Bend officials made an offer to create a more enhanced
look in the downtown area, but members of the Business
Improvement District declined.
Members voted against a proposal from Public Works
Director Doug Neumann during Tuesday’s meeting. It
provided the chance to upgrade conventional light posts
with decorative ones.
decorative lights would have replaced the current ones
along Main Street from Water Street to Poplar Street
when city staff replace the lights next.
There are a several lights located along that street,
some of which are made from concrete, that West Bend
officials want to update.
some of you remember, a few years ago we reinstalled a
wood pole in that location,” Neumann said. “The
discussion was started with the city’s budget to replace
these poles. There are three concrete poles that need to
be replaced and the discussion started because we want
to replace these with wood poles.”
part of that process, Neumann said he wanted to inform
Improvement District members they have the option to
select those with an ornamental design similar to other
areas in the downtown area.
officials have allocated $14,000 for the project to
replace the three concrete poles with wooden ones. The
money will also upgrade the lighting to LED as an energy
cost savings. The upgrade would have cost BID Board
members an additional $95,000 had they elected to move
forward with the project.
Neumann said the lights are shorter than the ones that
are in use, so they must add to the four that already
There are material costs associated with the poles,
about $3,500 each, but the project also involves work
along the public right of ways.
difference in the cost is replacing a lot of the
sidewalk,” Neumann said. “The current poles are overhead
wires. The decorative lights are all underground wires
so it is removing sidewalk, curb and gutter and
installing all those things.”
Board member Brian Culligan suggested the endeavor could
serve as a test for providing information for the
planned renovation for the other parts of the downtown.
think the pole idea is great,” Board President Mike
Husar said. “My concern is what we are going to do with
the sidewalks. We are going to spend the money to do the
sidewalks without knowing what the plan is going to the