Redgranite Village Board approves sewer ordinance updates

The Redgranite Village Board approved updates to the village sewer ordinance, specifically Section (F) Rules to regulate animal and vegetable fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.), as well as soil/sand and lint traps and interceptors during their regular meeting on Oct. 17. The approval came following a review from village counsel, Joan Olson.

The purpose of the ordinance is to control the discharge into the public sewage collection system and treatment plant that interferes with the operations of the system. Blockage and plugging of pipelines interfere with normal operation of pumps and their controls and contribute waste that is beyond the capability of the treatment plant.

The ordinance states that F.O.G., waste food and sand interceptors shall be installed when, in the opinion of the board, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing fats, oils, grease, ground food waste, sand, soil and solids, and other harmful ingredients in excessive amounts which impacts the wastewater collection system.

Businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, grocery stores, prisons, churches, camps, and man-ufacturing plants may be required to install interceptors or grease traps to prevent blockages and plugging of the wastewater system. Such interceptors are not required for single-family homes, but may be required for multiple-family residences. In addition, all car washes, garages, service stations and other sources of sand, soil and oil will be required to install interceptors and commercial laundries will be required to install lint traps.

The ordinance also states failure to install an interceptor or if it is determined that a person is responsible for blockage of the collection system line, fines will occur.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Christy Groskreutz told the board there will be a telephonic public hearing on the application filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for a water rate increase. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at the municipal building. She noted citizens may submit testimony through web comments, oral comments, written comments or mail comments. She said a notice was published in the Waushara Argus newspaper.

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