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Lagrandeur Road will expand northward

The Lagrandeur Road project will expand the road northward to intersect with 190th Avenue. (Image by map data © 2014 Google)

The Somerset Village Board hopes to begin letting bids by June for the Lagrandeur Road expansion project. The new segment of Lagrandeur Road, which runs north-south through the business park, will cut north from Lemire Road through a 20-acre parcel acquired by the village years ago for business park expansion, and intersect with 190th Avenue.

Village clerk Pam Donohoe did not have an immediate cost estimate on the project at the board’s meeting on April 15.

Rob Jones of Cedar Corporation said the village was hoping to work with a private business to secure a grant for the project, but the business wasn’t ready to begin the process.

Jones said he and his firm have begun conversations with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to schedule an environmental review, which is a required part of the process of building the new road.

“They seem to look favorably on the project,” Jones said. “But we need to be careful how we put our first foot forward with the DNR.”

Jones is referring to a small wetland, which he estimates to be three to five acres in size, just south of 190th Avenue.

“The DNR requires an onsite meeting before our application is submitted for wetland impact,” Jones said.

The board wants the project done as quickly as possible because it is using funds from TIF District 2. Those funds expire Sept. 14, according to Village Clerk Pamela Donahoe.

“The money must be spent by Sept. 14,” Donahoe said. “The money has been borrowed for that project, so it’s ready to go.”

Jones said he expects to receive all the necessary permits in the next few weeks, which would allow for the board to begin seeking bids by June.

Cedar Corporation is working with the Somerset Public Works Department and committee to finalize design details of the project, including a trail and regional pond. There are no existing utility contracts to deal with, since the road will cut through a farm field.

Jones said if enough money is left over, should the project come in under budget, it would be ideal to begin extending Lagrandeur even farther north, past 190th Avenue.

Other business

  •  The board accepted the resignation of Donohoe, who has been the village clerk for almost 19 years. Her duties have also included economic development director, which she will continue with until the end of the year due to her heavy involvement in ongoing projects.

Donohoe plans to follow a new career path in the mental health field for St. Croix County. The village is accepting applications to fill her position.

  •  The board approved cell tower lease contracts for Sprint and AT&T in the amount of $1,500 per month.
  •  The board voted to transfer $99,000 from the capital improvements fund to the general fund to maintain a healthy general fund balance. The money had been frozen for that purpose since 2011.
  •  The board approved revisions to the clerk/deputy treasurer position.
  •  Kathy Watters was approved as an election inspector.
  •  The board voted to spend $4,050 to renew the Safe Assure contract, which trains the Public Works Department, keeping them up to code on safety standards.
Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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