Salem to approves lease with lake district for equipment storage

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The Salem Town Board approved entering into a lease with the Camp and Center Lakes Rehabilitation District for use of town-owned land.

The district plans to construct a pole barn type building on the land, just north of the sewer treatment plant along Highway C, in which it will store its weed harvester and related equipment.

The district will pay the town $5,000 a year initially under the lease’s terms. The lease payment will be adjusted every five years to reflect any increase in the Consumer Price Index for Milwaukee.

The lease term will be 15 years.

Initially town staff had proposed a 25-year term for the lease. But board members balked at the length.

“I don’t know anything else we’ve done for 25 years,” said Chairman Diann Tesar.

“I really have a concern that it’s 25 years,” said Supervisor Dan Campion.

A motion to approve the 25-year lease died for lack of a second. Campion then motioned for a 15-year term, which was seconded and passed with four aye votes.

Supevisor Dennis Faber abstained, presumably because he also is a commissioner of the district. During discussion of the lease, however, he did say he felt it was a good deal for both the town and the district.


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