Lake Geneva Considering Lake View Drive Improvement Project for American Rescue Plan Act Funds | Local news


Lake Geneva officials have identified a potential use of the funding the city will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The funding could be used to help pay for what is known as the “Lake View Drive Improvement Project,” which was included in the city’s five-year highway improvement plan.

The city is expected to receive approximately $ 848,000 from the law, which will be received in two installments. The city recently received its first installment of approximately $ 424,000 and is expected to receive its second installment early next year.

Members of the City Council’s Finance, Licensing and Regulatory Committee discussed potential uses of the funding and the “Lake View Drive Improvement Project” on August 17th.

The project is expected to include between 1,300 and 1,500 square feet of replacement water line, fire hydrant and sanitary manhole cover, as well as improvements to utilities and water management infrastructure. rainy waters.

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The project is also expected to include the removal of lead service lines from the area.

Public Utilities Commission Director Josh Gajweski said the Environmental Protection Agency recently updated its “lead and copper rule”, requiring lead service lines to be removed private and public property.

“It’s an effort that’s going to take years and a lot of funding to get there,” Gajewski said. “It would be a good place to start. The infrastructure on Lake View Drive is approximately 100 years old.

Gajewski said the city is seeking state funding to remove lead service lines from other areas of the community.

Protection should also include the replacement of curbs and gutters in various sections of Lake View Drive.

The majority of the work would be done between Main Street and Lake Shore Drive.

Alderman Richard Hedlund asked, in addition to replacing curbs and gutters, if the city was considering installing sidewalks in certain areas of the road.

Public Works Director Tom Earle said it was an item under consideration, but some areas of Lake View Drive would be too narrow for sidewalks.

Gajewski said that after presenting the proposed project to the city aldermen, the installation of sidewalks could be considered part of the project.

“The sidewalk is a part of it that we weren’t planning on doing, but given the comments from the finance committee, we’ll be providing them with primary estimates of what it would cost to add sidewalks,” Gajweski said.

After some discussion, members of the finance committee unanimously approved the further review and development of more detailed plans for the project.

“I’d like more details before I get into the thick of it,” Hedlund said. “I think we need to have a plan in place. “

Gajewski said more details, such as costs, must be determined before the project is fully approved. The city aldermen are expected to discuss the project again at a future meeting of the finance committee.

“I’m not really sure I would call it a preliminary phase as much as it is a concept phase for the project,” he said.

Gajewski said if approved, the project could take between three and four months.

“It will depend on the final scope they want to include or don’t want to include,” Gajewski said. “It would depend on what is finalized for the job and then what time of year the job begins. “

City administrator Dave North said that of all the projects being considered, the “Lake View Drive Improvement Project” appeared to be the most suitable for the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

“It’s not necessarily fun,” said Nord. “It’s not necessarily exciting, but it’s precise in terms of the intent of these, as far as it can be used.”

Gajweski said city officials also considered using the funding to make improvements to areas of Sheridan Spring Roads, but determined Lake View Drive to be the most significant project.

“There is less need for stormwater improvement out there,” Gajewski said of Sheridan Springs Road. “There is also less replacement of lead service lines. There have been many water line breaks on Sheridan Spring Road over the past 20-30 years, so it’s on our radar in regards to a replacement project, but in all respects that we can for improvements, this was second on our list. “

Comptroller Karen Hall said several other projects were considered, but she is not sure whether they would have been eligible projects for American Rescue Plan Act funds.

According to the US Department of the Treasury, some of the potential uses of the funding include implementing COVID-19 mitigation efforts, compensating essential workers, addressing economic issues caused by public health emergencies, replacing lost revenue caused by the pandemic, improved broadband Internet access and improved water and sewer networks.

“Some of them were sort of ‘gray’,” Hall said. “My biggest fear is that if we choose something that is a bit ‘gray’ and is later determined to be ineligible, the city will have to return the money, and it could take four or five years later when they can audit us.

Hall said the city was to start spending the money by 2024 and that it was to complete the funded projects in 2026.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was enacted by President Joe Biden on March 11.

The law provides approximately $ 1.9 trillion to city and state governments, residents, small businesses, schools and other organizations to help offset the negative financial effects of the coronavirus.


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