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Thursday, March 28, 2013 Vol. 129, No. 38 Oregon, WI ConnectOregonWI.com $1
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School board race highlights local ballot
Oregon School District
MARK IGNATOWSKI
Unified Newspaper Group 
Three hopefuls will vie for twoseats representing the villageon the Oregon School Board onTuesday. But four names will beon the ballot.Incumbent Lynda Farrar, whohas been on the board since 2007,is seeking re-election againstchallenges from Rae Vogeler andDan Krause.Incumbent Pam Hughesannounced earlier this month thatshe is moving and won’t seek re-election, but it was too late toremove her name from the ballot.Village elections are all uncon-tested, but the Town of Oregonhas six people going for threecontested seats, including townchair, and Brooklyn has a pair of races, as well.The county will have a referen-dum and a judicial election, andvoters will also have two state-wide races, for state superinten-dent and Supreme Court justice.Polls are open from 7 a.m. to8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 for thespring election. Voters do notneed to bring a photo ID to vote if they are already registered.For more information aboutwhere to vote, how to register tovote or what’s on the ballot, vis-it gab.wi.gov or call your localclerk’s office.
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On the Village of Oregonboard, three-term incumbentSteve Staton is up for re-electionas village president.Three trustee positions are alsoopen, with three candidates in therunning. Incumbents Eric Pooleand Darlene Groenier will seek two-year terms, along with new-comer Jeanne Carpenter, whoplans to fill Randy Way’s seat.Poole was first elected in 2001and currently serves as the boardvice-president, chairman of theFinance Committee and is alsoon the Personnel, Public Safetyand Protection Committee and theBoard of Review.Groenier was elected in 2005
Hearing won’t includeapartment plan
Trails of a birchlegger
Oregon resident Dave Balsiger skis 36th Birkebeiner
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Oregon resident Dave Balsiger keeps stride Feb. 22 in his 36th AmericanBirkebeiner race on a trail that stretches from Telemark/Cable to Hayward, Wis. Hehas raced in all but one race since 1976.
ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor 
Sparkling snow was fresh on the groundas the sun brightened the landscape on theBirkebeiner trail on a winter day in 1976.Oregon resident Dave Balsiger, whohad learned to ski as an exchange stu-dent in Sweden, was beside his long-timefriend Leonard Gibbs.Gibbs was responsible for coaxing Bal-siger to join his first American Birkebein-er cross-country race, which stretches 30kilometers from Telemark/Cable to Hay-ward. But it was the scenery and goodcompany that kept the 66-year-old comingback for 36 of the last 37 races, includingthe most recent on Feb. 22.“(Gibbs) said that there is this marathonski race up at Telemark. I said, ‘Let’s gowatch that.’ He said, ‘We should go skithat,’” Balsiger said.From the start, Balsiger was impressedwith the race that celebrated its 40th anni-versary this year. He only missed it oncein 1979 due to surgery to remove hisappendix. He was even moved to write asong -- “A Birkebeiner Morning” – thatdescribes his first race.“Riding along in silence, I looked overand saw Leonard smiling, but all he saidwas, ‘Jesus, what a day,’” the lyrics say.That song has been shared at camp-fires throughout the years on Birkebeinerweekend, and it is now played on an arearadio station after Balsiger, Gibbs and
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Recommendationreserves only 3 acresfor multifamily onBergamont Blvd.
BILL LIVICK
Unified Newspaper Group 
Fiduciary Real EstateDevelopment’s proposal toconstruct 160 apartments in10 buildings on the village’sfar west side may have hit adead end.The developer got bad newsat the March 7 Planning Com-mission meeting and will geta stronger indication after apublic hearing next month.The commission had pro-posed giving Fiduciary someof what it wanted by recom-mending changes to a futureland-use map that would des-ignate a few acres as PlannedMixed Use. That wouldpermit the type of multifam-ily housing construction thedeveloper is hoping for.But Fiduciary hoped to getthe designation for almostnine acres. Instead, the com-mission is recommendingthat most of the property bedesignated for duplexes (Two-Family Residential), whichwould preclude the type of density the developer wouldneed to fulfill its plan.The Planning Commissionis recommending those andother changes to the Village of Oregon Comprehensive Plan,which the Village Board andPlanning Commission willconsider April 15 during apublic hearing on the matter.The Village Board isexpected to adopt an ordi-nance approving the final
Board finally offersbusinessman contract,financial assistance
After a year, Bushrestaurant plan nearsfinish line
BILL LIVICK
Unified Newspaper Group 
The Village Board onMonday emerged fromclosed session with an offerfor businessman Jamie Bush,who for the past year hasbeen trying to build a restau-rant, volleyball and banquetfacility on the village’s southside.
