Demolition may start this week
By Bert Lehman
The Clintonville City Council approved a bid of $76,000 from T.L. Kersten Excavating, LLC for the demolition of the former bowling alley and the Sawyer Electronics buildings located at 9 A, B, C and 11 11th Street.
The bid was approved at the March 14 city council meeting, after Clintonville City Administrator Chuck Kell informed the council the bid from Kersten Excavating was the lowest of four bids received by the city. Other bids were received from Go Green Recycling, LLC for $82,600, Jenda Trucking for $97,500 and Faulk Brothers for $109,900.
The buildings are owned by the city and are being demolished because building conditions are deemed not habitable or safe for public use. This demolition of buildings was planned for by the city and included in the city’s 2017 budget.
In a memo to the council, Kell stated that the total cost of the demolition will be approximately $15,000 less than the $130,000 budgeted for the project.
Kell said the demolition could start as soon as the week of March 20.
The engineering the Pigeon River Dam repair project is about 90 percent complete, Kell said.
Kell reminded the council that the city needs to apply for a grant in the fall through the DNR in an effort to obtain some funding for the project. He said he is hopeful the DNR will approve the city’s grant application as the DNR didn’t distribute all its funds last year.
Repairs to the dam could start in spring 2018, Kell said.
Spring Street storm sewer
Kell told the council that the engineering for the Spring Street sewer project has started. He said the current timeline calls for construction to begin late summer.
“We’re hoping that the Main Street project will be pretty far along,” Kell said. “I don’t want to have too many things going at one time, especially construction-wise.”
The council was informed that the city recently signed a contract with Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) to begin work on the city’s downtown redevelopment plan. Kell said work on that plan will start shortly.
Having a marketing study of the city done is the first step of the project. This information will yield suggestions of what kind of development the city is able to attract and sell in the downtown area, Kell said.
Kell told the council that the city was recently approved for a grant through the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC). He said he had applied for the grant last year with ECWRPC with hopes it could help with a GIS Economic Development Mapping Project.
“Our mapping in the city is almost non-existent,” Kell said.
He added that the city doesn’t having mapping available that it can send to prospective businesses that might be interested in locating in Clintonville.
The grant allows the city of Clintonville to use the staff time of the ECWRPC, at no cost, to develop the economic development mapping plan.
“My goal is to not only create it for individual use and economic development projects for prospects, but also to incorporate it on the city’s website,” Kell said.
He said ECWRPC does “fabulous” mapping. The mapping will include the various development areas in the city. This will show where the utilities are and as well as the transportation networks.
“I think they’re one of the better ones in the state,” he said. “Hopefully that’s going to help the city in the long run and it’s something that will be done and it won’t cost you anything.”
Main Street update
The council was informed that tree removal for the Main Street reconstruction project was scheduled to begin Monday, March 20. Removing the trees will take 5-10 days. The street is then scheduled to close on March 27 for the reconstruction project.
Wastewater treatment plant
Dave Tichinel, Water and Wastewater manager for the city of Clintonville, told the council the wastewater treatment plant construction project is “moving along really well.” He said the city was able to save some money on the sludge tank because the base didn’t have to be as deep as originally thought.