Inconvenience of Edmaro St. utility, road work continues

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

It’s not been an easy summer for residents on Edmaro Street in the Village of Fredonia,  where crews have replaced sewer laterals to the homes and later will replace a water main and repave the road.

Right now, the street is graveled and it will remain that way for more than another month. It could be closed at times, as it was recently when crews had to dig a larger hole than expected to connect new laterals to the main sewer line.

“That forced us to close the road for one day, but that part of the work is substantially done,” Village Public Works Director Roger Strohm said. 

“That basically came out of the blue, and the street got closed without any notice,” he added.

Lining the private laterals, which connect houses to the main sewer line in the village-owned street, with plastic was judged a necessity by village trustees to prevent further leakage into the sanitary sewer system from ground water through clay and cast-iron pipes.

Despite protests from some residents, the Village Board decided to assess each of the 13 properties on the street $3,500, to be paid in one sum or over five years.

Plans call for lining the private laterals throughout the village with plastic pipes to prevent groundwater from infiltrating the sanitary sewer system.

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 project, which will cost more than $350,000, is expected to be finished by fall.

Crews will return in early August to begin work on replacing the water main and repaving the street, Strohm said.

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