Letter to the Editor | A note of gratitude on the Hwy 60 Reliever Route | By Mike Schmidt

 

Oct. 15, 2018 – Hartford, WI – Where to start with thank you’s on the stopping of the Hwy 60 reliever route.

It all started with the City of Hartford officials approaching the Washington County Board of Supervisors to look into a reliever route for Hwy 60 truck traffic in downtown Hartford due to Broan Manufacturing’s possible building of a giant warehouse, thereby increasing truck traffic going through Hartford.

The first option laid out was the use of Arthur Road with lots of changes. The second option was utilizing County Highway K with lots of changes.

Presentations and meetings with drawings were held. I remember some of the discussion and some minor arguments and even facts distorted at these meetings, directed at our County officials. A group was formed with property owners and residents along the proposed routes in the Town of Hartford and Town of Addison.

Meetings were held and plans made. Plans included letter writing to County Supervisors, Facebook and pamphlets passed out with notifications for special board meetings.

With a citizen packed Washington County Board room after some discussion a motion was made and seconded to stop the reliever route but was left in the 2050 Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission plan.

That meant it could come up again any time in the future. Hartford Town Chairman Maurice Strupp was against that and pushed for some kind of option to stop it. Joshua (Josh) Schoemann with Hwy Commissioner Scott Schmidt devised a plan to 99% stop it for good.

The plan was to turn over a portion of County Highway K, the portion west of Hwy 83 to Main Street (a mile) over to either the Town of Hartford or the Town of Addison. Josh and Scott spent many hours meeting with Town and City officials discussing road transfers from the County to their Municipalities in order to stop a future Hwy 60 reliever route.

The only way for a reliever route to come back would be for the Town’s to transfer the road to either the County or transfer it to the State.

 

The last and final step in this matter to kill the Hwy 60 reliever route took place Thursday night September 20, 2018 when Josh and Scott met with the Town of Addison Board and in the audience attendance was Town of Hartford Chairman Maurice Strupp they agreed to take ownership of the County’s transfer of ownership of County Rd K West of Hwy 83 to Main street.

Thanks to Chairman Bob Bingen and Supervisor Gary Karnitz for their time spent in meeting with Josh and Scott before hand to come up with this agreement and presenting it to the full board.

Now for some thank you’s!!! Thanks go to the Hwy 60 reliever committee The Kratz family in Ackerville, Elaine Gehring in St. Lawrence. Thank you Maurice Strupp for his unending fight for this. You the citizens for your support. To the Washington County Board of supervisors thank you for listening to your citizens concerns. To the Town Boards of Addison and Hartford for your listening and actions. To the West Bend news for their fair reporting. To the Washington County Insider thank you also for your coverage.

I know I probably missed some one, so thank you. A special thank you to County Administrator Josh Schoenman and Hwy Commissioner Scott Schmidt who came up with this plan and presenting the whole case fairly and honestly to all of us (Sorry for doubting you).

Oh by the way, please call Josh and Scott, they took a lot of heat from us and yet they pushed forward for us and they rarely ever get a thank you for a job well done, so thank them.

Mike Schmidt

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