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Sewer problems continue in Wyanet

WYANET — Wyanet resident Jean Fox is concerned about sewer backup in several basements on North Street, including hers, during recent storms.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Wyanet Village Board, Fox said she has lived in the same house for 35 years but only recently started having the sewer back up into her basement. The problems began only after recent upgrades to the sewer line that runs under the railroad tracks, she said.

Village Engineer Jack Kusek assured the board that the problems could not be caused by the upgrade.

Kusek and Mayor Bruce Hand both believe the problems are from many Wyanet residents having their sump pumps tied to their sewer lines. Excess water in the sewer during heavy rains is causing the sewage to back up into basements.

The village’s Sewer Use Ordinance prohibits putting rain water into the sewer lines, Kusek said.

Motor Fuel Tax money will be used to make repairs to several streets. Scheduled repairs include the alley south of Main Street from West Street to the east and Front Street from Maple Street to the east. Other repairs include Arch Street between Third and Fourth streets, Greencastle Drive from Fifth Street to the south, and Walnut Street from Main Street to Front Street. Repairs will be approximately $28,000.

Trustee Joe Law updated the board on the upgrades to the park. The new roof and vents have been installed on the pavilion, new toilets were installed in the men’s bathroom and the fence at the tennis court has been repaired. Everything is ready to go for the festival this weekend, Law said.

In other news:

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

• The board approved Marquez’s request to hire two more part-time police officers who can fill in when other officers are off or sick.

• The board approved allowing the bars in town to stay open an hour later during the festival.

• The board approved an ordinance that will allow members to attend meetings electronically in certain situations such as work-related absences.

• A new stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Third and King streets.

• There is a sink hole and broken pipe on the south side of the park that will be repaired after the festival.

The next regular meeting of the Wyanet Village Board will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in the village hall.

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