Shorewood — Work on the village's Department of Public Works facility continues in the aftermath of a vehicle accident in October that caused damage.
Last month, crews began replacing the roof at the DPW's main garage, 3801 N. Morris Blvd., as part of the multi-tiered effort to make structural repairs. During the project, officials discovered more than 40 feet of a wall in the DPW office area that was in need of repair.
The work took place following an incident the weekend of Oct. 9 that involved a van crashing into the DPW facility. According to police, the crash was believed to have been an error when the driver stepped on the wrong pedal and drove into the building. There were no injuries.
"The entire brick wall, almost 4 feet deep, was hanging, ready to either fall into the office interior or on pedestrians using the DPW facility," James Swenson, director of operations, wrote in a memo.
Because of the safety concern, officials deemed the discovery an emergency repair.
Nic Meyer Construction, the firm overseeing previous work, provided the village with a $14,784 quote for the wall reconstruction. The Village Board on Monday voted to accept the bid and begin the project imminently.
Since the damage, the DPW office has temporarily been relocated to a trailer in a nearby facility.
- Dave Fidlin
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