Flooding was the big topic at Grafton's Public Utilities Committee
meeting Monday evening.
Grafton committee and council member Len Wysocki asked about
people disregarding barricaded streets and driving around road blocks just to
sight-see. He said those people should be penalized heavily for disobeying
street-closed signs and driving around the barricades. He asked Police Chief
Steve Kliniske to look into that and Kliniske said he would. Wysocki said he
also was upset that people are being told to conserve water and he saw people
washing their cars Saturday or washing clothes. Wysocki says that counters
the orders the city gave to conserve water. Wysocki says some Grafton
residents need to "get a clue."
Then maintenance chief Al Bolek said the sewer back up problems
were bad. Speaking as a citizen, Bolek says some Grafton residents don't
unhook their sump pumps from their sanitary sewer systems and run the
hose outside as they should. Bolek says the penalties for keeping sumps
hooked into the sanitary sewer system should be increased because a lot of
people don't listen. He says there should be a time frame when residents are
required to run their sump pumps outside into the storm sewer system.
After that, the Public Utilities Committee recommended approval for
the southside bike path. The cost is going to be 329-thousand-dollars. The
federal cost share is just over 168-thousand and the city's local share is
155-thousand-500. The construction engineering contract with KLJ was also
approved. That is approximately 39-thousand-dollars.
Cost estimates were also discussed for paving projects on Western Avenue,
Lavergne, and NStarr. The Western project from 12th Street to 16th Street is
350-thousand-dollars. The Lavergne project is estimated to be 550-thousand-dollars
with curb and gutter. City Administrator Nick Ziegelmann told KXPO Radio
the Western Avenue project could be done in 2014.