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April 2014


Pewaukee looks for yet another new water tower

Pewaukee City staff sought direction Monday night: Should they try harder to win the Ridgeview Parkway site or do they invest time and money finding another spot?

While Pewaukee is replacing the tower for structural and aesthetic reasons, it also would introduce the capacity needed to keep up with demands on the water system. The continually developing industrial and office sectors in the city, in particular, call for a new tower 160-170 ft tall in that area.

Appeals may be needed at the county level to pursue that original plan, which the city has already sunk over $100,000 into. Plans for an orange and white patterned, 750,000-gallon, $2 million water tower on Ridgeview Pkwy were denied by the Waukesha County Airport Commission last fall.

“I think it makes a lot of sense to keep asking questions and go to all these (county) boards, if we’ve invested all this infrastructure,” Alderperson Cheri Enters said.

Alternative locations would require expensive environmental analyses, new infrastructure and potential land purchases from neighbors.

On that note, one option is to replace the existing water tower at or near city hall. This location is perhaps less advantageous for the city because it is almost adjacent to village boundaries and further away from the city’s industrial/office sector that needs service.

In the end, the council decided it was best to pursue the original plan through the County Board of Adjustments while authorizing staff to investigate replacing the current tower, on or near city hall.

“I think we pursue (Ridgeview) but I think on a parallel track, we investigate the other two sites,” Mayor Scott Klein said.

Read more about the decision in the Lake Country Reporter this Thursday.


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