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Comprehensive Plan on May6.About a year ago, Fidu-ciary introduced the idea of building 10 16-unit apartmentbuildings on 8.8 acres alongBergamont Boulevard, southof Jefferson Street and northof Drumlin Drive. It current-ly is designated for a mix of commercial, residential and“institutional” – an area origi-nally designated for seniorhousing – and the changewould eliminate that institu-tional entirely and reduce theamount of commercial.Homeowners in the area,many from the BergamontHomeowners Association,oppose the project. They’reconcerned such high-densityhousing in the area woulddrive down property valuesand change the character of their neighborhood. Home-owners presented a petitionto village officials with morethan 300 signatures urgingthem to hold Fiduciary to itsapproved development plan.Fiduciary and the home-owners have been disagreeingabout the project for the pastyear and debating it occasion-ally in front of the PlanningCommission.At its March 7 meeting, thecommission voted to recom-mend that the Village Boardadopt changes to the land-usemap and reserve about two-thirds of the roughly nineacres that Fiduciary wantsto build for duplexes. Aboutthree acres of the 12-acreparcel is reserved for Neigh-borhood Business, and theremainder would be desig-nated for mixed use, whichwould allow some apartments.“Fiduciary is not going toget 160 units in that area,”public works director Mark Below said a few days afterthe meeting.Planning Commissionchairman Greg Schnelleagreed, although he stressedthat he and other commis-sioners were not voting for oragainst Fiduciary’s proposal.Rather, they were consider-ing future land use and thebest interests of the village asa whole, he said.“The land use map that werecommended kind of prohib-its Fiduciary from building160 dwelling units on thatsite,” Schnelle said. “But it’sup to them to propose some-thing. The property that theywould have looked at as avail-able for that development isnot going to be available forthe structures they wanted topropose in that area.“This vote and proposal isnot in any way a response toFiduciary, as far as I’m con-cerned,” he added. “The Fidu-ciary proposal really had noth-ing to do with our comprehen-sive plan.”Fiduciary vice presidentCraig Raddatz did not returna phone call or an email seek-ing a comment about the Plan-ning Commission’s decision.At a commission meeting inFebruary, he said there is “ahuge demand for multi-familyhousing” in Oregon.“Our plan will bring moreconsumers and will bring astronger tax base to Oregon,”Raddatz said in pitching theproposal to the commission.But commission memberJohn Bieno was skeptical of Raddatz’s assertions.He told Raddatz, “It lookslike you want to lower den-sity on the south (end of theBergamont development)to allow for higher densityon the north … That can beseen as the affluent part of thegated community adjacent tothe clubhouse; you want tochange that to a lower-density,townhouse type of approachand push that off to the north-ern part of the property.”Raddatz rejected the charge.“We are proposing that wetake 8.8 acres and move den-sity from both the south andthe north and spread it acrossthat 8.8 acres,” he said.Andrew Seitz, president of the Bergamont HomeownersAssociation Board of Direc-tors, told the
Observer 
theboard would have preferredthat the land use map not bealtered, but felt the PlanningCommission’s decision was“a reasonable compromise.”“We like that the commis-sion reserved the land behindthe existing duplexes for moreduplexes and that they kepta few acres for commercialalong CC,” Seitz said. “We’llcontinue to follow this closelyand try to keep the density to areasonable level for the area.”The State of Wisconsinrequires municipalities toupdate their comprehensiveplans every 10 years. The vil-lage last updated its plan in2004.Village administrator MikeGracz said village officialswere thinking about makingsome changes to the plan, andwhen Fiduciary came for-ward with its proposal abouta year ago, officials decided toupdate the plan before consid-ering the developer’s idea.The Legend at Bergamontis a 523-acre housing develop-ment and golf course that wasoriginally approved in 2003 asa Master Planning Commu-nity. It is expected to add 869housing units to the villagewhen completed, including478 single family homes on197 acres.A total of 205 dwellingunits have been built so far,Raddatz said.
