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Highway, Airport and Facilities Committee

Minutes

Steven A. Abel:  8:30-10:55 a.m.                                    
Joseph W. Koch:  8:30-10:55 a.m.

Karen Madigan:  8:30-10:55 a.m.                                  
Dennis N. Stenz:  8:30-10:55 a.m.

John G. Zorn:  8:30-10:55 a.m.

 

Also present were Highway Commissioner Thomas Janke, County Surveyor Peter Kuen, County Executive Allen Buechel, Director of Administration Erin Gerred, Airport Manager John Wehner, Building Maintenance Manager Rick Kiefer, and LeRoy Schmitz of the town of Fond du Lac.

 

1. Call meeting to order.

Chair Joseph W. Koch called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.

 

2. Approve minutes of the January 13, 2017, meeting.

Motion (Zorn/Stenz) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.

 

3. Members of the public who wish to address the committee on specific agenda items must register their requests

at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the committee chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

The town of Fond du Lac gave appreciation for the blacktopping job the Highway Department did at the town garage.

 

4. Airport – John Wehner.

a. John Wehner presented a copy of the recent evaluation of the runways done by a consultant, along with a future projection of their condition. The east/west runway shows a potential major rehabilitation project in the future, but based on the history of its performance, the proposed rehabilitation project does not have to be done at this time. The project would generally be a mill and overlay.

b. Airport Manager Wehner discussed the need for replacement of the existing snow removal equipment building to accommodate other operational needs. There is a potential opportunity to receive federal funding for construction of the building, considering the next major project in line for funding would be the east/west runway, which is generally maintaining its current condition. The committee agreed with the airport manager’s recommendation to proceed with evaluating the potential replacement of that building and to bring it back to the committee for further discussion. Engineering would be the next step, if the building is approved. The FAA would rate the building, which would determine the amount of funding they would contribute towards its construction. 

c. Jet fuel sales are up, with continued increase in corporate jet usage. The current lease for hangers requires hanger owners to provide certificates of insurance on the hangar, with Fond du Lac County named second insured. The airport manager has requested hanger owners provide new certificates. 

 

5. Central Maintenance – Rick Kiefer.

a. Discussion was held on Harbor Haven roof section replacement bids. Northeastern roofing is the low bid; going to award base bid and alternate #1 in the amount of $167,460.

b. The north half of the Snug unit is complete at Harbor Haven Health & Rehabilitation. The south half will be done in March.

c. Work is complete on the Portland Street Annex reception and restroom project.

 

6. Highway Department – Tom Janke.

a. Commissioner Janke discussed the proposed next steps in doing engineering onsite for permitting.   

b. Commissioner Janke discussed some potential projects for which to apply for federal funding under the Surface Transportation Program-Urban/Rural and Bridge Replacement Program that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation just rolled out. Bridge replacement projects would include the CTH H bridge in the town of Ashford and the CTH G bridge in the town of Forest. There are a number of other local bridge projects Commissioner Janke will work with municipalities on as far as applying for funding. Commissioner Janke discussed other candidate projects for Surface Transportation Program-Rural, which could include sections of CTH V, CTH E and CTH Y in the village of Oakfield and potentially CTH N (Kinker Road), if CTH N would get reclassified as a major collector.    

c. The paving crew will attend training on the new paver in Fenton, Missouri, on Feb. 23 and 24.

d. Discussion was held on the ice machine at the main garage. The committee agreed to replace the existing machine. 

e. Update on current highway improvement projects:

  • The committee was updated on the CTH VV (Pioneer Road) project.
  • CTH D village of Oakfield notice of interest and schedule of consultant interviews:Three to five consultants will be interviewed. Mr. Koch and Mr. Zorn will sit in on the interviews.

f. Kelley Country Creamery’s access on CTH B was discussed. Commissioner Janke will contact the business.

g. Commissioner’s report:  The Office of the Commissioner of Railroads is looking at removing the existing signals on CTH B in the village of Eden for the existing spur line. 

h. The next railroad meeting is scheduled for March 8 in Juneau.

i. Reviewed invoices. No comments.

j. The Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association meeting was discussed. Mr. Koch, Mr. Zorn and maybe Ms. Madigan will attend the meeting on March 9 in Kimberly.

 

7. Future agenda items and meeting date

The next meeting is at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 13, at the Highway Department. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to attend to discuss upcoming projects.

 

8. Adjournment.

Motion (Madigan/Stenz) to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 a.m. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Karen Madigan, Secretary

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