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Traffic lights get the green light

The Somerset Village Board unanimously voted to take part in a highway safety improvement program at its July 15 meeting that will install traffic lights at the Highway 35/County Road C intersection.

Village Trustee Ryan Sicard said the village was approached by Wisconsin Department of Transportation traffic safety engineer Greg Helgeson about participating in the program to improve safety at the busy intersection.

The project will cost $190,000, but the village will be responsible for 10 percent, or $19,000. WisDOT is covering the rest, Sicard said. Since the intersection is technically in the Town of Somerset and C is a county road, board members suggested seeing if either of those municipalities would consider sharing the 10 percent cost.

“We intend to use TID No. 2 (Tax Increment District 2) funding for this project so there will be no direct impact on the general tax levy,” Sicard said.

Sicard told board members that WisDOT data estimates between 2008 and 2013 that installing traffic lights at the intersection would eliminate 3.2 crashes per year.

Trustee David Carufel said the danger of that intersection has been brought to his attention several times.

“We won’t ever get it done for $19,000 again,” Carufel said.

Sicard said Helgeson estimated installation of the lights will begin this fall, with the final phase being completed in the spring.

Other business

  •  Mel Germain was appointed to the Board of Appeals.
  •  The board voted to hire JA Counter to review the employee handbook for a cost not to exceed $500.
  •  Trustee Ryan Sicard gave an update on the St. Croix River Crossing economic impact study advisory committee.
  •  The Public Safety Committee meeting was set for Monday, Aug. 11
  •  A picnic beer license was approved for the Apple River Cruizers event Aug. 2.
  •  Operators’ licenses were approved for Carrie Kulibert, Anna Siggens and Dillon Schaeffer.
  •  The board approved a tax collection agreement with the St. Croix County treasurer in the amount of $1.75 per parcel.

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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