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December 4, 2020

11/9/2020 11:37:00 AM
Ridgeway Village Board does budget work

The Ridgeway Village Board met Monday to discuss the 2021 budget which will be considered again at their regular meeting November 9.
The board discussed the budgets for water, sewer and general fund, however the sewer budget was tabled until the next time the board meets.
The village board members discussed the Water Tower Project and the CDBG funding which will affect the budget.
The general fund budget had to have some funds transferred from fund balance to make it balance. Included in the budget are some road projects, the Ridgeway Elementary School project and upgrades which should put the baseball diamond back in shape while solving the drainage issues.
The budget is published in this week's Dodgeville Chronicle and shows an increase over last year. Last year's budget was $1,716,013. The 2021 budget is proposed at $2,625,078.74.
In other business the board awarded contracts to True Blue Realty to handle sale of lots in Cardinal Way Subdivision, phase one and two. It was noted there are two lots left in phase one. Those purchasing lots have 30 days to acquire a contractor and schedule construction.
Under the agreement the seller gets 3% and the realtor 3% of the sale of the lot.
The board also entered into agreement for engineering services for the 2021 CDBG $1,000,000 infrastructure grant and awarded two contracts to Delta 3 Engineering. The board approved $188,520 for the engineering contract and $20,000 for Delta 3 to administer the grant.
The board was presented with a resolution for a special assessment for work done at Tallman Court. A public hearing on the assessment was held prior to the meeting for the board to field questions and hear concerns.
One resident voiced concern about the project being started before property owners found out.
"I saw someone in my yard and asked what was going on," the resident said. "He said he was doing engineer work for the curb and gutter, etc. I feel this came out of nowhere with no warning and we will have to pay more taxes."
Village President Jon Steen admitted the project came up quickly but it will be more beneficial to the village to do all the work at once rather than in pieces.
"This is the way it is done all over," Steen said. "You are not being singled out. As for the way it came up quickly with little notice, well, that is one me. I will take the blame for that."
Bart Nies of Delta 3 said the charge back to residents is covered in the village ordinances and it will be only for curb and gutter, not sidewalks.
Village clerk Lori Phalen said the assessment will not be on the next tax bill but the one after. Residents can pay on the proposed assessment early if they want.
The resolution for the assessment was passed after the hearing was adjourned and the board was in regular session.

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