HISTORY AND LAND USE AGREEMENTS
THE MADISON RETRIEVER CLUB
MADISON RETRIEVER CLUB HISTORY
The Madison Retriever Club was organized in the early 1950's. The club was originally located in the Westport area north of Madison. In 1964-65 the club moved to its present location with the purchase of 22 acres of land on the shores of Hook Lake. Members tore down fences, moved boulders, cut down brush and helped build a road into the new property. In subsequent years several digging projects took place to develop a very fine water training facility for retrievers. The clubhouse, a former Truax Air Force medical building, was moved from the Westport location to its present site soon after the land was cleared. Several major remodeling projects have transformed the building that was almost torn down in 1990 into a decent facility. The club purchased an additional 45 acres of land in 1987. This property is located along Hauge Rd and is commonly called the Stoughton Property. Since purchasing the land more than $50,000 worth of digging and other improvements have been completed and plans have been drawn for future water additions. In 1997 a fence was placed along the road, a garage and shelter were constructed and pond construction took place. In January of 2000 forty acres was purchased off County A and Gallagher Lane. This property is commonly called the Gallagher Property. In the summer of 2001 $23,000 was spent putting a road into the property. Ponds were dug in 2003 giving the club a third water training area. A gravel road was also constructed around the property at this time for a total expenditure of $30,000. This property is scheduled to be paid off in January 2010. In 2009 a Conservation Easement was negotiated between the club, The National Heritage Land Trust and the Wisconsin DNR. This easement restricts development of the Hook Lake property through a carefully developed Conservation Easement and a Land Management Plan in exchange for about $250,000. The NHLT helps the club keep up it’s Easement Agreement with annual oversight. Through this partnership the club was able to raise funds needed to acquire additional grounds. During the summer of 2012, 55 acres of land containing a two acre shallow pond was purchased east of the Stoughton property near Interstate 39/90 for $250,000. Presently referred to as the W property, development plans will include road and pond improvements.
CLUBHOUSE/FACILITIES ON HOOK LAKE
The headquarters for the Madison Retriever club is located east of Oregon, WI off from Rutland Dunn Townline Rd at the end of Labrador Road. At this location our clubhouse, which is situated on 22 acres of land bordering Hook Lake. This is an excellent area for training of retrievers over water. The clubhouse includes a kitchen, restrooms, dining/meeting room area and a full basement that is used for the storage of our boats, tractor, cushions, oars, decoys, etc. These grounds also include freezers in the basement for dead birds, an incinerator for the final disposal of birds used at our events, and a bird pen for live birds.
The property called “Stoughton” and located off 138 and Hauge Rd. has 3 different water areas plus rolling land and round hay bales. The grass is kept mowed by volunteer club members and is available year round for training.
The property called “Gallagher” is located off County Highway A and Gallagher Lane. It also has land and water available for training.
The property called “W” is located off County Highway W. It has rolling land and round hay bales for training. Water is being developed for future training.
When using any of the properties:
LAND USAGE AGREEMENTS WITH THE TOWNS OF DUNKIRK
The Madison Retriever Club’s properties and their usage are governed by agreements with the Township in which they are located. The “Stoughton” property has an agreement with the town of Dunkirk. The “Gallagher” property has a conditional usage permit with the town of Rutland.
It is the responsibility of every member to read these agreements, become familiar with their contents and to read and become familiar with other sections of this booklet dealing with the usage of our properties. If we are found in violation of our conditional usage permit we could lose the use of our property. One potentially serious violation of conditional use permit with the town of Rutland occurred sometime during 2003 when a member or members engaged in target practice on the Gallagher property. A neighbor reported this activity and very concerned that it had taken place. Please help the club avoid violations such as this in the future.
OPERATIONS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN OF DUNKIRK AND
MADISON RETRIEVER CLUB
OPERATIONS AGREEMENT BEWTEEN THE TOWN OF RUTLAND
MADISON RETRIEVER CLUB
1. The Club will not, by sale, lease, gift or otherwise, transfer in whole or in part, the ownership of the parcel without first applying for and pursuing in good faith, the rezoning of the parcel to A-1 (exclusive)
2. Not withstanding any permitted or conditional uses for A-2 zoned lands enumerated in the zoning ordinance, the Club will limit its use of the parcel exclusively to the following
3. The Club will provide sufficient parking facilities on the parcel and will refuse admission to any person who fails to park his or her vehicle on the parcel.
4. Any agent designated by the Town, upon twenty-four hour notice to a Club officer shall have access to the parcel for purposes of inspection.
5. The parcel shall not be used as a trap, skeet, shooting range or any other type of target shooting area.
6. No buildings or residence of any kind shall be constructed on the parcel.
7. The driveway to the parcel shall be maintained to allow easy access by ambulances, fire trucks, and
other emergency vehicles.
8. Boundaries to adjacent lands are to be clearly marked to limit accidental trespass.
9. Any proposed improvements to the parcel shall be approved by the Rutland Town Board.
10. The town may enforce this agreement by any legal means including injunction.
11. Changes to this agreement may be made upon mutual approval of the Madison Retriever club and the Rutland Town Board.