lead Into Final Week

02-14-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Yunke

02-14-2018Obituaries
Steven C. Wirtz

02-14-2018Obituaries
Robert Stevens

02-14-2018Obituaries
Kent W. Smith

02-14-2018Obituaries
Leo Schmidt

02-14-2018Obituaries
Lorraine T. Saltz

02-14-2018Obituaries
Edward Saltz

02-14-2018Obituaries
Sonja R. Ruechel

02-14-2018Obituaries
Elsward L. Guseck

02-14-2018Obituaries
Magdalen A. Giese

02-14-2018Obituaries
Jon Comeaux

02-14-2018Obituaries
Frances L. Bieber

02-14-2018Obituaries
Arlene J. Borchardt

02-14-2018Obituaries
Jean F. Angus

02-14-2018Obituaries
Henry J.Welsch

02-14-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Lynch

02-14-2018Sports
Bulldog Defense Upsets Clippers

02-14-2018Obituaries
Wayne R. Bender

02-14-2018Obituaries
Dorothy A. Sopkowicz-Tackes

02-14-2018Obituaries
June M. Prefontaine

02-14-2018Obituaries
Joanne Makowiecki

02-14-2018Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Kinsella

02-14-2018Obituaries
Michael J. Homa, Jr.

02-14-2018Obituaries
Douglas G. Elsner

02-14-2018Front Page
Arbor Village, Community Based Facility Now Open In Peshtigo

02-14-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-14-2018Perspectives
From our readers

02-14-2018Perspectives
From My Window

02-14-2018Front Page
County Looks At Abolishing Position of Elected Coroner

02-14-2018Front Page
Neumann Retiring After 32 Years As Track Coach

02-14-2018Front Page
Dept. Of Public Works Lists Equipment Needs

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
Lions Club Flower Sale Coming Soon

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
St. Augustine Lenten Fish Fries

02-14-2018Front Page
Voters To Choose Candidates For Supreme Court On Feb. 20

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lion's Club to Host 9-Pin Bowling Tourney

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Set For February 19th

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Lake Noquebay Fish O Rama Feb. 24

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz To Host 3 on 3 Tournament

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman's Club Offers Scholarships

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Lions Host Wausaukee Lions

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Student Elected Region 3 FBLA Vice President

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Foreigner Tribute Band at Equity Hall Feb. 16-17

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman K.C. Fish Fry Feb. 16

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman School District Child Development Days

02-07-2018Sports
Bay Area Youth Rugby Expanding

02-07-2018Sports
Frederickson's 3 Pointer Pushes Peshtigo Past Algoma

02-07-2018Sports
Crivitz Keeps One Game Lead; Marinette Upset by Lux-Casco

02-07-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-07-2018Perspectives
From our readers

02-07-2018Perspectives
From My Window

02-07-2018Obituaries
James H. Albrecht

02-07-2018Obituaries
Spencer Bichel

02-07-2018Obituaries
Merle D. Bishop

02-07-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Borths

02-07-2018Obituaries
Richard B. Burns

02-07-2018Obituaries
Thomas R. Dasko

02-07-2018Obituaries
Janet E. Dubey

02-07-2018Obituaries
Jody L. Enderby

02-07-2018Obituaries
Betty J. Engler

02-07-2018Obituaries
Dr. Gregory L. Evensen

02-07-2018Obituaries
Alvina B. Foley

02-07-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Lynch

02-07-2018Obituaries
Marie J. Motiff,

02-07-2018Obituaries
Judith A. Ondik

02-07-2018Obituaries
Sue A. Paro

02-07-2018Obituaries
Elmer H. Polzin

02-07-2018Obituaries
Ransom Rhode

02-07-2018Obituaries
Sarah A. Rust

02-07-2018Obituaries
Jeanette M. Snyder

02-07-2018Obituaries
Emmi L. Stratton

02-07-2018Obituaries
Donald Van Pay

02-07-2018Obituaries
Karen E. Bechtold

02-07-2018Obituaries
Floyd B. DeBauch

02-07-2018Obituaries
Dorothy L. Ferguson

02-07-2018Obituaries
Roger G. Gretzon

02-07-2018Obituaries
Sheila K. LaFortune

02-07-2018Obituaries
John E. Lemire

02-07-2018Obituaries
Michael J. Nelson

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Library Holds Fruit Sale

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lions To Sell Flowers

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
St. Jude Bowl-A-Thon at Wausaukee Feb. 11

