Ashland Hydrants Under Fire

By KBJR News 1

December 9, 2010 Updated Dec 9, 2010 at 8:28 PM CDT

ASHLAND, WI ( Northland's NewsCenter) -- Dozens of fire hydrants in Ashland are coming...well, under fire, because they're not able to pump enough water.

City Officials have marked 104 aging, orange hydrants for replacement.

They say the old hydrants can't pump enough water for modern fire–trucks, and they also pose a contamination threat to the water supply.

The job will cost about $1.2 million, and officials had hoped to help pay for it with dollars secured by state and federal funding.

But suddenly, that money isn't available.

"We were told that we were appropriated $700,000 towards this project, but we were also told that with the congressional shift that's happened down in Madison, that they are against the earmarks," said Ashland Public Works Director Ray Hyde.

Hyde went on to say only an omnibus bill passed at the federal level could put the cash back on course.

He also says the city continues to search for additional options.

Posted by Matt Standal