Johnson, Melvin J. / History and my memories of Wind Lake Telephone Company
Reflections of Melvin Johnson, pp. 58-80 ff. PDF (11.0 MB)
develops and how they can come up with something reasonable for people that were not using this toll and paying the same rate but were getting the benefits of all those tolls. So it became quite a controversy. The end results was that they would take it under advisory and they would come up with a solution maybe at a later date. We are still at that same point today. I understand that there is a study being made and I think we may hear something in the very near future. I don't know when it will happen as I won't be here. I'm intending to resign at the term of my 50 years. But whatever will be will be done at a fair medium to satisfy those two people, those that use the toll and those that don't use the toll. So whatever that will be I don't know, I can't quote it, it's not been settled yet. It will be something coming up that will satisfy the people, I'm sure of that. I stated awhile ago about the people coming out here on street cars and building summer homes for vacations. Well that didn't last too long before we got highways and they took those cottages and started making permanent homes out of them. Then the subject of sewage disposal came up. The state had no rulings on sewage. The state told them they couldn't put their sewage into the lake or put it into some system that would flow into the lake. They had no system themself, the state didn't have any system for them. Could they use septic? Yes, if their ground could absorb water. If it couldn't absorb water, what do you do? It was a problem. So then the people started buying lots in the back land from the farmers. Farms were completely sold out and have gone into subdivisions. They wanted the service that they had where they came from. It's going to take an awful lot of planning but we're going to do it. We have good engineers that can take care of those things and what we don't have we can hire. There are people in the field today that can take care of this. In 1965, I was Chairman of the Town of Norway and I was on the Board many years before that. I had seen what was going on and it was pretty disgusting because people would tell me oh no, my sewage will go into the lake. Just let me come over and show you where it goes, but no they didn't want me to come over. It got so bad in 1965, the first thing I did was to start a setup for the Norway Sanitation District. My two board members were not very interested. One was not in the area, the other was a businessman in the area and you can't have a local businessman involved in it so I was stuck with the whole thing. Well I went to Madison and got a lot of information from there and we started in 1965 and got it organized. We had an engineer come out and make a preliminary study and found out it was feasible to do it. We got busy and got a plan for our money. I wrote many letters to Washington, our congressmen, and senators. At that time 79
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