Divided board OKs permit for car sales

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

A divided Fredonia Town Board last week granted a conditional-use permit to allow a resident to sell used cars on a retail basis from his home.

Rick Young has sold cars on a wholesale basis from his home at N6575 Clover Valley Road to car dealers since 2014. But a year ago he obtained a retail license from the state and wanted the town to issue him a conditional-use permit that would allow him to sell cars directly to consumers.

Town officials balked at granting the permit, however, fearing that doing so would make it difficult to deny future requests to operate retail businesses from homes located in agricultural districts.  

Young assured town officials that there would be no visible changes in his operations. He would continue to sell about five cars a month, would not leave vehicles sitting in his yard and not run a repair service, he said.

“I see no reason why we should deny this,” Supr. Rich Mueller said at last week’s board meeting. “I don’t think you could find 200 people in the town who even know he was operating” a car sales operation.

Town Attorney Ed Ritger, however, had advised the town to deny Young’s request, saying since retail auto sales aren’t allowed in town ordinances as a conditional use, permitting it would render the zoning ordinance virtually unenforceable.

Supr. Jim Stemper, owner of D&D Auto in Little Kohler and a used-car salesman, recused himself from voting, but agreed with Ritger, saying approving the permit would make it difficult to deny anyone wanting to run a business out of their home.

The Town Board voted 3-1 to approve the permit, with Stemper abstaining and Town Chairman Lance Leider voting no. Voting yes were Mueller, Chris Janik and Mark Schubert.

“I look forward to more people coming here to open retail businesses in their homes,” Stemper said sarcastically after the vote.

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