Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:24
Fredonia officials unwilling to waive prohibition that is complicating plans to upgrade Waubedonia Park
Plans to upgrade sanitary facilities at Ozaukee County’s Waubedonia Park are encountering a significant obstacle in the form of the Village of Fredonia’s prohibition against holding tanks.
Andrew Struck, county director of parks and development, told the Village Board about plans to install two holding tanks in the park. One would serve the caretaker’s house, and the other would handle waste from the pit toilets in the campground restrooms.
“Our preference would be to hook up to the village’s sanitary sewer, but our plumber told us we would need to install a lift station to do that, which would be significantly more expensive,” Struck said.
Because of the area’s high water table and proximity to the Milwaukee River, he said, a septic system was ruled out.
Struck said waste from the holding tanks would be hauled regularly to the village’s nearby treatment plant.
“This isn’t our ideal solution,” he said.
The park is outside the village’s current sewer service area, but is within the long-range plan for service.
“I am not wild about adding holding tanks in the village, especially when it is adjacent to our treatment plant,” Trustee Don Dohrwardt said.
“Our ordinance allows us to do this in extreme circumstances, but that exception is not intended to be used just to save someone a few bucks. We have to keep in mind that future developers might say, ‘You let the county do it, why not me?’”
Instead, Dohrwardt suggested the county look into how serving the park could be incorporated into plans to expand the village’s sewer system.
“Clearly, we don’t have the money for a lift station. To convince the county to do the engineering for a bigger picture study is going to be tough,” Struck said.
Village officials said it would make more financial sense for the county to work with the village on finding a solution to the issue instead of installing holding tanks that could be rendered useless once sewer service is extended to the area.
Struck said the county would be willing to study the issue further with the village.