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At a special meeting of the Franklin Common Council this afternoon, a vote to spend $500,000 toward the construction of a Drexel Avenue Interchange was approved. Here is an e-mail the City Attorney sent to the state Department of Transportation (DOT):
Mr. Christopher Klein
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Dear Mr. Klein:
The Franklin Common Council at its Special Meeting this date took the following action.
Alderman Solomon moved and Alderman Olson seconded:
A motion to approve, in response to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation stated May 1, 2010 deadline, and to authorize the Mayor, City Clerk and Director of Finance and Treasurer to execute and deliver a State/Municipal Agreement for a Highway Improvement Project: 27th Street (STH 241) with the Department of Transportation, containing the Department’s standard terms and conditions and providing estimated costs and that a separate Municipal agreement shall address further Municipal cost share for the 27th Street Project, and further providing for lighting improvements within the City of Franklin, with the understanding and provision that: i) the lighting costs of $500,000 to be paid thereunder would otherwise be the responsibility of the Department of Transportation under standard cost sharing requirements, and the City of Oak Creek agrees that the lighting costs payment is in full satisfaction of any City of Franklin obligation under Article IV. of that certain June, 2009 Memorandum of Understanding with Oak Creek; ii) the $500,000 to be paid thereunder qualifies as project costs to be paid by tax increment for the applicable Tax Incremental District(s); iii) the Wisconsin Department of Transportation agrees that this extraordinary one-time lump sum payment shall not be increased and shall not be due until the commencement of the 27th Street project no earlier than 2013, and that the Department of Transportation shall obtain the current intended timely construction of the Drexel Avenue Interchange without municipal cost share funding from the City of Franklin.
Motion passed 4 - 3 (Mayor Taylor breaking the tie).
I understand from our discussion yesterday morning, that this email will suffice to meet the Department of Transportation's May 1, 2010 deadline. Thank you for your time, attention and courtesy extended.
Jesse A. Wesolowski
Jesse A. Wesolowski
Christopher Klein of the DOT responded in an e-mail:
“It certainly does. Thanks for the notice.”