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Sewers headed to Lindale Place

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ANN MARIE AMES
December 6, 2007
— Relief is on the way for some aging septic systems in Turtle Township.

The city of Beloit will extend sewer service into the Lindale Place subdivision early next summer, City Manager Larry Arft said. The subdivision, built in the 1950’s, is one of three “islands” of Turtle Township the city has grown around. Many of the septic systems are as old as the neighborhood.


The city is aware the septic systems are aging, Arft said.


“It’s an old neighborhood that went up before the city grew out there,” Arft said. “When the boundary agreement was negotiated (with the town of Turtle) in 1999 and 2000, the specific neighborhood was provided for. We’ve just never taken the bull by the horns and done it.”


All three islands are in the city’s sewer service area, which means the city is responsible for providing sewers. There is no time frame yet for the other two islands along Ridge Drive and Sherwood Drive, Arft said. He has not heard of any sewer problems in those neighborhoods.


Lindale Place residents will be allowed to hook up to city sewer as their septics fail, Arft said, and will pay a pro-rated fee. They will not be forced to hook up before their septics fail.


“People that have functioning septics can continue to use them.” Arft said. “There is no requirement that they instantaneously connect.”


The city will run water service at the same time.


Lots that connect to the sewer will be annexed into the city, Arft said.


The new sewers can hardly come soon enough for homeowner Leonard Demontigny. Demontigny, who lives in La Prairie Township, bought a bungalow on Bradley Street for his mother in the spring of 2003. Many of the homes in the neighborhood, which is near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road, are retirement homes, Demontigny said.


The septic system on the half lot was replaced about eight years ago, Demontigny said. It still works, but it’s starting to slow down.


And it’s not as easy as a simple repair. Because the lot is small, there is no room for a mound system or a drain field. Instead, the water from the 1,000-gallon tank flows through a “dry well,” which is an empty well lined with cinder blocks and gravel.


The well filters water as it flows from the septic tank. But the flow is starting to slow, Demontigny said.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources banned the use of dry wells two years ago, so Demontigny cannot replace it. If the dry well failed, he would have to install a pumping and filtration system for up to $10,000.


The retirees in Lindale Place don’t want to spend the money twice either, Demontigny said.


“They just don’t have the money.”


Amendment language approved

TOWN OF BELOIT—The Town of Beloit Board approved Monday language for an amendment to its sewer service agreement with the city of Beloit.


The change would affect homeowners from Dawson Street north to Big Hill Park between Afton Road and the Rock River. The area includes two small “islands” of city properties.


Homeowners will be required to hook up to new sewer maintained by the town as their septic systems fail, Beloit City Manager Larry Arft said. The residents in the islands can choose to stay in the city or revert back to the town.


The city council will take up the draft at a December or January meeting, Arft said. When the town and city agree, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Rock County Board will need to approve.


After that, the town will host neighborhood workshops to discuss timelines.



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