By Al Stanek
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff
The Whitewater Common Council met for the third time in the month of June for a special joint meeting with the City Finance Committee to authorize two land transactions on June 29.
The Common Council approved the purchase of a one-acre parcel adjacent to the westside city well on Indian Mound Parkway for development of a proposed new water tower and sold a 1.5-acre site in the Industrial Park to Lavelle Industries. Earlier in June the City also approved the sale of a triangular property adjacent to the roundabout on East Milwaukee Street for development of an unnamed retail business.
The Levelle Industries sale is expected to provide parking for additional employees as the result of a proposed expansion. The Levelle Industries website currently lists 12 vacancies. The company has aggressively recruited UW-Whitewater (UWW) students with a reported nearly 50% Whitewater employee roster of UWW students, graduates or former students.
Levelle Industries has had an operation in the Whitewater Industrial Park since 2000. The designer and manufacturer of custom rubber and plastic moldings is most notable for the development of the “flapper” that is a component in most toilets.
In other City business the City has issued its fourth new home building permit this year for the Loos Homes development off Tratt Street on the City’s northside and is expected to see the arrival of motorized scooters available for rental later this month. The city also received the first installment of roughly $1.5 million of federal pandemic assistance.