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Oregon School District
Live rounds foundagain in local school
Officials call it an‘isolated incident’
SETH JOVAAG
Unified Newspaper Group 
For the second time ina week – and third time ina month – Oregon policesearched a local school lastWednesday after a staff member found unspent gunrounds on campus.Police searched Ore-gon High School after astaff member discovered a.22-caliber rifle cartridgearound 9 a.m. in the boyslocker room and another inthe field house.No other items of concernwere found and classes con-tinued.Officials later determinedthat the two cartridges werebrought to school accidental-ly by a student, and Oregonpolice called it an “isolatedincident” unconnected tothe earlier discoveries of live rounds at other schools,superintendent Brian Buslersaid in one of two emailssent to parents and staff theday of the incident.“We have no informationthat connects these threesituations together,” Buslersaid in one of the e-mails.A student noticed thecartridges missing from aclothing pocket at the endof a physical education classand reported it to school andpolice officials several hourslater, Busler said.Last Monday, an associateprincipal at Rome CornersIntermediate School foundan unspent .22-caliber roundat 12:25 p.m. on the cafete-ria floor. A similar incidentoccurred Feb. 21, when acustodian at Oregon MiddleSchool discovered a .22-cal-iber rifle cartridge near aschool locker around 5:30p.m. Oregon Police Lt. Kar-ey Clark confirmed that inall three cases, the cartridgeswere unspent.“We understand that stu-dents may accidentally bringitems to school that are notschool appropriate,” Buslersaid in the e-mails. “There-fore, we are asking parentsin the District to have adevelopmentally appropriateconversation with their childto make sure their coats/ clothing pockets or back-packs do not contain anyitems that do not belong onschool property.”
The land use map recommended for adoption shows an area reserved for Neighborhood Businessalong Hwy. CC. The area below that in purple would be for Mixed Use, which would allow for apart-ments, and below that is an area reserved for duplexes.
Timeline
April 15:
Public hear-ing on comprehensiveplan amendments at jointPlanning Commission/ Village Board meeting;commission votes onresolution recommendingchanges
May 6:
Village Boardvote on ordinance approv-ing final comprehensiveplan
 
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The board is offering Bushalmost $68,000 in tax incre-mental financing assistance,in the form of three grants, onthe condition that he providethe village with a letter of credit for about $42,000 andthat he builds a banquet hallby Dec. 31, 2015.Bush is expected to sign acontract with the village butis still awaiting final approv-al of a loan through a stateagency, Wisconsin BusinessDevelopment.Bush plans to build a 4,933square-foot restaurant withtwo volleyball courts that canbe made either indoor or out-door at the corner of ConcordDrive and Wolfe Street in thevillage’s TIF 4 Redevelop-ment District.The 100-plus seat combi-nation restaurant and bar is ascaled back version of whatBush first proposed a yearago. He plans to build thefacility in two phases.The first phase will includethe restaurant, bar and vol-leyball courts. Constructionon phase one will begin assoon as the site is prepared,Bush said. That could take afew months due to poor soilconditions that will requiresurcharging the land, a pro-cess in which one-and-a-half times the weight of the build-ing is placed on the lot tosqueeze out water and com-pact the soil.According to the village’scontract with Bush, he musthave the restaurant substan-tially complete by the endof the year. He must alsosubstantially complete thesecond phase of the project,a 2,400-square-foot banquethall, by no later than the endof 2015.If he doesn’t meet thatdeadline, Bush will have torepay a $42,860 grant fromthe village.The board offered him atotal of $67,860 in TIF assis-tance, all of which will bepaid back through the taxincrement the project gener-ates, except for $9,000.“The $9,000 TIF grant isbecause he’s in a TIF Dis-trict, and that’s appropriate,”explained village administra-tor Mike Gracz.“The $42,860 is the incen-tive for him to build the ban-quet hall. The board feelsthere’s a need for that in thecommunity and so they’regiving him an incentive tobuild one.”He said the $9,000 is “sortof a boost because of thechallenging soil problems”on the 2.3-acre lot. Bush willalso receive up to $16,000 forpermit and connection fees.During discussion prior tothe board’s 5-2 vote to offerBush a contract, trustee JerryBollig stressed that most of the funding will be returnedto the village through prop-erty taxes that would not becoming in without the devel-opment.Village President SteveStaton voted in favor of theproposal, along with trust-ees David Donovan, RandyWay, Darlene Groenier andBollig. Trustees Eric Pooleand Phil Harms opposed theoffer, primarily because theydon’t think the village shouldprovide financing for a res-taurant.
What to TIF
From his perspective, Bushdoesn’t think the village ishelping fund construction of the restaurant.“They are not willing toTIF a restaurant,” he said.“They are only willing to TIFthe banquet facility, but withwhat they’re offering me Ican’t afford to do both at thesame time. I could have if they’d given me what I askedfor.”In January, Bush metwith village officials seek-ing $119,000 in TIF assis-tance. The board rejected therequest but met a week laterand tentatively offered himabout half that amount.That’s when he decidedto build the project in twophases.When he first approachedthe village about building therestaurant/volleyball com-plex a year ago, Bush didn’tknow about the poor soilconditions on the site. At thetime, he’d planned to buildfour volleyball courts – twoindoor and two outdoor – anda two-story building. He hadrequested TIF assistance butsaid he could make his $1.25million project work withoutthe financial assistance.After taking soil borings,he learned the ground thereis composed of “very loose,silty clays” and would haveto be surcharged for at least60 days before constructioncould begin.Surcharging the site wouldinvolve removing about twofeet of top soil and then haul-ing in heavy rock and gravelto dump on the site and com-press the soil.He figured the pro-cess would add more than$300,000 to the cost of theproject, and asked in May2012 for about $216,000 inTIF assistance, which the vil-lage board rejected.Since then, Bush haschanged the location of theproject, first looking at near-by lot on Park Street andrecently moving back to theoriginal site. He’s also scaledback the size of the building,from first having a basementand a second floor to the cur-rent plan of a larger footprint,but without a basement or asecond floor.
