Plan Commission to discuss Round Lake Farms annexation

Sept. 30, 2021


The Brillion News


BRILLION – The City of Brillion Plan Commission will meet on Oct. 4 to discuss how a proposed annexation of the Round Lake Farms property into the city would work.


There are six parcels that total 187 acres in the annexation proposal.


Three parcels are in the Town of Brillion and three are in the Town of Rantoul. Round Lake Farms, a venue on Round Lake Road that opened earlier this year, would be annexed into the City of Brillion if the request is approved. Round Lake Road in its entirety would not be annexed.


Ariens Company confirmed its CEO and Chairman Dan Ariens hopes to bring a biathlon trail facility to the Brillion area and requested the annexation to the city.


Ariens Company has been a sponsor of the United States Biathlon team for the past four years. The biathlon is a winter racing sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Biathletes race within an enclosed and designated trail system and shoot within a confined and controlled shooting range at a series of targets. If competitors miss targets, they are required to do penalty loop runs prior to getting back on the course. There are currently only two other similar biathlon/Nordic trail complexes in the United States, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway, Utah and Lake Placid Nordic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.


The project was first discussed at a City of Brillion public meeting last Monday, Sept. 20.


Ariens Company confirmed that it has no current plans to hook up to the city’s sewer or water services, but if they do in the future, it would be at the cost of Ariens and not the city. If they did hook up to water and sewer, it would be on the northwest corner of the property, not Round Lake Road.


The Brillion Plan Commission will hear about the annexation plan on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at City Center. The meeting is open to the public.


Representatives from Ariens Company will attend the meeting to present further details and answer questions from the public.


The city’s Utility Review Commission is expected to meet on Monday, Oct. 18, where the annexation could be discussed.


The final step needed for approval would be a public hearing before the Common Council as soon as Monday, Nov. 8.