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Diapers, other items still clogging sewer lift station

Repair costs worry trustees; surcharge is a possibility

WYANET — During Wednesday night’s village board meeting, Village President Bruce Hand advised the board that items flushed down toilets continue to clog the sewer system’s lift station on the west side of the village.

Hand said disposable diapers, feminine products, and other items continue to be found blocking the sewer. Residents in the affected area have been provided information in the past as to what can and cannot be flushed into the sewer.

“We have already done everything we can on our part,” Hand said. “We installed larger generators and larger cutters.”

The trustees discussed adding a surcharge to the bills of the residents whose houses are served by this lift station. “We are using our entire budget on this problem,” Hand said. “It costs between $500 and $1,000 every time it is repaired.”

Residents on Wyanet’s west side are being invited to attend the next board meeting to discuss the matter.

Trustee Dave Bickett said, “It can’t keep going the way it is.”

The 2018 street program was discussed in detail with Village Engineer Jack Kusek, who asked board members their opinions on what streets need to be repaired and made a few suggestions himself.

“The streets are in decent shape and not falling apart,” Kusek said.

“It might be time to pave some of the streets instead of the tar and chips we have been using. The price of asphalt has dropped, so it might be a good time to do it now,” he said.

The board asked Kusek to get a quote to pave Walnut Street.

In other news:

• Village residents are reminded that all ATVs need to have a village sticker.

• The liquor license for Casey’s was renewed.

• Recently a camera was used to look into the sewer lines on North Street, and it was determined that there are tree roots causing backups in the basements. Hand said they will have to grind the roots to clear the lines.

• The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the village hall.

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