Wis. Officials Eye Campground Annexation
In order to meet new sanitary codes for a proposed campground restroom facility, Fond du Lac County, Wis., officials are looking to annex the Waupun County Park into the city of Waupun.
Members of the county’s Parks and Development Committee will meet Jan. 15 to consider seeking annexation of the parkland in order to receive municipal services, according to Fond du Lac’s The Reporter.
“The current bathroom facility and septic system don’t meet state codes. And in order to build a new facility this year, we would have to meet new sanitary codes,” said Fond du Lac County Planning and Parks Director Sam Tobias. “Either we would have to put in a new septic system or seek an extension of sewer services from the city of Waupun. By the time you figure the costs, it’s not hard to figure out the best route is to seek municipal services.”
Although the 103-acre park would be in Waupun’s city limits, Waupun City Administrator Gary Rogers Jr. said ownership of the park would still remain under Fond du Lac County, which is located northwest of Milwaukee.
“It will not have any impact on the city of Waupun financially or service-wise,” said Rogers, referring to ongoing maintenance of the park, which features a 42-unit campground, hiking trials and several picnic shelters.
However, the park would come under the jurisdiction of the Waupun Police Department.
“Since we’re patrolling that area now, it wouldn’t add to the police department’s workload,” Rogers said. “Only now it will allow our officers to make arrests without having to involve the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department.”
Tobias said the bathroom upgrade has been long overdue for the county’s oldest park.
“That facility has been a sore point with campers for the last five to 10 years,” Tobias said.
Apparently the lack of a swimming pool didn’t impact the number of visitors using the campground last summer. The county decided to pull the plug on the Depression-era in-ground pool after a study revealed a laundry list of costly maintenance issues. The pool was demolished in 2007.
“The number of visitors last summer was as good as in 2006,” Tobias said. “Whether or not the absence of a swimming pool will affect that we’ll have to wait and see.”