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Bayside residents elect to connect to municipal water

Residents who participate required to bear part of cost

Dec. 22, 2012

Bayside - A voluntary water project moved one step forward last week as the Village Board approved a preliminary resolution to have special assessment powers over residents electing to participate in water infrastructure improvements.

Over the past year and a half, Bayside resident Howard Feiges helped steer a grassroots effort to bring municipal water via the city of Mequon Water Utility to several areas currently served by shared wells.

Bayside, the city of Mequon and the Bayside Residential Water Access Association are working together to create municipal water for residents located in four water trusts in the Southwest portion of the village. A water trust is a group of people that share a well. For example, the Northway Water Co-Op No. 1, to which Feiges belongs, has 12 homes that share one well.

The area is generally bounded by Brown Deer Road on the south, Fairy Chasm on the north, Port Washington Road on the west and Santa Monica on the east, according to the Nov. 23 issue of the Bayside Buzz, the village's newsletter.

Opting in

The only residents assessed are those who volunteer to participate. About 100 residents have signed up for the project, according to Bayside Village Manager Andy Pederson. To sign up, residents become a member of the Water Access Association, which means they have given permission to be assessed and bear some of the cost of constructing new and necessary water mains.

Those residents will be responsible for paying to hook their homes up to the water main through laterals and private plumbing.

The association also asks those residents to pay a $300 initial assessment fee.

The project has not gone out to bid yet; however, homes that signed up before the end of the year will receive a $2,500 revenue credit from Mequon Water Utility, Pederson said. This will be applied to the water main construction cost.

Construction is projected for the summer of 2013.

There are three ways for residents to pay for the project: B-series bonding, cash or through home equity credit.

A complete list of participating homes will be brought to the Jan. 17 Village Board meeting.

Feiges blogs about the project at northwaywater.blogspot.com. In the latest post, he said as each additional household enters into the association, the price will continue to fall. Due to the fluidity of the situation and changing climate of those opting to participate in the project, specific pricing is not yet known.

"But it will continue to lower as each additional household enters into the association," he said.

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