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Silver Beach Road project inches forward PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 19:13

Although delayed for likely the next few years, work on the Silver Beach Road paving project continues to develop.

The Belgium Village Board last month decided the Public Works Committee should discuss the possibility of sending affected property owners a project update and making a final offer on their properties in order to prevent another appraisal impacting their values.

The committee was also charged with checking with Union Pacific Railroad on updating the railroad crossing, part of the paving project. The board wants to know the impact on updating the crossing if the project is delayed and if the crossing can be upgraded without the mechanical arms, which cover a good portion of the project cost.

In addition, the board asked the committee if it wants to look for a different location for the stormwater pond, a bone of contention with Dan Gasser as it was slated to be put on his land.

The board last month by a 4-2-1 vote decided to delay the $3.2 million project that would pave Silver Beach Road’s gravel surface from highways KW to LL and put a retention pond nearby for drainage. The paved route would serve as a direct route to the industrial park for truck traffic and keep the large vehicles off of Main Street. Trucks do not use Silver Beach Road since it is unpaved.

The project would be delayed until the Main Street reconstruction project is complete, likely in 2017 or 2018. The board learned tax incremental finance funds would not pay for half of the Silver Beach Road project as originally projected, and obtaining a transportation economic assistance grant for $635,000 was in question.

“The longer we put it off the more expensive it’s going to be,” said Trustee Clem Gottsacker.

Voting to delay the project were trustee-since-turned-village-president Vickie Boehnlein and trustees Josh Borden, Wayne Lambrecht and Pete Anzia. Voting against the delay were then village president Richard Howells and Gottsacker. Dale Pfeifer abstained.

On the Main Street reconstruction project, the village will pay for 10% of the work, the county 10% and the state  80%.

The next Public Works Committee meeting has not yet been scheduled.

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