years from now the city’s debt retirement picture will look brighter and help the city tackle some additional projects.
The biggest project which could impact the city very positively in the near future is Marketplatz, the name given to the development of the former Tecumseh Products Company site. The city is the most important player in the future development of the site as it has the authority to take the actions to clear the way for that development. The New Holstein Economic Development Corporation and the city-created Community Development Authority are working together to move the project along.
The Tecumseh property is still owned by a private individual, but a big step of progress in the past year came when the New Holstein Common Council officially requested that Calumet County execute a tax foreclosure on the property and subsequently turn over ownership to the City of New Holstein. The clock is now running for Calumet County to either do that or assume ownership itself.
City and EDC officials also are involved in ongoing discussions with Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. of Chilton to perhaps renovate and occupy the back and newest portion of the former Tecumseh building, about 100,000 square feet of the 400,000 square foot building. Briess would use the building for storage of products and ingredients for its malting operations.
Plenty of TIF lots available
Not all the city’s development eggs are in the Marketplatz basket, however, as it also has plenty of Tax Increment Finance land still available on the north side of the city. Lots of various sizes and locations are available, and anyone interested should contact Langenfeld at City Hall, 898-5766.
The city also aided economic development in the past year by actually getting out of the real estate business, at least along Park Avenue. The Common Council authorized the sale of the Park Avenue Industrial Park to Kevin Birschbach of Mid-Shores Recycling, and he is working to fill those buildings with businesses.
While city government is obviously a key player in economic development, another big part of what it does is maintenance of amenities—and in New Holstein, that is a lot of acreage and a lot of work.
Those amenities start with an impressive parks system for a community of its size. In addition to Kiwanis Park and its amenities mentioned earlier, the city also has Civic Park with its tall trees and bandshell hosting events throughout the year; and Optimist Park with one of the best sledding hills in Calumet County. A committee is currently exploring whether or not a tow rope and tube rentals can be added to that park, while a separate committee is studying the feasibility of creating a miniature golf course at Kiwanis Park.
The Aquatic Center is scheduled to open at noon Sunday, June 5. New this year is a third session of swimming lessons which will be in the evening (6 p. m. start) from Aug. 1-18. Go to City Hall to sign up for swimming lessons and/or to buy passes for the Aquatic Center, the prices of which have not changed from last year. Also in Kiwanis Park is a disc golf course, and discs can be checked out for free from the Aquatic Center when it is open.
Another amenity unique to New Holstein in Calumet County is the Municipal Airport. Within the next couple years a complete resurfacing project is being planned, with state and federal dollars covering the vast majority of the cost. The city would be responsible for 5 percent of the cost ($55,000), the State of Wisconsin for 5 percent, and the federal government for 90 percent—$175,334 plus a federal block grant of $814,666 for a total cost of $1.1 million.
In the meantime, the airport remains open to recreational aviation complete with the terminal building added a few years ago. The airport also is the site of Airport Day which Mayor Reese helps coordinate along with multiple city organizations. A flea market was added to last year’s Airport Day and it is hoped that only will grow over time.
Airport Day is scheduled for July 24 this year and is held in conjunction with the arrival of the Super Cub pilots who convene for a week in New Holstein. Area residents are reminded that they are invited to the airport on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 27 to view the short field take-off/landing contest. In addition, this year’s Fly-in & Car Show is scheduled for Sept. 18.
Those Super Cub pilots come from throughout the country and also sing the praises of the helpful and friendly city government and community.
Once again it is seen that first impressions of New Holstein are very positive, and city government is working to keep it that way.