Johnsburg Sanitary District
Tuesday, October 8 2013
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Special Business Meeting
1. Call to order.
2. Consideration and possible approval of a permit to tap the main requested by Robert Steffes.
3. Public comment.
Brenda A. Schneider
District Recording Secretary
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JOHNSBURG SANITARY DISTRICT
SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING
OCTOBER 8, 2013
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Members present were President Franz Schmitz, Commissioners Dennis Lefeber and Ken Schneider and Recording Secretary Brenda Schneider. Also present were Robert Steffes; Jim Magdanz, Best Plumbing; Doug Sabel, Sabel Mechanical; and Eric Otte, JE Arthur & Associates.
1. Call to order. Chairman Schmitz called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
2. Consideration and possible approval of a permit to tap the main requested by Robert Steffes. Mr. Steffes has submitted a Request for New Lateral Stub and the Agreement Between Landowner and the District For the Installation for a New Lateral Stub. Detailed specifications to tap the main and build a grinder pump station consistent with the District's existing equipment have been quoted by Sabel Mechanical and Best Plumbing. Building the system to be consistent with the current infrastructure has substantially increased the cost of the project primarily due to the pump being explosion proof. Mr. Steffes was denied, per the District's ordinance, his verbal request to install a mound system. It was suggested that the new house be equipped with an ejector pump and force main to the existing grinder pump station at the farmhouse.
The Town of Calumet issued the building permit prior to finalizing the sewer service issue. Construction has substantially begun. The District needs to communicate with the towns of Calumet and Marshfield regarding the withholding building permits until all permits are substantially approved.
Sabel Mechanical gave Mr. Steffes a proposal on 7/11/13 for $13,700 for the tapping of the system and construction of a grinder pump system. Steffes then asked Best Plumbing for a bid.
Eric Otte explained that the system, per DNR regulations, was built with explosion-proof seals. Otte recommended that if the owner will maintain ownership; let him decide on the specifications. However, if the District takes ownership after construction is complete, the system must meet DNR specifications.
Steffes comments that a mound system would be more economical for him and that the Commission has the power to remove his property from the District. The Commission consensus was that due to the fact that the home is within the Sanitary District's boundary, the Commission cannot allow the mound system. Steffes added that his son may purchase the farmhouse from him in the future. His son has indicated that he does not want to pay the electricity for the additional pumping. Steffes thinks it would be fair for the District to pick-up the cost of the pump.
Steffes stated that the cost would be approximately $28,000, per specifications of existing infrastructure; or an estimated $8,000, if the system remains privately owned. Both options exclude the $10,116 connection fee. Steffes is looking for concessions. The purpose of the connection fee was explained.
Doug Sabel arrived at this time.
The options, per the District's ordinance are as follows:
1. Grinder pump system built to DNR specifications, located at the new home location, with a tap into the force main at the road. District to take ownership and maintenance responsibility.
2. Grinder pump system, located at the new home location, with a tap into the force main at the road. Steffes to retain ownership and maintenance responsibility.
3. Ejector pump system located at the new home location with a force main tapped into the existing grinder pump station located at the farmhouse. Steffes to retain ownership and maintenance responsibility of the ejector system and force main serving the new home.
Eric Otte verified that the grinder pump station located at the farmhouse, Option 3, is large enough to handle 2-3 homes. He warned that the private ejector pump will need to have enough head to push thru 900 feet of force main.
Doug Sabel summarized the significant costs associated with the explosion-proof pump and panel, per DNR specifications.
Noting the savings to the District in maintenance and repair expenses that would be incurred under Option 1, motion by Dennis Lefeber, second by Ken Schneider, to provide a grant, in the amount of $5,000 to Robert Steffes, under the condition he builds a privately-owned system using a force main to the existing grinder pump located at the farmhouse; and under the condition that he perpetually maintains and repairs his privately owned system. Motion carried (3-0).
3. Public comment. No additional public comment was presented.
4. Adjournment. President Franz Schmitz declared the meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.
Brenda A. Schneider, District Recording Secretary
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