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Coleman Annexes Property For Cheese Factory Project

Issue Date: June 14, 2018

Coleman has been selected as the site for the cheese factory Brian Lepianka of B & D Dairy Farm LLC plans to construct. At its meeting on Monday, June 4 Coleman Village Board put the wheels in motion to make the project a reality.

The initial cheese factory is expected to employ over 80 persons, and cost over $80 million to construct. Lepianka has discussed plans to later add a whey processing facility that will turn whey created by the cheese making process into a saleable product.

If all goes well, the cheese factory will be built on property Lepianka owns off old Hwy. 141 in the area of Double R Road at the south village limits. The property includes two parcels that had been in the Town of Pound, but annexations unanimously approved by Coleman Village Board on June 4 extended village boundaries to bring that property, as well as two parcels owned by Bieber Investments, LLC, into the village limits.

"We can be very thankful they picked our area to put up their factory," declared Village President Glenn Woulf. "We worked really hard on getting this to happen." The village has for years been seeking to expand its economic base and replace jobs lost when the old canning factory closed.

Woulf said a number of other communities were trying to convince Lepianka to build his cheese factory to their locations. Woulf, who is a member of the Marinette County Association For Business and Industry (MCABI) board of directors, said former MCABI Administrator Ann Hartnell was a big help in getting the entire project going.

Prior to the June 4 Village Board meeting requests for the village to annex the four properties totaling approximately 100 acres had been submitted by Lepianka on behalf of B&D Dairy Farm and Dan Bieber on behalf of Bieber Investments, LLC. Bieber is currently building some storage rental units on part of his property there. The remainder of that property, as well as the Lepianka properties, are used for agriculture and that use will continue for now, except for the actual site of Lepianka's cheese factory and Bieber's storage buildings.

Woulf said village utilities were needed for the cheese factory, but Bieber probably would not need them for now. Had Bieber not offered to have his properties annexed the cheese factory project might not have been able to move forward in Coleman. Woulf said the village could not have done the Lepianka annexation without also annexing the Bieber property because the Lepianka parcels were not contiguous to the village. He was thankful that Bieber had offered to request annexation to help the cheese factory become a reality in Coleman. He said property taxes in Coleman and the Town of Pound are very similar.

After some discussion at the June 4 Village Board meeting Trustee Nancy Stank moved to accept both petitions for annexation. That motion was seconded by Trustee Jeff Gosa and votes in favor were cast by all board members, including trustees Jesse Parker, Tim Gould, Diane Patz, Dave Podoski, plus Woulf, Stank and Gosa. No one was absent. That action was promptly followed by unanimous vote to adopt an ordinance making the annexations a reality.

The only persons present for the meeting in addition to board members and Clerk/Treasurer Julie Nosvgovitz were Municipal Judge Clifford Patz and Thad Majewski of Cedar Corp., which provides engineering services for the village and has worked with them in the past on creation of Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) districts.

TIF Districts are developed to help municipalities bring things like streets, water and sewer services into districts slated for development. The loans taken to pay for these services are then paid off by the increased property taxes paid because of the improvements they made possible.

Woulf said they will be establishing a TIF for the cheese factory project, but board action on this will will not happen until the July meeting. However, after approving the annexations the board did unanimously approve a motion authorizing Cedar Corp. to perform services to complete creation of TID #3 for the lump sum of $9,900.

That action was followed by unanimous approval of a motion authorizing Cedar Corp. to perform engineering and consulting services for an estimated amount of $1,800 to $2,100 to complete annexation of the four parcels (two owned by Lepianka and two owned by Bieber) and the Double R Road right of way.

Next the board, again by unanimous vote, authorized Cedar Corp. to perform engineering services to include annexation, wastewater and water system, road and economic feasibility reviews, etc. for an estimated cost of $8,000.

Moving on to other business, the board reviewed the two bids submitted for the Meadowood paving and construction project and decided to accept neither of them. The bids ranged from a low of $252,233.45 from Barley Trucking & Excavating, Inc., located in Menominee, Mich. to a high bid of $297,349.52 from De Groot, Inc., located in Green Bay. Due to both bids coming in over budget Majkowski recommended rejecting them at this time. He suggested that the village try rebidding that project along with MacArthur Lane this winter with construction to start in 2019, and a motion to that effect was unanimously approved.

All Class "A" Beer and "Class A" Liquor license renewal requests were approved. They included :

Dennis F. Pelkin, N7401 Left Foot Lake Rd., Crivitz, d/b/a Pelkin's Piggly Wiggly, 216 Business 141 N;

Kurt Boulanger, 3125 Bay Settlement Rd., Green Bay, d/b/a Cougar Shell, 200 Sunset Ave., Unit #2;

Class "B" Beer and Class "B" Liquor license renewals were approved for:

Shanon Knope, 635 Business 141 N., Coleman, d/b/a Cheers Too, LLC, 108 E. Main St.;

Kyle Berg, 134 E. Main St., Coleman, d/b/a Furkee's, 130 E. Main St.;

Louis Gralewski, 339 McDonald St., Oconto, d/b/a Green Lantern, 126 W. Main St., and

Natalie Talbot, 158 N. Park Ave., Coleman, d/b/a Barnstormers Ltd, 202 Business 141N.

A temporary picnic license was approved for the Fireman's Picnic to be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

Tobacco licenses were approved for Pelkins Piggly Wiggly, Bay BP LLC, and Family Dollar.

All bartender licenses renewal requests were approved as presented and new licenses were approved for James Beauleau, Gina Munoz-Estrella, Avery Thomas, Jessica Bowers, Joshua Oleck and Travis Nowak.

During time for public comment, Trustee Diane Patz stated that while at the Coleman Laundromat she had spoken with a woman from Oconto Falls who commented on how nice and well maintained it was kept.

Gould, chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, thanked Coleman FFA for planting flowers at various places around the Village. He said work on the Veteran's Memorial in Lillian Park is close to completion and a dedication will be held there on Wednesday, July 4.

Dave Podoski read the monthly police and fire reports. There were 21 complaints to the Police Department for the month of May. 14 adult citations were written for $2,561.30, and one juvenile citation was written for $313.00, totaling $2,874.30. May also had 5 adult court dockets, 0 juveniles, 2 just-cause hearings, 0 contempt of court hearings, and 1 case review. Police Chief Ida Soletske had 186 hours for police for the month of May and 351 miles were put on in the squad car.

The Fire Department had no calls during May. Total calls for the fire year are 16. Firefighters were involved in an active shooter activity at the Oconto Falls School. Training in May was at Saputo Cheese and the Coleman School on fire danger and other issues. Plans are being finalized for the Annual Fire Department Picnic on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 and raffle tickets for that event are still available.

Building Inspector Dennis Gross reported in addition to the usual permit issues several contacts were made in May. He responded to questions from a business about remodeling, questions from residents about fence setbacks and putting a steel roof on a garage, and issued a ticket for animal feces.

The five building permits issued since the last meeting went to:

"Jo Ann Rice, for a new garage at 244 E. Main Street, costing $30,000;

"Paul Mueller for a new garage floor costing $2,800 at 223 Elm Drive;

"Robert Mongin, to reroof a business building at 108 E. Main Street for $11,000 and to put steel roofing on a house at 121 Victor Street for $12,000; and

"Paul Morstad for new siding costing $12,000 on the house at 129 Meadowood Drive.

Treasurer's report ready by Stank showed,total cash on hand of $655,922.51.

Vouchers totaling $8,750.12 were reviewed by each board member. Since the last meeting check numbers 28269 through 28291 were written in the amount of $28,620.59.


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