Boyceville to meet with state over Highway 170 improvements

BOYCEVILLE — The village will meet with representatives of the state’s Department of Transportation in the near future over improvements to State Highway 170 that transverses the village.

Village maintenance head Don Rose spoke to the village board about the request for a meeting from the Department of Transportation over the resurfacing project, which is scheduled for 2022. Rose informed the village board that the state only resurfaces 24 feet of the highway and anything wider would be at the village’s expenses including curb and gutter.

Rose noted that the plan to resurface the highway from Glenwood City to Colfax was in the plan. Village President Gib Krueger asked Rose to set up a meeting with the DOT officials.

In another matter that requires state funds, Krueger asked the other board members about the “Safe Route To School” program by saying, “Funding is there in July, do we want to proceed or throw in the towel and call uncle?” Board member Mary Lagerstrom interjected, “A lot of work has been done to date. We should proceed.” Krueger agreed and told of what the project would include, new sidewalks and street crossing at 170 and new signage. The board approved moving forward with the project, with Krueger saying that the village can hire an engineering company to plan and bid the project, but he noted to the village board, “we can’t start construction until the new state budget is approved.”

The board also discussed the Main Street project, which would be improvements on that street from East Street west to near the former Methodist Church, Krueger told the board. He discussed some of the things needed on Main Street including work on the bridge, new light poles and water and sewer main improvements.

During the approval of previous meetings, board member Bud Gilbertson noted about the use of computers at the local library, calling the amount of time they are used as a “remarkable number.”

In other board action, Rose informed the board about the Waste Water treatment plan and noted that the pond levels are okay and that they have not been discharging into the river. But he noted that they had to repair the sand filter there and it required the removal of some 10,000 pounds of sand to make the repair.

During his report to the board Police Chief Greg Lamkin noted that with his department at full strength, the number of incidents has increased. He noted that in February the department had 91 calls for service as compared to 27 a year ago. The department logged some 435 hours of work last month.

Lamkin also noted that there will be a couple of trials for people who are fighting their traffic ticket and he also informed the board that the new police vehicle has arrived.

Assistant Village Clerk, Karen Adams reported that the village had only 29 voters in the recent primary. She also noted about the new carpet in the office and recognized the village crew for their work in moving furniture around so the new carpet could be installed.

The board also approved listing a lot for sale along Nelson Drive and approved a contract with MSA out of Baraboo to coordinate the village TAIF District services at a cost of $2,500.