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Jr/Sr High List 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

02-07-2018Community - Crivitz
Craft-O-Rama at Crivitz Feb. 10

02-07-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion To Meet Feb. 21

02-07-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Ares Woman's Club Offers Scholarships

02-07-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board Feb. 12

02-07-2018
Cougar Business Assoc. Annual Dinner Feb. 26th

02-07-2018Community - Coleman
Craft Show at Pound Feb. 10

02-07-2018Community - Coleman
Kickers Have Valentine Dance at Equity Hall

02-07-2018Front Page
Best of Cities

02-07-2018Front Page
Gov. Walker Joins Marinette Officials for WMCOE Opening

02-07-2018Front Page
Pound Village Board Hears School Referendum Report

02-07-2018Front Page
Village of Coleman President Praises Public Work Employees

02-07-2018Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Meets Monday, Feb. 12

01-31-2018Sports
UW-Marinette Finishes Busy Week With 2-1 Readout

01-31-2018Sports
Cougars Lead Area Teams at Pulaski Invite

01-31-2018Sports
Crivitz Falls to Oneida; M&O Lead Reduced to one half Game

01-31-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

01-31-2018Sports
Wolverines Cage Cougars; Take Sole Possession of First

01-31-2018Perspectives
From our readers

01-31-2018Perspectives
From My Window

01-31-2018Obituaries
Daniel Osmon, Sr.

01-31-2018Obituaries
Barbara J. Miller

01-31-2018Obituaries
Muriel R. Lippens

01-31-2018Obituaries
Ervin L. Limberg

01-31-2018Community - Wausaukee
Winners Listed at Silver Cliff Cards

01-31-2018Obituaries
Richard G. Kubichek Sr.

01-31-2018Obituaries
Ken Kowalkowski

01-31-2018Obituaries
Joseph A. Hatfield

01-31-2018Obituaries
Gerald L. Gehling

01-31-2018Obituaries
Virginia M. Diamond

01-31-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Set For February 19th

01-31-2018Obituaries
Roseann Darga

01-31-2018Obituaries
Timothy W. Cox

01-31-2018Obituaries
Terrie L. Cornish

01-31-2018Community - Wausaukee
Message Community Church Has Bake Sale, Chili Dump

01-31-2018Obituaries
Connie L. Betzinger

01-31-2018Obituaries
Michael R. Alfredson

01-31-2018Obituaries
Liam M. Zahn

01-31-2018Community - Wausaukee
Marquette University Lists Area Graduates

01-31-2018Obituaries
Arlene J. Wagner

01-31-2018Obituaries
Mattie E. Strauss

01-31-2018Obituaries
Gary Smith

01-31-2018Obituaries
Jody A. Savage

01-31-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Board Hears State Spend Increase

01-31-2018Obituaries
Roger Lee Rupp

01-31-2018Obituaries
Susan C. Putnam

01-31-2018Obituaries
Daniel M. Payne

01-31-2018Obituaries
Glenn J. Magnin

01-31-2018
Craft-O-Rama at Crivitz Feb. 10

01-31-2018Obituaries
Carroll A. Dumke

01-31-2018Obituaries
Kaleb J. Case

01-31-2018Obituaries
Joyce C. Miller-Cardinal

01-31-2018Obituaries
Nancy A. Benson

01-31-2018Obituaries
Margaret R. Bellow

01-31-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz High School Lists 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

01-31-2018Community - Crivitz
Candlelight Ski, Hike at Thompson Park

01-31-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board Meets Feb. 5

01-31-2018Community - Coleman
Faith Christian School Lists Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

01-31-2018Community - Coleman
Faith King is Student of Month

01-31-2018Front Page
Early Morning Fire Destroys Dun-Rite Asphalt Buildings

01-31-2018Front Page
Marinette Marine Seeks County Assist For Contract Opportunity

01-31-2018Front Page
Fire Destroys Old Knitting Mill Building In Marinette

01-31-2018Front Page
County Tourism Promotion Services Remain Unsettled

01-31-2018Front Page
Peshtigo City Council To Meet February 6

01-24-2018Obituaries
Donald J. Bahrke

01-24-2018Obituaries
Floyd C. Beyer


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should President Trump cut back on the amount of tweets he makes?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2018
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites