At the April 8 Common Council meeting, City Administrator Tommy Bohler told the council that Wisconsin Power & Light and Alliant Energy have approached the city to lease approximately 200 acres of land near the airport for the installation of solar panels.
The lease would be for 20-30 years, with $600 to $800 per acre per month, which would bring in approximately $80,000 to $120,000 annual revenue to the city. The project would begin in 2021.
Bohler said that representatives from the companies plan to attend the Monday, May 13 meeting to review the proposed project and answer questions. Bohler also told the council that he has to meet with the Airport Committee to further discuss the proposed project and will be in consultation with the Department of Aeronautics. He said “if this project compromises the Wautoma Airport, then we won’t go ahead with the project.”
Wautoma resident Dave Giebel attended the council meeting to complain about water flooding in front of their home on South Water Street. “I’m not complaining about the city crew; they are the best we have,” said Giebel. He further stated that the crew comes to his house to pump the water, but that the problem continues and is getting worse each year.
He also remarked that Crossroads Church, which is just down the street, has the same problem. “I know you can’t do it tomorrow, but someone needs to look at this problem and figure out how to fix it permanently,” added Giebel.
Bohler told Giebel that fixing the problem may be able to be included in this summer’s street projects, depending on the cost of fixing the problem, but if not, it may be included in 2020 summer street projects.
Bohler informed the council that MSA Physical Engineer Todd Trader recently passed away unexpectedly. Trader was assigned to the city’s street projects for the last several years and the city appreciated his expertise and consultation during these projects. Bohler said that Trader will be greatly missed.
Bohler told the council that the city received a letter from Waushara Industries in late March that they can no longer mow grass at the Union Cemetery. He remarked that the job is “quite an undertaking” and that Waushara Industries no longer has the manpower to do the job. He told the council that he is advertising for the job and that the bid process will be used, with bids being opened on Tuesday, April 23. He said that the city crew may have to mow the cemetery once, until the bid winner is selected and begins the job.
Bohler also told the council that Mayor John Nixon, Alderman Bob Cayer, Alderman Aaron Grimm, and Alderman Pat King were re-elected in the April 2 election.
In other business, the council approved:
•A provisional liquor license for Don F. Maes to be used at St. Joseph’s Parrish festival on July 21 and a picnic license for St. Joseph’s Parrish for the July 21 festival.
•Picnic licenses for the Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce to be used at Bird Creek Park for June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22, with alternative location at the WWII Memorial building (in case of inclement weather) for Music in the Park. A license was also approved for July 6 at the Waushara Co. Fairgrounds for Freedom Fest.
The next regular Common Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.