Oconomowoc's roundabout sculpture is back
Sculpture, components run over by drunken driver in September
City of Oconomowoc - The Five Os are back at the gateway to the city's downtown. The roundabout sculpture was re-installed last week after a drunken driver ran it over in September.
Duwe Metal Products from Menomonee Falls handled the roundabout repairs that cost an estimated $30,000.
On Sept. 23, Michael Justiliano, 32, from the Town of Oconomowoc was driving his 2005 Lexus SUV west on Wisconsin Avenue at 3 a.m. and failed to negotiate the roundabout.
His vehicle struck the sculpture and then flipped on its side, hitting the brick light display.
Justiliano was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Oconomowoc Fire Department. He suffered no apparent injuries.
Alcohol was a factor in the crash, and Justiliano was arrested for first offense drunken driving. According to information from Lake Country Municipal Court, Justiliano was found guilty of operating beyond the permitted blood-alcohol content and operating while intoxicated, first offense. He was also ticketed for inattentive driving, but that was dismissed.
He was found guilty of interference with a sign or signal.
According to court records, Justiliano was fined $955 for the citations related to the incident.
Beyond that, it is understood that Justiliano's insurance company will be working with the city's insurance to pay the about $40,000 it cost to repair damages to the sculpture.
In October, Public Works Director Mark Frye said the city was estimating $40,000 to repair or replace the sculpture, masonry pillar, signs, plants, electrical wiring for the LED lights that light the sculpture at night and curb.
He said the majority of the cost, $30,000, is for the replacement of the sculpture.
Frye was unavailable for an exact amount after the repairs were made.
The sculpture, a three-dimensional metal image of the city's five-Os intertwining logo, was donated to the city by the Oconomowoc Rotary Club in 2010 at a cost of approximately $30,000.
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