The Hayward City Council on Monday, July 8, voted to gather more data, including environmental tests on soil and water removed from under Highway 27, before considering a Department of Transportation (DOT) request that the city pay $12,500, or half the expense, to remove contaminated soil from under Highway 27.
The council is concerned that water taken from the same area as the contaminated soil was not considered to be contaminated and was allowed to be released on the grade. Several said it made no sense that the water wouldn’t also be contaminated.
In the city’s contract for the Higway 27 project, $300,000 was set aside to remove contaminated water, but the contractor was not obligated to physically remove, via a tanker truck, the water pumped from where the city water and sewer pipes were placed. That’s because the water was determined not to be contaminated.
Mayor Charlie Munich was asked how the environmental reports/tests would influence the city’s decision whether to pay the $12,500. He said the city was just seeking data to make an informed decision.
Meanwhile, the Record has obtained the Highway 27 water tests from the DOT and has asked retired Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scientists to review the data.
American Legion Riders
The council approved a request from the American Legion Riders to close the city parking lot at Highways 63-27 from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, for approximately 200 motorcycle riders on a three-day fundraiser for the American Legion Family Cabin serving Gold Star families. Don Slattery, who made the request, said 150 riders had confirmed to be part of the July 14-17 ride through Wisconsin. He said that while the riders are in Hayward they will be taking donations.
Residential garbage contract
The council went into closed session to hold contract negotiations with Eagle Waste & Recycling Inc. of Eagle River for residential service in the city. Eagle Waste was one of three firms that bid for the city’s residential garbage contract in June.
After the closed session, Mayor Charlie Munich said an ad hoc committee will be formed to create a proposed contract with Eagle Waste.
Also after the closed session, City Attorney Michael Kelsey said the council had rejected an offer to purchase a 16-acre parcel of city property at the end of Towne View Road.
Water fluoridation award
The Hayward Water Utility Department was awarded a 2017 Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In 2018, the city actually voted to stop fluoridation, but then changed course after several proponents of fluoridation in the health community, including dentists, asked the city to continue fluoridation and the council agreed.
Guard Street repairs
The council agreed to borrow up to $43,000 for paving Guard Street. The street had once been paved but asphalt was removed for water main work and the road was not repaved. Residents along Guard Street complained that the gravel the city used to cover the street had created dust for the residents and resulted in unsafe potholes for pedestrians and runners.
Public Works Director John McCue said he was hoping funds generated from a recently created tax incremental district (TID) would help pay for the paving, but Munich said it looked like any development in the TID might be two or three years away. The $43,000 will be borrowed from the city’s sales tax fund, which exceeds $100,000.
In other action, the council:
• Approved a request to paint the crosswalk at the intersection of 4th Street and Vermont Avenue.
• Approved a payment of $581,672 to the DOT for the city’s portion of water and sewer lines on the Highway 27 project.
• Approved a request to place an honorary veterans way road sign by the Veteran Center. The road sign is a private donation.