EL set to begin lead water line replacement

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Installation of new water service lines should begin soon.

Trustee Lynn Shovan told the Village Board Monday that the replacement of lead service lines, financed largely by a federal grant, should begin this fall.

“We’ve heard from all the (affected) homeowners except two and we’re looking to get started with it this fall,” Shovan, reporting for the Public Works Committee, said of the lateral replacements.

The village received quotes on the work from two local plumbing firms, Shovan noted. Rather than award all of the work to one or the other, the village will divide the work between the two by properties, depending on which firm quoted a lower price for each given property.

“Some were higher for one, some were higher for the other,” Shovan said of the price quotes.

She pointed out that while the grant, administered by the state Department of Natural Resources, will cover the majority of the replacement cost, property owners will be asked to pay $250 each toward the work.

The board got its first look at the preliminary village budget for 2018.

The preliminary numbers show a modest increase in the property tax levy, projected at $1,254,819, of less than one percent from last year’s levy.

Total spending by the village is expected to increase from $4.21 million to $5.69 million. Most of the increase is for spending in the village’s tax incremental finance districts, which will be financed through bonds to be repaid out of tax revenues on improvements in the TIF district.

Trustee Richard Sadiq, chair of the Administration and Finance Committee, said the committee is waiting on final numbers on a few small items, such as insurance, before finalizing the 2018 budget for approval by the full board.

The village has received a $5,000 parkland fee from Premiere Development.

Sadiq said the payment was needed before the developers could move forward with their Osthoff Greens addition project.

Trustee Geoffrey Bray said a meeting is being set up with the historical society later this month seeking their input on a planned path around Elkhart Lake.

Assistant Clerk/Treasurer Kim Purkey reported that the stormwater management plan for phase 2 of the Throttlestop development was approved by the Planning Commission. Don Albright of Kapur and Associates, the city’s consulting engineers, had reviewed the plan and recommended its approval.

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