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Village to receive $926,651grant for non-motorizedtransportation improvements
 Kevin Struck, a member of the Non-Mo-torized Transportation Pilot ProgramCommittee, contributed to this artile.
The third time was the charm. After having two Non-Motorized Transporta-tion Pilot Program grant applications re- jected by Sheboygan County in the pastthree years, the majority of the projects within the third application, jointly sub-mitted in September of 2008 by the Vil-lage of Kohler, the Kohler SchoolDistrict, and Kohler Co., was approved.The following projects within the appli-cation were approved to receive funding:
An enhanced at-grade crossing onGreenfield Drive to connect theschool and southern part of the Vil-lage to the athletic fields and northernhalf of the Village (see January 2009issue of 
The Kohler Villager 
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Sidewalk extensions through EbbenField to funnel pedestrians and bicy-clists to the Greenfield crossing,
A 10-foot wide path through Kohler Co. property running from the High-land Ave-Greenfield Drive intersec-tion to the Erie Ave-Twin Oaks Roadintersection,
Paved bike shoulders along HighlandDrive/CTH Y from Greenfield Drive toSuperior Avenue, plus bike lane strip-ing on the bridge over STH 23.
Paved bike shoulders along Lower Falls Road/CTH PP from Highland Avenue to Taylor Drive in Sheboygan.In what was a pleasant surprise, theCounty Board’s Joint Resources andTransportation Committee (JRTC)added the County Road Y Shoulder Paving project even though the Citizen Advisory Technical Committee had notincluded it a month earlier.In July 2006, the U.S. Congress createdthe Non-Motorized Transportation PilotProgram. Sheboygan County was one of four areas of the country selected to par-ticipate in this pilot program, along withMarin County, California; Minneapolis,Minnesota; and Columbia, Missouri. Aspart of the Pilot Program, SheboyganCounty received up to $25 million over four years to help local communities de- velop networks of non-motorized trans-portation facilities to connect neighbor -hoods, retail centers, schools, recreationamenities, and employment centers, with a goal of encouraging people to oc-casionally bike or walk to destinationsrather than always relying on motorizedoptions.Scott Anderson, president of Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group -Destination Kohler, said he’s been watching the process very closely andcommended the Village, Kohler School,and Kohler Co. for working together toaccomplish the goal of securing some-thing that will benefit the whole commu-nity. “This is a terrific example of Kohler Co. and the Village of Kohler and theSchool Board working together, gettingsomething that’s going to benefit the en-tire community,” said Anderson. “I hopethe company, School Board and Villagecan work together on more projects inthe future.” Anderson said one of thethings that worried him the most whenhe first arrived in Kohler after acceptinga position at Kohler Co., was watchingchildren crossing Greenfield Drive be-tween the school and Ebben Field. Hesaid it’s “terrific” to see biking andpedestrian paths connecting Kohler tothe rest of the county. Village Board President Tom Leon-hardt and Kohler School Board Presi-dent Jane Bishop both expressed similar sentiments about the collaborative ef-forts in securing the grant dollars. “Theawarding of this grant to Kohler can bedirectly attributable to excellent cooper-ative effort between the Kohler SchoolDistrict, the Village Board, and theKohler Co. I look forward to the imple-mentation of these projects as it will ben-efit the entire community and thoseliving near the Village,” said Leonhardt.School Board President Jane Bishopsaid, “The Kohler School Board isthrilled that we could collaborate withboth the Village and Kohler Co. to getthis grant that will help all of us in the Vil-lage of Kohler.
Dashed lines show network of future new paved shoulders and sidewalk and trail additions.
 
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Sources: Legislative Fiscal Bureau and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Correction:
The table in the January article regarding new 2008-09 school funding numberscontained errors in the row for the Plymouth School District. The correct numbersappear in the table below.
