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Utility work goes to Monroe company
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MONROE - The Monroe Common Council awarded its 2014 utilities improvement project to E&N Hughes of Monroe for $868,300.

Construction is expected to last into 2015. The project includes pavement, curb and gutter, walkways, water mains, sanitary sewer and service pipe, and hydrants on sections of several city streets and Spring Square alley.

E&N Hughes was one of four companies that bid on the project. Maddrell Excavating of Monroe bid $888,500; Iowa Grant Trucking of Livingston bid $930,600; and Fischer Excavating of Freeport bid $1.02 million.

Council members voted unanimously for the hiring.

The council also voted to hire Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to perform a comprehensive plan update for $32,200. The roll call vote was 8-1, with Alderman Michael Boyce voting against.

The two-year project will begin in January with identifying key community stakeholders who will be involved in the planning process.

According to its proposal: SWWRPC will work with University of Wisconsin-Extension and a steering committee to identify key community stakeholders drawn from city residents and will include active members of the public and private sector, who will be involved in all phases of the planning process. Stakeholders and community members will be led in an initial round of visioning. UWEX will guide this process to build community support, interest and understanding in the planning process, as well as gain a preliminary understanding of the city's vision for itself. UWEX will facilitate capacity building training for residents interested in implementing portions of the plan once it's complete.

In early 2015, SWWRPC will begin collecting and analyzing all data available for the city. This includes demographic and Census-based data, economic and workforce-related data, information on the city's infrastructure capacity, and cultural and artistic resources. The data analysis work will include historic trends as well as population projections through the year 2035.

SWWRPC's plan includes reviewing all existing city plans and plans that impact or include the city. These plans include past outdoor recreation plans, economic development strategies, hazard mitigation plans, community health need assessments, functional class and other transportation and transit studies and housing studies.

Phase two of the project includes stakeholder engagement, community outreach and implementation.

In late 2015 and early 2016, SWWRPC will develop the final planning document, before the council's final approval.

The cost of the project is split between budget years, with $21,674 for 2015 and $10,540 for 2016.