Rezoning OK’d for Cedar Valley expansion

Town Board approval helps pave way for firm to build warehouse, center
By 
KERRY LYNCH
Ozaukee Press Correspondent

The Fredonia Town Board has approved a zoning change to help clear the way for expansion of Cedar Valley Cheese facilities at the corner of Jay Road and Highway 57.

The rezoning, which was approved Wednesday, April 11, is necessary for the construction of a warehouse and distribution center for the growing cheese maker.

The new 88,000-square-foot addition will be across Jay Road from the company’s existing facility.

During a public hearing before the rezoning vote, neighbors of the factory said they are concerned that a high-capacity well included in plans for the warehouse will drain the aquifer they rely on for water in their homes.

But Matt Mrochinski, civil project coordinator for Excel Engineering Inc. — the Fond du Lac company hired by Cedar Valley Cheese to design the expansion — said the well will be 450 feet deep, significantly deeper than residential wells, and will draw from a different water supply.

Although the well will be designed to supply 100 gallons of water per minute to provide additional capacity in the future, the initial anticipated demand will only be about half that, Mrochinski said. He noted that many high-capacity wells pump more than 500 gallons of water per minute.

Addressing surface water concerns, Mrochinski said the only runoff will be stormwater that will flow into a retention pond. The pond, which has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is 30% to 40% larger than required, he said.

Water from the pond will be used as the source for the building’s fire sprinkler system.

A new entrance to the property will be built off Highway 57. Although the company expects between 20 and 30 trucks a day at the new facility, with the potential for 40 to 50 a day in the future, most of the traffic will come from the existing facility on a gravel drive along the west border of the property. 

Dale Singer, plant engineer for Cedar Valley Cheese, said the company expects to submit plans for the new facility to the state next week and break ground for the project this spring.

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