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Posted on: August 16, 2018

General Update on Downtown Recovery Efforts (8/16/2018)

Old City Hall:

On Monday, City Staff met with the building owner, David Wilder to discuss the schedule for stabilizing Old City Hall. David has agreed to stabilize the building by August 31st. Director of Building Inspection, Brian Flannery will touch base with David each day to ensure progress is being made towards our goal of stabilizing the building by Friday, August 31st.


On Monday, City staff met with representatives from the DOT to negotiate the terms of an intergovernmental agreement. Both the DOT and City staff feel we can reconstruct the intersection prior to the end of the construction season (December 1st). We plan to have the intergovernmental agreement on the City Council agenda on Tuesday, August 21st. Roadwork will start on Monday, September 3rd. 

On Tuesday, Mayor Esser and City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer met with the Secretary of Transportation. The Secretary reaffirmed the DOT's commitment to reopening the intersection per the schedule outlined above.

Debris/Building Removal:

The debris has been removed from the street. The buildings will be completely removed and the basements will be filled in. This work may continue until Friday, August 31st.


Today, the City provided the seven day notice to the security company. We will not need 24 hour security services beyond August 22nd.

For More Information:

Contact the City Administrator's office at 608-825-1193.

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