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FUN FACTS ABOUT MUSKEGO • The name Muskego is derived from the Potawatomi Indian name for the area, “Mus-kee-Guaac,” meaning sunfish. The Potawatomi were the original inhabitants of Muskego, and the City was their last hunting place. • The City celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 9, 2014. • Nearly a quarter of the city is covered with water, including three lakes. Big Muskego Lake is 2,260 acres. Most of the lake is less than 4 feet deep. Little Muskego Lake is 506 acres with a maximum depth of 65 feet, with an average of 14 feet deep. Lake Denoon is 162-acre, glacially formed lake with a maximum depth of 55 feet. JANESVILLE ROAD PROJECT AWARDS • The American Planning Association-Wisconsin presented the City with a 2014 Great Places Award for its Janesville Road reconstruction project. The annual award celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning to showcase the best places to live, work, socialize, and relax in Wisconsin. • The project also earned 2015 Project of the Year from the American Public Works Association Wisconsin Chapter. and there’s a nice city feel to it and an identity. I think everyone got what they wanted out of the project.” PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS DICTATE NEXT STEPS Public involvement was crucial to project success, especially in the beginning to get a clear view of everyone’s priorities, Evans said. The County used a process called context sensitive solutions (CSS) to listen to and incorporate major project desires upfront. The CSS process, which began in late 2007 and lasted about six months, involved a broad cross-section of the community. CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in providing a transportation facility that fits the community’s unique setting. 18│TRENDS “People are educating us on their concerns, and we’re talking to them about what we see going on out there,” Evans said. “You’re working on the solutions to the problems together. It’s that educational element that really is valuable.” Throughout the project the County and the City kept motorists, residents, and businesses informed about the progress. The roadway was kept open to traffic during construction, which ensured access to businesses. The City maintained a Janesville Road project status section on its website and a Facebook page dedicated to the project. There also were several community events encouraging residents to visit downtown and support local businesses during construction. One recurring event, “Jammin’ on Janesville,” was held the first Friday of each month during the summer, Muenkel said. The Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism organized the event, which encouraged residents to visit downtown during construction and included music, food, and other attractions. It was so popular officials have continued hosting it as a regular event. An important decision early on involved the City deciding to pay to place utilities underground to declutter the corridor and provide future maintenance benefits. Most utilities now are contained in one trench. This allowed for a clear site when roadway reconstruction began above ground, Evans said.