Public works committee report


    The Midwest Street Machine Car Club was approved for its request to use the city-owned vacant lot (Harbor Park Parcel A) for its car fair on September 1, 2012 (rain date will be September 8, 2012).  Tony Puntillo and John Stort were in attendance at the Public Works Committee tonight and spoke to the committee about their plans for the fair this year.  Committee members discussed ideas for the two in the way of advertising and getting assistance from the city on parking signs, sponsorships, etc.

  • Resolutions to correct five resolutions were approved.
  • The resolution for special assessments for sidewalk and/or driveway approach for Project #10-1208 Sidewalk & Curb/Gutter Program (3814 – 18th Avenue), in the total amount of $55.88, to be levied against the respective parcels of property as shown by a report of the city engineer and filed in the office of the city clerk of the city of Kenosha was approved.
  • The resolution for a special tax upon certain parcels of land within the city of Kenosha pursuant to a section of the Code of General Ordinances, entitled “Sidewalks and Alleys to be Kept Clean by Responsible Party – Emergency Enforcement” (Snow Removal from Sidewalk) was approved unanimously.
  • The committee voted to accept two projects which have both been satisfactorily completed by Cicchini Asphalt, LLC (Kenosha, Wisconsin):  Project 11-1012 Resurfacing Phase I (32nd Avenue – 60th Street to 55th Street, Taft Road – Pershing Boulevard to 39th Avenue, Taft Road – 67th Street to 245 feet northeast, 25th Avenue – 32nd Street to 31st Street) in the amount of $663,017.72; and Project 11-1015 Resurfacing Phase II Project A (88th Place – 47th Avenue to 43rd Avenue, 39th Avenue – North of 80th Street to 300 feet south) in the amount of $311,290.95.
  • The committee also voted to accept Project 11-2002 Overpass Painting (1100 block of 75th Street, 1300 block of 63rd Street, 1300 block of 56th Street), which has been satisfactorily completed by Mill Coatings, Inc. (Suamico, Wisconsin), in the amount of $115,400.
  • The resolution to amend the Official Map for the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, to rescind the designation of 55th Street from 47th Avenue to 49th Avenue as a future street, pursuant to Section 62.23(6), Wisconsin Statutes, was deferred for two weeks, to allow discussion time with the alderperson of the district.  There was some confusion as to who the alderperson of the district was (whether or not it was the alderperson of the district before the redistricting, or afterwards).  Alderperson Steve Bostrom stated that he would be inclined to deny the request because the committee needs to take into account future needs down the road ten to twenty years from now.  Alderperson Jan Michalski voted against the deferral.
  • The committee voted to adopt the Kenosha County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update:  2011-2015.  This report has been referred to several committees for approval, including the Public Safety & Welfare Committee, Storm Water Utility Committee, and the City Plan Commission, where it was approved unanimously this past Thursday.  To read more about this report, click here:  Crop Production as a Conditional Use Denied.

The following informational items were discussed:

  • Chairman G. John Ruffolo talked about the city’s resurfacing projects, which in past years, were usually already bid out by this time in order to take advantage of the best price bids.  These were removed from the Capital Improvement Plan by the city administrator, Frank Pacetti.  Therefore, the staff is at a standstill; they have no direction on what to move on.
  • Mike Lemens, director/city engineer, gave an update on the lawn park area paving policy.  At the last meeting held on December 14th, the general concensus had been to develop a formal policy in order to create uniformity for citizens’ requests.  Lemens said that it would more than likely take them one to two months to draft this policy.  He stated that the committee would have a draft prior to the start of the 2012 construction season.  He also solicited ideas from the committee.
  • Michalski gave an update of the City Plan Commission meeting, which was held this past Thursday.  Please click on the link above to read a story about this meeting.
  • Lemens reported that the city has conducted two successful salt runs in preparation for impending snow removal requirements.  The problems with the GPS tracking devices have been worked out.  Ruffolo asked if they were ready to go, and Lemens said that they were.  There is a forecast of from four to seven inches of snow tomorrow morning, possibly eight inches.  Lemens said that the crews have been pre-scheduled to come in at 4 and 5 am.
  • Alderperson Anthony Nudo asked Lemens how long citizens have to clear the snow from their sidewalks once the snow stops falling.  Lemens replied that they have 24 hours.  Nudo then asked how a property owner is notified of a snow complaint.  Sample bright neon green tags were distributed to the committee members.  They will be prominently displayed on the houses.   An inspection will be done beforehand, then a re-inspection, and then when the snow removal contractor is called, pictures will be taken at the start and completion of the work.  They have been instructed to keep the perspective the same when taking pictures.  After the property has been tagged, the property owner then has 24 hours to rectify the situation before the contractor is called in.  Lemens pointed out that “once the property is tagged, the property owner is already in violation of the ordinance.”
  • Alderperson Steve Bostrom reminded the committee of several recent instances where the fines were rescinded due to the fact that the pictures and documentation provided by the contractor couldn’t prove that the work was actually required.  “If the contractor can’t provide evidence, they should be responsible as well.  The next time you talk to the contractors, let them know the importance of providing the proper documentation.  Make sure the case is airtight and that the city taxpayer is not on the hook.  If we have to pay for the contractor’s mistakes, then we should be billing the amount back to the contractor.”  Ruffolo added that it should be part of the contract if we reimburse the taxpayer.

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