The Prairie and the Farm – Phase 5 portion of the Community of Bishops Bay development passed another hurdle when the Westport Town Board approved its preliminary plat at its regular meeting on Monday night.

The plan calls for 86 single-family homes on 53 acres on Hwy. M across from Governor Nelson State Park and north of Holy Wisdom Prairie Lands and the Hwy. M trail.

Administrator Tom Wilson said that Board approval was the next necessary step in the process.

“The resolution essentially adopts the Plan Commission recommendation approving the plat with all the conditions and restrictions you’ve got there,” according to Wilson.

The plan had similarly gotten the green lights from the Middleton-Westport Joint Zoning Committee, the Middleton Plan Commission and Dane County. The Town Board approved the preliminary plat unanimously.

In other action, Westport Supervisors granted the request of Brent Ziegler and Angela Schwab to have a separate driveway serve their property on the north side of Balzer Road, across from Hardy Trail. Permission was granted with the conditions that the driveway be paved and meet specifications required by the township.

Discussion of this agenda item drew the attention of Supervisors to the current 45 mph speed limit on Balzer Road as it approaches the intersection with Hwy. Q. The Town Board unanimously approved a motion from Supervisor Mark Trotter to do a speed study to consider lowering the limit in the future.

Wilson explained that Westport now had a sufficient number of employees and was eligible to provide dental insurance coverage through the State of Wisconsin. The change would reduce each worker’s monthly contribution by $1.50 and Westport’s monthly cost for each employee by $5. The Town board agreed to make the revision, and members said it would provide as good or better coverage. The change becomes effective in 2018.

In other action, the Westport Town Board granted the Waunakee Community Foundation a temporary liquor license for the annual Wauktoberfest festivities on the grounds of Endres Manufacturing on Sept. 17-20 and granted a fireworks permit for a pyrotechnics display for a wedding at Bishops Bay Country Club on July 29.

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