Wausaukee Sets Priority Policy For Snow Plowing Issue Date: February 13, 2020
In response to numerous questions from residents as to how priorities for plowing are determined, Wausaukee Village Board at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22 adopted a policy that spells it out.
The policy notes that complete snow removal may take up to 72 hours.
Snow and ice removal from streets, alleys, sidewalks, public parking, etc. is to begin with plowing of the Municipal Building parking lot to open access to Harrison Avenue for emergency vehicles, including the Fire Department. Next to be plowed will be paved village streets, and then paved alleys, after which all paved streets and alleys will be sanded. Once that is done, unimproved streets will be plowed, followed by public parking areas, and finally unimproved alleys, starting with the alley running north/south from Tyler Ave, to Polk Ave, between Third and May Streets, followed in order by the alley running east/west from Poplar to Pine streets between Grove Ave. and Riverside Ave., the alley running north/south from Grove Ave. to the east/west alley, the alley running north/south from County C to North Ave 140' west of Division Street, and then the alley running east/west from Division Street to Hwy. 141 between North Ave. and County C.
There are provisions for exceptions that may include reduced coverage due to limited visibility for operators, continuing service to prevent snow compaction, allowing breaks between shifts during off peak hours to reduce operational costs, and other conditions as determined by the Village Board or Village President.
The policy notes that objectives include avoiding plow operator fatigue, and the primary objective in supplying winter snow and ice control is to achieve consistent service under similar weather conditions within the established Public Works Department budget. It acknowledges that residents and business owners place a high value on ability to minimize unexpected changes in pavement conditions, and notes that the policy does not mean bare, dry pavement should be expected after each snowfall or ice storm. Coordinating continuity of service across jurisdictional boundaries is strongly encouraged.
Owners of properties that abut a sidewalk are responsible for ice/snow removal along their property lines. The Village will remove all snow and ice from portions of sidewalks that do not abut a private property, and widen the sidewalks in their entirety as time permits.
Residents/owners are also asked to clear fire hydrants that abut their properties.
Accumulated snow piles that restrict pedestrian movement or impact visibility for vehicular traffic are to be removed by Streets Department staff, and outside contractors may be called in if necessary.
The policy notes that Street Department employees are aware that snow and ice control operations may be conducted on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week, and are prepared to work outside the normal work week when necessary. However, plow operators are not to exceed 16-hour shifts, and are not to operate a plow more than 3.5 hours without a 15 minute break or 30-minute lunch.
Recommended recovery time is 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., but that but will vary with specific storm conditions.
After a discussion of a proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District with Art Bahr of MSA, the board voted without dissent to approve a $15,000 service agreement with the MSA consulting firm to create theTIF District as discussed. Within TIF districts, improvements are often eligible for grants, and they can also be financed by taxes on the increases in property values that the TIF makes possible.
Board members present were trustees Darryll Schmidt, JoAnn Polomis, Steve Stumbris, and Pat Tracy, and Village President Hilbert Radtke. Trustees Kyle Stumbris and Mack McKim were absent and excused. Also present were Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Barb Pociask, Public Works Supervisor Dennis Whitton, Jr., Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator In Charge Jeff Mayou, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator In Training Tylor Stumbris, Joellen Simpson, Ruth Jicha, Lisa Tracy, and Bahr.
After discussion the board agreed to purchase a 75' x 100' piece of land abutting the water tower parcel for construction of Municipal Well #4 at the price of $1,700.
Placement of a bench in Payant Park in memoriam of Tom Christ was approved without dissent.
Also approved without dissent was a sewer credit requested by Wausaukee Enterprises due to a leak in the system. Granting the $68.11 credit was in accord with the Village's credit policy.
The Wausaukee Fire District quarterly report was reviewed briefly and tabled.
In his President's Report, Radtke gave an update on the recent housing development meetings. He stated that attendance was good, but there weren't enough interested buyers at either meeting to continue development efforts at this time. The Village will try to have additional meetings in March as well as creating a web presentation that people can watch at their leisure to continue exposure to the public.
Radtke reported that Marinette County Board approved giving Wausaukee $453,500 that it has available in CDBG Close Program funds to be used for converting the old Stephenson National Bank and Trust building into a new municipal building, library and civic center. The village is also preparing to apply to the state Department of Administration for a CDBG grant in the spring and if approved, that grant would cover the remaining cost to repurpose the building, with the county grant making up the local share required. Application period for the CDBG grants open in April, and the DOA typically notifies applicants of whether they will be getting an award in early August, Radtke said.
After discussion, the board tabled a decision on replacement and installation of PAX submersible active mixing system in water tower.
Pullen is to seek the original contract to determine whether the mixer was included with the annual maintenance costs, and will contact Utility Services for a breakdown of fees paid versus services rendered and report back to the board.
Whitton noted that the Bobcat had additional issues when it went in for service. He will review the bill when the Village receives it to determine what items were covered under warranty.
Whitton stated that there was a water main break on the corner of North Ave. and Hwy. 141. Wisconsin Rural Water Association brought a correlator to find the leak, which was then repaired by MJB.
The Board reviewed the Utility Report as presented by Jeff Mayou. Mayou also presented a 2019 Preventative Maintenance Report for the sanitary system and Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Bills were approved for payment as printed, and Treasurer's Report was approved as presented by Pullen.
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