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December 12, 2012
Nadine S. Walsten
One of the pleasures of being Village President is to be able to represent this community at various organizations, events or government functions. One of those happened last week when the Master Plan of the Anderson Farm County Park was announced by Dane County Executive Parisi and Supervisor Bollig at the site of the new park. This announcement also celebrated the planned purchase of another 200 acres of Lyman Anderson's farm, totaling over 400 acres for the park. I have heard occasional references to the County creating a new park and that Lyman Anderson, former County Board supervisor, had been instrumental in creating this park out of his farmland. But what a park this will be!! It will be a valuable resource for Brooklyn residents as it is only about 3 miles away, between County A and the southern edge of the Village of Oregon along Union Road. The park includes an exciting variety of outdoor activities: sledding hill; over 5 miles of hiking, horseback riding, snowmobile, and cross country skiing trails; farm learning area; farming market plots; woodland restoration areas; camping and competitive sports fields. And for Brooklyn dog owners, there will be a 40 acre dog exercise area at the corner of County A and Union Road! The Village of Oregon and the County will develop the sports fields jointly. There will be a copy of the map of the Master Plan at the Village Clerk's office for those of you who wish to check this out. And if you look closely, you will see a dotted line for a “Proposed Evansville to Madison Bike Path!!” I don't know when the County expects to begin development of this park but with this leadership we can begin to visualize two of our “wishes”--a dog park and a bike path! With the County and other municipal collaboration, we just might see this bike path become a reality some day. In the meantime, our County tax dollars are creating an outdoor space where we can reconnect with our green spirit and the natural areas almost in our back yard.
Speaking of natural areas in our backyard, one of my goals as Village President has been to find a natural area in our Village. I have talked before about the woodland south of the east addition to the cemetery (not the dump) and our Public Works Director, Mark Langer, informed me today that the trails in the woodland have been dressed with wood chips and are ready for those of you who wish to stroll in this quiet, secluded woods. There isn't a sign for the entrance but if you explore the south edge, you will see the path. I love walking there—you might, too.
Business Park update: At the December Board meeting 12/10, the Board approved the annexation of the 50 acres and set the public hearing for the rezone of this land from agriculture to business park for 1/10/2013 at the Village Hall. THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING SO ALL INTERESTED SHOULD PLAN TO ATTEND. (There is a display of the park at the Village Hall.) On 12/12, we will have the closing on the 10 acres of land the Village is purchasing. If the rezone is approved at the Village Board in January, the TIF (tax incremental financing) plan will be almost complete. This leaves only the meetings with the Community Development Block Grant Commission in February to find out if we are given the final approval for the $261,000 for the infrastructure installation. We just might be able to break ground the summer of 2013. Beginning in January we will begin work on the marketing package for recruitment of new businesses into the park. We have all ready had interest and there is a need for business park space in this area so I'm hopeful we will realize one of my dreams of bringing new business with jobs to this Village.
Other items on the Board agenda:
If you are a resident and wish to run for the Village Board, you can stilltake out nomination papers so your name is on the ballot for the April, 2013 election. The deadline to turn them in is January 2. If you are interested and want to know more, the Clerks' office staff would be happy to discuss with you the role and responsibilities of a trustee. We also have an orientation manual that is very helpful. There are many exciting things happening on the local government level and we need talent, not experience, to speak for the residents. If you want to make a difference as a citizen, serving on the Board, Commission or committee in this Village is definitely worth a look.
Peace and joy for all of you this Holiday Season and may 2013 shine on us all!