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Quick response to Freistatt water issue reviewed by village trustees

Monday, September 27, 2010

Prompt action resolved a water problem that surfaced in Freistatt in August. Village board members heard details during their September meeting.

Extreme heat during August left drinking water in the village's system warm despite regular flushing to prevent stale water from accumulating. Water Operator Charles Stearns responded to reports of warm water by flushing 60,000 gallons directly from the village standpipe.

Stearns followed up by taking water samples at spots around town not on the routine testing schedule. The lab in Monett showed one sample was possibly positive for E. coli bacteria.

"When we did extensive flushing, we may have stirred up something," Stearns said.

Stearns proceeded to inject chlorine into the system for a week to kill off any potential bacteria accumulations. He let the system settle for a week then tested samples again. This time no problems were found.

"If a sample comes back not clear," Stearns said. "We want to address it right. In my opinion [chlorination] would be a good thing to do once a year."

Ernte Fest report

Board members listened about security efforts made for the Freistatt Lions' annual Ernte Fest.

"You should be proud of the security at Ernte Fest," said Clerk Deborah Schoen, who was one of the volunteers working on the German dinner. "Our police and security acted professionally. They did a tremendous job. They checked on making sure people had rides home.

Street work

Assistance from the Freistatt Special Road District over the past month resulted in gravel being laid on Third and Fifth streets. Mayor Mike Ortwein reported the road district recommended putting asphalt over the Fifth Street extension now that sub-street work was finished.

Cost of the asphalt for the eighth-of-a-mile stretch would cost $8,000. The road district asked for help in covering the cost, Ortwein said. The road district incurred unexpected costs when a rural bridge partially washed out from high water collapsed under an asphalt machine, dropping the equipment into the creek.

Trustees voted to pay half of the asphalt repair cost, thanks to the availability of a certificate of deposit that was coming due. Other CDs also due were rolled over for another term.

Sewer action

Former resident Dan Porter has sold the garage where he stored his RV to the new owners of his former house, Howard and Antje Lash. The Lashes requested the city repeal the exception passed at Porter's request to keep an active RV sewer hook-up at the garage. The owners said they had no intentions of allowing another fifth wheel on the property.

Trustees unanimously passed the request. They agreed to sending a commendation to the Lashes for their request, which will make the property safer over time.

The Internet service leasing the tower on the village standpipe changed ownership. Schoen reported the new owner has agreed to continue providing free service to the city as part of the tower lease deal. Trustees voted to ask for a commitment in writing.

The next village board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14.

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