News & Notes: June 28

June 25, 2012

State to present plans for re-evaluating Highway 38

Racine - A public information meeting will be held regarding the study re-evaluation for Highway 38 from Highway K in Racine County to Oakwood Road in Milwaukee County.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28 in the Gifford Elementary School gym, 8332 Northwestern Ave., Racine.

The project team will be available to speak with guests at the open house style meeting.

The study will re-evaluate roadway deficiencies along the nine-mile stretch, as well as long-term improvements to traffic flow and safety in the corridor and assessment of potential impacts.

Through the study, the project team will:

Re-analyze existing and future traffic demands.

Redevelop alternatives for addressing safety concerns and long-term mobility needs.

Re-examine environmental impacts and measures to avoid or minimize impacts.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, review project information, provide input and ask questions.

For information, call Traci Gengler at (262) 548-8727. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Project Manager Traci Gengler, P.E., WisDOT, P.O. Box 798, Waukesha, WI 53187-0798.

Work to begin on Pennsylvania Avenue project

Oak Creek - Reconstruction of Pennsylvania Avenue between College and Rawson avenues in Oak Creek is scheduled to begin before the end of the month.

The Common Council last week approved a resolution to acquire lands from 13 parcels for public right of way or temporary easements for the project.

Although the actual reconstruction of the road will end just north of Rawson Avenue, the property is needed in order to reconstruct the sidewalk further south through the intersection of Pennsylvania and Rawson, per project funding requirements, said City Engineer Mike Simmons.

The additional land being acquired includes about 0.12 acres for right of way and 0.002 acres for temporary easements. The cost is expected to be minor, Simmons said, and will be covered with capital improvement funds budgeted for the project.

Construction is expected to begin this week and will extend through late October, Simmons said. During that time, drivers will need to follow a detour from College Avenue to Howell Avenue, and then back to Rawson Avenue, Simmons said.

Fire department to invest in radio upgrades

Oak Creek - In order to comply with federal regulations, the Oak Creek Fire Department will purchase a new base station for its radio communications.

The Common Council last week approved the expenditure of about $6,200 for the equipment, which is needed in order for the department's radio communications to begin operating on narrowband frequencies before Jan. 1, 2013, per Federal Communications Commission mandates.

The purchase represents the second phase of the department's conversion to narrowband frequency, which began in 2011.

The purchase will be covered by capital improvement funds budgeted for that purpose. Any remaining funds may be needed for additional antennas for coverage in and around potential dead zones. The department also likely will need to purchase new portable radios by 2014, Fire Chief Tom Rosandich said.

Oak Creek congratulates 2012 Citizen of the Year

Oak Creek - The Common Council took a moment to congratulate Oak Creek's 2012 Citizen of the Year Rich Duchniak at its most recent meeting.

In a council proclamation presented last week, officials recognized Duchniak's commitment to the community, through his involvement in the Oak Creek Kiwanis Club and other community events such as the Bike Rodeo and National Night Out, as well as his role working with special needs students at Oak Creek High School.

Duchniak was honored at the Citizen of the Year recognition dinner on June 8.

Former Plan Commission member recognized by council

Oak Creek - After five years of service on the Oak Creek Plan Commission, member Cal Nowak has stepped down from his role.

The Common Council last week approved a proclamation acknowledging and thanking Nowak for his "thorough, conscientious and professional" service.

Nowak was appointed to the Plan Commission in February 2007. He has already vacated the role in order to relocate to Texas.

Hales Corners library to close on July 4, reopen July 5

Hales Corners - The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day, library officials have announced.

Regular summer hours will resume July 5. These are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.


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