EL readies for State 67 project

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Even though the project is four years or so away, the Village Board moved ahead with its share of a planned road project on State 67/Lincoln Street.

Village Administrator/Clerk/ Treasurer Jessica Reilly told the board’s Public Works Committee Monday that the state is planning to rebuild State 67 through the village. If the village wants the parking lanes along Lincoln Street repaved as part of the project, it will have to pick up that cost, she explained.

“They want to know in the next month if we want to participate,” Reilly said of the state Department of Transportation. She said the estimated cost is around $50,000, which she termed, “not unreasonable.

“The DOT said it could be done in 2019, but with the state of roads and funding, I’m not so sure. I don’t think it will be done until 2021,” Reilly told the committee.

She said the village could set aside money from its share of the county sales tax toward the project. The village expects to receive about $47,000 a year from the tax revenue, money that has to be allocated for road and transportation projects.

The committee recommended notifying the DOT that the village will pay for the parking lane paving and the full board concurred.

Village President Alan Rudnick told the board that the Protection of Persons and Property Committee has begun discussions on sharing police services with the village of Howards Grove.

“After some discussion, we decided to look into starting out by doing ordinance violations for Howards Grove, then easing into other things,” Rudnick said of the talks with Howards Grove offi- cials.

Police Chief Michael Meeusen indicated that much of the ordinance violation work for Howards Grove could be done from Elkhart Lake, saving on travel costs initially.

As part of any shared services, Rudnick added, Howards Grove would also have to be brought into Elkhart Lake’s Municipal Court.

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