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Village Board discovers drainage problems at Crossing Meadows

The Ellsworth Village Board got very disparaging news Monday night during its regular monthly board meeting.

Businessman Lonnie Feuerhelm who had purchased lots in the Crossing Meadows Development was the bearer.

"There's not enough adequate drainage on my lots," he said, for which the Board and Feuerhelm spent nearly 45 minutes of its 2 ½ hour meeting discussing.

The Board expressed their displeasure at the news because since they've been selling the lots for retail development, they figured everything was in place. They asked Phil Newman from SEH Engineering, who was on hand why this happened. Newman's response was miscommunication on their end.

Most of the discussion was then spent on where to place a new pond. Feuerhelm expressed his concern because he didn't know if he could afford the loss of parking spaces to meet covenants. He also stated that he wanted to get the building up this year, but now, it's going to be early 2008 at best.

"I didn't know about this until three months after I bought this land," Feuerhelm said.

A temporary idea which was approved called for a 12,000 square foot pond to be installed with Feuerhelm paying for 1/3 of the costs and the Village 2/3 and recouping that money in other projects. Feuerhelm would get back to the Board within two weeks for the costs on his end.

For more read the Oct. 3 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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