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Village continues search to replace well #4

Trustees recognized Oliphant Brewing owners Trevor Wirtanen and Matthew Wallace for their designation as 2016 St. Croix County Emerging Business of the Year. Tom Lindfors / Rivertown Multimedia

At the Somerset Village Board meeting last Tuesday, MSA Professional Services Project Engineer Charles Schwartz updated trustees on the search to replace well #4.

Due to considerable levels of manganese in the water of existing well #4 and the costs associated with rehabilitating the well, the village decided to abandon the well and search for a new water source.

The tentative new site for well #5 was 2,200 feet east of well #4. Required permits, bids from drillers and DNR approval were obtained for the new site and a test well was drilled. MSA in conjunction with Summit Envirosolutions anticipated finding similar geological conditions to those at site #4.

"Unfortunately, at the well #5 location, instead of hitting the sandstone at 280 feet, we hit the sandstone at 91 feet. It's not a source we can use to replace well #4. We've identified a number of other potential locations for a replacement well. We're looking closer to the river where we anticipate finding that lower aquifer and better water quality. One site in particular we think has a really high potential, " said Schwartz.

After further investigation of the potential sites, Schwartz anticipates delivering a change order to the board within the next several weeks to bore another, smaller, test well at a new site. Schwartz would ideally like to have data corresponding to a viable site to include with the Community Development Grant currently under consideration by the state which will help fund the new well.

"We think we have a good spot, but until we poke a hole in the ground, we won't know for sure," said Schwartz.

Trustees once again tabled approval of Ordinance 39, ATV Use in the Village, pending successful completion of a map specifying approved routes in and out of the village. Trustee Bartt Palmer requested that should the final map contain routes running through residential neighborhoods, a public hearing be required prior to approval of the ordinance.

Other business

• Trustees recognized Oliphant Brewing owners Trevor Wirtanen and Matthew Wallace for their designation as 2016 St. Croix County Emerging Business of the Year.

• Trustees tabled plans to create an Economic Development Committee until their May meeting.

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