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Prairie du Sac Village Administrator Wildman updates Optimist Club

 

August 16, 2018



Alan Wildman, Prairie du Sac Village Administrator, spoke with the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club on August 8.  Wildman shared that in October he will be marking his eleventh year as Administrator and shared how much he and his family have enjoyed being residents of the Village.

One of the big happenings in Prairie du Sac is the Great Sauk State Trail opening and seeing the many people who are using it.  Baraboo and West Baraboo are looking at connecting to the trail once Phase Two through Devils Lake is completed and, in turn, their trail could connect to the 400 Bike Trail.  He stated that Dane County is still talking about connecting to the Great Sauk State Trail.  Benches and mile markers have been added this week and a bike repair station has been set up in a temporary location.  Pay boxes to purchase a state trail pass are in place, which are good on any state trail. However, it’s a little known fact that money paid here, stays here for maintenance of the trail.  Passes are only needed for bicycles and roller blades. Walkers and runners do not need a pass.  One of the Optimists mentioned that bathrooms are needed.  Wildman said there are bathrooms that can be used at the Ruth Culver Community Library when it is open and if the library decides to expand, there could be added bathrooms with public access 24/7. There are also portable rest rooms at the VFW Park.

Another project is the development of a downtown Riverfront Park.  A million dollar project, the Village has applied for a competitive DNR grant.  The plan includes an outdoor performance space, revamp of the eagle outlook, repaving of the Water Street parking lot, and nature trails connecting to the Great Sauk State Trail.

Streets are constantly being worked on in Prairie du Sac. When a road is being repaired, the Village takes the time to redo the base of the road as some of the older roads only have sand or a very small amount of gravel. “Hopefully, the roads will last longer,” he said.

The Village is also making changes in the storm sewer system. “We are very aggressive with our maintenance program doing maintenance at least once a year.” New parts of town have retention basins that filter the water naturally before going to the river.

A surprise to many, he said that the Village maintains the stoplight at the junction of PF and 12, despite that fact that PF is a county highway.

There will be a groundbreaking for the new Eagleview Dental office in Prairie, The Village sold the land between First Weber and Bill Nagler’s business with the possibility of a two-story building coming in and he says that housing starts are going well.  “Our growth is manageable”, he stated unlike other area communities.

Ongoing collaboration between the Village, the Recreation Commission and the school district with outdoor athletic space is ongoing. As part of that collaboration, the Village continues its work at the Westwynde Park to improve the athletic fields with the redoing of the infield at the baseball field scheduled for late summer

Asked about the truth about Kwik Trip coming in at PF and 12, Wildman said that the property has been annexed to the Village, water lines will be extended and that the Planning Committee has approved the site plan.  He said the process involves the developer getting permits and approval prior to Kwik Trip buying the land from the developer.  A DOT traffic analysis has been conducted, existing driveways will remain, Hwy 12 access to the site will be wider and there are plans to add turn lanes. 

Is a skate park in the future?  Wildman said the Parks Committee was going to recommend Washington Street Park but that Eagle Skate, the skate park group, asked the Village to put that idea on hold until the Recreation Commission finalizes their plans for a possible recreation area in the future.

 
 

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