By Lea Kopke
ALLOUEZ – Public Works Director Sean Gehin reported during the Allouez village board’s June 1 meeting on whether compression-braking can be prohibited on parts of State Highway 172.
Gehin said the question came about because of concerns about the volume of traffic noise coming from the region.
A member of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) completed a speed survey in the area last year, he said and told him the noise was likely coming from speed changes from vehicles on the on and off-ramps along Webster Avenue.
The board was initially interested in putting up signage, which would state compression braking is not allowed.
But Gehin said DOT does not allow for such signs on its freeway or expressway interchanges due to safety concerns.
He said, despite running through Allouez, the road falls under DOT’s authority.
“The sign would be placed on a connecting highway, which (DOT) has jurisdiction and maintenance responsibility on,” Gehin said.
Later, the village board approved US Cellular modifying its tower lease agreement.
The amendment allows US Cellular to modify its antennae and ancillary equipment on the village’s water tower.
Village Administrator Brad Lange said after US Cellular worked through its plans with a few village workers, the village had McMahon Group look over the project’s specifications to ensure the tower wouldn’t be damaged.
Lange said a vote was required on the amendments because they are attached to a “rather long” contract.
The village board will resume its in-person meetings June 15.
Lange said the board is working on determining if a virtual option will still be available for residents who are not yet comfortable attending.
Summer festivities return
The village is resuming many of its regular summer activities this year.
Trustee Rob Atwood said he is excited to see the return of the village’s programs.
“It’s nice to have some in-person things happening again,” Atwood said. “It feels like we’re finally coming out of this.”
Upcoming events include:
• AllouezFest: A community picnic and classic car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13, at Green Isle Park.
The event will also feature a live DJ, face painting, bounce houses and a raffle.
Admission is free, but donations are suggested.
• Pooches & Pints: Misfit Mutts Dog Rescue is partnering with the village to put on its third annual summer kick-off event from 4-8 p.m. June 17, at Green Isle Park.
There will be music, food trucks and local craft beer.
• Movies in the Park: The series kicks off with a showing of “Onward,” beginning at dusk, June 11 at the Green Isle Park baseball diamond.
“The Mighty Ducks” will be shown July 9 and “Sonic the Hedgehog” Aug. 13.
Admission is free.
This year, no concessions or activities will be provided prior to the movie due to COVID-19.
Editor’s note: To read about Allouez needing to remove about 550 ash trees, CLICK HERE.