Muskego — Answers came to a few of the questions that Muskego aldermen raised at their initial review of a proposed small park on Little Muskego Lake along Janesville Road west of Pioneer Drive.
The proposal involves the city buying and razing the two unoccupied homes on the two properties that are being offered to the city for sale. Community Development Director Jeff Muenkel told the Muskego Common Council last week that:
· The cost of clearing the homes would come to less than $45,000, although the Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department could burn them for training purposes which would be cheaper than demolishing them.
"The Fire Department could burn it, but it would be with their time frame," Munkel said.
· Protecting the neighboring house that would be very close to the park's edge could cost anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000, depending on whether fencing or berms or a combination are used.
· Because Bozhardt Lane would likely become part of the proposed park, a driveway would have to be created for the neighboring home because the family uses Bozhardt Lane to access the home. The staff estimate for a new driveway at the farthest east property line is $20,000 to $25,000, he said.
· Worries also arose about whether maintaining another park would strain the parks staff. Muenkel reported that the Parks Department predicts it could probably handle it.
Initially some aldermen expressed the view that at 2.1-acre proposed park would be too small. At previous city considerations of a park in the area starting in 2010, the smallest proposal was for 2.7 acres, Muenkel said after the meeting. The largest, involving eight properties, was 13 acres, he said.
When the lake properties became available, city officials considered a lakeside park because at the time, the city's 2020 Comprehensive Plan recommended exploring a park in that area. It was thought that a park might be a catalyst for development of a downtown in the historic downtown district along Pioneer. That recommendation was dropped from the 2020 Plan following the controversies involving the first two park plans.
— Jane Ford-Stewart
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