Greenbush awards contract for Hillcrest Drive

by Sabrina Nucciarone
Review Correspondent

GREENBUSH - 'Tis the season for road construction.

With a bid of $117,827 to repair and resurface a section of Hillcrest Drive and eligible to get just over $21,000 from the state of Wisconsin, the Town Board awarded the Sheboygan County Highway Department the project. Reviewing the bid, the town knew the county was familiar with repairing and asphalting roads and doing what is necessary.

Discussing the project and before the motion was made to award the bid to the county, citizen Paul Eischen brought up the concern that since the bid did not specify repairing the shoulder as part of the work that “it won’t be to Department of Transportation specifications. You have to bring it up to specifications before you get TRIP fund.”

Not to be confused with Tax Refund Interception Program through the state’s Department of Revenue, the Local Road Improvement Program grants funds for road repair and improvement through the Department of Transportation. The board was looking to award the county the bid, according to the tenets and guidelines of the state program. The two guidelines referred to in discussion were that the county was the lowest “responsible” bidder and that the bid was “at least than 10 percent lower than below the lowest bid received” for the project.

Eischen was concerned that whoever would be awarded the bid would not do the shoulder, and according to the state guidelines, would not have the “10- year design life” that is required by a certified engineer associated with the project.

Another aspect of the project Eischen was concerned with is the grinding. If potholes are contained within the section being repaired, it was said that “grinding is the only way to get potholes and sinkings.”

With Eischen still concerned about the shoulders, he stated, “when you want ‘free’ money, you have to maintain it in a certain way.”

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Phipps clarified that “we maintain the shoulders anyway.”

Though the concerns Eischen were taken into consideration, the motion was approved to award the project to the county.

After a brief discussion of reseeding the practice field where local soccer teams rally, Steve DeMunck, who maintains the grounds of the Town Hall, suggest that someone representing the soccer teams should come to a town meeting. DeMunck said that when the fields get matted down and torn up, players go to where the grass is better. “When it gets bad, they go down to good grass,” he said. Having someone from the teams available, the board can work on ways to improve the grass fields so all may use it.

After months of delays and a variety of choices between painting and replacement, the eight exterior and six interior doors of the town hall will be painted. With three bids submitted, Kaboord Painting of Sheboygan was awarded the project with the bid of $1560 for time and effort to paint the doors.

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