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Egg Harbor optimistic project grants will come through--UPDATED DOT will fund projects

Village of Egg Harbor Administrator Ryan Heise is encouraged that the village will receive the $1 million awarded grant from the Multimodal Local Supplement program.  The competitive grant was put into question when Governor Tony Evers' authority was challenged in a lawsuit stating his partial veto changed funds designed for local road-improvement to a local transit grant, making it unconstitutional.  Heise says he was told by sources in Madison that the village should be receiving a letter from the State of Wisconsin in the next few days stating that the money is there for the projects to proceed.  The Village of Egg Harbor had agreed to match the $1 million grant with $1.6 million to develop a bike and pedestrian project on Church Street.  Heise noted that the $1 million coming from the grant is equivalent to the entire annual operating cost for the general funds of the village.  Other area projects impacted include Door County's grant for bridgework on County Trunk J, Cemetery Road improvements in Brussels, and South Neenah Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. 

 

UPDATE: Letter from WisDOT received on Friday

 

Good afternoon,

 

As a successful applicant to the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) grant program, you may be aware of recent action by the Wisconsin Supreme Court that impacted the MLS program. The MLS program was created through a partial veto of 2019 Wisconsin Act 9. On July 10, 2020 the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned this veto and voided the MLS grant program.

 

To the greatest extent possible, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is dedicated to fulfilling the commitments made to local communities under the MLS program. Since the court action, the department has analyzed the ruling and developed a contingency plan to fund projects that were awarded MLS grants. We have determined that your project meets the eligibility requirements of the Local Roads Improvement Program- Discretionary Supplement (LRIP-D).

 

The Municipal LRIP committee met on July 27, 2020 and voted to fund all former MLS projects that met the eligibility requirements of the LRIP program at the same funding level as previously awarded. In total, 29 city/village former MLS projects were qualified under the LRIP-D criteria.

 

The department will amend any signed State-Municipal Agreements (SMA) issued through the MLS program to conform to LRIP requirements. Governments who have not yet signed an MLS SMA will be receiving a new LRIP SMA.

 

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