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A land use plan presented to the Hammond Village Board of Trustees for the property southeast of the intersection of County Road J and County Road T. (Submitted image)

Developer Ed Forliti presented a preliminary land use plan to the Hammond Village Board of Trustees Monday night.

Forliti brought a large map of property on the southeast corner of County Road J and County Road T with him to the meeting. He referred to brightly colored spots on the map as areas where he envisions commercial development, industrial development, multi-family housing, some office or retail space and potentially a gas station.

"I'm here tonight to just talk about maybe doing something with the property," Forliti told the trustees. "We're not 100 percent sure what to put out there."

Forliti said he brought his plans to the board to get a sense of what the zoning might be and what the village envisioned how the land should be developed.

The land right now is owned by Meris Investment Group Inc., which was represented by Gary Maas at Monday's meeting.

In other board news:

--Trustees voted to establish a hiring committee for the administrator/clerk position.

--A motion to amend the village ordinance regarding the administrator/clerk position failed to get a two-thirds majority. President Tony Bibeau voted no, and Trustees Mack Kamm and Laurie Gruber abstained.

--Trustees voted to approve $5,500 for two new laptops to be installed in village police vehicles.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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