Cuba City Business Expands
When Ryan Kern launched Kern Plumbing & Heating LLC six years ago, he really did not envision the growth that this family owned firm would undergo in such a relatively short time. Its home in Cuba City’s Kaster-McClain Business Park is now more than doubling in size. The original facility at 211 East Monroe stands at 6,000 square feet and they plan to complete the 6,300 square foot addition in early summer.
The expanded facility will allow for the storage of heating and air conditioning units, water softeners and septic systems, as well as a larger salt and pipe inventory. A much needed showroom will also be included in the expansion. Kern’s main office will now be moved from Shullsburg to the Cuba City location.
The business has already installed 46 furnaces since the first of the year. “We have also sold 27 air conditioning units through April 1st,” noted Kern. The team has installed 43 undergrounds in the past year, including foundations for homes and sheds. Kern said that it looks to be another year of great growth for the quickly growing firm. When asked about their fast growth, Kern said that it may be attributable to their relatively young team. “We may look at things in a different fashion that some of the more established firms.” They are also willing to travel further than many of their competitors. Kern Plumbing & Heating has seen a 13x increase in sales volume in its six years in business.
Kern noted the cooperative nature of their dealings in Cuba City and its Business Park as contributing factors in their business growth. The nearly 6,000 cars per day that pass through Cuba City will undoubtedly benefit their new showroom. Kern is planning an open house in late June or early July.
Old School Estates Breaks Ground in Cuba City
CUBA CITY, WI. Tim Wiederholt was always very impressed at the apartment in Beloit where his father lives and hoped to bring similar quality living options to Cuba City. When the site of the former Cuba City school gymnasium became available, Tim went into action. In early 2017, Tim began the process with a simple design that would be compatible with the unique building site, while offering the amenities he had seen in Beloit. Tim’s firm had been a part of the original demolition of the school building, so he was aware of the peculiarities of the site. This included the fact that part of the facility’s floor remained underground.
In the time since then, Tim has added partners Chad Walsh, Brad Bierman and Randy Brookens to form CBRT, LLC. The four have further refined the layout which will now include seven 2 bedroom units on each of the two floors along with two 1 bedroom apartments for a total of 18 apartments. Each unit will have one underground parking space, with a storage locker. The apartments will include all major appliances including in-unit washers and dryers.
“The target is to provide quality rental units that would help people to downsize in their later years,” said Randy Brookens. “The design includes an elevator and the secure building is walking distance to downtown Cuba City. “ Exterior maintenance, lawn care and snow removal is all included in the monthly rent. The building is also pet friendly with a 20 pound weight limit for an additional fee of $35 per month.
The 650 square foot 1 bedroom units rent for $900 per month, while the 2 bedrooms are 1,000 square feet and rent for $1,100 per month. The first month is free with a signed one year lease. Further information about the Old school Estates located at 211 Yuba Street is available by calling Randy Brookens at (608) 575-8180.
Cuba City K9 5k and 3k Races
In support of the Cuba City Police Department's fundraising efforts to procure a canine unit, 5k and 3k races will be held on Saturday, June 15th. More information to follow. Registration sheets are here, and canine runners are welcome. 3k begins at 7:00 a.m. with the 5k starting at 8:00 a.m. Races will leave from the High School parking lot.
New Cuba City Housing Study Released
As part of the City’s efforts to foster smart growth for the City of Presidents, Cuba City has partnered with several entities to produce a housing study that will evaluate the current housing market in the region. The study is one of several steps that been taken to provide the information necessary to foster growth of the City while addressing any issues and opportunities in the housing market.
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Cuba City Gains Student Input into City Planning
CUBA CITY, April 3, 2019. Seeking broader input on how to improve its award-winning Main Street, the Cuba City Downtown Task Force recently contacted the administration of its high school to see how it could engage the students in future planning. Ellen Olson, the school’s 6-12 Principal, identified two juniors who were interested in helping in the city’s efforts. “In a city where the downtown is fully occupied and has recently received state-wide recognition, it can be hard to generate new ideas or a sense of urgency,” stated Bob Jones, Cuba City’s Economic Development Director. “We greatly value the input of our younger generation and feel that they will provide a new and highly valuable perspective to our planning process.”
Jenna Droessler and Teagan Graber have joined in Task Force discussions on how to improve the downtown and also participated in a recent strategic planning session facilitated by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC.) Mark Tallman of the WEDC remarked that their inclusion was very positive and a first in the state, to his knowledge. “I would like to see more communities include young people in their planning activities,” said Tallman. The students will be members of the Downtown Task Force through their graduation in 2020.
The two students, under the guidance of Ms. Olson, also undertook a survey of their peers. The goal was to determine what items would entice students to raise their own families in Cuba City, as well as things and activities that are unique to Cuba City, and things they would like to see in the “City of Presidents.” 218 high school students participated in the survey.
