Council takes up $500,000 in engineering contracts

The Oshkosh Common Council will tackle a hodgepodge of topics when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Among the normal special event permits rezoning requests and conditional use permits for future businesses, there’s a few things that warrant some attention. If you want to, check out the full agenda here. Otherwise, the highlights:

First, AECOM is in line for $507,000 in contracts for river walk-related work on this agenda alone. The work is spread over three segments of the south shore legs of riverfront urban trail project: The Sweetwater Marina, Jeld-Wen and Boat Works sites.

The Sweetwater ($99,000) and Jeld-Wen ($124,700) contracts are for project permits the city has to secure from the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies in order to gain their support for working along the riverfront and making seawall improvements.

The larger contract, for $284,000, covers oversight of the design, bid, construction and environmental elements of the Boat Works segment scheduled to begin work this summer.

Next, please to recall the Oshkosh Redevelopment Authority’s extensive acquisition of properties along Jefferson Street. Well, at a recent RDA meeting, the committee approved the purchase of 675 Jefferson St. for $58,000. Now, the council just needs to give the acquisition its blessing before the RDA can close the deal and begin to consider opportunities and ideas for redeveloping a good portion of the 600 block.

And finally, councilors will consider a resolution to create Tax Incremental Financing District No. 26 to fund the city’s portion of the Aviation Business Park project. During its Feb. 12 meeting, the council authorized the $610,000 land purchase. The TIF district will fund the extension of roads and utilities to the proposed business park being developed at the southeast end of Wittman Regional Airport.

About Jeff Bollier

Jeff Bollier is an award-winning public affairs reporter for the Oshkosh Northwestern who covers everything from city hall to business. As Streetwise, Jeff delivers updates on the comings and goings of Oshkosh's retail and business world. Jeff is an avid Instagram and Twitter user and a member of the Northwestern Bacon Team.
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