GENOA CITY — The village president’s top two issues for 2017 deal with roads.
In a recent phone interview, Bill Antti said some of the biggest issues that will come up this year are proposals to repair County Highway H and to connect North and South Carter streets.
He expects the next board discussion about the Carter connection idea to occur soon.
“It makes for better flow through the village,” Antti said of the idea.
North Carter Street, which is also listed in maps online as County Highways U and B, ends south of Hillside Cemetery, at the intersection with Franklin and Platt streets.
Heading north from Walworth Street, South Carter leads past Prime Park, ending at the Landmark Services Co-op.
There is mostly wooded land between the ends of North and South Carter.
Antti said they are in the process of contacting the land owners at the moment.
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“We’ve been talking about it for a while, I think since last spring,” he said about connecting the streets. “Actually, it’s something that’s been knocked around for a number of years.”
Antti’s other top issue isn’t entirely in the village’s control, but it’s one which prompted him to send a letter to the Walworth County chairwoman.
The county may start repairs on Highway H this year, from the Nippersink Creek bridge, south on Freeman Street, east on Walworth Street, to Elizabeth Lane.
Village and county officials appear to have had a falling out over the project recently.
On Dec. 1, 2016, the Genoa City Village Board decided not to go through with replacing the water and sewer pipes under Highway H.
Previously, the board planned to do it, and Antti said they tried to coordinate an infrastructure replacement project with the county road work, so that the work would occur while the road surfaces were open, to minimize costs.
But in a Dec. 6 letter to County Chairwoman Nancy Russell, Antti said all of the county’s cost-sharing proposals were too expensive for the village.
He said the county wants the village to pay for reconstructing the road base if it replaces the pipes, and he also expressed dissatisfaction over the proposed mill-and-overlay plans for the highway.
An article about the project will appear in a future edition of the Regional News.
Other top issues
Antti said another road project and a village revaluation are also on his list of top issues for 2017.
This spring, the village may begin reconstructing the block of Sumner Street that’s north of Franklin and the section of Wisconsin Street between First and Walworth streets.
The total for both projects is estimated at around $685,000, and will be funded by loans — $285,000 from the village water utility, Antti said.
He also said the loans have not been approved yet, but the project was included in the 2017 village budget.
As for the revaluation, Antti said it hasn’t been done in a while, and officials believe they should do it soon.
The purpose of a revaluation is to bring assessed property values closer in line with fair market values, in order to levy taxes uniformly.
The village board budgeted about $58,000 for the revaluation, said Antti.