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Allouez board passes resolutions of support for state budget

By Heather Graves

ALLOUEZ – The village board adopted four resolutions supporting certain components of Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget at its May 7 meeting.

The governor’s proposed state budget includes initiatives that impact local municipalities.

Specifically, those that impact levy limits, shared revenue, transportation aid and closing the dark store and Walgreen’s property tax loopholes.

Board members unanimously approved resolutions in support for all, with the exception of the 8 cent gas tax increase portion in the resolution supporting the state’s transportation funding shortfall and increasing local transportation aid.

“(This portion) implies that we are endorsing or telling the state you should raise the gas tax 8 cents,” said Trustee Christopher Sampson. “We need to call upon the state to be in charge of making the decision on how to do that.”

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities is encouraging communities throughout the state to pass resolutions of support.

Construction on Hoffman underway

The Hoffman Road (County Highway XX) reconditioning project is underway.

While work is being done, Hoffman Road will be closed from East River to Bellevue Street.

A detour is in place for drivers from Webster Avenue to Allouez Avenue to Bellevue Street.

For reconditioning projects, contractors will mill the existing pavement, repair poor subgrade areas and place new pavement. Five-foot paved shoulders will be added to accommodate bicycles.

The roadway is scheduled to open by the end of the day on Friday, May 31.

The project is weather-dependent and may change due to weather conditions.

Liquor license transfer inquiry

Board members voted unanimously to take no action on an inquiry received by the village of Ashwaubenon to entertain the idea of transferring one or more available reserve Class B liquor licenses.

Currently, Allouez has 14 regular licenses, plus nine reserve licenses.

Municipalities are allowed to sell up to three reserve licenses for a minimum cost of $10,000.

The Economic Development Committee recommended not selling any licenses at this time pending unknown future developments.

“There is no real rush, there is no real need, so why do it – and we can always change our mind,” said Trustee Penny Dart.

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