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Village Shifts Federal Grant Funds for Alley Improvements

The village will bid out for work April 28 with work starting early May.

The 4400 block of North Murray Avenue and North Cramer Street will be getting some alley upgrades soon as village officials shifted some funds to its alley resurfacing program.

The Village Board approved April 18, shifting $54,200 in federal grant funds originally allocated to reconstruct some pedestrian ramps for Shorewood crosswalks to bring them up to Americans with Disabilities Act compliance to work on needed alley repairs in the two blocks.

“It is not the worst alley in the village, but it does need some work,” Department of Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick said. 

She added she doesn’t believe anyone was waiting for the crosswalk upgrades.

Reconstruction of the crosswalks was planned for last summer but staff were very busy and weren’t able to complete the work. If the funds weren’t used, the federal government would reclaim the funds according to official documents.

The village would go out for bids April 28 and ask the board to approve a contract for the alley work May 2.

The cost of the alley project would be allowed to exceed the $54,000, however, in which case the village’s Capital Improvement budget would be used to fund the difference.

In mid-February, village officials said and the amount it plans to pay on a new police facility in its long-range plans.

Beth Gregg April 27, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Check out my alley too!
Onederteam April 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM
There are a lot of bad roads and alleys in Shorewood but shouldn't this money be used to help fix the bad sewers first. Call me silly but I would take a crappy alley any day compared to somebody's crap filling my basement again like last year. Just wait...in two years they will be ripping up those new alleys to lay the required storm sewers !
Lyle Ruble April 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM
How is repairing and resurfacing an alley in compliance with why the funds were applied for and allocated. The whole idea of "use it or lose it" sounds a bit vacuous. Either use it for its intent or turn the funds back. Strange idea isn't it?

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