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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 21:54

Board narrows choices to decorative designs, slated to make final decision at special meeting Wednesday

The Village of Belgium will own the lights installed as part of the Main Street reconstruction project, but what kind of lights has yet to be determined.

The board at a special meeting Tuesday narrowed its choices of lights to two.
Gremmer and Associates of Fond du Lac, the project engineer, needs to know the choice by the end of the month. The Village Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday, June 29, to make a final decision.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the board said owning the lights is cheaper than renting them from We Energies. The board approved taking ownership of the lights.
When it came to design of the lights, five choices ranged from $391,000 to $605,000. The board liked designs that cost $543,00 and $605,000, but wants more information.
The more decorative poles light the sidewalks better while the others light the streets better, Village President Vickie Boehnlein said. To her, the sidewalks are more important, she said.
Boehnlein compared the decorative lights to the ones in Cedar Grove, which she said offer good lighting and look better than the cheaper options.
Trustee Clem Gottsacker agreed.
“Let’s do Main Street right and be proud of it,” he said.
Before Wednesday’s meeting, the village expects to get more information on the height, design and kind of lights in the decorative fixtures.
The reconstruction project is slated to cost about $6.9 million. The state is paying 80% and the village and county are evenly splitting the remaining 20%, meaning each would pay $690,000.
The cost estimate includes standard lighting and asphalt pavement, but the village would have to pay the difference for upgraded lights and concrete.
The village’s first payments on the project are due in 2018. Since repayment of some other village borrowing end in 2017, the village will carry a slightly lower debt service, about .2%, in 2018, including the Main Street project.
Reconstruction calls for limited parking to accommodate the addition of a five-foot bike lane, required because the project is partly being paid for with federal funds.
Work is scheduled to be done in 2017 and 2018.

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