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Highway, Airport and Facilities Committee



Steven A. Abel:  8:35-10:57 a.m.                                                   
Joseph W. Koch:  8:35-10:57 a.m.

Karen Madigan:  8:35-10:57 a.m.                                                  
Dennis N. Stenz:  8:35-10:57 a.m.

John G. Zorn:  8:35-10:57 a.m.


Also present were Thomas Janke, Allen Buechel, Erin Gerred, Rick Kiefer, John Wehner, Meggin McNamara, Tom Thompson, Peter Kuen and Lisa Freiberg.


1. Call meeting to order.

Chair Koch called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.


2. Approve minutes of the May 9, 2019, 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.”

Tom Thompson, Osceola town chair, brought up a concern with manure trucks damaging the highway pavement.


4. Executive’s Office.

a. Director of Administration Erin Gerred gave an update on the ongoing construction of the highway building project. A summary/progress report prepared by C.D. Smith for the week beginning June 30 was distributed. Commissioner Thomas Janke provided an updated drone video of the project.


5. Central Maintenance.

Building Manager Rick Kiefer provided the facilities report, which included Harbor Haven roof replacement bid results, the Fairgrounds Recreation Center north roof section No. 1 bid recommendation, Rolling Meadows Golf Course barn roof replacement information and a Portland Annex HVAC project update.


7. Airport.

a. Resolution authorizing the proper county officials to terminate an airport private hangar lease with William Shaw and enter into a new lease agreement with Andrew Ted O’Neill for the same hangar space. Airport Manager John Wehner provided the committee with the documents requesting this agreement. Motion (Abel/Zorn) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.


b. Mr. Wehner gave an update on the new equipment/hangar construction. Construction is going well and is on schedule. The roof is on.


c. In the manager’s report, Mr. Wehner gave an update on EAA using the Fond du Lac County Airport as a reliever airport during the event.


d. Hangar 23 eviction update. Motion (Abel/Koch) to move into closed session at 9:19 a.m. A roll call vote was taken (Koch, aye; Zorn, aye; Abel, aye; Stenz, aye; Madigan, aye) and the motion carried. The committee returned to open session at 9:47 a.m.


6. Highway Department.

a. Discussion and possible action regarding the School Sisters cemetery driveway variance on County Road W. Peter Kuen, highway surveyor, explained the request. The committee felt there was no hardship. Other driveways are accessible. Motion (Zorn/Koch) to decline the request. Motion carried.


b. Commissioner Janke gave an update on the new Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) flagger certification and work zone safety guidelines for construction, maintenance and utility operations.

c. Commissioner Janke gave an update on the Surface Transportation Program and potential projects that may be eligible for funding.


d. Update on ongoing projects.

i. CTH UU (USH 45 to CTH T). Commissioner Janke provided photos of ongoing and pulverizing projects and stated this project is substantially complete. 

ii. CTH V (Pioneer Road to Fond du Lac Avenue) reconstruction project. Photos were provided. The storm sewer has been started and the pond is complete.

iii. CTH G (village of St. Cloud) reconstruction project. The project continues.

iv. CTH G and CTH H bridge design projects. The Highway Department is waiting for approval from WisDOT.

v. CTH D (village of Oakfield) design project. The Highway Department is in communication with the village. Commissioner Janke reported that additional funding of approximately $280,000 has been made available.

vi. CTH Y (village of Oakfield) reconstruction project. Commissioner Janke gave an update.

vii. Seal coat projects. There have been some delays because of weather.

viii. Fairgrounds parking and road reconstruction project. Pictures were provided. The project has been completed.

ix. CTH ongoing design projects. None.

e. Commissioner Janke spoke on potential projects for the 2020 budget. There will be more budget discussion at future meetings.


f. Commissioner’s report. The Highway Department is working with WisDOT on money for the salt shed.


g. The next railroad meeting is July 10 in Ozaukee County.


h. Reviewed invoices.


8. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on July 18.

9. Adjournment.

Motion (Stenz/Madigan) to adjourn the meeting at 10:57 a.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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