Hillman on the hunt for water

HILLMAN — After two unsuccessful attempts at drilling test wells to locate a new source of drinking water, Hillman officials will be sending the matter back to its water committee for consideration.

Village Manager Dave Post told Village Council members on Tuesday that a test well was dug behind the community center to a depth of 158 feet, but that no water was found. Village officials previously tried to drill a test well at the airport, which also didn’t pan out.

Post said that means the village is “back to square one.”

He said that, while the village has enough water to serve its needs, the wells it has aren’t high-producing and have to be run a lot.

“We’re looking for another well that can produce high amounts of water and good water and they’re just hard to come by here,” he said.

He said all of the village’s public water comes from groundwater sources, so they’re always looking for more water and water quality.

He said the village has hard water, which has a lot of lime in it and is also high in iron.

Council President Myron McIntire said the village needs to find a new water source in case something were to happen to one of the wells they have.

“We have lots of water now, but we want to ensure we keep it that way,” he said.

McIntire said they have had a little bit of trouble with Well No. 10, south of town, which has an iron content that is a little heavier than they would like.

He said they haven’t been using the well but that they would like to filter the water out if they can.

Otherwise, he said the well will just sit there unused.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.

In other business:

The Hillman Village Council on Tuesday also:

∫ agreed to send a letter to management at Dollar General, 24250 Veterans Memorial Highway, to ask them to stop allowing their dumpster to overflow. McIntire said the trash, along with plastic from wooden palettes, is overflowing into the neighboring residential area and that the village has received multiple complaints from those residents.

∫ heard from Councilman Wilbur Funk who asked deputies from the Montmorency County Sheriff Department to keep an eye on the village’s band shell at Emerick Park when they are patrolling the area in case people start hanging out there as the weather gets nice.