The saga of the city and school district’s disagreement over construction of roads supporting the new high school is officially over.
It essentially had been sealed May 7, when the Verona Area School District approved a slightly amended and more significantly updated agreement than the one the city had forwarded, but just in case, the Common Council gave it a final review Monday and unanimously approved it.
The council had both technically and effectively put the agreement in the hands of its staff April 23, when it voted to approve an unfinished version for the sake of expediency, with construction deadlines looming. Missing from that document were such exhibits as city planning fees, detailed property descriptions, an agreement with a third party and a list of existing use agreements for district facilities.
But despite the many holes, alders agreed it was important to send a message they wouldn’t hold up the district’s timeline over minor quibbles and voted to approve it contingent on staff review, provided there were no “substantive” changes. City administrator Jeff Mikorski, city attorney Bryan Kleinmaier and city public works director Theran Jacobson were authorized to execute the deal prior to a May 15 “key date” for construction.
The district made several language and procedural changes. Staff considered them insubstantial but brought the contract back to the council Monday to check for any last-minute adjustments or concerns, and none was raised.
The city also approved two maps Monday, changing boundaries of where buildings and internal roads can be constructed on the property, as well as an agreement with the family trust of an adjoining landowner, the Erbachs, for dedicated right-of-way for a second access road onto the property.
The maps also allow a connection to Nine Mound Road, another to Stewart’s Woods and a potential future link under U.S. 18-151. They are mostly formality, a result of the deals the city and school district cut with each other and with the neighboring Erbach Trust to provide the land for the connection.