When asked why they would return to make their home in Cuba City, the small town atmosphere and community topped the list, along with family and the school system. It was also felt that Cuba City is a safe environment. The students would like to see more dining options, shopping and a fitness facility in the city.
The participants felt that Cuba City was unique due to the City of Presidents theme and its many downtown businesses and attractive Main Street and parks
As the city progresses into an update of the city’s comprehensive plan in the coming months, it is expected that the high school students will continue to play an active role.
Cuba City’s 7th Annual Community Market is on the Move
As the Cuba City Community Market prepares for its 7th year, changes are now underway. The Market will move from its home of the past six years, Veteran’s Park, and locate at the Presidential Courtyard on Main Street. While the park has provided a great atmosphere for this family event, it is expected that the new location will draw more visitors to both downtown and the Market. It is estimated that nearly 6,000 cars pass through Cuba City on a daily basis. This prominent position by the Presidential Caboose is expected to entice more of those visitors to stop in the City of Presidents, bringing new customers to the City’s already vibrant downtown. Some business owners have already mentioned adapting their hours to match those of the Community Market.
As in the past, the Market will be open on the third Wednesday of each month, from May through September. The hours are from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Additional details, including Super Hits 106 live remote sponsorships are available on the links below.
You can also contact Bob Jones at 609-744-2152 for information on the 2019 Cuba City Community Market.
Community Garden Reservations are now being accepted
Cuba City Plastics Firm Expands Again
Cuba City, WI. When Non Metallic Components (NMC) first came to Cuba City in 1998 and built its 22,500 square foot plastics injection molding facility, they foresaw a great future in the City of Presidents. Launched in 1985 in Poynette, the firm has embraced complex applications and realized great success in the process.
While the Poynette facility remains NMC’s headquarters, Cuba City is now seeing a second expansion of the facility. A 22,500 sq. ft. expansion of their manufacturing operations in 2014, coupled with an influx of new customers, has now necessitated another addition of 26,000 sq. ft. for the warehousing of both raw materials and finished product. “We have not just added new customers, but we are also seeing a lot of growth in our existing customer base,” stated Randy Brookens, NMC President. NMC has been acquiring new machinery since the completion of the 2014 addition, and many of these machines are now coming online. The plant is operating across three shifts and now employs nearly 60 people in Cuba City.
Due to the company’s willingness to take on challenging products with complex designs, unusual materials requirements, or stringent quality standards, NMC’s growth has been very steady. Their customers come from a wide range of industries including automotive, small engines, fluid and chemical controls, safety equipment and power distribution.
Brookens sees much more growth in NMC’s carefully planned operations. He is also active with the Cuba City Fire Department and serves on the City’s Economic Development Committee. Mr. Brookens’ wife, Amy, also operates a successful business in Cuba City, Secluded Acres Horse Ranch where she breeds quality Paint Horses.
Top Ten Things To Do In Cuba CIty and 10 Best of the Best!
The City of Cuba City, Wisconsin along with its partners, including the Cuba City Chamber of Commerce, the Cuba City Downtown Task Force and the City’s Community Development Committee, is pleased to announce the Top Ten Things To Do in Cuba City. Following the format established by Trip Advisor, the list encompasses a wide variety of activities in the City with the nickname of City of Presidents. The City of Presidents theme flows from the 1976 Bi-Centennial celebration and Cuba City’s is the longest running Bi-Centennial registered activity from that time.
The list includes some well-recognized Wisconsin tourism draws such as cheese and meat products, but also includes the City’s well known antique stores as well as its unique Presidential themed Caboose and Shields. Other activities include gift shops, golf, swimming, ATV/UTV/snowmobile trails and the City’s varied public parks. Eateries and pubs round out the list.
In addition, Cuba City placed 10 businesses on the Shopping News Best of the Best for Grant County. The winners include Nick's Cafe, Gile Cheese, Weber Meats, Cuba City Dental, the Elmo Club, Scott Implement, Hometown Pharmacy, Lori Droessler Real Estate, Junque Stops Here, and the Cuba City Greenhouse. Please congratulate these superlative businesses on this recognition!
Fiber Comes to Cuba City
Cuba City Telephone and LaGrant Connections, together with their subsidiary CS Technologies, is quickly closing in on the completion of their Fiber Broadband Project in Cuba City, Wisconsin. The scope of this project encompasses the entire City of Cuba City and will include nearly 900 homes and businesses.
The project’s total investment of $2.7 million will bring benefits to all of the citizens and business owners in Cuba City. This project was launched in the fall of 2016 and replaces aging air core copper facilities with state of the art Fiber Optic Technology. Fiber positions the City for the future.
