Village considers Port’s sewer service request

Saukville officials discuss relinquishing utility rights to 40 acres city is studying as potential site for fire station
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Saukville officials met in closed session Tuesday to discuss transferring the village’s sewer service rights to 40 acres in the City of Port Washington, a move that would allow the city to build a new fire station there.

There was no discussion or action taken by the village Finance Committee after the closed session. 

Port Washington Mayor Marty Becker wrote to Village President Barb Dickmann on Aug. 8 asking the village “to relinquish your sewer rights to this property so our fire station project can move forward.”

The city has discussed building a new fire station on the parcel, commonly known as the former Schanen farm, at the southeastern corner of Highway 33 and Jackson Road.

Although it is in the city, the site lies within the Saukville sewer service area. Port has asked the state Public Service Commission to transfer it to the city, but the PSC has denied their request. 

“I’m sure you can see the benefit to your village residents with a new fire station in this location,” Becker wrote to Dickmann. Through mutual aid, “the Port Washington Fire Department can respond to fire and rescue calls on the east side of the Milwaukee River.”

After Tuesday’s meeting, Dickmann emailed Becker, saying: “I have shared your letter with our Village Board. At this point, they would like more background information and more time to discuss this subject.”

Dickmann said trustees will discuss the matter when they next meet Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Port’s sewer and water lines abut the property, but the village would have to extend sewer service there. Earlier this year, during a discussion on building a baseball complex at the site, City Administrator Mark Grams estimated it would cost the city $30,000 to serve the site while it would cost the village about $200,000 to do the same.

Port and Saukville officials have held talks in the past about ways to provide sewer service to the site, perhaps through a land swap, but have not reached an agreement.

Grams has said that Saukville officials told him they would want $25,000 to $30,000 a year to provide sewer service to the site.

Dickmann said earlier this year the village estimates it would lose $23,000 a year over a 20-year period if the land was developed and it did not provide sewer service.

The city is in talks with Ozaukee County on possibly jointly building a fire station and storage facility at the county Justice Center. 

But Becker said in his letter to Dickmann that “all indicators point to the Schanen farm  ... as the most logical location for this new facility.”  

Becker said he didn’t know village officials were going to discuss the matter Tuesday night.

“That’s nice to hear. It means we might be moving. I think it’s positive,” he said.

Press reporter Kristyn Halbig Ziehm contributed to this story. 

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