A permanent pier at Hattie Sherwood Park and an update on the status of the Illinois Avenue reconstruction project were among the topics discussed at the Green Lake Common Council and Committee of the Whole meetings on Monday, January 9.
Here are the top four takeaways:
1. New pier at Hattie Sherwood Park
The city of Green Lake will construct a permanent timber pier at Hattie Sherwood Beach Park to replace the existing seasonal pier.
Ald. Jon McConnell said the new pier will have a main section that is 50-feet long by 8-feet wide. At the end of the main section, a 28-foot long by 8-foot wide “T” section will be placed with seating at the end.
About 10 feet away from the pier, at each corner, piles will be driven in to protect the pier from ice damage.
In order to construct the pier, up to 88 tons of stone will be placed to use as a working rock platform. Once the project is completed, the rock will be placed along 90 to 100 feet of existing shoreline for bank stabilization.
The project is estimated to cost between $63,000 and $68,000. Department of Natural Resources permits for the pier installation are estimated at an additional $1,000 to $2,000.
“Overall it’s a great project,” McConnell said.
Construction of the pier will start next winter and is expected to be complete in spring 2024.
2. Illinois Avenue Reconstruction
The Illinois Avenue reconstruction project is still active but is nearing completion.
The primary purpose of the project is to replace the old, deteriorated water utilities, storm sewer utilities and roadway infrastructure along lllinois Avenue. The construction work was coordinated with the adjacent Heidel House remodeling and development project.
Public Works Director Jason Carley said there is a short list of items the contractor still needs to address and the asphalt surface course will be installed this spring. The project came in at about $25,300 less than what the city budgeted.
“We actually did come in under budget and, as of now, the existing things that still need to be done are still on the books to be done under the price we have already paid,” Carley said.
3. Raise for non-represented city employees
Non-represented city employees will get a raise.
Non-represented employees are not a member of any collective bargaining association or group.
The majority of non-represented city employees will see a pay increase of between $0.50 to $3 per hour. The salary of the clerk-treasurer, public works director and police chief will increase by between $5,600 to $5,800 per year. The pay increase was active as of the first of the year.
4. City won’t use TIF funds to pay developer
The council affirmed it won’t use TIF funds to pay a developer for a void agreement.
William Hunter, who is the developer of Golf Hill Court Condominiums, asked the council to reconsider its previous decision not to use $70,000 from tax incremental financing (TIF) No. 3 to pay a developer’s agreement with the city.
Hunter entered into the agreement June 1, 2015. As part of the agreement, and to receive the money, the site needed to have occupancy and the assessed property tax value needed to be $700,000 by Aug. 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, the assessed value of the site was $601,400.
In a letter to the council, Hunter wrote that the selling price for the two properties totaled $869,000, which was more than the $700,000 the properties needed to be assessed at to fulfill the contract.
Mayor Ray Radis said the terms of the contract were black and white and the terms were not met. The council voted to deny reconsidering the payment to Hunter.