Property owners will be responsible for connecting to new sewer, water lines along Fredonia Avenue
Key pieces are starting to fall into place on the reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue, including what expenses owners of adjacent properties will be expected to cover.
The road work will cover the village’s primary east-west thoroughfare from Edmaro Street to Highland Drive. The timetable calls for the completion of planning this spring, with construction to start in June after school lets out.
Details of the project will be outlined during a pair of upcoming meetings.
A general session for property owners is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the meeting room of the Fredonia Government Center, 242 Fredonia Ave.
Display stations will be set up in the meeting room, showing what work will be done in each section of the roadway. Representatives from Ozaukee County and the design engineers, Ayers Associates, are expected to attend.
The Village Board will meet following that session.
A separate gathering is planned for the owners of businesses along the proposed construction zone from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 17, again at the FGC.
Trustees can expect those attending the sessions will be in more agreeable moods after deciding last week that property owners will not be expected to pay for new sidewalks to be installed in the construction area.
At one point, it was suggested that adjacent property owners pay for the replacement of walks deemed substandard before roadwork begins.
That approach was blocked by several trustees.
“The benefit of new sidewalks is for the entire village, not just the property owner,” Trustee Don Dohrwardt said.
There will also be no special assessments for curb and gutter replacements, trustees decided.
Officials took a different approach on covering the cost of connecting to new sanitary sewers and water mains.
Following a recommendation from the Public Works Committee, the board agreed property owners should be responsible for the cost of connecting to the new lines from the road right of way to their house.
All sewer laterals that are not PVC will have to be replaced, as will all lead water pipes.
Concerned that those connections could be costly, officials said they would consider a financing option over three to five years and discount the cost by 5% for those who pay the full installation cost up front.
“Whatever we are paying to borrow money, that should be what they are charged if they want to defer payment,” Village President Chuck Lapicola said.
“I’d like this project to be as people friendly to the residents of the village as possible.”
Homeowners will have the option of connecting to a new storm sewer being installed below the road, again at their own expense.
Any new construction along the road will be required to connect to the storm sewer.
According to plans, the road profile will not look significantly different from the current 36-wide asphalt roadway. The major difference is that the existing 18-inch curb and gutter will be widened to 24 inches, essentially making the roadway width one foot wider to better accommodate drainage.