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Janesville may extend sewer through park

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
April 6, 2012
— The city may extend about 3,200 feet of pipe on Janesville’s west side to connect Riverside Park, the Elks Lodge 254 and Wedges to public sewer at a cost of $221,894.

The Janesville City Council will consider the proposal after a public hearing at Monday’s meeting.


Abutting property owners would be assessed some of the cost. Eric Levitt, city manager, recommends the Elks get a break on its interest payments.


The city began exploring solutions about two years ago, when the county health department notified the city of problems with the septic system for Wedges, a bar and restaurant located at 2006 N. Washington St., said Mike Payne, city engineer.


The city at one point considered assuming ownership of a private pumping system the Elks own and allowing Wedges to connect to that, Payne said. The pumping system was installed in the 1970s and discharges into the city’s sewer system. But that system did not pass city tests, and the Elks began looking at hooking to city sewer, as well.


The city, Wedges and the Elks negotiated an agreement so sewer could be extended from Charles Street in the Mole & Sadler’s subdivision through Riverside Park.


The city would connect some Riverside Park buildings to public sewer, including a storage building that it is constructing on the south end of the park and the public restrooms there.


The sewer could be extended in the future to serve the Riverside Golf Course clubhouse and properties further to the north and west along North Washington Street, Payne said.


Wedges, which recently was annexed into the city, would use a five-year payment plan at 6 percent interest. The sewer assessment is about $45,000.


The Elks Lodge requested a special, 10-year payment plan at 3 percent interest, with the first three years being interest-only payments.


Staff recommends that the Elks not be assessed in the future when the sanitary sewer is extended in front of their property and to the north because the lodge is now paying a prorated portion of costs through properties not immediately abutting their North Washington Street frontage, Payne said.


ON THE AGENDA

The Janesville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St. The council will meet informally with residents at 6 p.m. The meeting will be the last for council members Tom McDonald and Yuri Rashkin, neither of whom sought re-election Tuesday.


Items on the agenda include:


-- Action on a proposal to contract with Generac Power Systems and the city of Whitewater to provide bus service between Janesville, Milton and Whitewater.


-- Action on a recommendation of the city’s alcohol license advisory committee to suspend live entertainment for 120 days at The Back Bar, 1901 Beloit Ave.



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