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Planning Commission Public Hearing
Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
April 20, 2022
Present: Commission Chair Shannon Armel, Commissioners Ken Jax, Keith Korbein, Mick McCormick, Gervase Thompson, Zoning Administrator Dick Martin, Mick McCormick, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Michaele Korbein
Applicants Present: Ray/Jill Monroe & Jason/Katy Yahnke, Owners of Turtle Landing LLC dba/The Dirty Turtle
Guests: Nine guests that included Bob Dippen, Brad Wirtz, Randy Fabian
The Public Hearing was called to order by chairperson Shannon Armel at the Germantown Town Hall at 5:30 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
This public hearing is to hear and consider public comment upon a request for a tiki bar at The Dirty Turtle for Turtle Landing LLC located at W5250 N. Osprey Drive.
Ray Monroe: said they are updating the playground area, kitchen and bathrooms and outside area for patrons. The proposed building space is 45’x60’ x18’ at the peak for a proposed open-air tiki bar -a pre-manufactured timber system constructed of Doug Fir. They are doing business as, and the liquor license is under, Turtle Landing LLC, DBA/The Dirty Turtle. Yes, it’s still called The Dirty Turtle like when the Marx’s owned it, but it’s now under new ownership and LLC.
Mick McCormick: had concerns about the grassy area as it abuts directly to the fuel tank.
Ray: A 7-8’ tall structure will surround the gasoline fuel tank, black chain link fence to be installed. Also a closed caption camera/monitoring system will also be installed so patrons can watch their children. The traffic area through will be closed off so that entry to the play area will be by the tiki bar. Sand will go in as a base, especially since people coming in are from the beach where it is already sandy. The turtle merry-go-round is hazardous due to part of it not working properly, so they want to remove it and put it in the ground as a statue.
Mick: asked why the size was so large.
Ray: This was to accommodate and make sure there was enough space for everyone rather than be short on space and comfort. It will be open-air with a vaulted ceiling to the 18’ height, also with canvas drop sides in case of poor weather. The bar and seating could be closed in the off-season, but will see how it goes.
Mick: asked about addressing the parking, as that is at a premium, to help try to keep people from parking on lawns.
Ray: They would like to invest in signage, and also clean up the back ‘anchor’ lot to have parking there.
Dick Martin: indicated the Town Board could make no parking, like at Shipwreck, especially on the road past the condos on both sides.
Ray: said they would like to have parking attendants to coach, assist, and direct where to park.
Ray: The group wants to continue being good neighbors and good stewards of the lake.
Bob Dippen: said he is at N7484 Harbor Drive, and that what the group wants to do will improve the property. He is for the proposal.
Brad Wirtz: noted he is their closest neighbor on N7472 Katy Drive, and he is for the proposal. He also agrees with having the No Parking signs.
Shannon Armel: likes the idea of having no parking signage. She asked about landscaping and buffers.
Ray: They want to get that designed, but they want to clean up the grounds first.
Shannon: asked about UTV/ATV parking.
Ray: They plan on having a circle area separate from pedestrians with one entry/exit. They also plan to have a fuel attendant with a P.O.S. handheld to make purchasing fuel much faster.
With no other public comments, the public hearing was closed at 6:05pm.
Michaele R. Korbein