Monday, May 13, 2013
The City of Waukesha will move forward with its application to Great Lakes water while excluding the majority of the Town of Waukesha in its future water service area.
The Town of Waukesha has finally made a decision on whether it wants to be included in the city’s future water service area after two years of deliberations. While the town board months ago ruled that it only wanted properties north of Highway 164 and east of Meadowbrook Road included in the city’s future water service area, it confirmed its decision after new board members were elected in April. The move sets the stage for more annexation requests. More than 300 acres of town land have been annexed already, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and requests are expected. Property owners representing more than 1,000 acres of land are prepared to annex into the city if the properties are not included in the future water service area…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Waukesha will seek $50 million in grants for Lake Michigan water project.
Could Waukesha get federal funding to help build its pipeline to Oak Creek to purchase Lake Michigan water? Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak will soon travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with top Wisconsin political figures as the city will seek $50 million in grants, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Waukesha Water Utility staff have frequently said they will seek grants as they work on a massive project addressing Waukesha’s water quality. Waukesha is planning a $183 million pipeline to Oak Creek to address problems with its declining water quality and water supply. The Waukesha Water Utility spent a year-and-a-half in negotiations with Oak Creek and Racine over getting Lake Michigan water. Waukesha still …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wants Waukesha to revise its future water service area after water deal with Oak Creek stumbles.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is calling on City of Waukesha leaders to revise its future water service area so Milwaukee can enter into a water deal with the city following Oak Creek's uncertainty in moving forward. “The Milwaukee Water Works could provide your residents with a healthy and sustainable supply of drinking water at a rate that our competitors cannot even come close to matching,” Barrett said in a letter Wednesday to Mayor Jeff Scrima and Alderman Paul Ybarra. “Our current comparable wholesale rate, for the City of West Allis, is $1.16 per thousand gallons. "In comparison, the wholesale rate contemplated in the Letter of Intent is $1.90 per thousand gallons, or 64.5 percent higher. My staff estimates that our lower cost would …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility says it can't continue talks with Waukesha about providing Lake Michigan water unless cost-sharing between Oak Creek and Franklin is worked out.
The Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility says it's "willing to continue talks with Waukesha" about providing Lake Michigan water, but only if it can achieve fair cost sharing for its existing customers first. The utility released a statement Tuesday morning regarding the Public Service Commission's decision that shifted costs-of-service from Franklin to Oak Creek. If the decision stands, it will result in an average quarterly increase for Oak Creek of $17.06, compared to an $8.14 increase for Franklin, according to Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility figures. Oak Creek is fighting the PSC's ruling, General Manager Steve Yttri said, but doesn't know when its appeal will be heard. The PSC decision came one day after the Oak Creek and Waukesha …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Waukesha Common Council will take up controversial Waukesha Business Improvement District and Lake Michigan water purchase negotiations during its meeting Tuesday night.
The Waukesha Common Council will tackle two important issues during its meeting on Tuesday: water and the Waukesha Business Improvement District’s Board of Directors. First, it plans to discuss “recommendations to the mayor for his appointments to the BID board,” according to the agenda. Mass resignations from the board poured in during the last council meeting after accusations of bullying and harassment against a few board members came from the resigning BID executive director, Meghan Sprager. The Common Council meeting is being held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 201 Delafield St. Only two board members, Bill Huelsman and Natalie Walters, remain with the BID. However, because the board does not have enough members on the board, the …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Negotiations continue with Racine, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but Milwaukee's out of water talks.
Officials serving on the Waukesha Common Council and on the Waukesha Water Utility could soon see what a potential water agreement will include with Oak Crek. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the water utility will meet in closed session Aug. 16 to discuss negotiations and a draft agreement between Waukesha and Oak Creek. Alderman Terry Thieme referenced the meeting during the Waukesha Common Council meeting Tuesday night during his water utility update. Discussions are continuing with Racine, according to the Milwaukee newspaper. Negotiations fell through with the third Lake Michigan supplier – Milwaukee – before talks could begin. Milwaukee is refusing to negotiate based on Waukesha’s future water service area. However, …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Water sale negotiating team to remain as voted on during June 7 meeting.
The Waukesha Common Council overturned Mayor Jeff Scrima’s veto Tuesday night in front of a crowded meting room in City Hall, keeping city’s Great Lakes water negotiation team to three members – Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak, City Administrator Lori Luther and Director of Community Development Steve Crandell. The council decided to stay with past practices of keeping elected officials out of the negotiations. The negotiation team will meet with Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Racine to purchase water from Lake Michigan if the city’s Great Lakes water application is successful. Scrima, in his veto presentation, asked that the Common Council match Milwaukee’s negotiating team. “The mayor and the council will make every …
Saturday, May 21, 2011
DNR has to approve application before submitting to other Great Lakes governors.
Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Thursday night that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources could soon determine that the city’s Great Lakes diversion application is complete and set the stage for review, more than one year after the application was originally submitted. “It is very close to being complete,” Duchniak said. “… Hopefully in the month or so we will have a complete application and they can move forward.” A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article states the DNR will make the announcement in two weeks and will schedule public hearings on the application for July. Waukesha is applying for the water under the terms of the Great Lakes Compact, which requires approval from all Great Lakes states. Waukesha …
Monday, May 16, 2011
Waukesha Common Council will be asked to make final decision on team members.
The Waukesha Water Commission will be asked to discuss and make a recommendation on who will be on the water negotiation team as the city pursues a potential supplier of Lake Michigan water. Waukesha is looking to purchase from Milwaukee, Oak Creek or Racine as it applies to divert and return Great Lakes water, which needs the approval of all Great Lakes states. The recommendation will be discussed at the commission’s meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. The recommendation will then be forwarded to the Common Council for ultimate approval. The Waukesha Water Commission will also discuss the utility’s water supply status report and receive an update on the city’s Great Lakes application.