WALWORTH COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN WORKSHOP
JANUARY 18, 2012
The workshop began at 4:10 p.m. In attendance were Chairman Kopecky, Building Inspector Joe Mesler, Director Paula Hocking, Architect Bill Henry, and Attorney Bob Leibsle. Clerk/Treasurer Kirch took notes on the meeting.
Henry reviewed the plan changes – one-way drive with a couple of stalls by the front door, employee parking, easement for driveway access and parking, Highway NN construction access. Will still be on a 5-acre site. County will deed 5.2 acres to the Walworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) who will be the owner of the project and building. Will be able to accept donations of labor and materials. Project is in the Elkhorn ETP. Need Certified Survey Map (CSM) from Town of Geneva. Obtained plan request form.
Site plan reviewed. Elkhorn will provide sewer and water. Power will be provided from nearby transformer. Project is on the January 23rd Plan Commission agenda. Revised plan will be provided after that.
Floor plan reviewed. Will be a FT receptionist, Director, a medical provider by appointment, a therapist by appointment and another interviewer. Off-site medical will continue at Lakeland Hospital. Every jurisdiction will have law enforcement present for every case. There will be Hocking, law enforcement, and Human Services will bring a social worker. Any expansion addition has been dropped and will go through the Conditional Use process if necessary in the future. Designed as a stand-alone building, with no basement. Project will be a commercial land use with residential construction.
Association for Prevention of Family Violence (APFV) felt they would outgrow their downtown space in four years. The downtown plan was a 3-5 year plan. They get 900 referrals a year with 245 forensic interviews. This is the second busiest CAC behind Milwaukee. WCAC feels the best spot for the building is next to the human services building where they can utilize their transportation services. There is not another 5-acre piece of land available. There will be a garage door so a vehicle can pull inside the building if needed.
Concerns with the style/type of construction and on a 5-acre parcel. Feels the best spot for the building due to its type of construction would be next to the nursing home. Leibsle reminded all that this is plat review, not architectural review. They are before the Town for plan review and a Conditional Use Permit.
Concerns – 1) Construction style/type; 2) Fire/Rescue Costs; and 3) Using a 5-acre parcel for a 4,300 sq. ft. building. Can do a cost-sharing for police/fire. Not as big an issue as to where this building should be cited.
Hocking stated she has never needed any law enforcement calls. She assists officers all of the time with interviews. Leibsle stated they won’t need police or fire. There will not be fire alarms or a sprinkler system within the building due to the budget. They will bid the basics and allow others to take over the upgrades. See’s the community building this and that it will be a community proud project.
Questioned whether anyone has talked to Elkhorn about a different location. Henry met with Bonnie Schaefer and stated he had wanted to have two acres for the project.
The County Board approved a transfer of $1.00 for the property. Have ETP with Elkhorn and a CU with Walworth County. The application is tied to this site.
Debra L. Kirch, CMC/WCMC