Wetland delineation in Mount Pleasant

The Village of Mount Pleasant is determining how many acres of wetlands will be affected by roadwork that will serve the Foxconn development. The areas are being marked off with pink flags that say “wetland delineation.”

MOUNT PLEASANT — The village is preparing for some of the environmental effects of Foxconn’s manufacturing development by studying affected wetlands.

The village hired a surveying company to determine how many acres of wetlands will be affected by road reconstruction in the project area.

Jim Machnik, an independent consultant who is acting as the village’s project manager for real estate activities, said the village is taking inventory of all the wetlands that are located in the project area’s rights-of-way.

The areas are being marked off with pink flags that say “wetland delineation.”

Per state law, large projects that fill in wetlands require the developer to create a replacement wetland. The village has not yet determined exactly how many acres of wetland will be affected by the road work or precisely where it will create a replacement, Machnik said.

Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to sign the state’s contract with Foxconn at a ceremony in Racine today. The contract offers Foxconn up to about $3 billion worth of incentives to build a liquid crystal display panel plant in Mount Pleasant. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation approved the agreement Wednesday.

The village scheduled informational meetings next week concerning its plans to acquire property for the development. There will be short presentations on the hour at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, according to a notice sent to property owners.

The village’s Plan Commission will review the relocation orders at a 1 p.m. meeting Thursday. The Village Board will then consider the orders at its 5 p.m. meeting Nov. 20.

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Sari Lesk covers the City of Racine, Gateway and UW-Parkside. She is new to the community and moonlights as an amateur baker.

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