Muskego - Representatives of the Muskego-Norway School District came to the Common Council's Public Works Committee meeting Monday night to discuss their request to extend municipal water service to a planned new middle school.

The school, approved in an April 5 referendum, would be at W124S8009 North Cape Road. The district plans to break ground next spring, and to open the school for the 2018-19 school year.

School board president Rick Petfalski said the district could also dig a well to provide water to the school, but asserted that "there's benefits on both sides if we could hook up."

He said a municipal water hookup would spare the district the expense of digging and maintaining a well.

Jeremiah Johnson, building and grounds supervisor for the district, estimated that extending a water main to serve the school would cost $425,000, while building a loop to connect two existing mains through the school site would cost $885,000.

District representatives said a loop would assure adequate water supplies in case of a fire or other emergency at the school or the adjacent Tudor Oaks senior living center.

"It seems to me more than the school district would benefit" from a loop, said Alderman Eileen Madden, who suggested the cost of an extension could be shared.

District representatives will return to the committee's next meeting Dec. 19 with estimates on how much water would be needed to serve the school. Enrollment at the school is projected at 800-1,000 students.

In another matter, the committee scheduled a public information meeting on Moorland Road reconstruction plans for 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at city hall. Work on Moorland between Janesville and Woods roads is scheduled to be done in 2018.

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