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 Village of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

 MINUTES

Monday, August 7, 2017

 
 
Village President, Joseph Helm, called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m.
Present:
Village President Joseph Helm; Trustee Katie Kress; Trustee Randy Van Alstyne; Trustee Bonnie Lemmer; Trustee Paul Tadda; Trustee Jeremy Walz
Absent:
Trustee David Glasgow
Staff Present:
Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald; Village Attorney Michael Morse; Assistant Village Manager/Director of Public Works Arlyn Johnson; Director of Community Development Matt Carran

             
   Discussion Relating to the Existing Ordinances Regulating the Unenclosed Storage of Boats, Campers and Trailers
Director of Community Development, Matt Carran, gave an overview of the current municipal code. Director Carran explained the current process for investigating violations are on a complaint basis only. Discussion took place on changing the current ordinance.

Items of discussion/concern were:
  • Trustee Lemmer was concerned about giving out the complainant's name. Village Manager Fitzgerald explained the complainant's name doesn't have to be given out unless it is an open record issue.
  • Trustee Walz questioned if there could be a permit requirement and regulate it that way.
  • Director Carran listed other communities and what they do. Menomonee Falls is more restrictive than all of these. Our code goes back to 1963.
  • Trustee Kress questioned if we looked at West Allis as they have older subdivisions with houses closer together.
  • Director Carran stated most new subdivisions have deed restrictions prohibiting these types of vehicles.
  • Trustee Lemmer asked if there will be exceptions for people who have been storing these vehicles since 1963.  
  • Trustee Tadda suggested the Village let them store the vehicles outside between May 1st and October 31st (unenclosed).
  • Trustee Lemmer expressed concern with the kind of tarps people are using.
  • Village President Helm stated he is more concerned with blighted or rusted vehicles.
  • Trustee Lemmer questioned how many recreational vehicles people can have in a driveway at one time.
  • Trustee Kress asked what happens if the property owner doesn't have access to store the recreational vehicles on the side or rear of the house. Director Carran said people have parked their boats, campers and trailers in their garage with cars left out in the driveway.
  • Trustee Tadda felt property owners should be able to store recreational vehicles on the side and rear of their homes all year round. Trustee Lemmer disagreed.
  • It was suggested that the Village could have a permit/approval process for a second vehicle possibly or just approval.
Consensus was:
  • April 1st to November 30th, vehicles can be stored in residents driveway. All other times the vehicle has to be stored on side and rear yards of home unless the driveway is on the side.
  • No permit requirement.
  • As far as number of vehicles allowed, one large and one small.
Director Carran will draft an ordinance for the Village Board to review.
 
             
   Adjournment
             
  Motion by Trustee Katie Kress, second by Trustee Randy Van Alstyne to adjourn the meeting.

  Vote: 6 - 0 Motion Carried
  Committee of the Whole adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
             
   Minutes transcribed by Joan Hintze, Deputy Village Clerk
Minutes approved on September 18, 2017

    

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