Medelmans Lake proposal

THIS DRAWING of Medelmans Lake south of Norfolk shows improvements yet to be made connecting the two lakes into one. The colors also illustrate the stages of development for R-1 housing, starting near Highway 81 or northwest side.

MADISON — Details were shared Tuesday with the Madison County board of commissioners on a proposed housing development south of Norfolk that will offer more than 100 lots around a lake.

Commissioners learned about the proposed development from Paul Medelman of Norfolk, owner and developer of the property.

The request before the county board was to release property from the county’s industrial tract, generally between South First Street and Highway 81 and south of Ta-Ha-Zouka Park.

The request to remove the property from the county industrial tract previously was approved by the Norfolk City Council last month. The City of Norfolk intends to annex the property.

Medelman said plans are to begin construction this fall or next spring once the approval process has been completed.

Medelman, who is president of Elkhorn Construction Co., said a preliminary plat will be coming to the city, with development of a road that will go around the UPS building that is just south of the Elkhorn River on the east side of Highway 81.

“What we’re doing is starting to develop the lake,” he said. “We’re going through the city’s approval process. To bring the lake into the city limits, we have to remove ourselves from the county industrial tract.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to remove it from the industrial tract.

Medelmans Lake, as it will be called, will see housing phased in as two existing bodies of water will be connected into one lake. Sand and gravel is currently being mined in part of it.

City sewer already has been extended under the Elkhorn River, with plans for the city to later bring water lines under the river.

Natural gas is extended already, but during the fourth phase of housing, the natural gas line will have to be relocated in order for the two lakes to be connected.

Commissioner Ron Schmidt questioned whether any of the property would be in the flood plain.

Medelman said some areas are in the 100-year flood plain, but those homes will be built to the necessary elevation. The homes will be built to satisfy the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s regulations, with no basements in one particular area.

“We’re not doing a cabin-type setting,” he said. “We’re doing an R-1 or permanent style house.”

There will be 130 lots on the lake and some cul-de-sacs that will be R-2, with villas designed to attract retired people. The lake itself is as deep as 45 feet, with much of it about 25 to 30 feet deep.

Schmidt said the plans look like an excellent development, and Chairman Jim Prauner said it will be good for the city and county.

The only concern was whether the county would be responsible for any road maintenance leading to it, such as South First Street.

County officials said they would like to have the city be responsible for the roads leading to it so there aren’t questions about who is responsible.

Dick Johnson, Madison County roads superintendent, said he would relay those concerns to the city.

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