Towns agree to split Division Rd. maintenance

by Sabrina Nucciarone
Review Correspondent

GREENBUSH – The Town Board will be pursuing a road maintenance agreement for Division Road with the neighboring town of Forest in Fond du Lac County.

The board discussed the issue with Forest Town Chairman Gary Kraus, who was in the audience, at their Aug. 28 meeting.

Kraus provided a report on Division Road maintenance work. From Chickadee Drive south to State 23, the total distance of what needs maintaining is 1.3 miles. Dividing the area in half, Kraus suggested that the area his town would concern themselves with is the maintenance of the southern portion. The town of Greenbush would take the northern part, basically dividing the responsibility in half.

Since the roadsides will need maintenance in perpetuity, Kraus suggested, “Have something with both boards signed so whoever takes the post knows what is going on later on.”

The comment was made with the future in perspective because part of the Chickadee from State 23 to Division Road will become part of the four-lane State 23, including a walking and bike trail, if and when that project moves forward.

To address any questions that might come up regarding the division of labor with respect to the town of Forest and town of Greenbush maintenance of Division Road, a visual record was recommended. “We’ll draw it up on a map,” Kraus said.

Town resident George Jankuski provided documents requesting an easement for his property. Dating back to a request made during the June board meeting, Jankuski’s attorney provided a legal statement of the land holdings so that if anyone passes away on either side of the property line, the county planners will know that the easement is currently and will be part of Jankuski’s property. It was made clear that it is Jankuski’s intention to keep the easement as part of his property.

“We can sign all documents presented,” Supervisor Beth Lagacy said, but it was later determined the documents are not the finalized version for submission.

Lagacy then asked if the easement goes with the current owner or the person who predominantly uses the easement to access their own property, especially if that property is 'landlocked.'

Town Clerk Brenda Phipps said that the ownership of an easement is binding with the property owner.

Jankuski indicated that the easement is an “encumbrance” on the property he owns. By definition, that means that if he were to sell his property holding - which includes the easement - to someone else, there may be issues regarding the title and/or the monetary value of the easement.

The board indicated that when all of the ownership papers are in legal order they will move forward with Jankuski's request.

A subject for at least one previous meeting is the upkeep of the Town Hall itself. Steve DeMunck, who provides maintenance for the hall, said he has kept the floor in presentable condition.

DeMunck also maintains the grounds outside and he noted that with winter coming, a new snowblower should be considered. The current snow-blower has been in use for 19 years and any repair would cost more than it is worth. Cost of a new, similar snow-blower will be reviewed in the near future.

Supervisor Daniel Klahn, having looked over the rental revenue of the Town Hall for July, was surprised that the hall had been rented so often. With various groups using the Town Hall, the current condition and upkeep of the steel doors and preserving their longevity is the issue.

Lagacy said that steel paint has been purchased. The project was scheduled for earlier this summer, but with the rains and the humidity, then the painter’s commitment to the Parade of Homes, Lagacy said the painter should still be able to finish the project by Sept. 1. If not, other ideas were suggested.

“(The) price of a hollow steel door, no window, is about $199. With a window, may be a little more. You can order anything on the Internet and have it delivered,” Lagacy said, but others spoke about local commercial businesses that may be able to provide what is needed to replace a door.

Considering the doors “look tough” through the years of use, Lagacy said the town has paid for the paint, which is in the possession of the painter, but not yet for the painting of the door. On

With the infrastructure of many we cities in need of repair or replacement, even bridges in small towns across America are no different. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2016-2020 bridge replacement program, a report which the town received but is not bound to, the town would be responsible for 20 percent of engineering and construction costs in any bridge replacement project.We

Considering the Center Road bridge over the Mullet River on the west side of town over Mullet River as one that may fit the criterion Immediate for the program funds, Klahn said he recently saw a similar bridge that may have been built around 1916.

The program information and inclusions, which came from the county, was brought up as a motion and passed unanimously.

The next Town Board meeting is Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.

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