David Mesunas proposed selling five acres of land to the Farmington Town Board Monday, Oct. 18.
Mesunas owns the property on the northeast corner of State Highway 54 and County Road Q, kitty-cornered from the Farmington Town Hall. He is working with Martenson & Eisele of Menasha to develop the approximately 100-acre parcel into the Majestic Pine Subdivision.
“Originally, this corner was going to have a convenience store,” Mesunas said, noting that development plans once included a strip mall for shops, restaurants and professional offices.
“We had considered self-storage units, but the economy isn’t conducive to getting those things accomplished right now,” Mesunas said.
In March 2008, Mesunas appeared before the Farmington Plan Commission and was given permission to build a commercial driveway into the property, located on County Q about 300 feet north of State 54.
On Monday, Mesunas sought help from the town to build a 600-foot road. He said he obtained bids on the road that ranged as high as $90,000, with the Waupaca County Highway Department offering the lowest bid at $70,000.
Mesunas offered to sell the five-acre parcel for approximately $50,000 and asked the board if the town could loan him the remaining $20,000 to pay for building the road.
“At this point, we’re open to looking at all the options that are out there,” town Chairman Dale Trinrud said, stressing that the board was not ready to commit to any purchase.
Trinrud said the board had set aside $100,000 from its 2010 budget and planned to set aside another $100,000 in its 2011 budget for a possible new town hall. The board plans to fund the facility out of its savings, rather than borrowing for the project.
No date has been set, and the board has not committed to building a new town hall. Trinrud said the board is simply exploring the possibility of a new facility, since the current one has inadequate storage space and is not handicapped-accessible.
Trinrud also said he did not think the board would want to use taxpayer dollars to help fund a road that would be used for a private development.