Waldo board needs more dam info

by Abby Lynn Harvey of The Review staff

WALDO - Village Clerk John Port and Village Trustee Mike Hintz reported on the status of current efforts to bring the Mill Pond dam into compliance with Department of Natural Resources standards during Monday evening’s meeting of the Waldo Village Board.

Hintz and Port, however, disagreed about one crucial piece of data which will be the deciding factor in which direction the village takes with the project next.

After attending a seminar, Hintz and Port - who is also a member of the Waldo Mill Pond Association - had a better grasp on the situation with the dam, which will also impact updates to the current Flood Plain Zoning Ordinance.

To move forward, a dam failure analysis may have to be done on the Mill Pond Dam, which could be a rather costly process. The analysis will only have to be done if the pond is found to hold more than 50 acre-feet of water. This critical piece of data is still unknown however.

Port believes that the amount will be close to the limit, but will be high enough to require the analysis. Hintz had doubts that the pond held enough water to warrant the analysis.

Several other current village projects are on hold until it is decided if the analysis will have to be done. Once the village is able o move forward they will be able to update the Flood Plain Zoning Ordinance and proceed with an update inspection cycle on the dam which will be based an updated classification for the dam.

“Right now we’re a high-hazard simply because we haven’t done anything,” Port said of the current classification of the dam. “We’re a complete unknown in their mind and therefore high-hazard and then we’re on a two year plan for dam inspections. On the low end of the hazard-level I think you go up to a 10-year interval.”

Hintz stated that he believed once everything involved is brought into compliance the classification will be changed to low-hazard. Port seemed to favor erring on the side of caution.

“There’s no guarantee, but I guess the general feeling is we have a good chance of being low level,” he said. “With some of the properties, and depending on how this analysis goes, we might end up being a middle-level.”

Further discussion will tale place at the May meeting of the board when more information is available.


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