Montgomery OKs start of fix to Boulder Hill water woes
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News December 11, 2012 12:44PM
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:59AM
MONTGOMERY — Residents in Boulder Hill are a step closer to having their water problems resolved, as Montgomery trustees this week approved the first stage an $8.2 million renovation project.
Montgomery provides water to the residents in part of the unincorporated subdivision. Boulder Hill residents pay more for their water service that residents of the village pay.
Over the past year, Boulder Hill residents have complained that the water coming out of their faucets oftentimes has an orange tint and is undrinkable.
The design phase for the water system repair will begin immediately, paving the way for the complete plan to begin in June 2013.
Boulder Hill resident Pat Stiles told trustees plans to fund the project by charging an extra $15 monthly to the residents was not fair.
“This is the water that comes out of my faucet every morning,” he said as he held up a bottle filled with rusty water. “We received our rebates and cleaning supplies, but now you want us to pay $8 million for repairs?”
Stiles said he is against paying the extra money and said his neighbors have been paying extra for decades.
In other action, the village’s tax levy for 2012 was approved after Mayor Marilyn Michelini cast the deciding vote.
Jeff Zoephel, finance director and acting village administrator, said he recommended the 3 percent hike in the levy. “That comes out to approximately $4 a household,” he said.
One resident spoke out against the increase and pointed to the Village Hall and police station as new buildings that he called “a total waste of money. You went from a trailer park to Taj Mahal.”
Trustees Pete Heinz, Stan Bond and Andy Kaczmarek voted against the levy, with Michelini and Trustees Matt Brolley, Bill Keck and Denny Lee voting in favor.
Herschel Luckinbill asked trustees for their support in the “Save the Cannon Project,” to preserve a cannon in Riverside Cemetery. The cannon is from the 1898 Spanish American War and is need of repair.
“When I saw the cannon I could not believe we had left something that valuable deteriorate,” he said.
Luckinbill said the project should be completed by Memorial Day and suggested the village have a family picnic at a dedication ceremony.