Kasson Sewer Issues Addressed at City Council Meeting

July 10, 2019 11:07 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- All week, ABC 6 News has been following the stories of Kasson residents who say their flooded basements are the result of the city’s sewer system.

Wednesday night, they got the chance to share their concerns in front of city council.


“What is the city doing directly for its residents?” asked Keith Cocker.

Cocker moved to Kasson nine months ago. His basement flooded at the end of June when heavy rains caused the sewer system to back up.

Both he and his wife are going back to school while trying to support their family of seven.

"It's a huge financial burden. We're doing everything we can to stay afloat as it is. Now the idea of having to pay hundreds would be a burden, let alone thousands," he said.

So Cocker decided to share his story at the meeting.

"I wanted answers. I feel like I got a few of them, but not all of them," he said.

Short term, the city will provide some relief by eliminating the cost of debris cleanup.

Starting Monday, residents can leave their debris in their driveway to be picked up by a private company. That cost will be covered by the city.

Residents who have already disposed of their items at the landfill can give their receipts to the city for reimbursement. However, long-term solutions are still unclear.

"The frustrating part from my standpoint, it is tough to give definitive answers right now. We're gathering the information, we are getting all the information from Dodge County Emergency Management so we can figure out what can we do," said Mayor Chris McKern.

Overall, Cocker was glad to see the conversation move forward at the meeting.

"I thought the information was great. I thought the Mayor did a great job relaying what steps have been taken, what things or questions have been posed, addressed. Unfortunately, there's still too much hanging out there and not enough response," said Cocker.

For now, residents can only hope more answers will come soon, and in the meantime, that their basements stay dry.


Talia Milavetz

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