Notes from the Grove


Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government.


• After conferring with the town’s legal counsel and the staff attorneys for the Wisconsin Towns Association, the board adopted the following policy regarding who may vote on September 8 at the Special Town Meeting regarding the purchase of properties in Gills Rock:


– Wis. Stats.60.14(1) – “Any qualified elector of the town, as defined under Chapter 6, may vote at a town meeting.”


– Wis. Stats. 6.02(1) – “Every U.S. citizen age 18 or older who has resided in an election district or ward for 10 days before any election where the citizen offers to vote is an eligible elector.”


– Wis. Stats. 6.10(1) – “The residence of a person is the place where the person’s habitation is fixed, without any present intent to move, and to which, when absent, the person intends to return.”


• Voting at the Special Town Meeting will be handled in the following manner: as you enter the hall you will be asked to sign in. You will be asked to print your name, enter your residence and date. If your residence is in Liberty Grove you will be handed ballots for voting.


• The answers to several questions raised at the first Informational Session are:


What was Mike Walker’s report on price per waterfront foot?


Mike Walker did not appraise the properties. He looked at comparable sales and based his report to the board on those sales. His value per shore front foot was $2,900/ft and his value for interior property was $10,000/acre. Dan Mortier also did an analysis of shore property. His value per front foot on the shore averaged $3,654/ft.


How much shorefront property does the town already have?


Of the 237,600 feet of shoreline surrounding Liberty Grove, 2,530 feet is town property. 2,530 feet is just under 1/2 mile. That leaves 41 miles of shore property owned by private individuals and not available to the public. There is 260 feet of town land that is bluff, which provides limited water access.


• The Board has emphasized the prices for the three shore parcels were arrived at through a negotiation process spanning some 30 plus meetings in 2009 and 2010.


• The Fall Primary Election is Tuesday September 14. The Town Hall will be open 7 am to 8 pm for voting.


To contact John Lowry regarding the Town of Liberty Grove or information found within this column, email [email protected] or call the Town of Liberty Grove at 920.854.2934.