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Reedsburg signed on to the second phase of the Baraboo River Corridor Plan.

The Reedsburg Common Council unanimously approved the adoption of Phase II of the plan at its April 22 meeting. Second District Alderperson Jason Schulte and Alderperson at Large Brandt Werner were absent. Phase II of the study will develop recreation uses along the Baraboo River.

Phase II involves development of the corridor in the Sauk and Juneau County areas, including Hillsboro, Rock Springs, Reedsburg, La Valle, Wonewoc and Union Center. Those communities signed inter-municipal agreements to work and develop phase II of the project. 

Reedsburg’s part in Phase II includes constructing a second boat launch off Highway 136, reducing the 16-mile journey to Rock Springs for those paddling Baraboo River. MSA Professional Services Senior Project Engineer Raine Gardner said the proposed property for the boat launch is located off Highway 136, between Johnson and Beth Road. The land is privately owned and would have to be purchased by the city for the development. The landing would have space for limited parking and not have permanent bathroom facilities.

Parks and Recreation Director Matt Scott said there isn’t a timeline at this point in the project. The city has one boat launch providing access to the Baraboo River on Granite Avenue.

In November, the council approved to use $3,500 in 2017 funds to apply for a $10,000 River Planning Grant for MSA Professional Services to conduct Phase II of the Baraboo River Corridor Plan. Gardner said the deadline for communities involved in the project to apply for grants from the Department of Natural Resources is May 1.

Parcel annexation

The council unanimously approved a second reading and final adoption annexing six parcels of land from the town of Reedsburg to the city. The city hopes to use the parcels for future development in its industrial and commercial development TIF. Three of the parcels are along East Main Street, two along State Road and one on Golf Course Road. The proposed annexation includes Trinity Baptist Church on South Golf Course Road.

Other business

The council unanimously approved three public arts grants recommended by the arts committee. One grant is $1,800 will fund the 20 poems project, another for $4,500 will go towards the Wormfarm Institute for Fermentation Fest. A $2,000 grant will provide funds for the Reedikulus polychrome walleye at City Park during the Reedikulus Arts Crawl.

Dementia Care Specialists for Aging and Disability Center of Eagle Country and Representative for Aging Gina Laack gave a presentation on what the organization is doing on efforts to develop Reedsburg into a dementia friendly community. The group will host two informational sessions at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 2 and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 6 at the Reedsburg Public Library.

The council unanimously approved its intent to participate in the complete count committee for Sauk County for the 2020 census.

The council unanimously approved continuing its insurance plan for city employees with the State of Wisconsin Group Insurance Board through 2020.

Follow Erica Dynes on Twitter @EDynes_CapNews or contact her at 608-393-5346.

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