Finding who is capable of handing our backup problems.

Published on: 2/12/2011


The performance at Shorewood's Village Hall over the past 7 months, giving us 5 months, more or less until the next flood, indicates that sewer backups are not far away—they are a-coming, a- coming, a-coming.


David Tatarowicz carefully chose the correct word having to do with the “capability” of Board and Administration. There are so many words that may not have been so charitable as “the Board and Administration not capable of dealing with Sewage Backups.”


Dave's perception and courage, as the English are inclined to say, is spot on. It was difficult for me at first to understand that the Board was going to have a prolonged learning curve, yet to be completed. But individually and collectively they are totally dependent on the administration's views and are not capable of explaining the problem, let alone the solution.


Perhaps the series of dog and pony shows obscured these earlier perceptions. But perhaps it is also not strange that board and administration tend to get caught up in costs, dimes and pennies before the problem is fully understood.


Costs precede problem-understanding, it seems. Talk of obtaining data provides an air of competence. We've had the data, provided us for 10 years, gathered by the same engineer.  I'm sure the same engineer was chosen because of the perceived  cost savings. A new view of the problem may have been more appropriate.


We seem to be moving on formerly decided solutions with some modifications and not much new data gathering


The question of what we do 5 months from now when the “floods” come has not been answered. The word “flood” is preferred, another way of not fully taking on the problem of raw sewage backups.


About 5 months from now we are going to have backups. The immediate problem is this year and the few years that follow. Twenty-five years from now, another Board and Administration will blame it all on this one.


I believe that MMSD has a great deal to account for as well. They have yet to solve the problem that they were established for. Do they need another 25 years as well.


Now, like Egypt, what do we do if we were to have resignations. We'll still have the problems of backups. And how quickly can we elect new competent Board members?  Not many are likely to be interested and perhaps not capable. 


I don't believe that we'll get many resignations, if any, but I do hope that whoever the board members are going to be, that they get to the immediate problem, sewer backups that are coming this spring and this summer.