Antigo council to consider ATV link to trail on railroad corridor|
|Expanding opportunities for all-terrain vehicle riders will be the focus when the Antigo Common Council meets Wednesday.|
The nine-member board will convene for its regular June session at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.
Leading the agenda will be a request from the Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club to use the former railroad grade on the city’s north side as a trail to connect the city to the existing Langlade County system. The corridor runs from the intersection of Amron Avenue and Saratoga Street north to County Highway N.
Other recreational matters fill the agenda as well.
The council is expected to approve an agreement with Langlade County that will allow construction of a bike trail route along the eastern boundary of the Langlade County Fairgrounds. The 20-foot section of trail would be part of a larger route that would loop around town and connect various community centers, parks, facilities and cemeteries.
The County Board of Supervisors has approved the easement, with the stipulation that the city construct and maintain a security fence to prevent access to the fairgrounds from the trail.
Some upgrades to Peaceful Valley Park, which has increased in popularity due to the development of the community playground and nearby warming house, are also on the horizon. Aldermen are being asked to purchase about $2,500 worth of picnic tables for the park, eliminating the need to move tables from park to park to provide enough seating for events.
Another recreational matter involves the use of the Little League concession stand, which is used during the baseball season by various baseball and softball organizations, but could be available for public reservations upon the conclusion of the programs. The council will likely set the rental fee at $50, the same as other concession stands.
The city continues to deal with the aftermath of a rough winter that battered water lines and streets. The council is expected to accept the bid from Northeast Asphalt for $57,767 to make repairs to the streets and sidewalks as needed. The work involves 350 lineal square feet of curb and gutter, 900 square feet of driveway approach and sidewalk and 850 square yards of blacktop pavement.
In other matters, Dave Maccoux of Schenk Government and Not-for-Profit Solutions will present the 2013 financial statement. The annual report is based on the city’s audit and generally includes a review of the fiscal health of the municipality’s various accounts.
Two Block Grant issues will also be cleared from the city books. The first involves property at 505 Birch St. CoVantage Credit Union is getting the property back and has offered a payment of $1,000 to the city to clear the grant as opposed to foreclosure. The remaining $12,609 will be written off as bad debt.
Aldermen will also be asked to authorize the city to take possession of a house at 710 Wausau Rd. There is an outstanding Block Grant loan on the property for $8,560.
The council will also:
—authorize payment of up to $75 for the cost of the water to fill the Kids’ Fishing Day fish tank. The event was held on Saturday.
—waive the various fees and license requirements for Market Streetfest scheduled June 27.
—purchase a fuel tank for the wastewater plant generator from Servco FS for $6,123, plus accept the bid of $1,195 from Duffek Sand and Gravel Inc. for necessary concrete work.
—increase field fees for Lake Park to $7 per game and eliminate the $2 light fee.
—approve the purchase of a metal shipping container for the Police Department gun range, replacing a deteriorating storage shed.
—ink an agreement setting charges for non-emergency transports at $213.24 for 2014, with a 3 percent annual increase. If the transport is over 10 miles, there will be a $3 per loaded mile charge.
—approve the mayor’s appointments of aldermen Tom Bauknecht and Tim Kassis to the Safety Building Joint Operations Committee and Kristy Bovre to the Joint Library Board.
One request for a license change may bring some concerns. Tiffany M. Boldig is relinquishing the licenses for Headquarters II at 1005 Fifth Avenue and Police Chief Eric Roller is recommending against issuing the paperwork to Joshua M. Davids. The matter will be discussed in closed session.
Fire Chief Jon Petroskey will swear in Adam Finn as a new firefighter.
An open gate and a few signs are all that mark the former Chicago & Northwestern right-of-way south of Highway N today.
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