Koessl Court

Street Named in Honor of Wayne Koessl
Posted on 01/09/2023
The Village of Pleasant Prairie is pleased to announce that the public roadway extension north of 95th Street at 80th Avenue will be named in honor of Wayne E. Koessl. He is a local leader who has dedicated his life to selfless service, leadership, and commitment to the country, community, family, and friends. Village Board Members approved Resolution 23-01 on January 9, which names a future roadway Koessl Court. The road is planned for LogistiCenter at Pleasant Prairie, a planned development that intends to enhance a portion of the former We Energies Pleasant Prairie Power Plant property.

"We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize Wayne Koessl in this way," said Community Development Director Jean Werbie-Harris. "His dedication to improving the lives of those around him, combined with his significant impact on the positive growth of Pleasant Prairie, inspires us all. The roadway naming is a fitting tribute to his many contributions and decades of public service he has provided to the community."

Wayne E. Koessl has a long history of public service in the Village of Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha County and has made significant contributions to the community over the past 75 years. He began working for Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCO) in 1948 and served in various positions over the next six decades. In addition to his 64 years of work at WEPCO, he served as WEPCO’s Government Liaison and promoted economic growth within LakeView Corporate Park. Koessl served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was an elected official of the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors for 30 years, serving as Kenosha County Board Chairman from 1978-1980. In addition, he was involved with the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Counties Utility Tax Association. He has also been active in various non-profit community agencies in the Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha areas, including serving United Way and Shalom Center boards. He continues to serve as a member of the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission and has served on the Plan Commission for the last 53 years.

The Village of Pleasant Prairie looks forward to celebrating this important milestone with the community. A street naming and dedication ceremony will occur later once the road extension and cul-de-sac are developed.

Koessl with Village Board Members
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