Sewer work assessments delayed

Fredonia board tables decision on project charges until properties are checked for plastic lateral connections
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Fredonia Village Board has opted to delay a vote on assessing properties on Edmaro Street for upgrading their sewer laterals after several of the homeowners complained at a public hearing that their laterals didn’t need upgrading and questioned why their homes were being singled out.

Village plans call for lining the private laterals throughout the village with plastic pipes to prevent ground water from infiltrating the sanitary sewer system through leaky clay and cast iron pipes.

The laterals would be upgraded as each street is replaced, which would help reduce costs, officials say.

The April 4 public hearing was required to be held before the 13 properties on Edmaro could be assessed for the work. The village is proposing assessing each property $3,500, which could be paid in one lump sum or over five years, at a 2% annual interest rate.

Laterals from the house to the street are owned by and the responsibility of property owners. Main sewer lines are owned by the village.

The village recently awarded a contract for the work to Mueller Excavating, which submitted the low bid of $355,673. The project will include replacing water mains, sanitary laterals and paving and is expected to be finished by fall.

Edmaro Street is the first to be repaired and include work on the laterals.

“It’s just next on the schedule,” Village President Don Dohrwardt told audience members when asked why their street and homes were selected.

Residents also questioned why some properties are not being assessed.

Public Works Director Roger Strohm explained that some laterals appeared to already be made of plastic, looking at them from the main sewer line. But he acknowledged that he could not be sure the entire lateral was plastic since crews were unable to connect with homeowners to access their laterals from inside the house.

Strohm said that work crews would get access before Mueller began work on the laterals.

Trustees voted to delay approving the assessments until it could be confirmed which homes had plastic laterals.

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