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Freeze-up costs top $225,000 in Antigo
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The winter of 2013-14 was costly in dollars as well as manpower to Antigo’s water utility.

Mark Desotell, the city’s director of administrative services, said Friday that the state of Wisconsin is assembling costs on the impact of the severe weather and may issue an emergency declaration, which could open up the potential of federally reimbursed expenditures.

The city of Antigo has estimated its potential reimbursable costs at $225,000 and submitted that number to Brad Henricks, the county’s director of emergency management, for inclusion in the statewide emergency submittal.

“The state needed to show $7.9 million in emergency costs attributed to the various municipalities and I am hearing that the responses have totaled over $20 million,” Desotell said, noting that problems with freeze-ups existed in communities across the northwoods.

A breakdown of city costs for the street crews include:

—Overtime: $42,500.

—Equipment: $82,000.

—Materials: $16,000.

—Contractor invoices/mailings: $9,0000.

—Estimated patching costs at utility breaks: $60,000.

In addition, costs climbed at the water and wastewater treatment plans due to the let-run order, which greatly increased volumes. Those numbers include:

—Overtime: $3,500.

—Excess water production and treatment: $13,000.

“This information does not include the total regular hour expenditures toward water main and sanitary sewer efforts this winter,” Desotell said.

Any excess costs will likely be borne by utility users,” Desotell said. The city is already beginning to look at increases in water and wastewater rates for a variety of reasons.


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Equipment clawed into Seventh Avenue in front of the Antigo Middle School after a water main broke earlier this year, forcing the facility to close for the day. The city reported 30 main breaks during the unusually severe winter.
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