Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said the 2010 capital budget he will introduce to the Common Council on Tuesday will include $33 million for the city’s street rebuilding program.
The money represents a 15 percent increase from the amount set aside for roadwork last year. Cieslewicz said the additional money was freed up by spending cuts in several city departments.
But the increased spending on roads means the Common Council may have to be more selective about what major building projects get money in the next two years.
Alderman Paul Skidmore said the importance of spending on city streets cannot be understated, but the Common Council likely will question building money, including the mayor’s proposal to commit $8 million in 2010 and another $8 million in 2011 to the Brookfield-based Hammes Co.’s redevelopment of the Edgewater Hotel.
Alderman Michael Schumacher also questioned some of the early building spending commitments, including $2 million for a new police training facility. Schumacher said Madison Area Technical College already offers training programs and the city could look for collaborative opportunities with the county.