New location, new year, new goals for Rutledge

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By Sarah Wibell

staff writer

With a new location for Rutledge’s City Hall underway, Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer outlined key goals he and the city council have for 2019.

“Our biggest goal is to open the Fears Road well by the end of January and get the new tank online,” Altznauer stated. “

The well’s pump tested at 384 gallons of water per minute. To put that in perspective, right now we only pump about 30 gallons per minute from the Nunnally Street tank.”

This change in water supply will allow the City of Rutledge to not only cease purchasing additional water from the City of Madison but also provide water to Madison. 

Described by Altznauer as a win-win, he went on to say, “This well is the mother-load. I believe it’s one of the best in this part of the state, so we’re pretty excited about it. The new tank will have a 400,000-gallon capacity, whereas our current tank holds 200,000 gallons.”

Other important focuses for Rutledge include improving the sewer system and paving and repaving certain sidewalks along Hollis Street, part of West Main Street, and from the entrance of The Falls at Hard Labor Creek – a residential community off of Hidden Springs Drive – to the city limit.

Altznauer added, “We’ve gotten a lot of positive comments from people in town about the improvements we have made. I think we are doing a good job, but if we are not, let me know about it, and we’ll do our best to improve.”

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