Update: Premium Waters expansion would add 21 jobs

2012-07-17T21:28:00Z 2012-07-18T08:34:16Z Update: Premium Waters expansion would add 21 jobsBy ROD STETZER | rod.stetzer@lee.net Chippewa Herald

Expanding Premium Water’s operation in Chippewa Falls would add 21 jobs and allow the company to double its production  of single-serve water bottles from 15 to 30 million cases, Plant Manager Bill Mercer said Tuesday.

Mercer said the good work ethic of the company’s Chippewa Falls employees was a factor in the company’s expansion plans.

The firm wants  to set up a new bottling line in a building it  leases on Olson Drive and would eventually buy from WOW Logistics.

The Chippewa Falls City Council advanced the expansion plan Tuesday by deciding to have financial consultant Quarles and Brady come up with a developer’s agreement and  financial incentives for the expansion.

The council made the decision after 26 minutes in closed session. Council President CW King said he hopes the consultant will make a presentation to the council at its Aug. 7 meeting.

Premium Waters Inc.  produces bottled water under about 300 different labels, including Chippewa Springs, which started in Chippewa Falls 110 years ago.

The company’s building at 600 E. Park Ave. would not be expanded.

Mercer said Premium Waters would expand the Olson Drive building by 40,000 square feet, bringing the total expansion to 160,000 square feet.

The expansion would include what Mercer called  a “low-fill” line, allowing the firm to produce 900 bottles of water a minute compare to today’s 600.

No tax levy money would be used for the incentives. Instead, the incentives would come from an existing TIF district.

With a TIF, municipalities with taxing authority agree to freeze the area’s tax base. Then the city or village uses taxes from the area’s growth to help private projects or pay for public improvements such as streets.

Council members Brian Flynn, Chuck Hull, Jane Lardahl, Bill Hicks and George Adrian voted in favor of having a consultant come up with an incentive package.

Mike Hanke was absent from the meeting, as was Mayor Greg Hoffman. King filled in for Hoffman.

In other council action

-- Despite some opposition by neighbors, the council voted 5-0 to approve a rezoning of 6 1/2 acres off of Wisconsin Street from agriculture to two-family residential.

Real estate agent Ray Myers said the current land owner has been unable to sell the property for more than 10 years. A developer wants to build upscale “twin homes” that would sell for $170,000 apiece. Myers said the intent is for one part of the home to be occupied by the owner.

Neighbor Patricia Dineen said there are already multi-family homes in Chippewa Falls that are not filled.

“I still have a concern about traffic,” said her sister, Cicely Dineen, who also lives in the area.

John Krista said he’s lived on Marilyn Street since 1970, and opposed the project. “I like it the way it is,” he said.

-- The council also approved a recommendation by the city’s Public Safety Committee to sell 17 acres Chippewa Falls owns in Menomonie to that city for $40,000.