The building plan
By now, Bush should benearly an expert at restau-rant design. In addition to themany iterations of his projecthere, he is the owner/opera-tor of Deaks’ Pub and Grillin Stoughton, which he’s runfor about five years.He also helped design andmanage a restaurant and barin Verona, and before that hemanaged The Stadium Bar inMadison.He and his wife, Miranda,own a home in Oregon andhave three children. Mirandaowns and runs The Zone Fit-ness and Training in Oregon.Bush said one of the mostunusual things about his cur-rent plan is the indoor/out-door volleyball courts he’sdesigned.“We have an outdoor areathat has all four walls thatcan actually be removed,” heexplained. “In the summer-time the only wall that youhave is a wall between themain building and the volley-ball area. So it’s completelyoutside, like a patio.“But then in the winter,you open that wall and closethe other three walls and itbecomes an extension of themain building. So I can alsohave an indoor/outdoor firepit,” he added. “I workedreally hard on that design.It’s awesome.”Other features of the proj-ect include “very tall” ceil-ings in the main bar of 16feet.The main dining room willhave about 60 seats, withanother 50 or 60 in the bar,Bush said.“It’ll be around 100 seats,plus more on the left side of the patio,” he explained. “Onthe south side of the patioit’s going to be lower seat-ing, and then as yougo north toward thecourt you run into thisindoor-outdoor facil-ity. There will be abar and then two firepits as kind of a natu-ral barrier, and thenseating on the patio,and then the seating towatch the volleyball.”His initial planswere for about 16full-time employeesand about 40 part-time, although thoseprojections may havedropped a bit sincereducing the buildingsize.Public Works direc-tor Mark Below said Bushstill needs final approval of his building plan. He notedthat the Planning Commis-sion has seen the latest plantwice recently and “didn’thave any objections.”
What village officialssay
Staton has been in sup-port of Bush’s plan from thebeginning, although he hasnot always backed his financ-ing requests. But Statonsaid he’s satisfied with theboard’s latest proposal.He also thinks having Bushand his business in Oregonwill be an asset.“Jamie does a lot of thingsin the community,” he said.“His commitment to the Vil-lage of Oregon I think is areal plus for that business.He clearly wanted to be inOregon, otherwise he wouldhave bailed on this project along time ago.”Staton thinks “the decidingfactor” in the board makingan offer to Bush “was if wewanted to get something onthat piece of property now ortaking a chance that it mightsit there as a vacant lot for along time.”But Harms and Poole sawthe situation differently.Harms said he was reluctantto offer financial assistancebecause of past failed res-taurants on the southside, including Val-entines and the longdefunct Waterfall.“I hope he makesit, but I’m not infavor of providingTIF assistance for arestaurant becauseof the track record of others in that area,”he said. “Plus, therewere too many dif-ferent proposals forthis project. But givehim a star for tenac-ity.”Poole said hedoubted the viabilityof Bush’s plan.“He wants to makeit a destination place, and tome it’s just another bar com-ing into town,” he said.“I don’t feel the villageneeds to be giving TIF mon-ey to a bar. Also, we’re pay-ing like $40,000 to help sur-charge the lot, and my feelingis the lot is not the village’sproblem. I would like tosee how much the bank hasdropped its price on the lotbecause the lot is unbuild-able.”He was also critical of Bush changing his build-ing plan frequently over thecourse of one year.“Each time he comes tothe board, his project haschanged,” he said.“I just hope that once hedoes build the project, thatit’s there longer than the lasttwo restaurants were in thatarea and we don’t have anempty building sitting therein a year.”While Poole sees Bush’sflexibility and willingness toalter plans as causes for con-cern, others, like Staton, haveviewed those traits as posi-tives.“I think Jamie deservesa lot of credit for never giv-ing up on the project,” Graczsaid. “And also the Chamberof Commerce and Brett (Fra-zier) have helped a lot.”
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‘I just hope that once he does build theproject, that it’s there longer than the lasttwo restaurants were in that area and we don’t have an empty building sitting there in a year.’
Trustee Eric Poole 
‘I think the deciding factor was if we wanted to get something on that pieceof property now or take a chance that itmight sit there as a vacant lot for a long time.’
Village President Steve Staton 
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