Mill Pond Dredging, Fire Station Designs on Village's To-do List

The Village Board approved a $7.4 million improvements budget, which includes a collection of street projects. Is your street on the list?

Menomonee Falls has a lengthy list of chores around the village for 2013 – a $7.4 million list.

Every year, the Village Board approves a capital improvements budget, which allots funds for road maintenance, sidewalk repairs, curb and gutter, and other major projects in the community. The board approved that list on Monday.

The village will fund the projects with roughly $5 million in available cash, and will borrow $2.3 million in bonds. The one-time cash allocation from the municpal improvements fund, which doesn't include sewer or water projects, would allow the village to keep the tax levy flat.

Additionally, the funding formula crafted by Finance Director Jason Kaczmarek would generate $22 million in cash in the improvements fund by 2029. 

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New Fire Stations

As the village continues to grow, the need to expand fire services follows. In 2013, the village has set aside $415,000 to design two new fire stations, which would both be constructed in 2014.

Fire Station #1, located just south of Main Street on Appleton Avenue, would be relocated to a new facility at Main Street and Menomonee Avenue at the former Sunnyside School location. The historic school building would likely be razed. Fire Station #5 would be constructed on Silver Spring Drive near One Mile Road.

Both stations would have similar designs in order to save tax dollars. Construction costs are estimated at a combined $5.8 million in 2014.

Mill Pond Dredging

Over the years, the depth of Mill Pond has fallen as sediment continues to pile up at the floor of the pond. The growing mound of sediment can have an adverse affect on the life of Lepper Dam, and the Department of Natural Resources recommends removing the sediment cyclically.

“The Mill Pond is slowly getting shallower all the time,” said Director of Engineering Tom Hoffman. “We plan to excavate about 4 feet of material.”

However, there’s no need to alter plans for photos this summer at the village’s most picturesque location. The pond would be drawn down after Labor Day, and would be dredged in winter just as it was 15 years ago.

“We didn’t want to do it during summer when everyone was out there enjoying it,” Hoffman said. “We discovered that the material is very loose and liquidity, and to handle that material in summer or fall would require us to add stabilizers to handle it. It’s much easier when it’s frozen.”

The village will also perform routine maintenance on the dam and replace the gates. The entire project is expected to cost $400,000.

Coming to a Street Near You

The village plans to spend $1.4 million on its asphalt paving, curb and gutter, and sidewalk replacement programs this year. There are also a number of major road projects. Most projects will occur throughout summer and into fall.

Here’s a listing of the streets pegged for repairs in 2013:

  • 124th Street Repaving Project: The village has entered into a cost share program with Milwaukee to repave the 57-year-old road from Brown Deer Road to County Line Road. ($500,000)
  • Silver Spring Drive: Waukesha County will reconstruct Silver Spring Drive from Jackson Drive to Lannon Road. Falls is responsible for sanitary sewer, water facilities, and street lighting. ($210,000)
  • Christman Road: The road will be reconstructed from Maple Road to Princeway Drive. The ditches will be widened and enhanced storm water control will be added. ($1,070,000)
  • Megal Drive: This road and the storm sewer underneath will be rebuilt from Cherokee Drive to Pilgrim Road. The area has experienced numerous water main breaks, and the road is in terrible condition. ($1,895,000)
  • Mary Hill Drive: The road will be reconstructed from St. James Drive to the west in the Shepherd Hill subdivision. ($660,000)

Several plans for other roadway improvements will also be drawn up this year, but shovels won’t hit the dirt in 2013. Hoffman said they will also repave Menomonee Avenue west from Town Hall Road. A complete reconstruction of the roadway from Town Hall Road to Sheridan Drive is set to enter the design phase 2015 with construction in 2016 or 2017. However, Hoffman is working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to determine whether that project would be under their scope.  

Pershing Avenue Trail

The village is proposing constructing a trail section that would connect to the Bugline Trail at Grand Avenue, and run on village owned property from Grand Avenue to Water Street. The path would be 10 feet wide and asphalt. The project includes a pedestrian bridge to cross the Menomonee River at the old rail trestle.

The project is in a bit of limbo because a property owner is disputing whether the village owns the land that would accommodate the trail. 

