Shorewood shall never call any individual to account for our present sewer situation, nor should we, as no individual is responsible primarily because of the cultural attitudes that all of us have been injecting into our political system.
Some still think that we can run a community of high quality services without increasing our property taxes. Our efforts at “improving the tax base by intensification of land use” stems from our tight-fisted approach to governance when it comes to tax rates. "Let's try to develop a better spread."
Years ago many of us were aware of our sewer situation, myself among those, as I've been calling attention to our aged infrastructure for some time. But we've been living in a fairy land believing that nothing, too much of a serious nature, could happen during our time. Well it has.
One of the secondary questions now is, how does new residential development effect our sewers because it adds to the burden of capacity?
Some citizens might wonder as to whether sewer capacity was ever a consideration of new development or whether our planners ever took “insufficient sewer capacity” into consideration when making our planning decisions. We seem to have engaged in policies of intentional ignorance. And some still do. Thus the fact-finding survey--as it seems that we really are ignorant of the facts. Plus, we can still stay in fairy land a little bit longer.
Did any member of the Planning Commission raise that question? Did any member of Community Development Authority or the members of the Village Board raise the question of insufficient capacity? I'm not aware that anyone did.
So now we're here. It's going to cost millions. It obvious to all that we do not have enough sewer capacity. What to do now? Increase the capacity. How?
I have a suggestion. Place 8-foot diameter pipes under our “walkable” sidewalks along their full length all over the village to provide for temporary retention and serve as vessels for distributing storm water to the lake. Based on my concept of the solution, I ask our consultant engineer whether or not this will give us sufficient capacity.
If it does, we must design this system and start installing it right away. By the way, what will it cost? We inherited our old system, now we need to provide for ourselves and coming generations. Whatever the cost, we must pay for it this time.
I”m sorry I didn't make this suggestion before. Perhaps, I didn't have the idea until now. And now I throw it into the pot. Does anyone else have a better idea to put into the pot? Will the fact-finding study on its own produce a better solution. How will it do that? If we can't find a better idea, I stongly suggest that we go with mine. How about some comments?