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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:23

Board backs resolution asking state to ease its spending restriction

In his capacity as state president of the National Farmers Organization, Saukville Town Chairman Don Hamm has a keen sensitivity to the failing condition of rural roads.

That awareness was underlined this week, as the Town Board considered a resolution crafted by the Wisconsin Towns Association calling for an increase in the expenditure limit allowed for town highway spending.

Current state law limits towns to spending no more than $5,000 per mile of rural road, which in the Town of Saukville — with its 40 miles of roads — comes to $200,000.

“After you deduct what we have to pay for plowing, we are pretty much left with nothing,” Hamm said.

The WTA resolution calls for the road limit to be raised to $10,000 a mile.

The $5,000 per mile limit was put into place by the state in 2001.

In his role with National Farmers Organization, Hamm has been involved in ongoing talks at the state level about how to address the deteriorating condition of country roadways.

“Ultimately, this is something that is going to be resolved as part of the state budget. There are a number of different efforts going on in Madison to get more money to the towns to get our roads back to where they need to be,” Hamm said.

“Whatever is done, it is going to have to be a statewide solution.”

Even though the board was considering just an advisory resolution on the issue, Town Supr. Mike Denzien said it makes sense that towns have a unified voice in calling for more support for road maintenance and repairs.

“I think we should say if the state is willing to increase the limit to $10,000, they have our support,” Denzien said.

 
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