Citizens of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay know that untreated sewage flows through what serves as our sanitary sewers and that these pipes also serve to drain our rain water, what is referred to as a combined sewer system.
The flow within this combined system often exceeds its capacity during periods of heavy rain, discharging unhealthy flows, specifically, a public mix of excrement, discharging it into our basements, streets and other surface areas.
It has therefore been finally concluded, but not officially, that we have insufficient capacity. We shall always be conscious of potential back-up that may be caused by inadequate sewer capacity. We must, therefore, face up to the fact that back-ups are a threat to the health of the people of this community.
If we are going to continue to have back-ups, THEN WE MUST ESTABLISH A MEHTOD OF ORGANIZED VISUAL INSPECTION to assure each resident who experiences back-ups and to make sure that no health risk remains.
The major part of the cost of the inadequate system, the back-up restoration cost should be the responsibility of the Village and not that of the individual homeowner. After all we are paying for taking it away and not for backing it up into our basements.
The logical conclusion seems to be that:
WE NEED TO DEVELOP WEATHER STORAGE FACILITIES (RETENTION BASINS) FOR OUR RAIN WATER, as soon as possible and
BUILD A NEW SEWER COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR CARRYING AWAY STORM WATER THAT IS SEPARATE FROM THE SANITATION FLOW at the same time.
We need to recognize that this is what we must do. The cost is another thing, but it can't prevent us from acting now. Let's let our financial consultants and managers figure out how we are going to finance it. But these are immediate requirements.
So let's immediately begin designing the WATER STORAGE FACILITIES and the SEPARATE STORM WATER SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. Otherwise, we shall be paying the price in many other ways.
The Village must also commit as soon as possible as to the clean-up and restoration costs.
These are the the most urgent requirements that citizens can expect of our local government. If those serving us here in Shorewood, volunteers and professionals alike cannot provide us these health and community services, then what is Shorewood government all about? Are they up to the job?