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Village of Crivitz Public Works Meets

Issue Date: March 22, 2018

During the meeting of the Public Works Committee of the Village of Crivitz held on March 15, discussion took place regarding the drainage problem at Wilbert and 8th Alley. Glen Franzen of the Public Works and Utilities for Crivitz was present at the meeting to give details regarding the drainage issue. Franzen explained to the board that every spring when the frost comes out of the ground the town experiences the same problem with this area which is 1 blocks north of the village hall.

According to Franzen, last year was exceptionally bad in that they had a block and half of 6 inches of water standing in the road. This water ended up running into a resident's basement and garage. Franzen made a proposal to the committee to install a "Catch Basin" and then add a drain field to it to enlarge the area that can drain the water as fast as possible. This will be like what was done in the area by the furniture store. Infiltrators were installed making it possible for water to percolate into the soil.

Franzen stated that the village has these Infiltrators in two locations and he is pleased with how well they are working. Franzen stated that he has spoken with Jim Richlen of Richlen Excavating INC. and the cost to do the work would be approximately $5,525.00 according to an estimate received by Franzen. This would include lowering the corner of the Presbyterian Church property at least a foot to get decent drainage. Franzen told committee members that the project would be complete with replacing topsoil and grass seed, fertilization and mulch areas and installing erosion matting. Franzen said this is a problem every year for the past 30 years, and when it begins destroying other persons property it becomes a larger issue, and he is confident this must take precedence over a small asphalt job that is planned to take place on Rosa Street. There is $10,000.00 budgeted for that paving project but Franzen said the drainage problem on Wilbert and 8th Alley should take precedence over Rosa Street. Tapping into the "Future Road Projects Fund" will allow for the cost of this project. The committee will bring this request to the full board for a vote.

On the agenda for discussion was the subject of the Crivitz Compost Site. Committee members discussed the condition of the site and who would be responsible to bring the site back to the original state as it was prior to use by Town of Stephenson. It was decided that the site continues and is active as a Coalition site and due to the fact that Stephenson has been using the area, it will be their responsibility to clean up the site and restore it to its original condition. It will be suggested to the full board that a letter be sent to the Town of Stephenson requesting that the Compost Site be cleaned up and restored to original condition.

In related Public Works news, the village has a 1070 John Deere tractor that is currently being used to cut brush on the side of the roads, loading debris and other tasks. Due to the age of the tractor and pending operational problems, it is being recommended to the committee by Franzen that the tractor be replaced using a grant which is available to the village. Franzen presented a quote to the committee for the replacement which could cost approximately $73,000 and explained that this would be a good time to move forward in order to utilize the grant money while it is available. This will be tabled until further information regarding grant amounts can be confirmed.


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