EM village board moves water system study to committee

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound village president and board of trustees took the next step in making improvements to the water system last week when it sent a recent water evaluation to committee.

President Steven Abraham opened discussion of the subject during the December 20 meeting by calling attention to the timeliness of the issue after a water line connecting a home on North Holly Avenue to the main line started leaking over the weekend of December 16 and 17.

“It (system improvement) comes into focus in light of what could have happened, instead of what did happen, if the main line went out and we had no alternate source as far as water storage and providing pressure,” he explained.

Public works director Mark Levra pointed out the study needed to be sent to the property/finance and public works/streets committees for two reasons: no one had yet hashed out how much the village could afford, or how such a project would be paid for. He suggested taking care to fully examine the suggested repairs and associated costs to make sure things are addressed.

“This has been a problem for 37 years,” he finished. “This is not all of the sudden, and an emergency.”

While Levra cautioned in favor of taking the time to do things after a thorough evaluation of the reports, Abraham reminded the board it is not just the village involved. The current owner of the land where a potential new reservoir could be located, Lynn Harrison, might like for the issue to be settled sooner rather than later.

In the end, the board unanimously approved sending the issue to committee.

Other business

The board also approved the appointment of Nicholas Mohr to the Plan Commission after former member and village resident Marilyn Lutsen stepped down last month. Final approval was given for the use of $750 donated by the Price family for benches in memory of Manville Price to be used for benches on Menomonie Street.

After discussion of the village snow removal policy, the board approved a liquor license for Kollin Martinson at the Junction, and building permits for Marilyn and Peter Lutsen for reroofing 100 Princeton Drive, and Lezlie and Alan Longanecker for siding and windows at 103 Kings Court.