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State: Kohler annexation ‘in the public interest’

Posted by McLean Bennett , USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on 14 June 2017 | 0 Comments

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SHEBOYGAN - A state department charged with reviewing annexations has said the Kohler Company’s contentious bid to connect new land to the City of Sheboygan is “in the public interest.”

But the Department of Administration is nevertheless advising the city and the Town of Wilson, which would lose land under the proposal, to work together on resolving irregular boundaries “to avoid future disputes.”

The Kohler Company is pushing for the annexation in a bid to establish a new 18-hole golf course on land it owns in the Town of Wilson along Lake Michigan. The project could also involve using land in the nearby Kohler-Andrae State Park. The move has sparked concerted pushback from environmentalists concerned over deforestation and water pollution and has drawn threats of a lawsuit from the Town of Wilson.

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