Plover Talk: A weekly update with Village Administrator Dan Mahoney
By Taylor Hale
PLOVER — Village Administrator Dan Mahoney spoke to Gazette staff on all things Plover. This week, Mahoney touched on keeping chickens and renovations at the former Shopko Plaza.
Mahoney on keeping chickens
Mahoney said that he was pleased with the turnout to the May public discussion of keeping chickens within the village. He said that on top of the roughly 30 people in attendance for the meeting, staff has received comments from around 100 residents via letter or email.
“Both groups handled themselves extremely well, people were extremely courteous and good at making their points,” Mahoney said about those for and against keeping chickens.
Village staff is working on a draft ordinance to bring to the village board on June 16 to discuss and take possible action on, meaning if the ordinance is changed residents could potentially start keeping chickens by mid-summer.
“It depends on the actions of the board,” Mahoney explained. “If they approve the ordinance then it would go through the publication process that is required by law. So kind of around mid-July folks could start keeping chickens. Another option is the village board wants changes to the ordinance so it could have to go to another village board meeting, or they could vote to say no entirely to the ordinance.”
Former Shopko renovations
The former Shoko Plaza in Plover is returning with new shops. Mahoney said business owners are quickly snatching up leases to house their shops within the facility, and places like O’so Brewing have already opened their doors in the newly renovated structure on May 28.
“The project is going extremely well and you will see a lot of build-outs coming out in a month or so,” Mahoney said.
Village staff will look at plans to renovate the plaza’s parking lot later this June. Plans will include additional green space and a bandshell area for live performances that could double as an ice rink in winter.