Barb Birmingham of Green Lake, right, expresses concerns to the City Council Monday over rezoning of a South Lawson Drive property. Listening are, from left, Mayor Jon McConnell, Clerk Bark Dugenske, Ald. Jon Smick, Ald. D’Lene Sandleback and Ald. Dusty Walker.
Barb Birmingham of Green Lake, right, expresses concerns to the City Council Monday over rezoning of a South Lawson Drive property. Listening are, from left, Mayor Jon McConnell, Clerk Bark Dugenske, Ald. Jon Smick, Ald. D’Lene Sandleback and Ald. Dusty Walker.

Despite concerns from some neighbors, a landscaping company may move into the corner of Highway 23 and South Lawson Drive.

The Green Lake City Council voted 4-2 Monday to rezone two lots from their default conservancy designation to light industrial, based on a March 27 recommendation from the city’s Plan Commission.

Timothy Jankowski petitioned the city to rezone the property, with the plan that the land would be sold to Outdoor Impact, owned by Wes Stibb.

Stibb could not be reached for comment by press time.

Ald. Jon Smick remarked at the meeting that the city has spent a lot of time and money maintaining that area to retain its “character.”

“[A]re we changing what we’ve been doing for the last year or two years as far as sticking to small-town charm and character that was important to us as far as when we redid South Lawson Drive?” he said.

Smick added that it’s an entrance to the city whose “old, historic charm ... makes Green Lake special.”

Ald. Nancy Wells pointed out many of the other entrances to the city are, in fact, industrialized.

To allay those concerns, Ald. George King, who is vice chairman of the Plan Commission, told the council that the “proposed future owner has put himself on the spot that he will do landscaping” along South Lawson Drive.

Read the full discussion in the April 13, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.