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Drowning in water problems

Wyanet discusses water issues in the village

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:41 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:46 p.m. CST

WYANET — Water is on the mind of village residents and village board members.

Drainage water, drinking water and wastewater were all discussed at Tuesday night’s regular board meeting.

It’s been a rough month in the village of Wyanet. The weather has caused havoc on the village’s water and sewer systems. There was a resident on West Street and a resident on Greencastle Drive who had no water for an extended time due to frozen pipes. All pipes have been replaced or thawed, but the village has several large bills to show for it.

The fire on Main Street brought to the village’s attention a calibration problem at the water tower that also has to be fixed.

Dwight Jones of East North Street reported having wastewater back up into his basement after the heavy rains in February. Jones addressed the board asking for advice to fix the problem. Village Trustee Jim Etheridge suggested putting a PVC pipe in the drain with a rubber boot during heavy rain. Jones was advised to return to the board if this doesn’t solve the problem.

Another resident approached the board concerning drainage issues on Front Street. The board will look at the drainage tubes under the street to see what needs to be done to solve the problem.

Guy Sharkey also brought to the board’s attention some problems he has been having with his drinking water after the fire and water main break. Sharkey reported his water was very rusty, and he needed to flush his pipes for three hours before his water was clear. Sharkey asked the board to reimburse him for the 700 gallons of water it took to flush his pipes. The board denied this request.

The board reviewed the new employee handbook with the help of village attorney, Bob Russell. The handbook was adopted with corrections made at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Cemetery cleanup will be April 9 and 10. All items need to be removed no later than April 8.

In other news:

• Residents are reminded no feminine care products should be flushed.

• Village Police Chief Todd Marquez provided the board with his department’s monthly activity report.

• LaPorte Mowing was awarded the contract for mowing of the cemetery. The mowing of the parks and ball field contract was tabled until next month’s meeting.

• The board tabled the purchase of water meters and a new garage door opener.

The next regular meeting of the Wyanet Village Board is at 6 p.m. April 8 in the village hall.

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