Council approves hotel demolition

by Jeff Pederson of the Review staff

The Sheboygan Falls Common Council gave its stamp of approval for the demolition of completed portions of the GuestHouse Inn and Suites construction site on the northwest side of the city, during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the City Hall Municipal Building.

The council backed a bid, submitted by Wisconsin Earth Works LLC to demolish the elevated shaft walls, as well as place and grade topsoil over the walls, floor and parking lot and mulch topsoil areas. The bid for the work came in at $6,200.

Mayor Randy Meyer said the work was scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The construction site has been abandoned since late 2007, when developer Brian Kliesmet was unable to come up with the funding to complete the planned 88-room hotel, located near the intersection of State 32 and State 23.

Anne Krauter was sworn in as the new District 1 alderperson. Krauter was appointed by Meyer to serve the remainder of Brian Passehl’s term. Passehl stepped down from his seat June 16. Krauter’s term runs through April 2011.

With the addition of Krauter to the council, Meyer announced an amended list of council committee appointments.

Krauter was appointed to serve as the chairperson of the City Services Committee, while also holding seats on the Public Health and Welfare Committee and Park Board.

In other business, the council approved a school/travel request from Katie Dern and Wendy Meyer to attend an MEUW Accounting and Customer Service Seminar Sept. 21-22, in Wisconsin Dells.

The council also approved Resolution No. 8 2009-10 authorizing First Business Bank of Milwaukee as a public depository. It also authorized Resolution No. 9 2009-10 to submit an application for a 2010 Urban Forestry Grant, which is a $10,000 matching grant for tree analysis, inventory, improvement and planting projects.

A Public Safety Committee motion for a school/travel request for Sheboygan Falls Police Department Officer Dan Huibregtse to attend a Wisconsin State Patrol Academy in Sparta earned council approval, as well as a request for SFPD Lt. Craig Plehn to attend a Wisconsin Narcotics Training Conference in Green Bay.

The council granted an operator license application for Dawn Beimel, an electrical contractor license application for Steve Theobald and a one-day beer license application for Blessed Trinity Parish, to hold its annual Celtic Mass and Faire Sunday, Sept. 13 at 319-327 Giddings Ave.

In a preceding City Service Committee meeting, Rick LeMahieu, city engineer, discussed the plans for the upcoming bicycle and pedestrian path construction projects, as part of the city’s Non-Motorized Transportation Grant.

LeMahieu said the projects will include the installation of on-road paved shoulders, multi-use paths, safe railroad crossings and sidewalks throughout the city.

AECOM, Schreiber Anderson Associates and Velo-City will be overseeing the planning and development of the various projects.

The 27 planned pedestrian and bicycle projects are listed as follows.

Multi-use paths: Sixth Street to Auburn Hills subdivision (Fond du Lac Avenue to Hamann Drive), Sheboygan Falls Elementary School (elementary school to Forest Avenue), State 28 (St. Paul Lutheran Church to State 32).

Multi-use paths and bicycle lanes: Monroe Street (Mill Street to River Park swinging bridge).

Bicycle lanes: County C (County TT to Bluebird Lane), County TT (County PP to County O), Forest Avenue (State 32 to Range Line Road), County PPP and State 28 (Brusse Road-State 32 to Pine Street- County PPP).

Sidewalks: Hickory Street (Jackson Street to Adams Street), Sixth Street (Leavens Avenue to Fond du Lac Avenue), County TT (County PP to Falcon Way), Sixth Street (Leavens Avenue to Fond du Lac Avenue), Fond du Lac Avenue (State 32 to Water Street), Monroe Street (ramp connection at east city limits), Leavens Avenue (County C to Fifth Street), County PPP (St. Paul’s Church to Pine Street), Amherst Avenue (Giddings Avenue to Dartmouth Drive), Dartmouth Drive (Amherst Avenue to Broadway Street), Broadway Street (Dartmouth Drive to Buffalo Street), Pine Street (County PPP to Park Street), Mill Street (Monroe Street to 250 feet east), Buffalo Street (Broadway Street to 300 feet north).

Sidewalks and Bicycle lanes: Monroe Street and County PPP (Pine Street to Mill Street), Monroe Street (River Park swinging bridge to Municipal Building parking lot), County C (Bluebird Lane to State 32). Safe railroad crossings: Monroe Street (Richardson Lumber spur track), Monroe Street (main track at swinging bridge).

“All property owners along the project areas have received letters notifying them of the scheduled projects,” LeMahieu said. “Property owners have also been informed that they will be responsible for clearing and shoveling the sidewalks that are put in as part of this plan.”

LeMahieu said bids on the various construction projects will be due in May 2010, with a projected start date of July 2010.

Following the regular council meeting, the Finance and Personnel Committee met in closed session to discuss the 2009-10 budget.

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