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City maintenance projects and continued work on creating all-terrain vehicle access from the city to northside trails leads the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Antigo Common Council.

The governing body will convene at 6 p.m. in the chambers at City Hall.

Looking ahead to future maintenance projects, aldermen are expected to approve a contract with MSA Professionals Inc. for $29,700 for the design and bidding phase for replacing the water main located along Second Avenue to Langlade Road, along with water valves at the treatment plant.

The main was a victim of the brutal winter, with four separate breaks. The city has applied for grant funding to cover all or some of the costs.

The city has already received a grant to cover 80 percent of the cost to replace the Eighth Avenue bridge over Spring Brook but more paperwork remains before the project can begin. Aldermen are expected to approve a resolution entering into the state/municipal agreement for the design and construction of the new span.

In recreational matters, aldermen are expected to continue carving out routes to provide all-terrain vehicle access from the city’s north side hotels to existing trail systems, a project being done in conjunction with the Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club.

A resolution on the agenda calls for authorizing the off-road vehicles to travel Progress Boulevard from 700 feet south of Highway 64 north to its right-of-way limits; Clermont Street from the north city limits to Amron Avenue; and Amron Avenue from Saratoga Street east to Highway 45.

The route would connect the hotels with the former railroad corridor at the intersection of Amron Avenue and Saratoga Street. The city has already approved use of the old rail grade north to Highway N.

The resolution also calls for the city to investigate the feasibility of a multi-use connecting link along the west side of Highway 45 from Highway 64 to Memory Lane.

The temporary routes would all be authorized on a one-year trial basis.

The city will continue with its usual summertime waivers of special event fees for nonprofit events. Included on the list for this month are Church World United for the CROP Walk Against Hunger on Sept. 27; Antigo Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease on Sept. 13; and the Antigo Tater Trot on Aug. 9.

Aldermen will review a resolution to purchase a Horton ambulance from Foster Coach Sales at a cost of $175,830, with dollars coming from the ambulance replacement fund. The city maintains four ambulances which are replaced every 12 to 14 years.

Questions about the purchase were raised at the committee level, since a local manufacturer, Pomasl Fire Equipment Inc., offered to sell the city a similar ambulance, a PL Custom, for $175,896, only $66 more.

According to the resolution, the committee chose the Horton model because law enforcement personnel may be required to drive the ambulance from an accident scene and are familiar with the equipment.

In other matters, aldermen will act on resolutions:

—disbanding the Antigo Fire Department’s HAZMAT team since it is unable to maintain the necessary level of needed training due to the increased emphasis on paramedic training instead. The county already contracts with the Oneida County HAZMAT response team for the service.

—formally separate the positions of building inspector and assessor, action already taken by aldermen meeting as a committee of the whole last week. The city will hire a building inspector and contract with a private business for the assessment services under a series of resolutions awaiting adoption. The joint job was previously filled by Jerry Wilhelm, who died earlier this year.

—and ink a land exchange between the city and Langlade County. The county would give the city 1625 Deleglise St. in return for 1427 Arctic St.


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