The Wauwatosa Common Council tonight voted to apply for economic stimulus to pay for resurfacing West Burleigh Street from the east city limits to Highway 100 and enter into an agreement with a consulting firm for the design work.
If the city gets the funds for the resurfacing work, Wauwatosa will still have to foot the design consultant's bill.
The vote was 10-2, with Aldermen James Krol and Jacqueline Jay opposed, but for different reasons.
Krol voiced concern about the number of projects - flood-proofing the Muellner Building, Hart Park athletic facilities improvements, the new fire station and televising the city's sewers - the engineering staff already has to oversee and the tight turnaround required for this project. He also worried about moving up a project that was slated for 2012 because residents would have to pay special assessments earlier.
Jay said she didn't believe the city should take any stimulus funds because of an opposition to President Barack Obama's entire economic recovery plan.
Alderman Michael Walsh disagreed with Jay.
"If we don't spend it, the next town over is going to spend it," he said.
Walsh supported applying for the funds saying doing the project this year would improve city infrastructure with less of a financial burden on taxpayers.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Hundreds of Tosa residents experienced short power outage Aug. 27
- Wauwatosa Village valet service tentatively halted on Sundays
- Ask Now: Can parts of Milwaukee get annexed back into Wauwatosa?
- Wauwatosa School District filled a 'typical' 60 jobs this summer (2)
- Monarch advocates celebrate 10th year of releasing butterflies at County Grounds in Wauwatosa
- Disability advocates concerned about lack of housing in Wauwatosa
- Gay Ex-Wauwatosa police officer says she endured years of harassment, gets $77k settlement
- Wauwatosa's Diva Day brings shopping deals and business boosts
- Wauwatosa things to do: August 27
- Suspected pipe bomb draws neighborhood attention in Wauwatosa