The potential Abbott development in Pleasant Prairie moved a lot closer to fruition with action tonight by the Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority, Plan Commission and Village Board.
While much work remains to be done, it looks as if some of the preliminary work will be underway in 2008. The plans so far are a somewhat open to allow for development of ancillary businesses.
This is very good news for the village and a salute to the planning staff. While development specifics are still in the works, any development along the lines of what is possible there will be significant.
The board also wisely injected common sense into the great snowblower debate. If it snows and has to removed at night, village residents won't have to worry about running afoul of the village noise ordinance unless they do something really obnoxious or boneheaded. That's a smart decision and should signal to the few crybabies out there that they should get a life.
Another good move came from Trustee Mike Serpe who suggested that in the coming year the village would be open to mending fences with the Kenosha News. Relations between the village board and the newspaper have been icy since a story inaccurately hinted that trustees may have violated the Open Meetings Law by being in their common office minutes before a village board meeting.
Hopefully the audio recording from tonight's meeting will be on the village website soon. Unfortunately, village residents won't be able to watch the board meeting on YouTube as citizen journalist Alex Tiahnybok, who has been taping board meetings and putting the recordings up on YouTube, was not present.