The City of Tomahawk held their monthly meetings last night.
Mike Tolvstad spent much of the Public Works meeting updating the board on North 4th Street. He said they are still trying to determine what the issue is with the lights on the bridge. A technician should be available to make it here in the coming days.
As far as the new project slated for this summer, Tolvstad gave a quick rundown on items or issues they are talking about. They likely won’t tackle the Somo Avenue intersection as that would require DOT involvement. Two spots were located for Pedestrian Crossing Lights, which were included in the Pedestrian Bike Plan several years ago. They would be solar powered LED’s funded by grant money. Some other issues Tolvstad brought up were retaining walls and business signs on city right of ways and driveway openings along the 4th Street. Finally, with some public participation there was a discussion on the Detour Plan. The traffic will likely be shifted to 3rd Avenue and either 5th or 6th Avenue. They felt the only issue would be larger trucks on roads not built to handle that kind of traffic.
Outside of 4th Street discussions, Tolvstad said the snow is welcome as some of the guys were getting garage fever with their new snow plow. They are making some progress in talks about the highway 86 RR crossing.
Finally Tolvstad says the cold temperatures are giving the crews headaches as far as working on the pot holes. He says they are continually repairing the rough section on 4th street approaching the 4 way stop. Those temporary solutions are only lasting for a short time, before deteriorating again.
At the License and Permits Committee, they approved the lone operator license and a premise revision for a special event after some detail conformation. They also approved the Fall Ride events at the Rodeway Inn with the application similar to past years. Finally the Committee discussed and ultimately approved a new event for the Independence day holiday. The Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce is organizing a Party in the Park for July 3 in Memorial Park. The family friendly event would centralize some of the events, with the Kwahamot Ski Show also going on that same day.
The Finance Committee also met and approved their usual business. Chairman Roger Schlegel gave a report on the Community Development Authority. The two groups will be holding a joint meeting coming up later this month where they will discuss various topics including the TIF districts.
The Committee discussed and eventually approved negotiating with the School District over several properties along King’s Road. They approved entering into a TIF Service Agreement with MSA and amended the budget to fix a minor mistake in which account funds are put in.
The public works department will participate in audiogram testing. The testing will be done because a portion of their work is done around loud machinery. The cost is less than $20 per employee. Finally the Finance Committee authorized a resolution for the submission for a Community Development Block Grant which could award up to $500,000 towards the upcoming 4th Street project.