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(16) Comments

  1. dbcooper99
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    dbcooper99 - July 23, 2012 3:00 pm
    Rezoning from agriculture is just the natural progression of a growing city.
  2. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 18, 2012 3:18 pm
    Enlightenment, thank you. Just because someone can't sell their property doesn't mean the city should rezone just for them. In that case, if I can't sell my house I am hoping they are willing to zone it commercial so a gas station can go on my lot. Will it happen, of course not, but that's what the city did here, didn't think about the residents, even though they were there to give their disproval. They went ahead and did what best for the dollar, not the citizens they represent.
  3. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - July 18, 2012 1:14 pm
    The article suggests that the land owner is claiming hardship because a piece of property she owns has been on the market for 10 yrs. That does not justify rezoning. It means it is overpriced and is not in line with what the market is willing to pay.
  4. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - July 18, 2012 1:14 pm
    Is the rezoning of this property part of the long-range community development plan? If not, I believe that the original zoning district needs to be upheld and not changed just because someone is willing to develop the site. I've noticed throughout the US that cities' are more than willing to rezone to accommodate developers just to get more commerce activity in the community and spurn on an economic recovery. Problem is that most developments proposed is not a good match for the site or city.
  5. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 18, 2012 10:58 am
    It disgusts me to see these duplexes popping up in the middle of single family neighborhoods. There's only one reason for it, they're cheap. $170,000 for a new duplex is not higher class duplexes, it's low income. Fine, build the duplexes and lower the value of our homes and the property values in the neighborhoods they are going up, just don't lie to me and tell me their "upper class". Just another reason to move to get away from the deceit.
  6. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 18, 2012 10:55 am
    Banks are loaning money now, it's a buyers market. But there are many apartmetns for rent already. I realize not everyone can own a home like you and I. Not everyone wants to own a home, I get that. But when these duplexes keep popping up, it lowers the values of everyones home around them. So like I've said before, they need to be in an area together, as to not lower the value of peoples homes who have paid taxes and been there for years. This will ruin the values of the homes around it.
  7. 8EMUP
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    8EMUP - July 18, 2012 9:46 am
    CFW: IMO the increase in twinhomes is due to banks not willing to loan money for ppl to buy a single home. I'd bet 1/2 of those renting in that area would rather own a pvt home. The rent is the same, if not more, than a mrtg/escrow pymt, but banks don't look at the indiv. sit. They look at you as a #. I realize banks need a balance so we don't end up bailing them out again, so this is where it leads-ppl HAVE to rent. BTW:To save you trouble, I own my home. I just feel some ppl deserve a chance.
  8. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 18, 2012 9:15 am
    It can't sell because it's been zoned agriculture. If the owner was smart, 10 years ago they would have redeveloped it into residential. If it doesn't sell in a few years, you must look at your options, instead they waited until someone wanted to turn it into duplexes. And the statement about home ownership is wrong, in bigger cities people rent, in retirement areas like Chippewa, which is what we used to be, a place people came to live outside of the city, people buy. Well, not anymore.
  9. straight talk
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    straight talk - July 18, 2012 8:56 am
    I guess most folks don't understand that our Economy and living habits/standards have changed. You are seeing more folks not purchasing homes anymore but renting them and I agree this is terrible but it's what's happening. Do you tell the lady that owns this land that she can't sell it either because a couple of people aren't going to be happy? This could be her retirement as well. It's good to have the discussions. In the Developers agreements you can put protections if you attend meetings
  10. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 18, 2012 8:50 am
    Waht a great way to attract business and new residents. As they travel along 29 all they see now are duplexes, wait, sorry, twin homes. So let's give the image of chippewa as a town for those who can't afford to live in Eau Claire. It's bad enough already, why do we keep making it worse? People ownder why businesses don't want to come here, look at the image before you even get into town. Anybody know when the entrance plan will start. Maybe by 2025
  11. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 18, 2012 8:47 am
    There's a point where the city has to actually care about what the residents want, not what the city wants. I realize the city needs money, but not at the expense of the residents. The meeting had to do with a business expanding, so they will get extra money there. Why open another area up to low income "twin homes" which is a fancy word for duplex. Of course he's going to spin them as upscale. I looked it up, it's by the dog park. So now people traveling 29 will see all duplexes, great.
  12. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 18, 2012 8:40 am
    Great, more low income propertiy in Chippewa. I realize it says upscale, but we've heard that before. I can bet before it's done, most of it will be low income. I don't know exactly where this is at, but the last thing we need in this city to attract business and more people to move here is duplexes. Upscale homes and duplexes don't sell for under $200,000. But what does the city care, it's going to make more in taxes. Forget about the actual residents.
  13. Chippewa County Resident
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    Chippewa County Resident - July 18, 2012 6:20 am

    Truth serum:

    I believe we have some of the best people in town who could easily match up the quality of their work to others around the state. I was just making a point to hire locally. Too many people are unemployed in our area. "Hire the best" as you stated, could be found right here in the City of Chippewa Falls. Thank you to Premium Waters for bringing in additional jobs after this expansion. It's truly needed!
  14. straight talk
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    straight talk - July 18, 2012 5:35 am
    Way to Go Premium Waters and the City of Chippewa Falls. Premium Waters has been great to our Community and looks like this will also bring some additional jobs to our Area. Awesome News!
  15. Truth Serum
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    Truth Serum - July 17, 2012 10:17 pm
    Chippewa County Resident said: "I urge Premium Waters to hire local workers to build this additio versus bringing in people from another state. You are getting tax breaks for heavens sake. I would think that hiring locally would be the first thing. "

    Would you hire your neighbor, just cuz he's your neighbor, regardless of the bid, qualifications, etc. This line of reasoning is just completely clueless. We (the taxpayers) are ultimately paying for this. Hire the best.
  16. Chippewa County Resident
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    Chippewa County Resident - July 17, 2012 9:58 pm
    I urge Premium Waters to hire local workers to build this additio versus bringing in people from another state. You are getting tax breaks for heavens sake. I would think that hiring locally would be the first thing.
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