City takes no action on sewer improvement plan

Sewage seeps into the lower section of Soren Hauge’s basement during a previous sewage backup. The Ripon Common Council opted to take no action last week when considering whether to take corrective action to prevent further back-ups.

Sewer concerns on Ripon’s south side likely won’t be resolved any time soon.

The Ripon Common Council discussed the issue last week Tuesday — but moved on without taking action to improve the problem.

Instead, council members focused on alternate solutions to the problem, while at least one homeowner affected continues to hope for a more permanent resolution.

At the meeting, Ripon Utility Manager Chris Liveris explained that backups near the corner of Griswold and Ransom streets are rare.

“We were in a very unusual event,” Liveris said at last week Tuesday’s meeting. “We don’t back up sewers every spring.”

The issue was discussed by the council after it learned of a sewer back-up that occurred during a sudden thaw in mid-March.

That thaw caused flooding around the region, including in Ripon, and led to stormwater infiltration into the sanitary sewer lines.

The added infiltration, Liveris explained, is what led to a sanitary sewer line along Griswold Street to become overwhelmed, with water backing up into the connecting Ransom Street line upstream.

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