HARTFORD — Township trustees have been informed by letter that a Brookfield-based company has purchased land at 3801 Custer-Orangeville Road and plans to construct a vineyard for producing and distributing wine and spirits.
The letter from Campobello and Scotti Enterprises Inc. informed trustees of plans by the agricultural company that in 2018 purchased 19.22 acres in Hartford as the initial location for a vineyard and operations area.
The letter indicates soil tests were completed on the acres in mid-2018 by the Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory of Pennsylvania State University. Several drainage tests at the site also were completed.
The letter indicates company engineers have completed drawings for the placement of the drain tile that needs to be laid before the vineyard can be built and planted in 2020 and 2021.
Jim Davies, Hartford zoning inspector, said he has been in contact with Scott Burgauer — who has indicated he plans to attend the April 7 trustee meeting for a presentation on the project.
Davies said the property will be where the grapes are grown.
“We will see what he has to say,” he said.
“We have questions and want to hear more of what is being planned. We want to hear what he has to say and find out more,” said Rebecca Whitman, trustee chairwoman.
Trustee Mike Bridge said the board is open- minded to any business or operations.
The letter indicates plans are to bring the agricultural area of the property into full grape production, and this will require approximately $200,000 of capital investment spread over three to four years.
The letter states the production from the field in full grape production is around $100,000 and will require consistent local labor to maintain operations.
“As CSEI (Campobello and Scotti Enterprises Inc.) expands, we intend to bring quality investment and jobs to the area, as well as support the agricultural industry which is a core component of the local ethos.. We are extremely excited about this location and have current discussions with Ohio wineries to receive the production from the vineyard,” the letter states.
A phone message was left Tuesday with the business seeking additional comment.
In other business, trustees approved a motion to prohibit the placing of any type of sign, such as election signs or for sale signs, at the township center.
Whitman said the signs will be removed and anyone wanting them back has 30 days to pick them up at the township garage.
Officials said there have been problems with signs. Bridge said trustees want to keep the center park area looking nice.
“People are always placing the signs in the ground and then never come back and get them out,” he said.