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Frozen pipes in Sheffield

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 2:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 2:34 p.m. CDT

SHEFFIELD—This winter’s weather extremes have caused more than snow and temperature headaches. The many days of thermometer readings below the freezing mark have resulted in water freezing in pipes. The headaches resulting from a lack of running water due to clogged pipes was brought to the attention of Sheffield Village Board members Monday night.

According to village treasurer Pat Stier, three village households voiced their frustration over having frozen water lines. The villagers wanted to know what the board could do about the problem, which started last week for some. The village wishes there was a quick fix to the problem, but little can be done to unclog the pipes. Mother Nature needs time to warm the ground up. Trying to find the location of the freeze would involve digging through a frost line that is easily four and one-half feet in places. Once the location was found, a means would still have to be put in place to economically keep the water in the pipes from refreezing.

Following up on the complaints, Stier said village Superintendent Leif Porter informed her he has spoken with those affected by the problem. The simplest advice is to keep water flowing through the mains by leaving a tap open at a slow drip in order to prevent pipes from freezing. Stier said the village more than sympathizes with those unable to follow that advice now. Because of the problem, the village has offered to help residents by letting them obtain water from the community center.

Sheffield is one of many communities that have experienced freezing water lines this winter.

Village Trustee Wes Barron acted as pro-tem for Mayor Bill Rosenow. Rosenow was unable to attend for personal reasons.

In other news, residents should have received notices about rules regarding usage of ATVs and snowmobiles within village boundaries. Villagers who intend on using those types of vehicles need the get them registered by contacting the village office or speaking with local law enforcement.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 3.

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