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The final phase of road re-paving in Baxter Estates may have to wait until next spring because of all the construction planned or already under way in the village.

With major renovations proceeding at the Port Washington Public Library, installation of new water mains on Sandy Hollow Lane, and the planned groundbreaking of a new Shields Hardware store at Main and High Streets, the completion of a three-year plan to re-surface all the roads in the village will have to take a back seat to heavy machinery and patched roadways until early next year, according to village officials.

The only streets not re-paved in the last two years are High Street, Columbia Place, Locust Avenue, North Washington Street, Sandy Hollow lane, and tiny Green Hayes. All are on or near major projects that could require access by heavy construction equipment, or may require under-street tie-ins to utilities, it was revealed at a Sept. 18 meeting of the board of trustees.

"I don't want to lay a street down and then have it cut up," said Mayor John Weaver. "High Street may have to wait because of the heavy equipment for the construction (at Shields). Locust Avenue may have to wait until after the library is done.

"It's been the concept of our whole administration to get the streets done as soon as possible."

The PWPL renovation isn't slated for completion until spring, but even if the Sandy Hollow water main or Shields projects are completed by late fall or Christmas, pavement cannot be laid during cold weather.

"I'd like to see the paving program done by fall," echoed Trustee Fred Nicholson, "but we may have to wait to have it done right."

Though no work has begun on the new Shields Hardware, Baxter Estates officials are encouraged by hefty payments by Shields to the village to guarantee that work will proceed according to a village-approved timetable (see Port Washington News June 29).

"Mr. Shields walked into Village Hall the other day with a check for $4,605 to renew his building permit," said Mayor Weaver. The permit extends for 6 months.

Shields also signed an agreement to pay $10,000 if the building and sidewalks are not adhering to a late-fall construction timetable, according to one official.

"I spoke with (Shields) today," said trustee Nicholson. "The bank is giving him a final punch-list to go to closing."


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