By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Village Board has approved contracting with HydroCorp for two more years for cross connection control in the amount of $11,094.
This will be the fourth year of the cross connection control program, said Rand Bates, director of public works, at the Colfax Village Board’s February 13 meeting.
“Everybody in the village has to do it. All the residences and all the businesses have to do it. It is the law,” he said.
“This is an ongoing process. We have to do ten percent per year,” Bates noted.
“Cross connections” can occur when a faucet or a hose, such as a laundry hose or a hose in a restaurant kitchen, is in a position to siphon water back into the system, creating the possibility of contaminants being introduced into the village’s water supply.
Mark Halpin, village trustee, wondered if there were any problems in conducting the cross connection inspections in Colfax.
The only problems have been scheduling for getting into a residence or a business, Bates said.
The two-year contract is for the same price as the previous two-year contract, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.
“There is no inflation on this,” she said.
Scott Gunnufson, who attended the meeting by speaker phone, wondered how many inspections were left to complete.
So far, just shy of 200 inspections have been done in Colfax, Bates said, noting that ten percent requirement usually ends up with around 40 or 45 inspections being done each year.
“We are right on track where we need to be,” he said.
When all of the inspections have been completed, then the process starts over again, Niggemann said.
The contract pricing has stayed level so villages and cities can budget for the inspections from year to year, she said.
The inspections are usually completed in June or July, and HydroCorp generates the report that must be submitted to the state, Bates said.
“I don’t have to do anything with it. They do the report … it’s pretty handy,” he said.
The two-year cross connection control program is $6,240 for 49 non-residential inspections and 94 residential inspections for $5,664 — for a total of $11,094.
According to information provided in the village board packet, HydroCorp, located in New Berlin, will invoice in 24 monthly installment amounts of $496.
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved the motion to contract with HydroCorp for another two years.
HydroCorp was founded in 1983 and has grown from two employees to a staff of over 50.
In other business, the Colfax Village Board:
• Approved a training request for Rand Bates, director of public works, and Don Logslett, street supervisor, to attend the Rural Water 29th Annual Technical Conference scheduled March 23 -31 in Plover to obtain the credits needed for sewer and water licenses for a total cost of $1,114. The conference allows public works employees to obtain all of the credits they need for licensing at one time without having to take multiple classes throughout the year, Bates said. The continuing education is necessary to maintain the proper licenses, he said. In the future, Tim Rundle, the recently-hired public works employee, also will attend the conference although he first needs to be licensed, Bates noted.
• Approved a training request for Bates, Logslett and Rundle to attend 2017 municipal training in Eau Claire March 15. The training will focus on learning techniques for manhole repair and the repair and maintenance of fire hydrants in the village. The training is free of charge, and the only expenses will be for driving to Eau Claire using the village’s “old” squad car. This training is continuing where the training left off last year, Bates explained.
• Approved a bartender operator’s license from February 13 to June 30 for Sally Steinke for A Little Slice of Italy. Bartender operator’s licenses cover the period from July 1 through June 30 the following year.
• Approved a bartender operator’s license for February 13 to June 30 for Davina Brenden for the Buck Snort Bar and Grill.
• Approved a domestic chicken license for Sarah Teele, 610 East River Street, from February 13 to June 30. The village’s ordinance allows up to ten hens for one license. Village Trustee Carey Davis wondered if the village has a set number of domesticated chicken licenses to issue. “We’re getting an awful lot of them,” Davis said, adding that the village may as well build a 5,000 chicken barn on the edge of town because Colfax is obtaining so many requests for domesticated chicken licenses. Niggemann said with this new request for a license, there are four village residences with chickens. In response to a question, Davis said he has not received any complaints about chickens.
• Appointed Dave Wolff as the village trustee to take the Board of Review training for 2017. One person has to do the training every year, Niggemann said. Last year, Village Trustee Keith Burcham took the Board of Review training.
• Learned from Niggemann’s report to the village board that she and Bates have submitted the application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for non-routine water meter replacement. The PSC has indicated the process has been taking approximately 60 days. “We are hopeful that we will receive positive communications before April 15, 2017,” Niggemann wrote in her report.