“Current businesses as well as those looking to make a new home in Cuba City need 21st century Broadband capabilities. That means a City with fiber, which we can now provide,” stated Deb Egli, General Manager of CS Technologies.
This investment is great news for home owners. Multiple studies indicate homes with Fiber see an increase in property value by 3.1 percent, on average. Based upon the national median home value, this equates to about $6,000.
New offerings resulting from this upgrade include speeds up to a Gigabyte with technical capabilities for beyond that. Every customer will have new Fiber Optic hardware installed capable of supporting managed services including home Wi-Fi.
Our reliance on Broadband Internet services are exponentially expanding with new applications being introduced nearly every day. They include TV over the internet, increased ability to work from home, health care applications, Internet commerce in many forms and even long distance video chats from afar.
Fiber to the premise has arrived in Cuba City and it positions the City for the future for many decades to come.
Cuba City Ward information and Map
Cuba City US Presidential Museum to Feature Interactive Displays
Cuba City, Wisconsin, December 13th, 2017. Progress continues in Cuba City, the City of Presidents, toward a Spring 2019 opening of its US Presidential Museum. Committees are now working toward their various goals including fundraising, facility selection and the acquisition of artifacts. One key element for the depiction of the life stories of the 45 US Presidents and their First Ladies will be the incorporation of technology into this undertaking.
The US Presidential Museum’s Steering Committee has been working with McCullough Creative of Dubuque, Iowa on the development of an interactive kiosk to help tell these inspiring stories to the museum’s visitors. The kiosk will present both educational as well as background information, while providing guests with the opportunity to undertake a self-guided tour. McCullough specializes in the design, content development, fabrication and installation of interactive kiosks. “Whether it is in the schoolroom or the boardroom, countless organizations are reaping the benefits of interactive displays,” says, Bob Neumann, Senior Account Manager for McCullough. “They are proven to increase engagement, enhance learning and to create a more impactful experience for the users. We are proud to be working with Cuba City to create an experience that cannot be found anywhere else.” An additional benefit to interactive displays is the ability to easily update the information, increasing the lifespan of the kiosk as well as its ability to attract repeat visitors.
“The kiosk is a key element in our planning, but it will be complemented by a variety of artifacts and photographs to enhance the visitor’s experience in the museum,” says Bob Jones, the Economic Development Director for Cuba City. “We plan for the space to continually evolve into a fully immersive experience, incorporating a wide range of changing exhibits and additional interactive components. While the museum will have information on all Presidents, it will feature two Presidents on a rotating basis, one from the formative years of our Republic and one from the modern era.”
Aerial Footage of Cuba City
Lori Droessler Real Estate has shared a drone video of the City with us!
Cuba City Celebrates Best Downtown Revitalization Award
On Friday, April 28th, Cuba City celebrated the WEDC Main Street Award for Best Downtown Revitalization for a City under 5,500 Population with 110 people attending a dinner at Banfield's Swiss Haus. State Senator Howard Marklein and Grant County Board Chair Bob Keeney spoke at the event along with WEDC Downtown Development and Regional Director Jason Scott, who presented the award to Mayor Tom Gile. The emcee for the evening was Drew Nussbaum of the Wisconsin Tourism Council.
This selection recognizes the efforts of the fourteen partners involved in the recent upgrades to Cuba City’s Main Street. These changes include the extensive façade improvement program, new LED lighting, the Cuba City State Bank Clock, and the painting of the Presidential Caboose among many other efforts. Much of the funding for these projects came from the business and property owners of Cuba City as well as contributions from the general public.
In addition, Tim Gile and the Cuba City Chamber of Commerce was recognized for their efforts on behalf of the City as was Donna Rogers and the City of Presidents Committee.
Annual Zoning Process Posting
As required by the State of Wisconsin, the City of Cuba City maintains a list of persons who submit a request to receive notice of any proposed zoning action that affects the allowable use of the person’s property.
If the Plan Commission completes action on any zoning proposal, and the Common Council is prepared to vote on the zoning ordinance, the City shall send a notice, which contains a copy or summary of the proposed zoning ordinance, to each person on the list whose property, the allowable use of which, may be affected by the zoning ordinance. The notice shall be by mail or in any reasonable form that is agreed to. The City of Cuba City may charge each person on the list who receives a notice by first class mail a fee that does not exceed the approximate cost of providing the notice to the person. An ordinance may take effect even if the City fails to send the notice. (Wisconsin Statues Section 62.23(7)(d)(4).)
To request to be added to the notification list please contact the City of Cuba City Clerk-Treasurer by phone, fax, email or U.S. Mail as follows:
Jill M. Hill, Clerk-Treasurer
City of Cuba City
108 N. Main Street
Cuba City, WI 53807
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