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Kremer Subdivision Work Moving Ahead as Planned

Despite residents' vehement objections, Caledonia is moving ahead with the Kremer subdivision project.

The are moving ahead as planned, according to Caledonia officials.

Work will include replacing sewer and water lines as well as widening roads and adding curb and gutter. 

Crews have been out marking trees for removal despite residents' vehement opposition to doing anything beyond the sewer and water work.

Village Engineer Tony Bunkelman confirmed with Patch that he has spent time or spoke with residents that have contacted staff and/or trustees regarding tree removal.

"Most accept my explanations and understand where I'm coming from," he said. "They're still unhappy with the scope of the project."

Village President Bob Bradley had promised to give the project a second look, but Thursday he told Patch that while he understands residents' feelings, the costs associated with any changes would prove prohibitive.

"I took a look at the petitions, and I spoke with several residents in the construction zone, but there's very little I can do at this point," he said.

What he's working on moving forward is how to assess residents with as little financial impact as possible.

"We're going to work on a logical and compassionate method of assessment," Bradley added. "I want to make sure the village is covering as much of the costs as possible so there's as little as possible left for the assessment."

Village staff and officials met with representatives from Globe Contractors from Pewaukee Monday to come up with a tentative construction timeline for the next few weeks:

  • April 29 - May 10: Tree clearing, installing erosion control and traffic controls
  • May 6: strip top soil in the right-of-way on Ellis Avenue and pulverize pavement on Ellis Avenue
  • May 13: Redoing the storm drain tile line on Ellis Avenue

 

Jane April 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I just wonder if they were so nice to the people on Johnson Ave when the work was done.
davidkrome April 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I got a buddy that lives on Johnson. He wasn't to happy!! I live on ellis and I was told by a caledonia official that we are looking at a 6500 dollar special assessment!
davidkrome April 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I was one of the residents bradley Called. Nothing he can do. Tough deal. Way to work for the people. I wonder if Him rest of crew are going to handle things the same way with walmart?
Amber April 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Village official came out and didn't have much to say about leading the community on thinking we still had a fight and the miscommunication between the the village and the community
JW April 26, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I would say much of this should just come down to simple consistency. Have other subdivisions always had to pay for their own upgrades and improvements when it happened or was that absorbed into taxes and/or utilities costs and fees. If it has traditionally been absorbed, it should still be. If traditionally others have had to pay for their own upgrades, then so should the Kremer residents. What would be bad is if they flip back and forth on that to where some pay for their upgrades and then pay again for the upgrades of others. It should be consistent. The village shouldnt be looking at charging individual subdivisions purely based on whether they have the money or not. What if a school has issues, do you only go after those who live by it or those who have students attending? No, it gets spread out over everyone.... typically I would say that is what should happen. The grey area is if the subdivision did things cheaply when it was constructed and now has to pay for upgrades or if their is a proven jump to property values that can be leveraged from the upgrades. I am not sure most are going to get $6000 back in increased value... not to mention if it increases assessed value it just means even more taxes on top of it.
Anthony Smoody April 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Did the Kremer area residents know that the Village let a contractor off the hook with their bid? The contractor was required to secure their bid with a Bid Bond. The Village could have taken the Bid Bond and receive over $1 million from a bonding company due to the contractor's mistakes! http://www.caledoniawi.com/files/Agendas_Minutes/Joint%20Meeting/Village_Board_Joint_minutes_20130408.pdf
c April 27, 2013 at 02:47 AM
1 million bucks down the drain, due to paying for a higher cost with the 2nd lowest bidder.
davidkrome April 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM
I Knew that they let them off the hook but I had no Idea that they could go after a million dollar bid bond. They must off felt bad for the contractor. Its hard times!
Dnaiel J. Phillips April 27, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Anthony, A million dollar Bid Bond, really! Where did you come up with that? Typically Bid Bonds are between 5 and 10%, please show your source for the million dollar number. I just love it when people comment without facts and others actually believe their B.S. Oh I forgot it has to be true I read it on the internet!
Tansandy May 03, 2013 at 12:50 PM
The reason they messed up their bid is they forgot to include the 15 to 20% mark up for dealing with Caledonia. Been there, did that!!!
Anthony Smoody May 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
A Bid Bond is typically stated to be in the amount of 5% for general bidding purposes since the actual bid amount is unknown until bid time. However, when bonding a construction company with a bid bond, the bonding agency is also on the hook for the difference in bid prices. In this situation, Caledonia would have put the contractor and the bonding agent for the $1.3 million in difference between the bids.

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