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Highway, Airport and Facilities Committee



Steven A. Abel:  8:30-9:59 a.m.                                                     
Joseph W. Koch:  8:30-9:59 a.m.   

Karen Madigan:  8:30-9:59 a.m.                                                    
Dennis N. Stenz:  8:30-9:59 a.m.                    

John G. Zorn:  8:30-9:59 a.m.                         


Also present were Thomas Janke, Erin Gerred, John Wehner, Rick Kiefer, Lisa Freiberg, and Harry Schmitz.


1. Call meeting to order.

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


2. Approve minutes of the October 3, 2019, meeting.

Motion (Zorn/Madigan) 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.”

Harry Schmitz was present but did not wish to speak.


4. Airport.

a. Motion (Zorn/Stenz) to approve the resolution authorizing the proper county officials to terminate an airport private hangar lease with Ronald Cohen and Christine Cohen and enter into a new lease agreement with Jay Puestohl, Ken Schmick, and Roderick Bickert III for the same hangar space. Motion carried.


b. Airport Manager John Wehner provided the report. Highway Department personnel spent a day working on  runway joint/crack filling. They used mastic to repair the distressed areas. Mr. Wehner reported that the repairs are holding up well and that he is working with the state to possibly cost-share the runway repairs. Mr. Wehner also shared that he attended a conference last week.


5. Central Maintenance.

a. Building Maintenance Manager Rick Kiefer provided an update on the UW-Fond du Lac tunnel waterproofing. A walk-through was done with Excel last week. Due to the deterioration of the south tunnels, it was recommended that they be done first. The preliminary start date will be after the school year ends in May. Construction should be completed by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.


6. Executive’s Office.

a. Update on the ongoing construction of the new highway facility and supporting buildings.

Director of Administration Erin Gerred highlighted the Nov. 4 weekly report from C.D. Smith Construction. Discussion was held on paint and concrete crack issues. Ms. Gerred explained the difference between change orders and change requests. She reported that an updated request for proposal has been posted for the sale of the existing highway garage. Bids are due Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. A walk-through is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 for interested bidders.


7. Highway Department.

a. Recommendation to not install rumble strips at this time on CTH F at the intersection of USH 45 in the town of Osceola per public comments received and the withdrawal of the original request.

The committee concurred with the recommendation.


b. Discuss who will attend the Wisconsin County Highway Association Winter Road School in Wisconsin Dells, Jan. 13-15.

A quorum of the committee will be attending, so a notice will be posted.

c. Update on ongoing highway projects.

i. New highway facility and supporting buildings. On the county website under the Highway Department, there are updated pictures and recent drone footage of the project.

ii. CTH HH (USH 151 to CTH G). The road is open with full access.

iii. CTH V (Pioneer Road to Fond du Lac Avenue) reconstruction project. The project was finished on Nov. 5, including paving, signage and lighting. The detour signage will be removed shortly. Final restoration and pavement markings will follow upon favorable weather.

iv. CTH Y (village of Oakfield) reconstruction project. The project is complete, though a little shouldering needs to be done.

v. CTH D (village of Oakfield) design project and real estate acquisition. Real estate acquisition is ongoing, and MSA is doing both.

vi. CTH V/National Avenue/Rienzi Road/Fond du Lac Avenue intersection design project. The design project is ongoing. Omni is doing the real estate acquisition.

vii. CTH Y right-of-way acquisition. This is ongoing. The county is doing the real estate acquisition.


d. Commissioner’s report.

e. Railroad issues.

A meeting is scheduled in Juneau on Nov. 13.

f. Review invoices.

8. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 5. County Clerk Lisa Freiberg provided ATV correspondence to the committee, and ATVs will be an agenda item after the first of the year.

9. Adjournment.

Motion (Abel/Stenz) to adjourn the meeting at 9:59 a.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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