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Rotary Member of the Week
Dean Markwardt
Dean was born in Sturgeon Bay, taught in Neenah for ten years, and came to Marshfield in 1974 to run the school district’s library/media department. After retiring in 2000, he served as director of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation for eight years. He has been married to Lois for almost 52 years, has two children, and four grandchildren. He is a director on the Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts as well as the University Foundation and also serves on two city committees: Board of Appeals and the Cable Committee. He credits Lois for keeping him especially active, helping her with her many interior design projects on senior living facilities.
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The Second Street Corridor Project
City Planner Josh Miller was hired by the City in 2009. One of the recent projects that has consumed a lot of his time is the proposed Second Street Corridor. The city’s downtown master plan calls for redeveloping 2nd street as a green street corridor, from the library on Maple all the way west to the Steve J. Miller Park. The idea is to redevelop using significant landscaping, art installations, “traffic calming,” and other bicycle & pedestrian improvements to promote eventual redevelopment of public & private properties along West 2nd Street. Many features can be added incrementally as nearby development occurs. The timeline for the project began with a presentation of the Downtown Master Plan to the Plan Commission in January, 2015. In March the Board of Public Works approved a contract for professional services to develop 3 concepts for 2nd street. In April the concepts were complete and made available to the public. The first, Concept A, converted Maple Avenue to one way traffic, one-way east from Central and one-way west from Central, along with diagonal parking and lots of green space. After considerable public input and some revision, that concept proved most popular...or least unpopular.

The next steps will be to review final drawings from the consultant and send out an information packet to the public by July 31. On August 3, the proposal will be presented to the Board of Public Works. If all goes well, the Common Council will approve the final concept on August 11. If approved, the Engineering Division will develop final plans and cost estimates during August & September. Construction could begin next spring with completion of the project by September of 2016. Josh warned, however, that at this point anything is possible, even discarding the entire project. So stay tuned.

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