Highway 42 Resurfacing to Begin in 2014

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• The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has notified the town and residents that field work will take place along Highway 42 from Woodland Drive to the Northport Ferry Landing. Resurfacing of this portion of Highway 42 is scheduled for the summer of 2014. R. A. Smith National, Inc., of Appleton will conduct the fieldwork. The project includes milling two inches of existing asphalt pavement, overlaying with two inches of hot-mix asphalt and reshaping the shoulders.

•The town received the report on the storm water drain along Cedar Road in Ellison Bay. Camera work conducted within the drain indicated blockage and an area of collapsed piping.

• Asplundh, contracted by Wisconsin Public Service, has removed some trees leaning over power lines on Garrett Bay Road as a precautionary measure. Several dead trees were also removed.

• The highway committee received nominations for East Door Bluff and Door Bluff Roads as Heritage Roads. The committee rejected the nominations and will send their decision to the town board. Designation as a Heritage Road means the preservation of existing, natural flora and vistas shall be a significant focus of maintenance of the road. Such roads continue to be under local control and the town has the same authority over those roads as it exercises over other town roads. Any road scheduled for improvements may be nominated and selected as a Heritage Road. The Heritage Road policy does not mean, when warranted, standard road maintenance and construction principles are set aside or compromised.

• Administrator Walter Kalms, using the preliminary five-year plan for road improvements, is estimating expenditures averaging more than $500,000 each of the five years.

• The trial run of waste containers in three locations has prompted some people to use the containers for household waste. The containers have not been placed for that reason and could lead to citations being issued for ordinance violation.

• Bids were opened by the highway committee for chip sealing work this year on town roads. Scott Construction Inc. of Wisconsin Dells was the low bidder at $95,166.