County Trunk B is set to open this week, according to information provided at the Manawa Common Council meeting on Oct. 20.
The detour signs should be down by Thursday, with some of the barricades already removed.
The Waupaca County Highway Department (WCHD) has about two days of painting to complete before the road opens. They had hoped to have the work finished by last Thursday, but were delayed by rain.
“It is nice not having those railroad tracks there,” Mayor John Smith said about the intersection on the city’s south side.
More railroad crossings are scheduled to be removed, according Frank Jaeger, director of Public Works.
“The railroad tracks are coming out, but I’m not sure when,” he told the council.
Smith reported that an agreement was reached with the WCHD that the city of Manawa will pay only $4,700 of the $9,070.38 in engineering fees for the County B project.
In other business, Police Chief David Walker presented information on the recent meeting of the Waupaca County Joint Municipal Court (WCJMC) meeting.
According to the report, the 2015 and 2016 budgets will reflect slight wage increases for the judge and court clerk, and the bi-annual court auditing costs will be divided into yearly payments.
Walker also reported that new software is needed, for an estimated cost of $5,000.
These added expenses will add about $1,400 to Manawa’s 2014 payment (reflected in the city’s 2015 budget) and about $2,179 in the 2015 payment.
“The municipal court was never supposed to be a money maker,” said Alice M. Brown, the city’s representative on the WCJMC committee. “It is a service to the community.”
Brown noted that the municipal court saves mileage and time for the police department, and it also offers reduced fees for the offenders.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a proposed snowmobile route for three years.
• Set the public budget hearing for 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17.
• Approved Class B beer and Class B wine licenses for Jamie and Allen Lane of Winemaker’s Daughter, pending state and federal licensure.
• Set Class B winery license fee at $100.
• Approved an operator’s license for Brittany Preuss.
• Approved six-month probationary operator’s licenses to Paige Vandenhout and Stephanie Lubahn, pending police approval.