Memorial Street Bridge project OK’d
Clintonville to spend $30,000 on improvements
By Bert Lehman
The Memorial Street Bridge in Clintonville will receive improvements and new paint after the Clintonville City Council approved spending up to $30,000 for the project.
The approval for the project came at the April 13 council meeting.
A memo by City Administrator Sharon Evelandnoted that the city had been pursuing this project for the past two years, but the project kept getting bigger and the city was unable to afford the cost.
Now that the city has a firm grasp of what improvements need to be made to the bridge, Eveland recommended in the memo that the city use $30,000 of General Fund balance to pay for the project. Those funds will be covered by the Creative Converting tax chargeback money that the city will receive from the other taxing entities. The city will be receiving a total of roughly $70,000 from the taxing entities to cover the chargeback to Creative Converting.
Creative Converting had contested its property tax assessment starting in 2017. Because Creative Converting is a manufacturing facility, the state of Wisconsin became involved, and the state ultimately settled with Creative Converting, Eveland told the Finance Committee at its April 1 meeting.
The city had to issue the full refund to Creative Converting, and then chargeback the taxing entities, Eveland said.
“We are going to get back funds for that,” Eveland said.