Allouez gets updates on Webster Avenue, south landfill
By Josh Staloch
ALLOUEZ – Work to repair sections of Webster Avenue is being rescheduled following conversations with Brown County regarding timetables and manpower availability.
“Based on what we’ve learned about the underground utilities, this could be a reconstruct,” Public Works Director Sean Gehin said. “So, we’ll continue to look into and assess the condition of the underground utilities and have discussion on this topic.”
The board decided unanimously at its Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting to approve the project delay.
Tentative times for completion of the staged project in Allouez are:
• Roselawn Boulevard to State Highway 172, move to 2026/2027 unless the village would pursue reconstruction, which may not be until 2028.
• Highway 172 to County Highway O, move to 2024 unless the village would pursue reconstruction which again may not be until 2028.
• County Highway O to Grignon Street, keep in 2025 unless the village would pursue reconstruction which may not be until 2028.
“I think this allows us to do it right,” Board President Jim Rafter said. “This gives us time to look at sidewalks and utilities.”
Mark Walter, business development manager of the Brown County Solid Waste Department updated the board on a new landfill set to open in 2022 about 30 miles south of Green Bay in Holland.
It will be the first new landfill constructed in the area in 25 years, and it comes with a price tag of $22 million.
The update comes on the heels of local municipalities signing new contracts with the solid waste department.
“We’ve had a great working relationship with all of our communities,” Walter said, “and we’re looking at new technologies all the time, looking at how to capture some of the waste and actually keep it from going in to the landfill, which consequently will extend the life of the landfill.”
A contract to televise roughly 25,000 linear feet of sewer and roughly 225 sanitary sewer laterals was awarded to Speedy Clean with a low bid of $40,490.
“We had estimated that this work would cost approximately $65,000,” Gehin said. “So, we’re happy with the number.”
The board agreed unanimously to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to finance the work.
Gehin said the overall condition of the village’s storm sewer system, as well as the amount of rainfall received in recent years, has resulted in 18 sinkholes needing attention.
With repairs estimated between $40,000 and $50,000, and the board voted unanimously to pay for the project using ARPA funds.
Public hearing scheduled
A public hearing is set for the Nov. 16 board meeting to discuss a possible amendment to the village zoning ordinance regarding height requirements in the Riverfront Mixed-Use District and the Riverfront Office-Residential Mixed-Use District.
The proposed amendment would allow buildings in the district to be eight-stories high.
Permanent Makeup Awareness Week
Trustees voted to recognize the week of Nov. 7–13 as Permanent Makeup Awareness Week.
Jill Ullmer, president of Hope & Olive, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide restorative tattoo services, spoke to the board about her organization.
“This proclamation is really special,” Ullmer said. “There’s nothing like it anywhere else, I’ve worked with people who have alopecia, trichotillomania (which causes individuals to pull out their hair and eyebrows, a disorder that Ullmer herself has dealt with for nearly three decades), burn victims and human trafficking survivors. That’s what this proclamation encompasses. It’s bringing awareness to those individuals and to the services that are out there for them.”
• Beginning Nov. 1, there will be no parking allowed on Allouez streets between 2–6 a.m. due to winter street cleaning.
• The board recognized Jared Schmidt and Kristoffer Engebretson, both of the Economic Development Committee, for their years of service to the community.
Correction: In the Oct. 10 issue in the Allouez Village Board meeting story, it was reported water rates would increase slightly due to a rise in the wholesale cost of water. This was incorrect.
The Central Brown County Water Authority will, by way of finding savings elsewhere, be able to offer village customers a slightly lower rate in 2022.