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Subdivision gets green light in Troy

A subdivision in the works since 2007 was given the go ahead at the July 18 Troy Town Board regular meeting.

The board entered into a developer's agreement with Kernon Bast of Speer-Bast Real Estate of Hudson. Bast, the property owner, will develop 40 acres into a subdivision named Cottonwood South.

Located in the northeast corner of Troy off County N, it's on the border with the town of Hudson. The Troy Plan Commission has worked out details for years for soil testing, zoning and settlement densities. Now that a developer's agreement is signed, Bast can begin to build the subdivision roads.

The preliminary plat approval is the start of the last step, said town Supervisor Jan Cuccia.

"This is the first major subdivision we've had in the town in years," she added.

Cottonwood South will offer nine lots for homes, plus a 14-acre "farmette" lot. An outlot surrounding the property will be designated "open space."

The town board signed the deal with these conditions: No lots sold until Troy accepts the subdivision roads as town roads; a stormwater pond must be near the entrance; and south and east borders must be fenced per a neighbor's request.

Town Supervisor Dave Hense brought up snowplowing concerns, since the subdivision is accessed through the town of Hudson. Other town board members agreed this can be ironed out either with St. Croix County or the town of Hudson when the time comes.

Cedar Corporation engineer Rob Jones was also on hand to give an update about the town's transportation plan. Jones is compiling the town's PASER (pavement surface evaluation and rating) maps with information received from the state and road crew employee Gary Parent.

Parent said the maps Jones presented don't match his records, especially concerning Radio Road. Radio Road was labeled as having a good PASER rating, while Parent and town supervisor Sue Warren disputed that label.

Warren said she's lived on Radio Road for 23 years and seen it deteriorate. She's worried that when the new interchange with Hwy. 35 is done next year, that there will be a hazard as drivers speed off the interchange onto a road she described as "sea-sick and dippy." Hense said they may have to revise the road plan to include Radio Road in the next five years.

Parent agreed to go over Jones's maps and make sure they match his PASER records. Cuccia reminded everyone the point of updating the transportation plan is to gather information and make sure the plan fits the town's vision.

--The town board passed a resolution extending the time to use impact fees collected for fire wells by another three years. The town had expected 927 new homes to be built from 2003-2013. Only 333 new homes have been built and had fees collected.

--The town agreed to permit the reconstruction (window/door replacement) in a non-conforming area for Gary Griswold, 318 Cove Road.

--A setback exception was denied for Ronald and Cheryl Loegering, who planned to buy a home at 578 Boundary Road. The Loegerings wanted to build a pole shed less than 100 feet from the road. Town law says structures must be at least 150 feet away.

--A seal coating bid was awarded to Scott Construction in the amount of $50,874.

--The hand-water pump at Glover Park was repaired by Hoyer Well Company of Roberts.