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6/18/21 – South Rusk and Washington Avenue Update

Next week should be action packed with paving, concrete and underground crews all on-site.

Mathy Construction is still slated to start final grading for the road surface on Tuesday (possibly Monday). Typically, they don’t wait long from final grading to paving so if weather and other factor cooperate we could see asphalt before next weekend. All 4 blocks of Washington and Rusk between Decker (including the patch) and Jefferson will be paved this go round. The final grade for the road base will be 3.5” from the finish surface elevation. That means all connection points with the asphalt will have a 3.5” drop until paving. Please be mindful of this when driving in this area as it can be an abrupt transition. This area has seen a lot of dirt work and restoration this week. Trees will be the next step. Some trees may be planted in the next month others will be planted later in the summer depending on the source, i.e. nursery or the City’s Missouri Gravel Bed.

Today into next week, Augelli will be pouring sidewalk on Rusk for any unfinished work from Decker to Jefferson and starting on the Terhune to Oak stretch. Remember, after your driveway and sidewalk has been poured, it will be 7 days before it can be driven on.

Rusk between Oak and Hickory will see the road subcut and road subbase installed next week. Depending on Augelli’s scheduling there could even be curb poured.

Rusk between Hickory and Maple will see installation of sewer and water and sewer service connections, likely closer to the end of the week. If you have been told not to drink your water, you need to continue to do so.  However, this week we will be able to uncover the water service material in the street for more properties. That means we will have some further information for the even numbered (west side), 600 block houses, that are still not drinking their water. Please do not hesitate to contact the City if you are being provided bottled water and are running low.

Rusk between Maple and South Circle will see a lot of underground pipe work in the next week. We will be notifying any resident if they need to stop drinking the water when we start digging. Your home will be posted with a notice and we will attempt to connect with you as well. If you have a galvanized water service and a lead gooseneck in the street, please ensure you submit grant forms and let me know who your plumber is. If you have a galvanized service with copper in the street, you can also have it replaced through the grant, but are not required to do so. The sooner I know your plans the better, so I can coordinate for service replacement. As before, please contact me or go to the website to find the grant forms and more information. https://viroqua-wisconsin.com/?p=7566

View Announcement Water Conservation Reminder

With the recent dry hot weather, water use in the City of Viroqua has nearly doubled the annual average. While high water use during this time is expected, this current increase is higher than we typically see. In addition, one of the City’s three wells is undergoing an unplanned repair. While the system is designed to compensate for this type of maintenance activity and water use, we are reminding City water customers of water conservation practices. Viroqua Utilities ask water customers to do their part to conserve water during the summer and throughout the year.  

How can you conserve water?  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Greatly reduce or eliminate watering of lawns and landscaping.
  2. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use to discover leaks.
  3. Fix leaky faucets, showers and toilets or replace with water conserving models.
  4. Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth.
  5. Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes.

You can also visit the following websites to learn more about water conservation. The Use it Wisely website has a list of over 100 ways to conserve water at http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense Program also has good information at https://www.epa.gov/watersense.

If you have questions, please contact Viroqua Utilities at 637-7186, ext. 13 or 19. 

View Announcement Hazardous Sidewalk Markings and Replacements

Hazardous Sidewalk Repair Deadline Extended 1 Month

 This is a reminder that if the hazards were marked for replacement, and have not been remedied, the City contractor will perform the repair. Due to scheduling, the City contractor, Fowler and Hammer, will not be here until August. As such, the deadline for replacement is now July 30th, 2021. After July 30th, 2021, Fowler and Hammer will be authorized to begin replacements on any sidewalk not repaired.

Hazards were recently re-marked. If you feel that the hazards were re-marked incorrectly, please contact me to discuss. Hazards marked for replacement are identified with an “x”. A white “x” means the City will perform the repair, an orange “x” means the property owner is responsible for the replacement.

Sidewalk replacement will be $8.70/square foot for 4” concrete and $9.55/square foot for 6” concrete. The cost includes removal, replacement, any need base material, black dirt and re-seeding (where applicable). Cost for the repair will be entered on the 2021 tax roll, as a special charge on your property taxes pursuant to Viroqua Municipal Code §12.04.060 and Wis. Stat. § 66.0907. If you do not want the cost of repairs entered as a special charge, you also have an option of paying the bill to City Hall. An invoice for the replacement at your property will be sent to you.

If you choose to remedy the hazard yourself or through a contractor you hire, the repair must comply with the ADA requirements. Concrete replacements must be a six-bag mix at a sidewalk thickness of 4 inches and 6 inches for driveways. Base material shall be sand, gravel, or screenings at six inches thick and must be tamped thoroughly to insure stability. Cracks may be filled using high quality crack filler suitable for concrete repair.

If you have any further questions, please contact Sarah Grainger at 637-7154 ext. 20 or sgrainger@viroqua-wisconsin.com

View Announcement South Rusk & Washington Avenue Reconstruction

6/11/21 – South Rusk and Washington Avenue Update

Digging will begin again on Rusk between Hickory and Maple. Surface will be removed on Rusk from Maple to just past South Circle possibly Friday (11th). Restoration on Washington and Rusk Decker thru Oak.

The concrete contractor, Augelli, still had sidewalk approaches to finish this week on Washington. They also poured curb on Rusk between Decker and Jefferson and have started sidewalks in this stretch as well. This will continue through the week.

Badger is working on building the road base on Rusk from Terhune to Oak. On Monday, this section will see curb poured, which means driveway access will be restricted for 7 days from when the sidewalk is poured.

Badger will also be installing sewer, storm sewer and water services on Rusk between Hickory and Maple. At the same time, they will likely remove the surface and starting to install water main from Maple to just south of South Circle Dr. This is a few days ahead of schedule. Work will stop just north of Thorson funeral home. For the next 2-3 weeks, excavation and pipe work will be constant on Rusk from Hickory to just south of South Circle. When the digging occurs in this section, we will contact those who should stop drinking water until we confirm their water service material.     

If you have been told not to drink your water, you need to continue to do so. If you have a galvanized water service and a lead gooseneck in the street, please ensure you submit grant forms and let me know who your plumber is. If you have a galvanized service with copper in the street, you can also have it replaced through the grant, but are not required to do so. The sooner I know your plans the better, so I can coordinate for service replacement. As before, please contact me or go to the website to find the grant forms and more information. https://viroqua-wisconsin.com/?p=7566

Next week, Badger will be restoring boulevards and yards with black dirt in preparation for paving to occur the week of June 21st. This includes all of Washington, Rusk between Decker and Jefferson and possibly Rusk between Terhune and Oak.

View Announcement City Hall is open June 1, 2021

CIty Hall Access – Mask Sign 5-28-21

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