Hampshire approves changes to help out Lakewood Crossing
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News May 18, 2012 2:50PM
Updated: July 1, 2012 12:00PM
HAMPSHIRE — The village board has approved a second amendment to the annexation agreement for the Brier Hill Crossing property in a move officials believe will help the owner sell homes there.
Known as the Lakewood Crossing subdivision, the property is north of Big Timber Road, west of Route 47 and south of I-90. Ryland Homes took over the subdivision after its previous developer lost the unsold parts of the development to its mortgage holder. The subdivision includes both single-family and duplex homes.
Ryland Homes came before the board earlier this year asking to reduce the rear yard setbacks on eight duplex lots in order to allow models to fit within the buildable area. It also sought relief from impact and transition fees.
By approving the second amendment to the annexation agreement, Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner said this past week, the village has brought the fees back to what they were in 2005 when the subdivision was originally approved and annexed.
“We will keep this rate for two years,” Maxeiner said.
“By the village agreeing to this,” said Trustee George Brust, “we are trying to kick-start the economy.”
In other news:
The board unanimously approved three proposed improvements to Hampshire Memorial Park, at the southeast corner of Route 72 and Getzelman Road.
The proposed improvements are a $1,260 park sign, a $600 39-gallon outdoor trash bin, and a $204 rotating pedestal grill, according to village officials.
The dark-green and beige sign, 24 inches high by 48 inches wide, will read “Hampshire Memorial Park” and include an image of an oak leaf and border.
The pedestal grill will have 300 square inches of cooking area and is shorter for wheelchair access. The cooking grate has cool-coil handles and can be adjusted to four different levels,
According to Maxeiner, the funds for these improvements will come from the $10,000 of park impact fees earmarked in the fiscal year 2012-13 budget toward the development of Memorial Park.
Trustee Jan Kraus announced that the next date for oil recycling in the village will be 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the street department, 100 Klick St. In April, Kraus said, 684 gallons of used oil were dropped off, the largest amount ever collected by the village.