RV Park Plan Worries Nearby Airport
Ho Chunk Nation proposal to build a 49-site recreational vehicle park along North Reedsburg Road near the end of a runway has Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Municipal Airport owners on alert for potential problems, the Baraboo News Republic reported.
Representatives of the airport's owners – the cities of Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, the town of Delton and the village of Lake Delton – assembled Tuesday (May 10). Baraboo City Clerk Cheryl Giese said the airport's owners generally have a good relationship with the Ho-Chunk Nation and its casino. However, potential problems such as pilots being distracted by glare from lights in the RV park and runoff water filling a nearby storm water retention pond are things to watch out for, she said.
"(Ho-Chunk's proposal) says the lights are going to be pitched downward, that's good," Giese said. "A permanent pond would be a problem for pilots and planes trying to land, the glare off the water.
"And it can attract wildlife, which would be a problem," she said.
Delton Town Chairman Marvin Giebel said he doesn't expect the storm water basin to fill up in a way that would attract birds or interfere with aircraft. At the direction of the town, it was well designed when built by the casino's contractor.
"You think there was a 10-inch rain and there wasn't anything in there," he said. "It's amazing, that ground soaks it up."
Giese said she is consulting with officials of the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics on any thoughts they have about the park and its impact on the safety of the airport.
Giebel invited people with concerns to attend an upcoming public hearing on the petition for the RV park.
The town's Plan Commission will review the proposed RV park at 5 p.m. May 19 at Marshall Memorial Hall, 30 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South, in Lake Delton.
"Whatever we hear from the people, we can put restrictions on there," Delton Town Board Supervisor Larry Volz said.