Forestville board backs regional water district

FORESTVILLE – The topic of water dominated Tuesday’s Forestville Village Board meeting.

The board discussed a resolution to allow the county to seek grant funding for a north county regional water district.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Johnson, who presided over the meeting in Mayor Linda Aures’ absence, said al-though the village is not part of Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation, it benefits from the economic boost a dependable, regional water system will provide.

“This does not yet affect Forestville, but it will bring jobs to the area because water will be available,” he said.

Resident Joyce Lineman said when CBRDC Director Kathy Tampio presented the project to the village she could not think of any benefits specific to Forestville.

Johnson said one benefit would be having a backup if the wells run dry.

“We need to look to the future, if the wells dry up it would be good to have a re-dundant water source,” he said.

Attorney Michael Sullivan said personally he is a big proponent of the project but as the village attorney said there was no risk or obligation to the village in passing the resolution of support.

“Anyone in the village who works at Cott or Purina, this benefits them because without a reliable water source those companies will go where they can find that,” he said.

The board unanimously passed the resolution of support.

The board also approved a water rate for out-of-village residents at $450 per equivalent dwelling unit for the July 15 billing. Johnson explained this follows what was done in the past of billing the out-of-village residents twice what in-village residents pay. He said this will be adjusted in the future once costs are better determined.

The board approved modifications to the prior creation of a part-time summer position. The board decided to split the position into two positions at 10-12 hours per week at minimum wage. It also made the eligibility more specific, asking for a village resident, age 16-21 with the appropriate working papers, if necessary. Applications can be obtained from the village clerk’s office or a village board member and are due by July 15 in the clerk’s office dropbox.

Sullivan presented a draft resolution for the creation of a capital improvement reserve. He said it will probably be ready for the next board meeting on July 23.