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Village of CaledoniaUPDATE: Caledonia is one step closer to buying 23.6 acres adjacent to Crawford Park, a property that could be used as a possible site for municipal buildings, said village officials.

In a unanimous decision, the Caledonia plan commission approved a recommendation that the Caledonia Village Board buy the property. The board is set to consider the purchase in March.

Original story: The village of Caledonia has an accepted offer to purchase 23.6 acres of farmland that surrounds Crawford Park, 5051 Chester Lane, for about $187,000.

The parcel could be used for a new village hall, police station, other municipal use, or expand the park, said village administrator Mark Janiuk.

“It’s not like we’re committed to building a new village hall or those other buildings, but if at some point the village wants to do that, the land is available,” Janiuk said.

The real estate deal hasn’t been finalized because the village is still doing its due diligence on the property including having a survey and phase one environmental study done. Once the survey and study have been done and it receives the necessary approvals from the plan commission and the village board, the village plans to pay for the property with funds from a $483,000 surplus from 2014.

The village saw increases in revenue in several areas of its budget including an $18,000 increase in building fees, $12,000 in cable fees, $54,000 in fees from ambulance runs and $11,000 from fees from ordinance violations. The village also saw several reductions in expenses from multiple departments, Janiuk said.

The cost of the land was not in the 2015 budget.

“But we received more revenue and spent less than anticipated, and $186,000 is going to pay for the land,” Janiuk said.

Village staff are recommending that the plan commission approve the purchase, which would also need approval by the village board. A plan commission meeting has been set for 6 p .m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave.

The village is expected to put the matter on the board agenda in March.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.