City won’t pave Airport Road
Town of Matteson requested project
By Bert Lehman
Despite a request from the town of Matteson, the city of Clintonville decided not to add another layer of pavement to its side of Airport Road in 2018.
Clintonville City Administrator Sharon Eveland told the Clintonville Streets Committee at its Nov. 7 meeting that she received an email from representatives of Matteson regarding the paving of Airport Road.
The email stated that Matteson was planning to put the second layer of asphalt on its side of the road in 2018. The first layer was put on in 2016.
Eveland said the responsibility to pave Airport Road is shared between Clintonville and Matteson. Each entity is responsible for one side of the road.
The purpose of the email from Matteson was to inform the city of Clintonville about the paving plans so the city could pave its side of the road at the same time. The estimated cost of the project is $42,000.
“I did pretty much tell them immediately that this is pretty late in the cycle and our budget is almost set,” Eveland said. “This was not something that I thought we could take on this late in the game, but that I would address it with the appropriate committee.”
She said she also informed Matteson that the city might be able to do the Airport Road project in 2019.
“At this moment in time as things stand we do not have the funds and would not be able to budget those funds for next year,” Eveland said.
It makes sense to pave both sides of the road at the same time, Eveland said.
“I’m not sure what the road would be like if we didn’t do our half and they did their half,” she said.
Committee member Lance Bagstad said the thinks the city approached the budget the correct way when the Clintonville Finance Committee started the budgeting process in January and has discussed it throughout the year. The heads of each city department also spent time prioritizing projects for the 2018 budget.
“I think it would be a slap in the face of all of the hard work of those individuals to now put ourselves at the mercy of somebody else wanting to do a road that we can’t fit in the budget and can’t change our priorities at this point,” Bagstad said. “For what that’s worth I don’t see that happening in 2018 and I’m not sure we can make a firm commitment for 2019 with all of the projects we have that are currently high priority, high traffic streets within the city itself.”
Bagstad also asked if Airport Road is in a state of disrepair that the road has to be paved next year or if Matteson wants to pave it because it fits in its budget.
Clintonville Public Works Director Kray Brown said the first layer of pavement was added to the road in 2016. The road surface currently has 2.25 inches of pavement on both sides. When that pavement was added in 2016, it was mentioned at that time that at some point in the future another layer of pavement would be added.
He added that Airport Road is in good shape for the amount of traffic it has.
Eveland said from her research, the plan was always to add another layer to the road at some point.
Supanich reminded the committee that the city of Clintonville has to work with area townships, and the decision to not pave Airport Road in 2018 isn’t being made in spite.
At its meeting, the committee took no action regarding Airport Road.