PSC Broadband Expansion Grant: Call for Community Letters of Support: We need your help! The Town of Gibraltar has an opportunity to partner with Charter Communication to obtain a grant from the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to assist in funding the construction of broadband expansion in the Town. The state broadband grant program has been in existence since 2014. Since then, the state has awarded $44 million in grants to 210 projects. The PSC is making another investment of $24 million in grant funding to public/private partnerships willing to extend broadband service to unserved and underserved areas of the state. If awarded to Gibraltar, this grant of over $2 million would allow broadband expansion to over 224 homes, businesses and lots within our community (see map below). Broadband Expansion Map (Yellow = Areas currently served; Green = Grant expansion area) In an effort to submit the strongest grant application possible, the Town is reaching out to community members, businesses and organizations for letters of support for this project. That's where you come in! Please consider writing a letter of support stating how this grant and project would benefit our community. (Samples of community support letters can be found here.) Letters of support can be addressed to: Ms. Steffany Powell CokerSecretary to the CommissionPublic Service Commission of Wisconsin4822 Madison Yards WayNorth Tower - 6th FloorMadison, WI 53705-9100Please submit all letters no later than noon, Monday, November 30, 2020. Letters can be submitted via email to [email protected] (Please include "PSC Grant Letter of Support" in the subject line.) If you have additional questions, please email or call the Town office. Thank you for your help!    

Vortechs Stormwater Treatment Unit Installed at the Beach

You may have noticed a lot of activity and large machinery at the beach on Friday, June 7. We’re excited to report the Vortechs stormwater treatment unit was installed.

In the past, the Town Beach would have to close periodically due to poor water quality. In conjunction with the rest of the beach renovation project, the Town looked for a solution to improve the water quality and minimize beach closings. The Vortechs by Contech Engineered Solutions LLC provides that solution by offering a better way to treat the stormwater before it enters the bay.

The Vortechs unit works like this: Once placed below ground (as seen in the attached photos), the unit’s combination of swirl concentration and flow controls capture and retain debris in the stormwater. First, the untreated stormwater enters the unit’s swirl chamber through an inlet pipe. The swirling motion of the water creates gravitational separation of any solids, which then settle on the chamber floor. The stormwater exits the swirl chamber where a baffle wall traps any floatables and hydrocarbons. Once filtered, the stormwater then flows under the baffle wall into the flow control chamber that contains separate controls for both peak- and low-intensity flows. Finally, the treated stormwater flows to the outlet chamber and exits via the outlet pipe into the bay, significantly cleaner than when it entered the unit.  

You can watch a video of the Vortechs unit at work here.

The Town thanks The Palmer Foundation and Fund for Lake Michigan whose generous grants totaling $150,000 helped fund the cost of the Vortechs stormwater treamtent unit.