Waukesha's DPW board goes against staff's recommendation of having Town Hall be annexed into City
But approved city to offer town building sewer service; will go to Common Council
While the City of Waukesha's Department of Public Works staff recommended that the Town of Waukesha Hall be annexed into the City of Waukesha, the board did not go along with that.
It unanimously voted Thursday night to approve a request made by the Town of Waukesha to serve Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road, with City of Waukesha sewer services but not have it be annexed into the city.
Town Chairman John Marek was in attendance at the meeting at City Hall and said the staff's recommendation of annexation was contrary to conversations he previously had with the city.
The board's recommendation will now go before the Common Council.
Marek had made the request after he has repeatedly said before and after the April 2 election that the Town Hall's sewage septic system is shot. He said the town is spending more than $10,000 a year to have the septic tank pumped twice a month.
He said an engineering report last October indicated that it needed to be replaced. This was further magnified, he said, when the tank backed up and overflowed into the fire department area.
If the board would have went with the city staff's recommendation of annexing Town Hall, the city would have been responsible for providing services to that building.
City Planner Jennifer Andrews said "while it sounds a little odd, it's not unprecedented" to have another town municipality hall in a city. She said because there has been substantial growth in that area, Town Hall is on an island surrounded by the city.
Aldermen Eric Payne and Joe Pieper said they want to be good neighbors with the town in the future and don't feel annexing the building where the town does its municipal work is good practice.
Earlier this summer, the Town Board, after months of keeping most of the Town of Waukesha out of the City of Waukesha's future water service area, agreed to be included in its service area and the city approved its request.
The City of Waukesha has submitted its request for Great Lakes water as it needs to have radium-compliant water by 2018. The city has entered into an agreement to connect through Oak Creek for Lake Michigan water.
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