In hopes of avoiding past problems, officials tell residents that reconstruction projects coming in 2017
Village of Saukville officials faced torrents of criticism last year when they rebuilt Linden Street, one of the oldest streets in the community.
To avoid a repeat of that scene, the Village Board has already approved a task order with its engineering firm, Ruekert & Mielke, for work planned on two other aging thoroughfares, Church and Center streets.
Also on the to-do list is planning for proposed improvements to Highway W.
The task order spells out a tentative timetable for the reconstruction projects, which are not planned until 2017.
Water mains, storm and sanitary sewers as well as the roadways themselves will come under scrutiny.
The first item on the task order is to send out preliminary notices to property owners this month, advising them of the pending road work.
Village officials felt the early notice was needed, because staff members from Ruekert & Mielke are likely to be in the neighborhoods in the coming months preparing field surveys.
One of the recurring complaints residents in the Linden Street area had last year was that they were not apprised of what the village planned for their street.
The village had originally planned to reconstruct Center Street next year and tackle Church street the following year.
However, Public Works Supt. Ray de Bruijn told village trustees during a recent Finance Committee meeting that the plan is now to roll them into one job.
The road and sewer infrastructure are in bad shape, especially the sewer laterals.
“As we looked into it, the scope of the work on Center Street kept getting bigger and bigger. It got to the point were we thought it would make more sense to combine the projects,” de Bruijn said.
Preliminary design work will continue through winter and spring, with a final design expected from the engineers by next fall.
Bidding is expected late next year or early in 2017.
It is at that point village officials will have an idea of the ultimate cost of the projects and what kinds of special assessments for property owners will be deemed appropriate.
A public hearing on those assessments is expected some time after the final costs are known.
The tentative timetable says the construction bids would be approved in March 2017.
The reconstruction will be the first the village has undertaken from the start without having an engineer on staff.
Village Administrator Dawn Wagner said the ongoing relationship the village has with Reukert & Mielke as its engineering firm has posed no problems.
“Contracting with an engineering firm has worked out really well,” Wagner said.
“This is the kind of project we would have gone with an engineering firm, anyway. The task order is our way of being proactive … getting the public involved early in the process.”
The agreement proposes Ruekert & Mielke be paid $109,000 for the design work and processing the bidding. A contingency of $4,000 was also allowed, should unanticipated issues arise.