SchoolDistrictEnrollment2007-08Property ValuePer Student2007-08Total FundingPer Student2007-08Funding fromLocal PropertyTaxes2007-08New Fundingfrom LocalProperty Taxes2008-09Total2008-09 Net StateGeneralSchool Aids
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 548 $1,068,711 $9,764 $3,910,206 $4,160,589 $1,211,488
Hilbert 497 389,084 9,377 1,471,250 1,616,000 3,249,374Howards Grove 981 431,801 10,138 3,808,704 4,008,695 6,290,015Kiel 1,491 411,224 9,645 5,061,647 5,336,178 9,621,401Kohler 528 968,951 10,611 4,966,304 5,067,074 820,235Manitowoc 5,542 418,595 9,104 17,265,506 17,887,877 34,690,228New Holstein 1,221 550,041 9,637 5,029,020 5,319,327 6,597,424Plymouth 2,470 530,869 9,135 9,240,315 9,508,215 13,635,749Reedsville 691 423,505 10,122 2,411,900 2,636,267 4,475,986Sheboygan 10,219 354,241 10,787 36,370,586 35,884,591 74,631,304Sheboygan Falls 1,769 484,854 9,011 6,713,383 7,122,105 10,277,148Valders 1,164 433,013 10,180 4,812,356 5,037,745 7,462,608
The Village Board is considering ren-ovating the old pump house at LostWoods park so it can be used as a threeseason park shelter facility. The renova-tion would create a covered park shelter,something which currently does notexist in the Village. The renovations would include an addition to the south which would create a room that wouldhave openings to allow for use during thesummer months with doors that closefor inclement weather and during springand fall months. The interior would in-clude new restrooms, a small kitchenand storage facilities along with thegathering room. This facility would beavailable to all village residents. The costof the project would be spread over 20 years to minimize any impact on taxpay-ers. Village residents are encouraged toforward any comments or suggestions to Village Board members.
Layout of proposed renovated building being considered by Village Board for Lost Woods Park 
Renovation of Lost Woods Park pump house intopark shelter under consideration by Village
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Extreme weather events com-pounded by dire economic news poseda challenge to public works depart-ments in many Wisconsin communi-ties in 2008. The year started withrecord snowfalls, bitter cold, sleet, andfreezing rain in January and February. April brought a late snow storm, fol-lowed by record flooding in June, adamaging windstorm in July, and morerecord snowfalls in November and De-cember to close the year.The DPW, which is on call 24/7, is re-sponsible for snow removal and other maintenance of streets, water and wastewater utilities, parks, streetlights, various village buildings includ-ing the Memorial building and theatre,pool, village gymnasium, and youthcenter. The department also providesbuilding inspection, zoning administra-tion, grass cutting, and snow removalservices at Ebben Field and Kohler Schools, and handles garbage, recy-cling, and yard waste.Superintendent Bruce Neerhof, who’s been with the department for 19 years, supervises six full-time employ-ees, four part-time seasonal workers,and one college student worker. Full-timers consist of Peter Weber andCharles Keller, who have both been with the department for 32 years,Robert Dickman (31 years), DavidBuhler (26), Mike Kitzerow (7), MattMagle (6), and Administrative Assis-tant Bridget Long (3). Six of the staff members are certified water opera-tors, one is a certified wastewater op-erator, three are certified arborists,three are certified pool operators, oneis a licensed building inspector, and sixare commercially licensed truck driv-ers.Neerhof said the biggest project for 2008 was the Church Street repair andsewer project, and the installation of new energy-efficient lighting at the vil-lage garage. The project was com-pleted $6,000 under budget, and the Village saw a savings of $140,000 due todiligent research and recommenda-tions by the DPW for alternatives tosewer reconstruction recommenda-tions by the consulting engineer. Themajor project slated for 2009 will be thereconstruction of School Street fromHighland Drive to West Park Lane.The project — scheduled to take placeJune 15 to September 1 — will includeinstallation of new curbs and gutters as well as water and sewer lines,repaving, and installation of new light-ing.One of the more memorable eventsfor the Kohler DPW was last July after strong winds from a tornado spotted west of the Village left a path of downed trees through Kohler. High-land Drive was so cluttered withbranches it was nearly impassible, butdue to the quick response and coordi-nation efforts of the DPW and policedepartment, the street was cleared for traffic before the storm ended. Super-intendent Neerhof also worked withKohler Police Chief Bill Rutten to ac-quire FEMA funds to help pay for thestorm cleanup.The Village also received a letter grade of “A” on the DNR CMAR annualreport and a congratulatory e-mail for a job well done on its maintenance of the sanitary sewer collection system.The village also received an outstand-ing report from the annual DNR water system inspection.Other 2008 accomplishments by theDPW include:
 Additional $10,000 in revenue for the Village and accolades by the publicafter the DPW took over janitorialservices and pool operation at theMemorial Building. (Kohler Swim-nastics instructor Laura Drew com-mended the pool crew for keepingthe pool and its facilities in pristinecondition).
Saved the Village $16,000 annually inutility locates fees and outside serv-ices for street light repair.
Equipment purchases for 2008 andother miscellaneous repairs and up-grades were all under budget.
Eliminated the last significant infil-tration leak in the Sunset sewers, which will save the Village signifi-cant pumping costs and eliminateany chance of a sanitary sewer over-flow.
 A savings of 300 hours of labor by taking advantage of a Public ServiceCommission water meter program.
Initiated a popular public relationsprogram offering free mulch for Vil-lage residents.
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