Village of Sussex - A proposal to install three roundabouts along Main Street encountered stiff citizen opposition during a series of public information sessions tonight and appears headed for rejection by the Village Board.
Trustees Tim Dietrich and Pat Tetzlaff said after the sessions they will ask the Village Board at its Tuesday meeting to instruct city staff and consultants to discontinue work on the roundabouts and focus on alternatives for the reconstruction of Main Street scheduled to begin in 2015 or 2016.
Village President Greg Goetz said he wants to wait until the consultants complete their reports on the meeting tonight before the Village Board takes action and it is unlikely those reports will be ready by Tuesday.
However, Goetz told a group of constituents that residents of the village do not support the roundabouts.
More than 150 residents attended three separate one hour "open house" style information sessions this afternoon and evening at the Pauline Haass Library.
The purpose of the sessions was to allow residents to review conceptual plans of the project and submit written comments. Oral presentations by citizens were not permitted.
However, at the beginning of the third session, citizens began interrupting presentations made by consultants about the project. The citizens challenged some of the data presented by project engineers and demanded to know how the roundabouts were being paid for and why they were being proposed.
The village staff said revenue sources for the project have yet to be identified. Staff and consultants have suggested that the roundabouts are the most efficient way to improve traffic flow along Main Street.
However, several local business owners have objected to the roundabouts arguing their businesses will be threatened the by construction and increased traffic flow of the roundabouts. Residents have complained that the roundabouts are unnecessary and pose a danger to pedestrian in a village that prides itself on being pedestrian friendly.