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January 26, 2011 | 08:58 AM
Lyons— As part of the clean up after completion of the Burlington Bypass, the rezoning of a parcel of land in the town of Lyons will be before the Walworth County Board on Feb. 8.

The rezoning would re-establish the use of 47.3 acres of the Delsie J. Evertt property from M-3, mineral extraction district, back to A-1 prime agricultural and C-2 upland resource conservation district. The property is about a mile west of the Walworth-Racine county line, on Highway 36. The entire parcel is about 84 acres, and is zoned A-1 and C-2.

The request went before the Walworth County Zoning Agency Jan. 20 for public hearing. No one from the public commented on the request.

The town of Lyons Plan Commission approved the zoning change earlier this month.

In 2009, the county rezoned the land to M-3 at the request of James Peterson Sons Inc., on behalf of the property owner.

According to information provided by the agency, the property was idle farm land. James Peterson Sons Inc., a major contractor for the Burlilngton bypass project, proposed to use the site as a barrow pit, and remove up to 620,000 cubic yards of dirt and fill from the site for the bypass.

Restoration of the Evertt property is almost complete except for removal of two storm water sediment basins and replanting some trees that have died. A representative for James Peterson Sons Inc. said that work will be done as soon as weather allows, probably in spring.

According to the county zoning office, James Peterson Sons Inc. still has a bond for the site and will keep that bond until restoration work is approved. Most of the excavation and dirt removal from the land was done between July and November 2009.

The Burlington bypass was officially opened Nov. 1, 2010, after five years of construction work.

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State and local officials hope the bypass will help improve overall safety by getting large trucks off of Burlington's local streets and directing them around the city.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has said the $118 million project was completed on time and on budget.

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