Shorewood Village Board clears way for two new businesses
By Clare Walters For The Herald-News September 14, 2012 8:06AM
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:05AM
SHOREWOOD — Village officials recently took steps allowing two businesses to operate.
First, the village board last week unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for a boat storage and repair shop to relocate to 400 Earl Road. The business, Boats R Us, has operated for nine years on the Interstate 55 northwest frontage road.
Trustee Gary Fitzgerald, chairman of the planning and zoning commission, said no one objected to the issuance of a permit, which is needed because of the location’s zoning as an industrial district.
The business primarily offers boat storage, but will do minor repair work, he said.
No permanent outdoor storage will occur, though boats may be staged outdoors temporarily when a client drops off a boat.
Trustee Dan Gron said a boat storage facility seems like a “great way” to re-purpose the warehouse-style building.
The village board also approved a conditional-use permit for an in-home day care in the 1000 block of Country Drive. Fitzgerald said all adjacent property owners were notified of the proposed day care, and no one objected.
Such a permit is required for operation of a day care business in a residential district.
The board approved the day care’s permit contingent on the owner receiving a state license and registering as a business in Shorewood. The home can provide care for up to eight children or 12 if an assistant is hired, Fitzgerald said.
“There’s always a need for good day care in this area,” he said.
In other business, village officials adopted a proclamation honoring Melissa Bradford, a resident who served on the planning and zoning commission for 11 years.
As a commissioner, Bradford devoted many hours to overseeing and providing guidance on residential and commercial development.
Mayor Richard Chapman said it was with a “heavy heart” that he bid her farewell.
“We’re going to miss you Melissa due to the fact that you’re level headed, you’ve got great judgment and you listen to people,” he said.
Bradford, who is leaving the commission to pursue a doctorate degree, said it has been an honor to serve the village.