Kronenwetter Residents Upset Over Flood Assessment Costs

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

It's been an issue in the Village of Kronenwetter for years, the rising water levels leaving many basements flooded. But after public outcry over costs of the fixing the issue in 2011, the subject was tabled, until now.

Elizabeth Messner and her neighbors are looking for answers.
"Our friends and neighbors are suffering and something needs to be done to rectify the problem," says Messner.

In 2011, water levels rose prompting the Village Board to require hundreds of residents to pay up to $600 for assessments on their basements; and the response was not welcomed.

"The public was insane," says Messner, "the out-roar of protest was crazy, they shut it down, they didn't vote, they tabled it and brushed it under the carpet."

Now, they've focused on 250 residents, giving them a bill of up to $5,000.

If you were to spread that out over the nearly 3,000 residents, the cost would be under $200 per household.

"We understand there is an issue. We understand it needs to be addressed. We're willing to participate, but if it benefits everyone, they everyone should be a part of it."

As to why only 250 residents were given assessments, Elizabeth and her neighbors can only speculate, since they've never had water in their basements.

The project could cost up to $600,000. There is an informational meeting for all Kronenwetter residents Thursday night.

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