Kronenwetter officials will hold a special meeting of the Village Board to review a proposed groundwater project that drew sharp criticism by dozens of concerned homeowners in the community. More than 260 residents attended a July 18 public hearing to discuss a permanent solution to the groundwater problems that surfaced in 2011 after reports of widespread flooding in the Golden Pond and Meadowood subdivisions in the northeast side of the village. Though drought conditions have prevented high groundwater levels this year, officials said the threat of repeat flooding throughout the area remains.
After nearly three hours of heated discussion during the July meeting, board members refused to second a motion by Board President Judi Akey to move forward with the proposed $534,203 storm sewer installation project, which would have created special assessments ranging from $747 to $2,240 for more than 400 Kronenwetter residents. At the meeting, Akey warned that the project would not go forward without a second to her motion, a statement she later corrected in a village newsletter.