Ledgeview residents pass resolution to purchase golf course
LEDGEVIEW (WLUK) -- Ledgeview residents voted Tuesday afternoon to have the town purchase Ledgeview Golf Course for $3.4 million.
In the garage of Ledgeview's Public Works Building, it was standing room only for the vote.
In Wisconsin, if a town wants to purchase property, the law requires residents gather for a vote.
Ledgeview Golf Course includes a main 18-hole course and a 9-hole executive course across Dickinson Road.
Starting next spring, Ledgeview resident Greg Runnoe plans to build 62 condos on the executive course land. In an effort to preserve the main course, Runnoe offered it up to the town.
“We could have decided to develop the whole thing, but we didn't want to,” said Runnoe. “My wife and I have been in Ledgeview for the last 22 years. We just felt it was the right thing to do.”
At first, many residents who turned out wanted to wait to vote. Some complained about the 4 o'clock meeting time.
“I don't think there was enough information about what exactly what they're going to do with the golf course,” said Debb Orr-Grewe of Ledgeview.
After finding out a delay would risk the town's opportunity to control the land, a majority of residents agreed to proceed with a vote.
A vote was counted with supporters of buying the course standing on one side of the garage and those in opposition on the other. The overwhelming majority was in support.
“That is a beautiful piece of property,” said Jim Enright of Ledgeview. “It's been around a long time. It's going to do nothing but increase in value.”
With the town taking control, the belief is the golf course will remain in place. Down the road, if the town decided to start parceling off the land for homes, another meeting of the electors would need to be held.
“Really the slate is wide open at this point,” said Cullen Peltier, a member of Ledgeview’s Town Board. “Now we have a wide-open canvas and we can decide as a town what we feel is the best interest of the town to do.”
The vote requires the town use tax incremental financing to pay for the golf course. That means the tax revenue generated from new development in the area, including those condos across the street, will pay for the land.