Council OKs street work

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council approved a contract for a street project this summer while holding their organizational meeting Tuesday.

One new alderperson, Jim Faller, was sworn in and the council member he succeeded, Jackie Jarvis, was honored with a plaque and a commendation resolution for her four years of service on the council.

Jarvis explained that she did not run for re-election after serving two terms on the council because, “I’m a strong believer in term limits. I believe the world would be a better place and even Plymouth would be a better place if people only served two terms.

“It was an honor to serve on behalf of the citizens of Plymouth and I wish you all the best in continuing to make this a great place,” Jarvis told the council.

She praised city employees, department heads and City Administrator Brian Yerges, saying, “I think Plymouth is in good hands.”

Jarvis also noted that she was the only woman on the council and that, with her leaving, “It looks like it’s all boys now up there.”

Jarvis was reappointed to the Redevelopment Authority for a four-year term as a citizen member after serving as a council representative to the RDA.

The council re-elected Alderperson Charles Hansen as Council President.

A series of appointments to various council and city committees and boards were announced and approved.

Mayor Donald Pohlman noted that there are still some vacancies on city boards and committees.

They include a two-year term on the Committee on Aging, a three-year term on the Board of Appeals, and an alternate position on the Board of Review.

Pohlman urged anyone interested in any of those positions to contact him or the city administrator.

The council approved a $688,221.85 contract with Advanced Construction of Green Bay for projects on Caroline Street and Milwaukee Street/Western Avenue.

In a memo to the council, Public Works Director/City Engineer Bill Immich explained that Caroline Street will be reconstructed between Elizabeth Street and Forest Avenue, while water mains will be replaced on Milwaukee Street between Mill and Main streets and on Western Avenue from Main Street to Plymouth Street.

Yerges told the council that the project cost had been estimated at $698,000, so the bid came in just under budget.

He also pointed out that lead service lines to residences along Milwaukee and Western will be replaced. That will help the city comply with a consent order from the Department of Natural Resources to replace 92 existing lead lines in the city by the end of 2015.

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