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Plans move forward to fix groundwater problem in Kronenwetter

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KRONENWETTER (WAOW) -

Plans to fix a rising groundwater problem in Kronenwetter are moving forward.

Board members met Tuesday to find out the best way to lower water levels in part of the village near County Road X.

Village leaders say the next step is to figure out how much each homeowner will have to pay to have an  underground pipe installed. That pipe would drain water from an overflowing neighborhood pond.

Homeowners say they hope the board can come up with a permanent fix soon.

"I just want to get it resolved, I have a home right now that is worthless, it is worth absolutely nothing, I cannot sell it, who is going to buy it, I have pumps that are nonstop," said Kronenwetter resident Jim Peterson.

"We have to get that data to decide who and who is not in the assessment area, once we get that data, who is or who is not could be one neighbor is and one neighbor isn't,  and then we know the cost for the infrastructure we put in that gets broken down to each one of those individuals as an assessment," said Director of Public Works, Duane Gau.

 Officials say the project will cost more than $500,000. About $150,000 will come from saved up money from the Village. 

Village leaders say residents with basement flooding from groundwater will pay 80 percent of the costs and residents with storm water flooding will pay 20 percent.

They say once this engineering study is finished, they plan to hold a public hearing to talk about the village's best options.

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