By Charles Collier, The Denmark News

Denmark, WI—Residents on Woodrow Street will be getting some help in costs associated with upcoming sidewalk construction.

Last summer when a handful of residents on Woodrow St. voiced concerns about speeding cars to the Village Board, it was clear the solution would not be simple. An independent safety study confirmed that many drivers exceeded the speed limit and also revealed a higher volume of traffic than expected.

After viewing the results of the study and seeking expert counsel the Board opted to construct a sidewalk on the west side of the street.

“We spoke with our consultants and the overwhelming opinion was that sidewalks are the safest option for protecting pedestrians.” Denmark President Greg Mleziva said.

Sausage and hot dog producer Salm Partners, LLC shares the street and on Monday shared financial burden as well, donating $20,000 to the project.

“Salm Partners is committed to safety, and we are pleased to make this contribution to support safety in our community,” Salm Partners’ President Keith Lindsey said in a press release.

The sidewalk will span from North Ave. to West Woodrow Ct., Board Trustee Vince Wertel chaired the meetings with residents during the decision-making process and was against the sidewalk option. He thought the process should been longer to save residents money rather than, “forcing them to pay for something they don’t want.”

“Maybe times change and we do need [a sidewalk,] maybe we don’t. But it’s awesome that Salm is being a good neighbor. They didn’t have to do anything.” Wertel said in an interview.

The donation relieves the nine homeowners to the tune of $2,222 apiece. Initial estimates for total project cost range from about $29,000 to $50,000. Final estimates are expected by late March when the bidding process completes.

Village officials hope to combine sidewalk construction with road work on Pine Street this summer to save on costs.