Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:42
Village officials hope February opening means project can start early
Officials are well aware that the reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue, the community’s major east-west thoroughfare, is likely to be the most costly public works project in village history.
Just how costly that bill will be should become apparent soon.
Public Works Director Roger Strohm told the Fredonia Village Board last week that bids for the reconstruction of 4,600 feet of roadway from Highway 57 to Edmaro Street will be released this week.
The road is also county Highway A and H, and technically under the jurisdiction of Ozaukee County.
As the designated lead agency, the county is coordinating the bidding process. Ultimately, the county will pay 73% of the paving expenses.
The village’s share of the paving work will be 27%, along with all of the utility expenses and other costs attributed to village specifications and preferences — such as sidewalks and lighting.
A pre-bid conference is planned for Jan. 29, and bid opening will be Feb. 9.
Timing of the project has been a key concern of local officials.
Last summer, the county’s Public Works Committee rejected bids received for the paving project that ranged from $2.8 million to $3.6 million, contending the cost was too high.
Village officials were optimistic as they discussed the new schedule during last week’s Village Board meeting.
“With bids coming in February, we should get some reasonable bids,” said Village Trustee Don Dohrwardt, who is the only declared candidate for village president in the spring election.
Officials said the early bid opening should mean construction crews will be able to begin work as soon as weather permits.
An early start, and more importantly an early completion, is just what business owners are hoping for after enduring underground utility work that left Fredonia Avenue in shambles for much of last year until virtually the onset of winter.
The financing of that sewer and water work was also addressed by village trustees last week.
The board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing short-term borrowing of up to $625,000 from the village’s general fund.
That money will be repaid when the village receives funding from the Safe Water Drinking Loan Program in July. The village will assess a 3% interest charge for making the money temporarily available to the utility.