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Village helps in water flow dispute

Trying to be fair to both owners

The Forreston Village Board is working to help resolve a dispute between two local business owners.

Keith Anderson sought the board’s help over water running off of another business onto his own.

Anderson owns The Depot, a convenience store and gas station, and Anderson Transportation Company, 314 E. Main St. and 402 E. Main St., respectively.

According to Anderson, water from Moring Disposal, 306 E. Main St., flows onto his parking lots whenever a heavy rain occurs, due to the blacktopped surface sloping towards Anderson’s properties.

“It wasn’t an issue until it was blacktopped,” said Anderson.

Metzger said he’s in the process of setting up a meeting with village engineer Mick Gronewold, himself, and Larry Moring to figure out what to do.

“We’re trying to be as fair to both sides as possible; this is a dispute between two businesses, not with village property,” said Metzger.

Blighted homes

Anderson also brought up the issue of blighted, abandoned mobile homes at the Candle Lite Mobile Home Park, west of the village on Oak Street.

“Can anything be done about those?” asked Anderson.

“It’s not as simple as just going in and hauling them off ourselves,” said Metzger. “There’s a lot of red tape and legal channels to go through between ownership of those trailers and the park itself, but we are working on it.”

The board also appointed Vickye Norris as finance committee chairwoman

When Marc Stamm left the board, there was a vacancy of chairman of the finance committee, which includes trustees Tim Drayton and Jeff Freeze, with budget officer Courtney Warren and treasurer Fred Schneiderman as non-voting members.

“Having taken Marc’s seat, I’d motion to go ahead and appoint Vickye Norris as the new chair for the committee,” said President Mark Metzger.

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