Paved Town of Belgium dump entrance receives rave reviews


THE WIDE, SMOOTH entrance to the Belgium town dump has made residents and town officials happy now that it is paved. The town discussed the project for years before having it done. Photo by Sam Arendt

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Something as simple as a wide swath of blacktop had Town of Belgium officials and residents gushing on July 5.

Supr. Bill Janeshek announced that the driveway at the town dump has been paved by the Ozaukee County Highway Department, and everyone is pleased with the results.

“That turned out really nice,” he said.

“I just couldn’t be prouder of what we did down there. You can go there with a nice vehicle and not get all mud and dusty and everything else,” Town Chairman Tom Winker said.

Supr. Tom Bichler said, “It looks beautiful. Magnificent.”

Winker has said several times that the town’s front door is essentially the dump.

“I think more people know where our recycling center is than where our town hall is,” he said.

Janeshek, who works for the Highway Department, said the paved driveway is wider than a standard road.

“I met a truck coming out and I pulled in right when he was sitting in the gate area. You can pass in between the gate there. We did that just so people can pass each other like that,” he said.

He said he expects grass to grow in to create a shoulder.

Winker asked a couple of residents what they thought of the improved entrance.

“It’s nice,” Dennis Dimmer said.

“Beautiful,” Ralph Weber said.

The project cost $35,000 and was in this year’s town budget.

Officials are working on getting signs at the entrance, including one in Spanish to accommodate residents who don’t speak English.

In other dump news, Bichler said he wants to discuss shortening the hours the dump is open at the next Town Board meeting.

From May 1 to Sept. 30, it’s open from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The rest of the year it’s open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

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