Main Street Planning Project

posted in July 2020

The Main Street Planning project was sponsored through a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) public facilities grant. Vierbicher was the company chosen to take us through the process. Community input was received during several meetings. The last 2 meetings were cancelled due to the “stay at home” recommendations with Covid-19.

 The planning project was completed 5/11/2020. The complete plan as submitted by Vierbicher can be found in the PDF file below. It lists priority items that can be done soon as well as ideas for the future.

 Included in the plan is the area of Main Street between Mill and Maple Streets. The area could be extended to Cherry St. if additional grants or TIF funds are available. The recommendations included:

  1. Reconstruction of street and streetscapes

    1. 50’ wide streets curb to curb with bike lanes and sidewalks

    2. Decorative concrete behind curb and crosswalks at intersections

    3. Bike racks and street furniture

    4. Decorative street lights

  2. Reconstruction of infrastructure

    1. Replace sewer main, manholes and laterals

    2. Replace water main, hydrants and services

    3. Replace storm sewer

  3. Assist with relocation of electrical substation

Main Street Planning document from Vierbicher.

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Main Street Improvements Project

posted July 2020

 This project began on June 25, 2020 with the application for another CDBG public facility grant. The intention is to complete the work that was recommended during the planning phase. The grant is for $1 million. The total project is expected to cost $1.8 million. Additional moneys would be available from TIF funds and the possibility of other grants.

 In August, we expect to hear back from CDBG if the grant request has been accepted. Then work begins to request proposals from vendors interested in doing the work, review the proposals, select a vendor, sign contracts, work on timelines and plans, etc., etc.

Expectations are that the project would begin in April of 2021 and be completed by the end of that year.

 

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