Washington County will spend an additional $60,000 to rebuild a parking lot at the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center.
The total cost of the project, which is expected to be completed this fall, is $140,000.
County Supervisor Daniel Goetz from Richfield said he would vote for the additional money, but pointed out the Jackson Sewer Assessment Fund was intended to pay off the debt incurred when water and sewer lines were extended from the village of Jackson to Fair Park in 1999.
The fund will have a balance of $103,058 after the money transfer.
The Jackson Sewer Assessment Fund is the repository of assessments paid by property owners who connect to the water and sewer lines, which cost the county $3 million to install.
Based on experience from the county Highway Department’s current reconstruction of Highway P, soil borings were done in Lot 5 and the two driveway entrances in April, which revealed the soil beneath the parking lot and other areas were in poor condition and had drainage problems.
“The base is not good at all,” County Manager Joshua Schoemann said. For the same reason, he said, “both (Fair Park) entrances will have to be re-done in the future. Now we have much better data than we did before.”
“If we don’t do this,” County Supervisor Tim Michalak said, “we’ll have to resurface this (lot) much sooner than if we re-do it now.”
County Finance Director Susan Haag said a request for bids on the project will be issued today.
The fund transfer was approved 29-0. County Supervisor Paul Ustruck, West Bend, was absent.