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June 24, 2014 | 04:13 PM
WALWORTH — It started with a conversation about real estate in Village President David Rasmussen’s office.

“I kind of talked up how great Walworth is,” Rasmussen said. “He drove through the subdivision and liked it.”

Carl Trent of Williams Bay, for C&C Technologies Corp., bought the Windmill Prairie subdivision, a defunct development owned by Talmer Bank.

The subdivision is west of Walworth Elementary School and south of Beloit Street.

“We looked at a few different areas,” Trent said in a phone interview June 23. “We thought it was time to get this developed. It’s a shame the way it was left.”

The property has about 65 single-family lots and four partially constructed duplexes.

Trent said his priority is to finish the roads through the subdivision.

“We need to finish the roads,” he said. “Then we need to finish those four duplexes.”

Trent said he would probably maintain a similar project plan as what was originally planned for in the subdivision.

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Former plans for the subdivision included 69 family homes, 56 homes for the elderly and 34 row homes.

Trent, who said he owns other similar developments, said he thinks he was the strongest bid on the subdivision of three potential buyers.

He bought the 30-acre development for about $800,000.

Rasmussen said because of his relationship with Trent, he won’t be voting on any of the development proposals as they come to the village board.

“Yes, I won’t be voting, but so what?” he asked. “Who’s going to have any opposition to the development?”

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Windmill Prairie construction was approved by the village board in early 2007.

By 2010, construction had stopped and the subdivision was eventually foreclosed on.

In October 2011, the Regional News reported that a majority of revenue from the tax increment financing district would be used to improve the subdivision. Any future developer would have to make the road, sewer and storm water improvements.

Part of the former development plans included nearly 5 acres for a fire station.

“The sound from the trucks is so loud,” she said. “I don’t think you can really see the impact (of changing the highway layout) until you’re right there.”

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Heyer suggested that the next DOT meeting about the highway plans be held at the village square so everyone can experience the trucks driving around them.

Educator effectiveness

Interim Principal Brent Wilson said all teachers are required to create a student learning objective for the 2014-15 school year, which rates the effectiveness of each teacher based on teacher practices and student results.

During the 2013-14 school year, Wilson said the teachers appreciated having time to complete a test student learning objective to learn how the program worked.

“We’re going to have a lot of professional development at the beginning of the year to go over the requirements,” Wilson said.

The student learning objectives are mandated by the Department of Public Instruction.

Teachers are evaluated based on the student learning objective at least every three years. According to the DPI website, results from these evaluations will only be available to the teachers and the district administration.


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