RDA would like to dress up trestle

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – It will likely be three years or more before the railroad bridge over Mill Street gets repainted.

But the Redevelopment Authority would like to dress up the plain green bridge before then.

City Administrator Brian Yerges updated the RDA on the bridge status at their meeting Thursday.

At earlier meetings, several RDA members proposed dressing up the bridge at the western end of the downtown area with a greeting, the World’s Cheese Capital logo or other designs.

Yerges reported that the bridge was painted in 1994 or 1995 by Goldsmith Painting and Cleaning of Sheboygan Falls.

He added that he had contacted the firm recently after the RDA discussion and that the firm had estimated the cost of sandblasting and repainting the bridge at around $33,000.

“The city is not planning on budgeting $33,000 for painting the bridge,” in 2018, Yerges told the authority members.

“There is still some life left to the painting yet,” he added. “The plan is to put in on the capital projects list for the future and revisit it in about three years or so.”

A decision to repaint the bridge would ultimately be made by the City Council, according to Yerges. They would also have to decide whether repainting would include adding a message, logo or other items.

RDA members reaffirmed their desire to add something to the bridge beyond just the plain coat of green paint.

RDA Chair Lee Gentine suggested that some sort of banner, including the cheese capital logo, could be made to go over the sides of the bridge.

The group agreed and several members were directed to investigate the feasibility and cost of such a project, to report back at a future meeting.

Yerges cautioned that any banner or other modification to the bridge would have to be approved by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad before it could be put in place.

The RDA approved a proposal to have students in Plymouth High School’s technical education program repair and finish several wood carvings the authority took possession of several years.

The carvings were to be auctioned off to benefit the RDA, but the auction did not produce the hoped-for bids and the RDA kept them.

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