Wisconsin DOT Discusses 2014 Detour Routes

• Members of the highway committee did a final walk through on Garrett Bay Road to determine which trees would be removed in preparation for next year’s scheduled resurfacing. The trees have been marked and letters have been sent to affected property owners to set up appointments with town officials.

• Representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) met with the highway committee regarding the detour scheduled when utility work and reconstruction of Highway 42 begins in Sister Bay. The proposed route would have southbound Highway 42 traffic use Old Stage Road around Sister Bay back to Highway 57 then back to Highway 42. Northbound traffic would be routed through the construction area. Construction is scheduled for 2014.

Town concerns were expressed regarding snow removal on Old Stage on the northbound lane of Old Stage due to the indication that DOT would only assume responsibility for the southbound lane. Currently the town crew does not plow during the late overnight hours.

• The finance committee is considering town-wide garbage collection beginning next year. Jeff Johnson from Going Garbage and Recycling met with the committee to discuss several options. The committee is beginning work on next year’s budget.

• The traffic counter is continuing to provide data on town road usage. Isle View Road, east of Timberline, from July 17 – 24 had a count of 2,999, a weekday average of 427, weekend average of 428
, and average speed of 36.83 mph. Garrett Bay Rd at Maplewood from July 24 – 29 had a count of 3,951, a weekday average of 452, weekend average of 843, and average speed of 33.51 mph.

• An Environmental Analysis and Review Specialist from the DNR has done an inspection on the Isle View Road project regarding the paving placed upon the causeway. He concluded that no permanent wetland filling occurred and has provided suggestions for the shoulder area and the removal of straw bales that were placed to protect the wetlands during resurfacing. The causeway is a crossing point for turtles.

• The personnel committee has reviewed applicants for the position of town clerk. Interviews will be scheduled with several of the applicants.

• A book published by the Liberty Grove Historical Society is filled with interesting facts and photographs from the town prior to 1912. It is available in businesses throughout the town in addition to the historical society and town office. According to the book a company called Anderson Transportation, operating out of Ellison Bay in the 1930s, hauled freight to Green Bay and fresh herring, whitefish and trout to Chicago. The Sunset Restaurant in Gills Rock, now the Shoreline Restaurant, offered curb service in the 1950s – one simply had to blow the vehicle’s horn.

• A reminder that the board of review will be held on Aug. 21 beginning at 1 pm. Aug. 19 is the last day to file an appeal for the board of review. Information and rules regarding the board of review is available at the town office and the notice will be in the newspaper as well as posted at the regular town posting sites.