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Highway, Airport and Facilities Committee


Steven A. Abel:  8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.                                      
Joseph W. Koch:  8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Karen Madigan:  8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.                                     
Dennis N. Stenz:  8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

John G. Zorn:  8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.


Also present were Thomas Janke, Allen Buechel, Chelsea Brocker, Ryan Sommer, Jeff Bertram, Chris Dobyns, Lisa Freiberg, Tom Thompson, Tim Rohrer, Rick Welch, Jim Thome, Ryan Gebhart, Dan Dreifuerst and Lucas Boll.


1. Call meeting to order.

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


2. Approve minutes of the July 18, 2019, meeting.

Motion (Madigan/Stenz) to approve the minutes. Motion carried, 5-0.


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.”

Public comment would be allowed as agenda items were addressed.


4. Executive’s Office.

a. An update on the ongoing construction of the highway project was presented by Commissioner Thomas Janke. A summary/progress report prepared by C.D. Smith for July 2019 was distributed. As of now, the project is still on schedule. An updated video of the project was viewed. Commissioner Janke explained the process for change orders, and a current change order listing was provided to the committee.


5. Highway Department.

a. Discussion and potential action on posting no parking along CTH W by Columbia Park.

The committee agreed with the sheriff’s recommendation to post, at a minimum, Lot 1 (and maybe Lot 2) with a sign that reads, “Boat trailer parking only. No single vehicles allowed.” Posting that lot with an official sign would then allow for the enforcement of Fond du Lac County Ordinance 54-42, which reads, “Any person who shall stop, stand or park any vehicle in violation of any official sign or marker indicating the particular prohibition, limitation or restriction on parking, erected under the authority of the sheriff’s office, Fond du Lac County Highway Commissioner, or any unit of local government within Fond du Lac County which does not have or employ its own local law enforcement agency, is in violation of this article.” The parking citation is $20. The signage issue will be referred to the UW-Extension Education, Agriculture and Recreation Committee.


b. Discussion was held on the all-terrain vehicle ordinance with input from county officials Commissioner Janke, Ryan Sommer, Lt. Chris Dobyns, Assistant Corporation Counsel Chelsea Brocker and County Executive Allen Buechel and public comment from Tom Thompson. Motion (Zorn/Madigan) to postpone action on new ATV/UTV routes until January 2020. Motion carried, 4-1, with Mr. Stenz voting nay.


e. Update on ongoing projects.

v. Commissioner Janke and Mr. Sommer summarized costs associated with the County Road G village of St. Cloud reconstruction project. St. Cloud officials Ryan Gebhart, Dan Dreifuerst and Lucas Boll requested the county cap the village’s financial responsibility for the project. Motion (Zorn/Stenz) to cap the County Road G project at $250,000 total billed from Fond du Lac County. A voice vote was taken (Koch, aye; Zorn, aye; Abel, aye; Madigan, aye; Stenz, aye) and the motion carried, 5-0.


c. Commissioner Janke provided and explained the proposed 2020 Highway Department Capital Improvement Plan. Jeff Bertram provided and explained the proposed 2020 equipment/vehicle and shop outlays purchases.

e. Update on ongoing projects.

i. New highway facility and supporting buildings.

ii. The CTH HH (USH 151 to CTH G) project is scheduled at the end of the month.

iii. Commissioner Janke showed aerial views of the CTH V (Pioneer Road to Fond du Lac Avenue) reconstruction project.

iv. CTH C (CTH T to STH 23) is being surfaced.

vi. CTH D village of Oakfield design project:  Entered agreement with MSA for land purchase.

vii. Full construction work has begun on the CTH Y village of Oakfield reconstruction project.

viii. Seal coat projects:  State Road 49, Esterbrook Road, KK, TC, portion of T.


d. The committee recommended county officials move forward with the process for selling the existing Fond du Lac County Highway Department main facility. It was suggested to do a request for proposal for real estate marketing and brokerage services in which a selection would be based off the lowest commission rate and exclude past interested parties from the agreement.


f. The Highway Department would like to purchase a blade for snow removal at the new garage for $8,000. The committee supports the purchase.


g. The next railroad meeting is Sept. 11 in Juneau.


h. There were no comments on the invoices.


6. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 5.

7. Adjournment.

Motion (Madigan/Koch) to adjourn the meeting at 12:10 p.m. Motion carried, 5-0.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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