Recovery funds to build Superior sewers
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Residents in Billings Park and South Superior could get relief from flooded basements soon with the help of federal recovery dollars.
Gov. Jim Doyle announced Monday the city of Superior will receive nearly $6.4 million, half in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act-funded grants to construct two storm water sewer systems.
“I am happy to announce major investments in the wastewater system that will create local jobs and benefit local water infrastructure needs,” Doyle said in a prepared statement issued Monday. “These important water projects in Superior, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help revitalize local economies and benefit future generations. I thank Congressman (Dave) Obey for his work to help secure these funds that will make lasting improvements to our state.”
Obey, a Democrat from Wausau and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was an architect of the plan to shore up the nation’s economy through reinvestment.
“Over much opposition, we included strong funding for projects like this because communities can’t grow and they can’t provide decent job opportunities without strong community infrastructure such as sewer and water,” Obey said. “I’m pleased that we are going to be able to help these communities and ease the squeeze on local property taxpayers at the same time.”
State Rep. Nick Milroy, D-Superior, a former city councilor representing a portion of Billings Park said he was well aware of the problems many neighborhoods faced when sewers overflowed into people’s basement. He said the funding would go a long way to improving the situation for his neighbors.
“These funds are absolutely critical for necessary infrastructure improvements that protect homeowners and assist in the community’s growth. These are indeed a welcome shot in the arm,” said State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar.