Board Votes to Continue Support of Neptune Dive Club

Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors with tid bits of information about goings on in Town Government.

• After hearing public input, the board appointed supervisors Goss and Tidball to gather pertinent information regarding the possible purchase of two parcels located in Ellison Bay. The board has been asked to consider purchasing the parcels for a parking area, rest rooms and a welcome center. The board felt it was premature to ask the town’s electors to consider the purchase without getting a firm handle on the actual cost of the project.

• The “Stop for Pedestrians in Crosswalk Sign” placed in Ellison Bay was removed by someone within days of its placement. Residents confirmed the sign was helping slowdown traffic on Highway 42 in Ellison Bay and helping pedestrians cross the highway safely. If anyone has information they are asked to contact the town office.

• The board is considering the purchase of a highway speed and traffic counter to be used on town roads. It would give data on vehicle speeds, times of day and numbers of vehicles on the roads. This would be very helpful in determining speed limits on town roads as well as slowing traffic. Observations were made that the speed indicator sign recently placed in Ellison Bay by the sheriffs department had a very positive effect on slowing vehicle speed entering the community.

• The board voted to continue its support of the Neptune Dive Club’s effort to build a stairway to access the water at Port des Morts Town Park. It also approved the plan recommended by the Parks and Property Committee for additional parking at the park. The Neptune Dive Club is conducting a fund raising campaign to pay for the project.

• The board authorized administrator Kalms to contact the Village of Sister Bay regarding the proposed Highway 42/57 intersection modifications in the village. The board felt alternate 2, which keeps the current Highway 57 configuration access onto highway 42 was preferred over alternate number 1.

• Administrator Kalms also has contacted the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the proposed detour through the town during the 2015 Highway 42 project in Sister Bay. The current proposed route has southbound Highway 42 traffic crossing the northbound lane at Highway 42 and Old Stage Road. Traffic would then be routed down Old Stage Road and end up entering the Village of Ephraim by descending the hill on County Highway Q. The town has asked DOT officials to make a visual inspection of the route and attend a Highway Committee meeting to provide additional information.