Friday Memo






To:                  Town Board Members

From: John Olson, Town Administrator

Date:   July 14, 2017



Please take time to read this week’s Friday Memo- -a general recap of the week and upcoming news. As always, should you like more information, I ask that you call the office, e-mail or stop in.  Thanks for your continued support. 



  • Thanks to all coworkers and departments for their excellent responsive service this week during the flooding event.       Right now, lake levels peaked yesterday at 22” above normal levels. It is 20” above normal today. All gates at the dam have been wide open for over 2 days and the lake is expected to remain “closed” by the Town Chair with Slow-No Wake and no public boat launches through the weekend. No FEMA details known yet and our property insurance may provide some limited coverage to Community Park damage and clean-up/restoration. Walworth County Emergency Management has established a helpline at 262-741-7700 to report any private property flooding damage.
  • The Plan Commission voted to recommend approval of Ray Ferrara’s requested variance to allow reconstruction of his existing home at 1609 Beckman Dr. You will be considering this at next Tuesday’s Board Meeting.
  • Road construction work has begun. The planned work is described as follows:       Amos Rd. (approx. 500’) near Elkhorn City Limits will be patched and overlayed, Bailey Rd. (CTH F South to Theatre Rd.) will be pulverized and overlayed with culvert replacement, Dam Rd. (City of Delavan Limits to Town of Sugar Creek – 2 miles) will be pulverized and overlayed with culvert replacement, and Industrial Ct. (Mound Rd. to North End) will be milled and graded with pavement replacement. Mound Road will also be improved cooperatively with the City of Delavan with planning details and bid results yet to come. Right now, Dam Road is expected to be closed beginning early July through the end of September and Bailey Rd. will also be closed close to the same time period.    
  • At Tuesday’s Board Meeting, you will also be voting to promote our current PT Public Works employee, Todd Wrzesinski, to the FT vacancy.
  • Property owners along TK Lane (private road) are strongly considering options & costs to make the conversion from private to a public road. We will need to determine a cost estimate of a minimum public road standard and legal costs for an eminent domain action as 6/8 property owners are supportive of the transfer. The private road owners (6/8) would be responsible for all costs. The minimum standard option was recommended from this week’s Public Works Committee and Dan Fahey, who was present, confirmed their agreement to paying the 43K estimated cost. You will be voting on the resolution initiating this process at next Tuesday’s Board Meeting.
  • The Plan Commission also recommended approval for Shodeen’s rezoning and creating a 3 residential lot development near the Blue Gill Rd. Boat Launch, 4421 South Shore Dr.
  • You will also be voting on Public Participation Plan procedures for the Comprehensive Plan Update. A Public Hearing will be scheduled at the beginning of next month’s Board Meeting, August 22. This will also be discussed at next month’s Plan Commission, August 1 and Committee of the Whole, August 14. Walworth County has contracted with SEWRPC to complete the plan update required every 10 years. The Goals and Objectives will not change, with very limited growth over the past several years, but all plan amendments will be updated on the map and any pending changes that are known. We did not discuss this at COW, but the required resolution establishing Public Participation will begin this project.
  • All Assessed Values for the Town are available online at  
  • The Highway Shop is a “free drop-off site” for Waste Oil that is used for heating purposes. We are currently in low supply.
  • Enjoy your weekend!






Meetings next week: Board Meeting, Tuesday at 6:00pm