Town officials growing tired of spat with resort

Ozaukee Press staff

The owner of a Town of Saukville retreat may be running out of time to get his project completed because town officials are running out of patience.

The Town Plan Commission voted Tuesday night that if Dean Stenbroten, owner of the Abloom Farm Resort, doesn’t come prepared to present final plans to their next meeting in October, they may impose penalties for being out of zoning compliance.

That’s because Stenbroten didn’t show up for Tuesday’s meeting when the Plan Commission was expected to vote on a conditional-use permit for his wedding barn.

Town Clerk Raquel Engelke said Stenbroten contacted her two days before the meeting to say he had a scheduling conflict.

Stenbroten came to the town a year ago to get a license for a bed-and-breakfast inn and wedding barn, which he was already operating.

He continued operating the inn even though town officials at first told him to stop and then allowed it.

To accommodate Stenbroten’s plans for an inn, the town changed its zoning and in July voted to recommend that the zoning be changed to allow for the wedding barn.

“He ought to have been here tonight showing good faith,” Supr. Mike Denzien said Tuesday.

When they meet next month, “We expect a thorough and complete application. Otherwise we’re at the end of our rope,” commission member Kevin Kimmes said.

Penalty options include doubling the permit fees or imposing a $100 fine for every day Stenbroten has been out of compliance.



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