By Brandi Makuski
The City of Stevens Point is preparing for a legal battle with the Town of Hull.
The issue at hand is problems with Hull residents’ well water, which they claim have been drying up since the city installed Municipal Well #11 near the Stevens Point Airport. More than 30 residents say they’ve experienced lowered or no water pressure since March of 2012 when the city’s high-capacity well went online. Many residents say they’ve had to pay thousands of dollars to drill new wells.
The Town of Hull has filed some paperwork notifying the city of an upcoming claim, but has not filed with the city the claims themselves.
City Attorney Andrew Beveridge at Monday’s Council said the city needed a legal expert in groundwater issues, pointing to the Madison-based firm Stafford Rosenbaum. The Council approved a letter of engagement to formally bring attorney Paul Kent on board to help defend the city.
“Well #11 is a very expensive piece of infrastructure, and in my opinion, it would be best for the city to bring in somebody who is an expert in that particular field of law,” Beveridge said.
Further action on the well water issue is pending.