Out Waukesha way, in the heart of Red State country, the water utility is looking for a $50 million federal handout.
Waukesha has been on the track of a bailout for its overblown water plans (current Lake Michigan diversion plan, through Oak Creek/cost estimate is, with inflation, etc. etc. at $200 million), for years. Oh, the ironies.
In fact, Waukesha has a long history of chasing after federal dollars, and has employed contractors specializing in federal funding - - so facing a big diversion piping cost has sent
Waukesha to shake the DC money tree, for years, as this 2010 report indicates
The project right now calls for $164 million, an early estimate, and Waukesha is hoping to get a piece of a $100 million, Cong. Jim Sensenbrenner(R) - supported federal package to transfer much of the cost from water rate-payers to federal taxpayers.I haven't reviewed Waukesha's many legal, funding, public relations and technical consultant contracts for some time, but water utility records show two "Federal Funding Contracts" running between 2004-2009 with Donald F. Roecker, based in Wisconsin, for annual amounts from $32,500 to $42,500, and with Barbour, Griffith & Rogers, in Washington, DC, for between $42,500 and $64,000, on various Waukesha water matter.
Utility correspondence in 2008 cites efforts to obtain various sources of federal funding including "additional EPA earmarks" and US Army Corps of Engineering funding for long-term infrastructure needs.
More from 2010 about efforts to defray some of the diversion infrastructure costs, here:
As Daniel Duchniak, the Waukesha Water Utility manager said in a report quoted by Waukeshanow.com:
"We will be actively seeking federal grants and other financing options that would help defray the cost," Duchniak said in a separate memo distributed Tuesday to the Common Council.Without any federal grant assistance, a Milwaukee water supply would cost residential ratepayers an estimated $142.28 each quarter of the year, up from the current quarterly water charge of $66.85, Duchniak says in the memo.To the Daily Reporter, Duchniak said he hoped Waukesha might get between $25-50 million of a $100 million US Army Corps of Engineers' pot, and that along with the office of US Sen. Herb Kohl, US Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner was helping write the grant application, too.
Quarterly charges for an Oak Creek water supply, with no federal grants to offset construction costs, would be an estimated $191.83. A Racine connection would cost residents $211.39 per quarter."