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Downtown restroom good to go

Public restroom will be located across from Franklin Park
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City officials Wednesday got the ball rolling on a long-awaited public restroom facility downtown that will be located across from Franklin Park.

The Common Council approved a bid from Cerveny Construction of Shawano for the project from a list of four bidders at a cost of $159,850.

The lack of a public restroom downtown has been an issue plaguing downtown business owners for years and the improvements recently made to Franklin Park that hope to draw even more visitors to events there has exacerbated that need.

The restroom was originally expected to be located within Franklin Park under the park improvement project and would have been a part of the amphitheater. It was later put on a different timeline and decided the restroom should be located outside the park to provide more access to visitors patronizing downtown businesses.

Other bidders on the restroom project included Precision Construction Services at $194,700; RJM Construction at $192,650; and Silvercrest Construction Group at $204,772.

The Common Council in March approved a contract with Nordin Design Group, Inc., of Shawano, in the amount of $10,500 for the design and engineering work for the public restroom.

The contract called for Nordin to prepare plans, specifications, bidding documents, and provide contract administration for a restroom facility to be constructed in the city parking lot adjacent to the senior center on Washington Street.

“It’s going to be a nice connection for the farmers market,” said City Administrator Eddie Sheppard.

“With more and more events over there, we’d like to get this moving and get this constructed quickly this year,” he said.

Sheppard said the structure will also feature an informational kiosk.

The building will include a men’s room with a water closet, urinal and lavatory, and a women’s room with two water closets and a lavatory.

The facility would be operated from the spring through fall and shut down during the winter, with plumbing systems designed to be shut down for the season.

It will also include minimal heat and a ventilation system, according to the design contract.