By sometime this summer, the city of Ripon should have a better idea how feasible it would be to truly solve the drainage problem at Sandmar Village.

The city of Ripon is funding a $12,500 study of lands east of Sandmar Village — owned by Bob and Marge Burling — regarding whether the drainage there can be improved.

A high point along a drainage area on their property has been identified as one of the key reasons water cannot flow out of Sandmar Village.

“The intent of this is to look at everything east of the tracks,” City Administrator Steve Barg said. “I don’t think anything is off the table at this point.”

This includes potentially removing the high point.

“That definitely is what the council has in mind,” Barg said.

The study will be done by Excel Engineering of Fond du Lac. Excel also is the same engineering firm that created the initial drainage plan for Sandmar that did not address the drainage problem on the Burling property.

Funding for the study will come out of tax increment finance district (TID) No. 7, which has funded improvements in the Sandmar subdivision since the city and developer Rick Read came to consensus on a developer’s agreement several years ago.

Read the full story in the April 1, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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