The Village of Marshall Planning Commission members discussed the possibility of TJFH Properties building three 16-unit apartment structures when it met May 22.
The apartments would be located on the vacant Waterloo Road and Freidel Drive Lot.
At the meeting, the potential property owners discussed options and alternatives to see how they should proceed or if it makes sense to proceed. While the planning commission members voiced no objections, there was no vote or action taken.
According to the project’s concept design plan, two of the buildings would be on village-owned property while the other one would be on property owned by Jaeger Living TR. They would sell the land.
“They (Jaeger Living TR) are ready to sell,” Terry Hellenbrand of TJFH Properties said.
The units would be a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments with different layout plans and square footage for each unit. There will be no basements.
Village Administrator Adam Ruechel explained there are different formulas to help increase the tax base and different incentives that can be offered for this project. The planning committee members agreed that any money generated through the tax base can help add to a park or street fund.
“If the deal is made, we may think about having a garage (for the units),” planning commission member Sue Peck said. “People need a place to store their stuff.”
There are a lot of possibilities, Hellenbrand said.
The planning commission members also said there is a need for the village to have senior housing as people who travel in the winter may like an apartment in the summer without a lot of children.
The developers will continue to review their plans before going to the planning commission for a recommendation to the village board.
“We will work on this step by step,” village president and chair of the commission John Schuepbach said.
Animal ordinance approved
The E. Peck Animal Agriculture Learning Center took another logistical step to reality.
At a village board meeting immediately after the planning commission May 22, officials unanimously approved an ordinance change which would allow the Marshall Public School to have livestock on school grounds.
This would allow livestock to be temporary housed and in the care and custody of staff.
The facility will be 36 by 48 feet, with an eight-foot porch on the north side with a heated utility room and sink. It will be located behind the high school. Livestock include chickens, cows, goats or sheep borrowed from local farmers and housed at the school for a couple of days for educational learning purposes. There will be water and electricity at this site.
Paula Bakken, Marshall’s agri-science teacher, FFA advisor for the middle and high schools and project leader, said many schools are having agriculture buildings. In the ordinance that was last amended in 1981, it states specifically what is included as livestock and that animals such as an apache, deer, apes, zebras or buffalos are not acceptable as they are not classified as livestock under the ordinance.
“It is really specific,” Ruechel said. He also said there can be a clause for an opportunity to approve an animal if the situation presents itself.
“For instance, if there is an opportunity for a buffalo,” he said.
The idea stemmed from the students wanting an experience to touch, interact and learn from animals after reading about them in books.
High school student Aubrey Schlimgen said that students need to do a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), where they need to be with animals. “It is a requirement and kids struggle with it,” she said.
“I am all for it,” he said. He also told them to include everything the center will need down the road when appear in front of the board again
“This is a great opportunity for all kids,” Village Trustee Christopher Campbell said.
At the March 20 Marshall School board meeting, the board approved of securing a contractor for the