YORKVILLE — The congregation at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is seeking to base its spiritual operations in the community next door without leaving its current building.
Officials for the church, 2908 S. Colony Ave. (Highway 45 south), are in the process of requesting a detachment of its two land parcels from the Village of Yorkville and adjoining them to the adjacent Village of Union Grove.
A detachment is essentially a land transfer between municipalities that differs from annexation, according to the Wisconsin Department of Administration. If the Town of Yorkville had not become a village in April, the church would have only had to petition to Union Grove for annexation; but because both municipalities are now villages, the measure must be approved by both village boards.
Members of the church board appeared before the Yorkville Village Board on Monday evening to learn more about the process. Village Clerk-Treasurer Michael McKinney said because it is so early in the process, trustees did not express their thoughts on the possible detachment.
“I don’t want to say we’re against in or we’re in favor of it,” said Yorkville Village President Sherry Gruhn. “We’re just trying to figure out the reasoning why they want to do it.”
The board will circle back around to the topic once church officials have filed necessary paperwork. The next Yorkville Village Board meeting is July 23, but Gruhn said she is doubtful the paperwork will be in order by then, so she said the earliest she expects the item to appear on an agenda is at the Aug. 13 board meeting.
The church, which moved to Yorkville from Raymond in 1980, already brands itself as a Union Grove church: Its web address is www.TrinityUG.org, and its banner in this year’s Fourth of July parade in Union Grove listed that village as the church’s location. The church's address ZIP Code, as is the case with most of Yorkville, is Union Grove, WI, 53182. The detachment would make that branding official, said the Rev. Don Frelitz, the church’s pastor.
Another reason for the detachment is that all of the land parcels adjacent to the church are in Union Grove, Frelitz said.
“We are completely surrounded by Union Grove,” he said. “It’s nothing against the Village of Yorkville at all. It’s just, you look at the map and it makes more sense.”
Besides evening out the map, the detachment would allow the church to hook up to Union Grove’s sewer and water systems in the future. Yorkville does not have water and sewer service in that area, near Highway 45 and 58th Road.
Frelitz said there has been no vocal opposition to the action from parishioners. In total, 265 people attend the church, according to its website.