Village reopens, tables fishing pier debate
A few Village of Pewaukee trustees have made it clear that they’re not ready to end discussions for the fishing pier, quite yet.
During a heated discussion on Tuesday night, a motion was made to reconsider the vote that occurred on March 5. President Calder and Trustees Jeff Knutson, Zompa and Flowers supported the measure.
On March 5, the board decided “not (to) install the fishing pier for this year and that the Village explore funding options prior to next year and to utilize sealed bids.” That decision has essentially been undone and the cards have been placed back into the boards hands for discussion and possible action.
Currently, the pier funds would have to come from future borrowing. While the Village Board agreed on the initial cost, about $43,000, for the public fishing pier during budget season, board members were not prepared for February's newest quotes with sturdier materials and long-term guarantees. The actual price tag amounted to around $109,000.
During discussion, Trustee Pat Nauth emphasized the fact that the village is operating on a deficit and any reduction in planned borrowing could save the taxpayers’ money.
Discussion has been tabled and staff will continue to fish around for solutions. They’ve already committed to exploring repair information, competitive bids, private donations and grants. The issue could very well be rehashed during the next board meeting.
“You say we’re not taking it away, but when that kid shows up with a fishing pole and he doesn’t see a dock – you tell me you didn’t take away anything. We are. We are taking away public access for a year,” Zompa said.
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