Ice Arena liquor license postponed

Before the Village Board decides whether to grant the Oregon Ice Arena a temporary license to sell beer, it will try to gauge residents’ opinions.

The board voted Monday to postpone action until after it holds a public forum on the matter next month.

Several trustees appeared to have mixed feelings about the request and agreed with Jeff Boudreau’s suggestion to hold the forum, which the board scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

The request stems from a plan to bring junior hockey to Oregon and concerns about the arena’s financial viability. 


Brooklyn vets memorial construction to begin

Rendering courtesy Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial Park committee. After a successful fundraising run, construction is set to begin next week for the Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial Park.

Thanks to some “fantastic donations and wonderful contributions” after two years of fundraising, a long-time dream of many Brooklyn area veterans is coming true. Construction is slated to begin next week on the project designed to honor hundreds of Brooklyn-area veterans going back more than 230 years.

“I have never seen the spirit of giving and love for the veterans running so rampant for this memorial,” said Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial committee member Dannie Leonard in a press release from the group on Monday. “We have individuals who want this memorial to be a symbol of dedication and commitment from this community. Donors … have provided us with the resources and support that are needed.”


Glysch to begin fundraising for Oregon water tower

Having demonstrated a knack for fundraising and organizing, Randy Glysch – who led the effort to restore the village’s pump house – is now planning another restoration of a historic asset.

Glysch met with the Village Board last week and received tacit approval to restore the 1899 water tower, located on Janesville Street in downtown Oregon.

As reported in last week’s Observer, Glysch received two quotes for painting the steel structure that overlooks downtown Oregon.


Water tower repainting effort gets nod

Plans to repaint the water tower received preliminary support from the Village Board on Monday. 

Randy Glysch, who was instrumental in raising funds for the restoration of the pump house, went before the board Monday to test the village’s commitment to restoring the water tower the rises above the pump house. 

Glysch said he sought two preliminary quotes for repainting of the tower. Dickson Engineering, he said, quoted $90,000 for one coat of primer and one coat of paint. At a bid of $38,000, Lane Tank Company offered Glysch a number that was well-received by the board.

“I ask the question and everybody (on the board) smiled and shook their head,” Stanton told Glysch at the meeting. “Does that give you what you need?”

“It does,” Glysch responded.


Board mulls liquor license for ice arena

The Village Board discussed a beer sales license for the Oregon Ice Arena at its Monday meeting, but did not take action until staff could draw up clear conditions.

The license was intended for the games of a junior hockey team expected to make a home at the arena beginning in August. According to Arena Manager Ben Cowan, the Wisconsin Whalers originally wanted to be homed in Oregon two years ago, but financial difficulties and management changes forced the team to locate to the Hartmeyer Ice Arena on Madison’s northeast side.

“They’re coming on over because they know our village will be a lot more supportive of them than a big city,” Cowan told the Observer.


Board OKs TIF for Headquarters

The Village Board on Monday voted unanimously to give Headquarters Bar and Grill $68,000 in taxpayer-funded grants toward a 2400-square-foot banquet hall. 

During the meeting, Trustee Jerry Bollig assured the public that the money was not “free” or a “giveaway.” Village administrator Mike Gracz clarified, however, that the tax-increment financing is not a loan, but a grant from the Village that was expected to be repaid through additional tax revenue.

Nonetheless, the board decided it satisfied the legally required “but for” clause, that despite a previous agreement promising the banquet hall would be built, owner Jamie Bush would not be able to make it happen without additional help.


2014 property taxes due this month

The deadline for paying the final installment of 2014 property taxes is Friday, July 31. 

The Dane County Treasurer’s office said in a news release that early mailing helps ensure that errors can be corrected before the deadline. 

“The cost of missing the final tax installment deadline is severe,” Dane County treasurer Adam Gallagher said in the release. “Under state law, interest and penalty charges are 1.5 percent unpaid principal per month as of Feb. 1 (10.5 percent in August for 2014 taxes). So, it is imperative to pay property taxes on time to avoid a delinquency.”

Taxpayers who received a Dane County Treasurer reminder notice should return the bottom section of that notice with their payment. Do not combine Dane County final installment payments with any other payment. 


Oregon sign ordinance up for review

Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Changes to the Village of Oregon sign ordinance could affect the placement of the Max Creek Outdoors trailer parked on Park Street near Janesville Street.

Village officials are in the process of creating a new local sign ordinance, which they say is complicated and potentially controversial.

That’s why the Planning Commission and Village Board hope to receive input from the local business community, village administrator Mike Gracz told the Observer.

“We’re going to involve the Chamber of Commerce,” he said. “I think it will take a while to complete the new ordinance. The ordinance we have is very outdated and difficult to use.”


Proposed Oregon housing development to feature unusual street profile

Rendering courtesy All Star Group. The road profile for the Oregon Parks Neighborhood First Addition would be 66 feet across with swales instead of gutters along both sides. The goal is to preserve as many trees as possible.

A planned housing development on the village’s west side would be the community’s first wooded subdivision and is expected to feature an unusual street profile.

Kyo and Nick Ladopoulos, owners of All Star Group, met with the Village Board June 15 and got a general agreement – with no vote – for their plan to develop 21 acres near the intersection of West Netherwood Road and Alpine Parkway. The development plan for Oregon Parks Neighborhood First Addition includes 34 lots – 21 of them single-family homes, the rest duplexes. 

The project has already gone through the Plan Commission but would need to return to the board before streets serving the subdivision can open. 


Brooklyn fireworks highlight July 4 festival

The Village of Brooklyn Recreation Committee will celebrate July 4 in style. 

“It’s a really nice show for a small town,” committee chair Stacey Hardy said of the fireworks show set for dusk at Legion Park this Saturday. “Last year, it was like half-an-hour long. It just kept going and going and going.” 

The committee has been fundraising to cover the cost of the fireworks, which are set off by Brooklyn Fire/EMS volunteers, and it was at 70 percent to the $3,500 goal as of last week.

“I’m pretty confident (we’ll get there),” Hardy said. “The more money we get, the better, because then we could put on a bigger one for next year.”

Hardy said she plans to personally donate to help make up the difference, as well.


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