Paris and Somers to hold public hearing April 7 on economic development intergovernmental cooperation agreement

Paris and Somers will hold a joint public hearing on April 7 on a proposed intergovernmental cooperation agreement aimed at controlling and encouraging economic development along I-94 and the borders between the two municipalities.

The hearing will take place at 7 p.m., in the Kenosha County Center Hearing Room, located at 19600 75th St., Bristol,  at the intersection of Highways 50 and 45. The location was picked in anticipation of a large number of people attending.

The purpose of the public hearing will be to gather public input regarding a proposed Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, which the village and pown have proposed to enter into pursuant to Wis. Stat. Section 66.0301 for the purpose of establishing a planning process, management structure, marketing plan and revenue-sharing plan to encourage sound economic development of the I-94 Corridor Neighborhood Plan Area.

A public notice posted on the Paris and Somers websites says the agreement will:

  • Adjust and establish a mutually agreeable jurisdictional boundary between the communities;
  • Apportion assets and liabilities between the communities when lands are transferred;
  • Allow the communities to jointly analyze the feasibility of providing for on-site sanitary sewer and water service;
  • Allow the communities to share revenues generated by new economic development and as well as the apportionment of expenses involved.

“The Town of Paris and Village of Somers Boards believe that this approach will provide the greatest mutual benefit to the citizens of both communities and to Kenosha County,” the notice says.

A copy of the Agreement can be viewed at the Paris Town Hall located at 16607 Burlington Road, Union Grove, Wisconsin, 53182 and at the Somers Village Hall located at 7511 12th Street, Somers, WI  53171.

The notice also says:

If you are not able to attend the public hearing and have questions, comments or concerns you wish to share, please contact John Holloway (Town of Paris Plan Commission Chairman) at 262-914-5407, Paris Town Chairman Virgil Gentz at 262-859-2748, Paris Town Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt at 414-397-2141 or Paris Town Supervisor Ken Monson at 262-859-2843.  Written comments may also be submitted to the Paris Town Hall in advance of the public haring, to be included in the public hearing record.


One Comment

  1. West of 45 Citizen says:

    I hope they tell Mayor Bosman to stop whining. The City of Kenosha has stolen enough territory from adjacent towns as it is. Enough is enough!

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