City to launch major water project on Second Avenue|
|The Second Avenue water main, which suffered four breaks over the brutal 2013-14 winter, will get some much needed attention, perhaps as soon as September, following action by the Antigo Common Council Wednesday, aldermen approved a contract with MSA Professionals Inc. for $29,700 for the design and bidding phase to replace the water main located along Second Avenue from Aurora Street to Langlade Road, along with valves in the distribution system on First Avenue to the water tower.|
The city has applied for Block Grant funding to cover up to half of the cost of the work, with an announcement expected in early August. At least some of the work will take place this fall, with or without the grant funds, officials said.
The 12-inch main serves Langlade Hospital, Eastview Medical and Rehab and Rosalia Gardens, as well as a substantial residential area. If that pipe breaks, the entire area is without service. The pipe has at least seven patches.
In another public works matter, aldermen approved a resolution entering into the state/municipal agreement for the design and construction of a new bridge over Eighth Avenue, a project that likely won’t get underway until 2018 or beyond.
The city has already received a grant to cover 80 percent of the cost to replace the bridge over Spring Brook but more paperwork remains before the project can begin.
In recreational matters, aldermen approved 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.
The off-road vehicles will be allowed 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 continued 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.
In other matters, aldermen:
—agreed to disband 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 separated 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 inked a land exchange between the city and Langlade County. The county would give the city 1625 Deleglise St., a parcel formerly under consideration for a new law enforcement storage facility, in return for 1427 Arctic St., located adjacent to the highway shop.
Second Avenue looking west from Langlade Road. The area is slated for major water main repairs.
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