WHITEWATER — The Whitewater Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved selling, for $229,000, city-owned land on the east side to Kwik Trip.

City Manager Cameron Clapper said that the company made one offer and the city made a counter offer based on the property’s full appraisal amount. Kwik Trip accepted the counter offer.

The property — on East Milwaukee Street, just south of the traffic roundabout — is adjacent to land already owned by the company. The property is about 1.5 acres.

Clapper commented on the sale following its approval.

“It was recently appraised, and we were able to sell it for the appraised value, which is excellent for the city in terms of maintaining the value of our properties for sale for commercial use,” he said. “But it is also a great opportunity for the east side, I think, by having a place that provides not only fuel, but also some of the more common grocery amenities they would otherwise have to cross the city to get to.

“We are thrilled they are purchasing the property,” he added. “We expect to hear from them soon, but there will be up to about 120 days of due diligence on the part of Kwik Trip where they are doing their background work, and then, moving forward with seeing a plan from them for a new development.”

Additionally, Tuesday marked the final meeting for District 2 Councilperson Jimmy Schulgit, who announced his resignation on June 4.

Shulgit was appointed by the council in July 2018 to replace former Councilperson James Langnes, who resigned in May of that year after being elected the previous April. Shulgit was re-elected to District 2 this past April in an uncontested race.

“I will be going to medical school at A.T. Still University,” he said, referring to the university in Kirksville, Mo. “I will be starting in less than two weeks, and I would like to pursue a career in medicine, but also potentially getting my master’s degree in public health and working for the government in some capacity to further public health.”

The council has an established, formal process to appoint a council member should that member — Shulgit, in this case — resign prior to the end of his or her current term in office.

The council now is accepting application to fulfill Schulgit’s term. Applications can be obtained at either the Whitewater Municipal Building or online at the city’s website.

Applicants to replace Shulgit must reside in District 2 and be at least 18 years old. Applications must be submitted to City Clerk Michele Smith, P.O. Box 178, Whitewater, WI, 53190, by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

Smith also can be reached by email at msmith@whitewater-wi.gov or by telephone at (262) 473-0102 if applicants have questions or need more information.

The Whitewater Common Council will review all applicants after the deadline. It likely will make the appointment to District 2 at the council’s August 6 meeting.

On that date, the applicants will appear in person before the council, during its regular public meeting, to be interviewed by the council. The council will then vote for the applicant they believe will best serve the district.

The appointment will continue until April 2020, at which time anyone can run for the office during the April 7, 2020 election. State law requires that any person appointed to the fulfill a term can only last to the next regularly scheduled election date; in this case, that will be the 2020 Spring election, since there are no Fall elections this year.

Nomination papers for the spring 2020 election should be obtained from the city clerk’s office in December 2019.

Council President Patrick Singer noted that he does not expect any bumps in the process, since the council had been through it several times.

“We have a pretty standard process for filling vacancies for the last several years,” he said. “It is summer time, and that district is not as plentiful in population, but hopefully we can get a very active person who keeps the reputation and standards that Jimmy has established.”

In other matters, the council:

• Acting on the recommendation of the Public Works Committee, approved a task-order from the city’s engineering consultant, Strand and Associates, to complete analysis of the city’s phosphorous reduction through leaf management practices in order to receive DNR reduction credits.

According to Department of Public Works director Brad Marquardt, for Whitewater to receive the credits, an analysis of the city’s land use, number of trees, location of alleys and existing practices must be completed.

The council approved a $24,000 contract with Strand to conduct the analysis and submit it to the state Department of Natural Resouerces.

• Formally accepted the annual Compliance and Maintenance Annual Report from the DNR.

According to wastewater treatment plant coordinator Tim Reel, the report is designed “to help monitor utility management while also informing city administration and elected officials of its operating level.”

Reel noted that Whitewater received an “A” grade in all of the monitored categories.

• Approved a “class A beer” license for The Station; and “class B beer and liquor” licenses for Tokyo Restaurant, V’s Waterfront Venue and Beer Here.

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