Surprise! Here’s a new roadway — and a bill

own of Grafton’s honest mistake paves portion of village street

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

The Village of Grafton didn’t have plans to repave Shady Lane last year, but the town did.

It turns out the town also paved part of the village’s portion of the road as well.

After the work was done last summer, both municipalities noticed that 249 feet of village roadway — two properties to the east too far — had been repaved by the town.

Town Chairman Lester Bartel called it a “professional calculating error” by the town engineer.

Village Director of Public Works Amber Thomas said she thinks the honest mistake occurred when the engineer marked out the limits of the project.

“That would be where the curb and gutter stops and where the sidewalk stops, so to him it logically seemed like the end of the village limits, which I understand,” she told the village Public Works Committee on Monday, referencing a map showing where the project went too far.

“But unfortunately those two houses —fortunately, I guess, maybe — are under village jurisdiction, so the town came back this fall and asked for our reimbursement for repaving of that portion of the road.”

The bill is $13,629 for the roadwork.

The committee was asked to send a recommendation on how to handle the bill to the Village Board.

Thomas said the village was “significantly under budget” on its 2022 street projects and recommended paying the bill.

“My comment is that the fact that they did pave that, it’s whoopee, we’re glad to pay for it because to have left half the road paved and unpaved is not in anyone’s best interest,” Committee Chairman Tom Krueger said.

“And we didn’t have to really worry about doing it,” committee member Lisa Harbeck said. “Somebody else did it by accident.”

Thomas said the village isn’t incurring any design costs. The bill is just for the contractor’s cost of repaving the road.

Krueger asked that Thomas check with Director of Administrative Services Paul Styduhar to make sure money can be taken from the budget to pay the bill. Krueger said he is concerned that savings from 2022 go into the general fund, which means paying the bill would require village administration approval.

Thomas said last year’s budget hasn’t been closed out yet and she understands that the village has to pay for things in the year it took ownership of them.

The committee approved paying the bill contingent on clarification from the finance department, 4-0. Les Blum was absent.

The Village Board may act on the issue  at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16.

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