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January 22, 2014 | 01:18 PM

The construction of the sewer lines at and around the Lanesville interchange area of Interstate 64 could be delayed because of a couple of easements yet to be secured on the Town of Lanesville side of the project, according to the Harrison County Regional Sewer District board, which met Wednesday morning, Jan. 15.

Lanesville Town Council representative Herb Schneider said two of the five easements still needed on their side of the project could be difficult to obtain from the property owners. If the property owners don't agree to the offers from Lanesville and the issue goes to court, it could significantly delay the project.

Schneider said the engineering work for Lanesville's portion of the project should be complete by the end of January.

Both plans, Lanesville's and the sewer district's, will be sent to the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management for review and approval. Then, the two projects will be bid separately and will have two separate contracts.

The project to bring sanitary sewer lines to the interchange area is a joint venture between Lanesville and the sewer district.

Lanesville is responsible for the project from the Interstate 64 interchange area to the Lanesville treatment plant, while the sewer district is responsible for the rest, including the boring under the interstate.

All future development south of the interstate will be in Lanesville's control and everything north, including the new Areva pharmaceutical plant, of the interstate will be the county's, under the regional sewer district.

The county approved $1.6 million for the project.

The flow from the area will go to Lanesville's treatment plant, which may have to be upgraded and expanded if a great deal of development occurs.

In other business, treasurer Gary Davis reported that SSK Communities, the owner of Berkshire Pointe mobile home park east of New Salisbury and a customer of the district's, is now only one month behind on its payments after being, at times, as much as four months delinquent. When the original contract was signed, no late fee was established. Once the new lines and rebuilt treatment plant are active, the district will set a new rate for SSK and all other customers in the New Salisbury business corridor. The new contract will include a late fee.

The next district meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Community Foundation building in Corydon.

Twitter: @rossschulz

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    RSD Lanesville
    January 24, 2014 | 12:40 PM

    Is the Lanesville Council dragging their feet again. The easements should have been taken care of already.

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