Steve ® March 05, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Thanks for the further info Carl
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 05, 2013 at 09:12 PM
“We didn’t want to do it during summer when everyone was out there enjoying it,” Hoffman said. “We discovered that the material is very loose and liquidity, and to handle that material in summer or fall would require us to add stabilizers to handle it. It’s much easier when it’s frozen.” Very good Hoffman to use your noggin.
atthec44 March 05, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Isn't Fire Station 1 on Appleton Ave.?
Holly March 05, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Any idea when they will start Megal Dr.?
W . Benz March 05, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Wow generate 22 million in just 16 years just like the TIF's . "The roads are terrible " So why did the Village let the roads get so bad ? So the property owners won't receive any assessments for the project's..? More Bike trails from the RINO's but wait [Limo] !!!!... One of their RINO's buddy's says he's the owner of the property Don't worry Jimmy their sent you some RINO bucks ... ""Just one - time cash allocation "" from the RINO money tree in the back yard ..
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 05, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Fire stations are expendable. They're response times will never be what they should, no matter where you place them.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 05, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Yep, as the article states. It's that old building by the middle school.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 05, 2013 at 11:34 PM
The DNR will never have another solution, if any. They are the problem, usually. Where exactly does this sediment go after extraction?
Carl Engelking March 05, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Craig - I apologize. I wanted to reply to your last comment, and I hit delete on accident. Genuine mistake! If you remember what you said write it again! I just wanted to respond to Nuitari and tell him that the village will ship the sediment to Waste Management. They agreed to handle disposal of it.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 05, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Thanks Carl. Just curious because this is the same DNR that approves of poop being deposited in other bodies of water. I know this sediment is probably nothing more than naturally-occurring mineral runoff and what-not, but you never know.
atthec44 March 06, 2013 at 02:30 AM
The article must have been updated. It used to say it was on Main Street.
jerry mislang March 06, 2013 at 02:51 PM
When they do the dredging, my money is on finding Jimmy Hoffa.
Heather March 06, 2013 at 05:13 PM
When you say "the historic building would be razed"... are you refering to the current firestation historic building... or the historic building that is currently in the Sunnyside school location?
Menomonee Falls Girl March 06, 2013 at 05:49 PM
I want to know why they didn't just dredge the pond when it was drained just a couple of years ago? Seems like that would have saved up money.
Carl Engelking March 06, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Most of these projects are commencing in June, I believe construction on Megal Drive will start on the same.
Carl Engelking March 06, 2013 at 07:11 PM
The Sunnyside school would be demolished.
Carl Engelking March 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
The issue was with the DNR permitting process. The village would have done it all at once, but the permit process was prolonged and didn't allow the projects to be completed simultaneously.
Barb V March 07, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Have any of you ever seen the inside of Sunny Side School? We checked it out about 10 years ago as part of a Leadership Menomonee Falls Project...It's basically an almost intact one room school house. Gas lamps, slate boards, wood floors are all still there. Needs a LOT of work, but I don't think this treasure should be razed...it's part of our history. Can't the firehouse be built to the one side of Sunnyside's property and leave the old school alone until funds are available to turn it into a museum? It would be an awesome place for field trips for school children- lots of room for buses.
Let's Roll March 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
You both have got to be kidding. To redesign, engineer and build around a building you saw 10 years ago is just crazy. I suggest you write a personal check for saving this building and see how dedicated you are. This building is about to fall down on its own and we have plenty of buildings like this at Old Falls Village. When was the last time you went there? I'm guessing the same amount of times you went to Sunnyside.
Carl Engelking March 07, 2013 at 06:09 PM
The engineering staff did say the ground is slipping away from the building's foundation, parts of the wall have been re-patched using bricks that were left on site. The bell tower might be the only thing they could save. The consensus was it was in disrepair. Keeping the building was considered during the meeting, but all signs point to them just tearing it down.
Steve ® March 08, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Where is this "personal attack"? Disagreeing with you is not an attack, it is how a comment section works. Welcome to the Internet.
Steve ® March 08, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Lol dude deleted his comment
Steve ® March 08, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Good ole bureaucracy wasting money that isn't theirs. Well see Craig. We haven't had one in decades, what we need is a deadline for testing so a decision has to be made. It's going to be a slow process if we can't even get a dredging operation on a pond approved.
Let's Roll March 08, 2013 at 03:36 PM
No Steve, My comment was deleted for no apparent reason.
Steve ® March 08, 2013 at 04:03 PM
It wasn't yours. I can't remember his user name but it started with a "n" I think. He was crying about a personal attack because someone disagreed and responded to his comment. It was quite enjoyable, sorry you missed out.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 08, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Nuitari starts with an N, but I wouldn't cry about personal attacks. I hand them out.
W . Benz March 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Let's Roll .. How does it feel ---- Call Barney Fife again and start a investigation ... Hey"""" just how did you vote when you were there..... RINO
Dad 4 life March 20, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Then what did the village do two summers ago when they drained the pond? For the whole summer and most of the fall. The gates they put in leak. I have worked with sewage before and gate valves shouldn't leak like that. So that leads to opening another can of worms. When are we getting the Bugline paved and improved?
Sandy March 21, 2013 at 04:49 AM
What is the building that was recently constructed on Silver Spring near One Mile Road? It is not being used. I was thinking it is a new firehouse?
Jim K. April 03, 2013 at 12:05 AM
It doesn't make much sense to spend money on another fire station on Silver Spring Drive and One Mile road. We already have a fire station a few blocks east of Pilgrim Road and Silver Spring Drive. Very close to each other. Seems like more taxpayer waste to me!


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