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Darlington gives approval to 2017 street construction plans

DARLINGTON – The Tuesday, Feb. 21 the regular meeting of the common council of the City of Darlington was called to order by Mayor David Breunig at 7:00 p.m.
Madison, E. Lucy, E Mary & Arthur Street reconstruction
    Prior to the city council meeting a Water and Sewer committee meeting was held with the main purpose of deciding on proposed infrastructure improvements to Madison Street, E. Lucy Street and Arthur Street. The design work, cost estimates and timeline were presented by Bart Neis and Mark Doyle of Delta 3 of Platteville.
    The cost estimates (these include sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer and street construction): Madison Street (from E. Lucy to E. North Street) and E. Lucy Street (from Madison Street to approximately 200’ east) - $469,075; E. Lucy Street (from Arthur Street to dead end) - $218,175; E. Mary Street (intersection, manhole replacement) - $13,800; Arthur Street (from E. Lucy Street to Minerva Street) - $78,750. The total project cost is $779,825. See map.
    The timeline for the improvements are: Bid will be let sometime the week of Feb. 27, 2017; Bids will be due and opened March 23, 2017; Bids will be approved at April 4, 2017 council meeting; Construction will commence when chosen construction firm is able to do the work; Project will be finished by October 15, 2017.
    The committee and then the city council approved the project.
Highway 23 reconstruction
    Neis brought up the State Highway 23 reconstruction project, in Darlington, taking place in 2021. He mentioned the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) is already wanting the water and sewer plans in 2018 (the City of Darlington will construct and pay for the sewer and water component of the project). Alder Steve Pickett ask if Delta 3 would present a proposal for surveying the highway project for sewer and water, then the city could act on it at their next meeting.
TID #6 & #7
    Kurt Muchow of Vierbicher Associates drew up an agreement for the city - regarding the amending of the City of Darlington’s TID #6 and #7. The agreement (contract) specifies what Vierbicher is responsible for and a timeline in which it will happen.
    The plan is to move monies from TID #6 to TID #7, so that projects can be funded with money that will be placed in TID #7 in the downtown area (also within a half mile radius). The fee for the services Vierbicher is providing is $12,000 and is expected to be complete within three or four months.  So all the city needs to do is develop a list where the money should go. The city approved the contract with Vierbicher.
    In Other Business:
    •Approved the Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Nikki Martin to replace Pat Hardyman on the Park & Rec Committee. Since the meeting - Martin withdrew herself from consideration.
    •Approved the Dec. 31, 2016 financial reports for the City, Water Dept. and Sewer Dept.