SIREN––Chris Moeller of the Siren Chamber of Commerce led a public hearing last week for a potential grant. It was suggested after the Siren's Economic Development Advisory committee brainstormed for a year on how to improve the Village.

Siren is also applying for a CDBG-Public facilities grant. If awarded, the grant will allow the village to be able to put in a trail along Highway 35 from Clear Lake park to Siren School.

This grant which is part of the CDBG-PLNG, planning program funds, will go to putting together an economic development plan. Moeller explained it will look into housing options as well other community development options.

Moeller said they will also be updating Siren's comprehensive plan, which has not been updated since 2004. Part of the grant will include meeting with the public and getting their input on building the community.

Streets

Siren public works director, Jim Jaskolka, gave the board an update on what road projects they will be doing this upcoming construction season. Earlier this year, the streets and utilities committee approved borrowing $400,000 for potential projects.

Jaskolka plans on micro sealing four sections of road throughout the village:

  • Main Street from Third Avenue to Hanson Avenue
  • First Avenue from Johnson Street to the alley just north of Main Street
  • Main Street - east and west ends
  • Alley between First Avenue and State Road 35/70 behind Jenneman's

There was also a lengthy discussion by board members about paving all the alleys around town.

Village President Dave Alden said he would like to see all of the alleys paved in the near future. He suggested putting money aside and paving two alleys a year until they all get done.