Reedsburg’s plan commission shared some updates with the 2018 flood during its Nov. 13 meeting.
City Planner/Building Inspector Brian Duvalle said the city is in the pre-application process in applying for assistance to potentially buy out flood damage properties that were affected from the late summer floods.
Duvalle said about 14-15 houses in Reedsburg were affected from the flood and would possibly have to be bought out. The number is less than the 21 buildings that had substantial damage from the 2008 flood. He said it was mainly the west side of the city including West Main Street, North James and La Valle Street. He said it would be a long process for property owners to receive a buyout and there aren’t any guarantees if owners would receive one.
FEMA regulations state a building with substantial damage is when the costs to fix a damaged building exceed more than 50 percent of its pre-existing value. In buyout grants, the city and state each pay 12.5 percent and FEMA pays 75 percent. CDBG funds could potentially be used to help in the buyout process.
The federal declaration was signed by President Donald Trump in October to grant federal assistance from the damage sustained from the 2018 floods from Aug. 17 through Sept. 14.
Chicken fencing clarifications
The commission also addressed clarifications regarding chicken coops and runs, fenced in areas, would be a part of the requirements in the ordinance.
The council gave the OK over the summer to amend its Regulation and Control of Animals Ordinance to be written as “Animals at Large” to include chickens within city limits with certain guidelines. According to the ordinance, coops have to be a minimum two square feet per chicken to a maximum five square feet per chicken. Coops and runs must be located in the rear yard and a minimum 10 feet from any lot line.
Duvalle said so far four residents have signed up for permits.
The commission also discussed about amending an agreement with a private shed on city property at the 1200 block of 14th Street. The city had an agreement with the owner from 2017 that if the shed was destroyed it could not be rebuilt or if the owner moved away it had to be removed.
Duvalle said with the owner looking to move, he wanted to bring the agreement back to the commission for discussion to re-confirm if the owner would have to tear it down or could sell it with the house. The commission took no action but discussed about the agreement and possible options for the shed: including if it should be removed, allow the owner to sell it with the house or if the city should sell the property.
New citizen members Greg Finkel and Richard Braun were welcomed to the commission.