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Highway, Airport and Facilities Committee


Steven A. Abel:  8:30-11:20 a.m.                                   
Joseph W. Koch:  8:30-11:20 a.m.

Karen Madigan:  8:30-11:20 a.m.                                   
Dennis N. Stenz:  Excused

John G. Zorn:  8:30-11:20 a.m.


Also present were Highway Commissioner Thomas Janke, County Executive Allen Buechel, Director of Administration Erin Gerred, District Attorney Eric Toney, Sheriff's Office Capt. Ryan Waldschmidt, Building Maintenance Manager Rick Kiefer, Airport Manager John Wehner, Highway Engineer Ryan Sommer, and Tom Lanser and Ben Oitzinger from Gremmer & Associates.


1. Call meeting to order.

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


2. Approve minutes of the February 8, 2018, meeting.

Motion (Zorn/Abel) 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.”

There was no public comment.


4. Request by District Attorney Eric Toney for the committee to sign a letter of support for legislation that will add two assistant district attorney positions in his office in 2019.

The committee signed the letter.


5. Executive’s Office – Erin Gerred.

a. Discussion was held regarding the plans for the new highway garage. Director of Administration Erin Gerred discussed the past meetings that county staff had with Excel Engineering and went over the concept of the Senior Services building and Sheriff’s impound building with the outdoor shooting range. Commissioner Thomas Janke reviewed the most recent version of the Highway Department preferred floor and site plans. Building Maintenance Manager Rick Kiefer provided details of the proposed revisions to the plan. Excel intends to continue to refine the floor plan and incorporate new revisions into the plan. 

b. The committee discussed the potential incorporation of a future portable asphalt plant on the site. The committee recommended that Commissioner Janke look to have a feasibility study performed to see if purchasing an asphalt plant is something that should be considered and planned for in the current site layout.


6. Airport – John Wehner.

a. Discussion was held on Harry Schmitz's building next to the Airport. 


7. Central Maintenance – Rick Kiefer.

a. The new fire alarm system at UW-Fond du Lac has been installed and is functioning. The fire marshal has to inspect it.


8. Highway Department – Tom Janke.

a. Motion (Abel/Zorn) to approve the resolution designating April 9-13, 2018, as Work Zone Awareness Week in Fond du Lac County. Motion carried.

b. Discussion was held on the hot mix asphalt bids.

c. Commissioner Janke discussed the current proposed 2018 asphalt highway paving projects. The Highway Department staff might switch projects around and look to pave CTH E in place of CTH HH to utilize a proposed portable asphalt plant that Northeast Asphalt, Inc. intends to move into Waupun. The committee agreed with this approach. 

d. The committee was updated on the CTH V/Fond du Lac Avenue/National Avenue/Rienzi Road intersection project. A public information meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Expo Center.  Members of the committee will attend.

e. The committee was updated on the CTH VV (North Pioneer Road) Forest Avenue to STH 23 (Johnson Street) project.

f. Motion (Abel/Madigan) to purchase a new sign truck. Motion carried.

g. Commissioner Janke discussed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) change in policy for all the bridge replacement applications submitted last June. The new policy is a replace in kind, due to funding issues and the number of bridge replacement projects applied for throughout the state. They have opted not to fund bridge projects to the degree they have in the past or require the locals to pay more toward their replacement costs. 

h. Discussion was held on existing CTH V and USH 151 excess right of way. The committee is open to selling.

i. Commissioner's report:

  • Murray Park/Quest Elementary School in Ripon sent thank you cards to the Highway Department for taking care of the roads in the winter.

j. Railroad issues – the next meeting is April 11 in Juneau.

k. Reviewed invoices – no comments.


9. Future agenda items and meeting date

The next meeting is at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Highway Department.


10. Adjournment.

Motion (Madigan/Zorn) to adjourn the meeting at 11:20 a.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Karen Madigan

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