The Montello High School Drama Department welcomes you to attend this week’s performances of the musical “Godspell” on the MHS stage. Shows run March 8-11 with 7:00 p.m. start times on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The show takes a look at community and social dynamics in groups through story telling and playacting.  “Godspell” is based on the gospel of Mathew focusing on the message of loving one another and working together. Featured songs of the show include “Day by Day” and “Beautiful City.”
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students or senior citizens. Tickets can also be reserved by emailing mwegner@montello.k12.wi.us.

New dam gate too low to hold Montello Lake
at summer level

By Kathleen McGwin
Unless General Engineering receives approval from the DNR to install a three inch extension on one of three newly installed gates on the Montello River dam, North American Hydro told the Montello City Council that Montello Lake will be a half inch lower than the summer levels they maintain within DNR guidelines. Representatives from General Engineering, North American Hydro, and KW Contracting were at Monday’s council meeting to discuss the problem along with other issues including who will pay for several modifications that have had to be made to the dam gates.
After Svet Roussev from General Engineering reported that the dam was near completion, Mayor Derek Krentz asked about a report from North American Hydro, the company that operates the dam and power plant, that the east gate was too low to maintain summer water levels. Roussev responded that he had directed the contractor, KW Contracting, to match the benchmark that was previously there with the prior gate. It is unclear who will take responsibility for this issue.

“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think the contractor goofed up,” said Krentz. “It wasn’t engineered right in the first place.”

Kent Fish of General Engineering said he didn’t like to be blindsided by North American Hydro and this was the first time he’d heard about the problem to which Gary Mueller who works for North American Hydro at the dam responded that General Engineering had kept North American out from the beginning and hadn’t called them when they were testing the gates.

Fish said, “It’s not a big issue,” to which Mueller replied that lake property owners will be concerned about the half-inch decrease in water level and that he would not be able to keep the water at the summer level specified by the DNR. Mueller has 2 1/2 inches either way of the benchmark to maintain DNR levels, that is why the modification has to add three inches to the gate. At present, water goes over the gate when it is 1/2 inch below the summer benchmark.

KW Contracting submitted financials to the council that detailed their overrun costs of a $7200 caused by modifications that have had to be made during construction. That was without the $2140 it will take to place the extender on the gate that is too low to maintain summer water levels. Mayor Krentz told the council that KW wanted assurance that they would be paid. At a previous meeting, the council had directed General Engineering to find a way to pay for the modifications that had to be made to the gate guides and that the city would not pay for those changes. General Engineering had said they would tell Whipps, Inc, the company that made the gates, that they would have to cover that cost.

At Monday’s meeting a representative of KW Contracting said that they thought that General Engineering had to “step up to the plate” and asked Kent Fish of General Engineering if they would assure that Whipps pays KW for that alteration cost. Calls made to Whipps by KW have not been returned, he said. Fish said that General Engineering would do so. The KW representative also said that if KW had “built this according to engineering, this would be a hateful meeting.”

Regarding the new gate issue, it’s unclear who will pay the additional $2,140 to put the extension on the gate. Fish said, “Whoever goofed it up. If we goofed it up we’ll eat it.”

An issue that remained unclear is the warranty on the gates. Roussev told the council that the area representative of Whipps told him that “field modifications would void the warranty.”

When asked by the council when the one-year warranty begins on the gates, Kent Fish said, “I’d say it’s when the DNR approves the dam.” Krentz pointed out that the gates have been installed for some time and wondered if the warranty began “when the water hit them.”

There is no date set for final inspection and General Engineering must receive approval for the extension to be put on the east gate that would allow summer water levels to be maintained. Mueller pointed out that mid-April is when lake property owners begin to install piers. KW Contracting said that they would complete the work quickly once approval is received.