The first step toward a solution could be on the horizon for the water problems at Sandmar Village.

According to Gus Glaser, watershed engineer for the DNR, the engineering firm for developer Rick Read and Sandmar Village may be investigating making improvements to the area east of the railroad tracks.

This land, owned by Ripon residents Bob and Marge Burling, is home to a restricting point that prevents water from fully draining out of the Sandmar Village subdivision.

“I received a call from Scott Roltgen [engineer with Sandmar’s engineering firm, Excel Engineering],” Glaser said. “He indicated Excel Engineering directed him to start looking at drainage to the east.”

Drainage to the east would involve land owned by the Burlings, because that is where the water drains through.

“Our department just now started to talk with Excel about that,” Glaser said.

Jeff Quast, president of Excel, confirmed his company is looking at the possibility.

Read the full story in the March 4, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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