Shiocton ready to begin work on the rifle range Newton Blackmour Trail work coming

Bids for work on the Shiocton Rifle Range were opened at the Village Board’s Monday, Dec. 9 meeting, but no decision was made regarding the awarding of the bid.
Plans call for closing a 200 foot gap in the main berm. The current 200 yard range would be converted to a 50/100 yard range. The 200 yard range will be moved to the current 500 yard range which will then become a 200, and 500 yard range. Additional roads will help make the range handicap accessible.
The state Commisioner of Railroads has now approved a trail crossing of the Wisconsin Central Ltd. railroad line in Black Creek.
The conclusions are: 1. That the establishment of the crossing at-grade of Newton Blackmour State Trail with the Wisconsin Central Ltd. tracks in accordance with the design plans of Outagamie County in the Village of Black Creek, Outagamie County will promote public safety and convenience.
2. That establishment of the crossing is advisable under all the circumstances.
3. That in order to adequately protect and promote public safety, it is necessary to install and maintain reflective crossbucks and STOP signs.
4. That it is reasonable that the Wisconsin Central Ltd. bear no part of the cost for the crossing.
The ruling from the state and the Shiocton project will then allow the completion of the Newton Blackmour Trail from Black Creek to New London.
The range work should be done by April or May, 2014.
Police Chief Kristine Brownson informed the Board of a change in the snowmobile route. Outagamie County has approved snowmobiles to run the Newton Blackmour Trail. The route would go around the back of Tom Van Straten’s property, across WIS 54, around the back side of Wolf River Asphalt and across old WIS 54 to get on the trail.
Village President Nancy Brownson told the Board that the village library will begin new Saturday hours in January. The library will be open two hours every Saturday.