Council hears more on Haydn Street, approves North Gateway Park plans

Keith Coburn, of Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn, addressed the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night regarding his plans to appeal the Office of Commissioner of Railroads’ (OCR) decision to close the Haydn Street railroad crossing, and asked for the council’s support. He said he has asked Crawford County Judge Jim Czajkowski to stay the ruling. Coburn is hopeful his case can be heard in civil court. A hearing on the matter is set for Thursday, Feb. 27.

City Administrator Aaron Kramer explained to the council that the city is preparing to close the crossing on March 1, per the ruling from the OCR. No action was taken.

North Gateway Park
A report and list of proposed projects for the North Gateway Park on the north end of Prairie du Chien was also presented to the council by Kurt Muchow of Vierbicher Associates and approved unanimously. Work will likely be done this spring and summer.

The proposals involve construction of new roads being 37 feet wide and consisting of asphalt pavement with concrete curb and gutter. Sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer will be constructed within the roadways to serve the development. Storm water management facilities will be constructed along the western portion of the property to meet regulatory requirements. In addition, a water main loop will be constructed along Highway 35 to Vena Court. An intersection meeting Wisconsin DOT requirements will be constructed to connect to Highway 35.

Additional activities associated with the project will include an archeological investigation as well as obtaining a variance to the scenic easement that exists along Highway 35. The estimated cost of the entire project list is $1.025 million.

Vierbicher will provide professional services for the project.

Marquette Road in 2017
Craig Fisher, of the Wisconsin DOT, was present at the council meeting to discuss the preliminary plans for the second phase of reconstructing Marquette Road, from La Pointe to Mooney Streets, which would take place in 2017.

The original contract called for a five-lane roadway, but the DOT is now recommending a three-lane road with a turn lane in the middle. The project also calls for the closure of the 11th Street and Marquette Road intersection, and making 11th Street a cul-de-sac. Medians would be placed at the Parrish Street intersection to assist with pedestrian safety.

A public hearing will be held on the proposal in March (4 or 18) to hear feedback from residents, once the DOT can confirm which council meeting works best for them.

Urban Forestry Grant
The council also accepted an Urban Forestry Grant for $10,484 from the Wisconsin DNR, which will be used toward the creation of an outdoor forestry classroom on the former Northern Engraving site on St. Feriole Island. Alderwoman Jean Titlbach said she would support the grant but wanted the city to continue to look for a location for a pet park.

Other business
•After closed session, the council approved the settlement between the city and the Redevelopment Authority versus Martin F. Rifken; Block 43, LLC; Thomas Gialamas; and, Madison Office Fund, LLC. This settlement does not involve Nelson True Value. More details about the settlement will be provided by the Courier Press in an upcoming issue.

•The wastewater staff and DNR representatives met with Pattison Sand Company last September, as Pattison has developed a product that has shown to be effective in the removal of phosphorus from the waste stream (both influent and effluent) and may be an option for meeting the future needs and requirements of the city’s wastewater facility and the DNR. According to Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer, this product is a by-product of Pattison’s mining industry that has proven effective at the city’s wastewater treatment plant through initial testing. The council approved a memorandum of understanding, which moves the project forward. Alderman Frank Pintz was the only council member abstaining from the vote.

•By approving an ordinance, the council gave its final OK to change the traffic flow on South Wacouta Avenue from Mooney to Blackhawk to a one-way street, with the traffic direction being northerly. The ordinance also creates diagonal parking on South Wacouta, on the west side, between Wisconsin and Blackhawk. The changes will take effect on May 1.

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