Yesterday afternoon, “in the spirit of compromise and a desire to get the project moving forward for families in the neighborhood,” the Director of Dane County Public Works, Highway and Transportation, delivered an offer to Madison City Engineer with the parameters the city had outlined, including:
Collaborative reconstruction — as has been agreed to the whole time, with only the ask that the city take over snow removal. In the Cap Times this morning, Abby Becker reported, “As a Madison east side resident, Parisi said he sees county plows driving down the same street that city plows pass through on their way to clean up side streets.” Parisi said, “It’s just an incredibly inefficient way to approach our streets.” The snow and ice removal maintenance agreement assures that snow and ice removal are done as efficiently as possible — reducing redundancy in salt application and fuel usage.
The county will continue to do the crack filling, street patching, and pavement lane marking. The city is already responsible for 100% of the street lighting, sweeping, and crosswalk marking. This would remain the same. Additionally, there is no transfer of jurisdiction. The county will share half of the expense of resurfacing Buckeye, and 80% of chip sealing—as is the cost sharing with all municipalities.
The urgency to complete the project is reflected in the proposal. If accepted, there is good potential for the project to move forward this summer.