The Dec. 20-21 snowfall created havoc for the community businesses this year and increased the budget for the Business Improvement District (BID) Committee Board Meeting, Jan. 3. The snow removal, done by Decorative Concrete Construction LLC City, totaled $11,400 for the budget snowfall.
Every nine inches the budget increased, and with over 18 inches of snow this winter the budget doubled in order to make streets accessible.
BID board member Laurie Krueger, co-owner of Forever Yours Jewelry, was not impressed with the snowplows this winter. Her business hurt from the inaccessible street parking and lateness of snow removal.
Krueger said, “I think we ought to find somebody that puts us in a little bit more of a priority.”
BID Board Chairperson Bruce Sprague said that they would look into the issue and would have to negotiate the contract if they wanted to change their snowplow company and/or increase the budget.
Sun Prairie City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer acknowledged the challenges the snowstorm brought. He said there is about 140 miles of street in the city that gets attention first and then residential streets need to be addressed and opened.
“It is challenging, I’m sure frustrating at times,” Oppenheimer said. “Everything we had we threw at the snow.” He added that plows could only go so long before the drivers needed rest.
Laurie Krueger said that there are going to be more extreme storms in the future, and that her business needs to be accessible during the Christmas season this 2013.
Krueger said, “Maybe we need to find a new resource.”
Oppenheimer said that it is hard to gauge resources perfectly with unpredictable weather. The snowplow companies build up their resources, but excess snow spends what they have available.
The 2014 budget will need to be discussed. Sprague said that they would need to gather thoughts and address an increase in the overall budget for snowfall. Sprague said he was informed the city would help if BID ran out of money to cover snowplow. For 2012, the city did the contracting.
BID Board members and chair decided that an increase in the budget would be beneficial, and they would look into both BID and the city contracting snowplow coverage for 2014.
• McCourt sells business. Caroline McCourt sold Bean n’ Cream Coffeehouse, 345 Cannery Square in Sun Prairie to her business partner Jeff Gauger and no longer works in the BID.
Since she was reappointed in 2011 for a three year term she could still be a member. McCourt accepted her position at the Jan. 3 BID meeting as a BID board member until 2014, but still may resign at some point in the future.
• Kostelnik buys out partner. Kostelnik announced that he bought his partner out and now owns Value Added Distributors, 431 Linnerud Dr.
• Bougie purchases his building. Adam Bougie, owner of Glass Nickel Pizza, 101 W. Main Street, purchased his building and is no the official owner.
• Annual Meeting set? The BD Board discussed its potential meeting place at the Lighthouse senior living facility with excitement. The annual meeting is tentatively set for Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Lighthouse located on South Bristol Street.
“I figured we could showcase the Lighthouse,” Sprague said.
The council inquired about tours in the Lighthouse and Sprague said, “We’ll see how far we can get into it.”
The board tentatively set its meeting in the Lighthouse and will hopefully tour the new facility before it opens to the public.
• Next meeting set. The board set its next meeting for Thursday, Feb. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. at Market Street Diner, 110 Market St.