County seeks more state money as price tag now nears $7 million
The Main Street reconstruction project for which the Village of Belgium delayed paving Silver Beach Road, just got expensive.
Ozaukee County’s Public Works Committee last week was presented an updated cost estimate that takes the project from more than $4.2 million to about $6.9 million.
A Surface Transportation Program Rural grant has the state paying 80% of the project cost and the county and village 10% each. But that was for the $4.2 million estimate.
“We have now a new cost estimate. We’re working with the DOT to see how much additional grant fund money we can get,” Ozaukee County Interim Public Works Director Jon Edgren said.
While about $500,000 of the cost increase is due to removal of poor soils, the rest has yet to be determined.
“We haven’t done an in-depth analysis to try to figure out where the increase in the cost estimate is,” Edgren said.
Village President Vickie Boehnlein said she hasn’t received formal notification of the new cost estimate, but she briefly talked to Village Public Works Director Dan Birenbaum about it.
“If and when we are informed that our costs will change, we will look into what our options are,” she said.
Edgren said if additional funds can’t be secured, either the county or the village could delay the project.
McMahon & Associates of Neenah, the village’s engineering consultant, did the first, lower construction cost estimate a few years ago. Gremmer & Associates of Fond du Lac came up with the latest figure.
The Village Board last November approved delaying the Silver Beach Road project, estimated to cost $3.2 million, because obtaining grant funding was in question, tax incremental finance district money would not pay for half the project as originally thought and the Main Street reconstruction project was scheduled to start in the next couple of years.
The combined tax increase of both projects was too much to put on residents, the village said.
The Plan Commission this month said paving Silver Beach Road, which leads to the industrial park, is a key to attracting industry to the village.