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Commissioners OK $600,000 for Palmyra Water Co.

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners approved $600,000 to build a water storage tank in Central Barren and for upgrades to the Palmyra Water Co.
The $600,000 request will now move forward to the Harrison County Council.
A recent study of Palmyra’s water conditions was funded by the Harrrison County Community Foundation and showed that state water storage minimum requirements are not being met by Palmyra.
The total projected cost to build the new tank, lay new water lines and build booster pumps and a new pumping station is $1.8 million. None of that money has been officially secured yet, but Roy (Speedy) McClanahan, president of the Palmyra Town Board, is counting on $1 million from State Revolving Loan Funds and the Indiana Dept. of Commerce.
Approval “looks very favorable,” McClanahan said.
If $1 million clears the current lanes of funding and $600,000 is approved by the Harrison County Council, only $200,000 more will be needed for the project.
“It will take longer to put the tank up than it would to do the lines,” McClanahan said. “That’s why we wanted to get started on the tank.”
He told the commissioners Monday that he wanted $300,000 to begin the project by Sept. 10, and the other $300,000 in February of 2002.
“I’d like to get this before the state fines us for having inadequate water storage,” McClanahan said. Palmyra plans to locate the new tank beside the new firehouse in Central Barren.
Six hundred thousand dollars is just an estimate for the project, McClanahan said. This project is not far enough along to solicit bids for the 500,000-gallon tank, yet the commissioners chose to recommend funding approval and allow the project to pull from the $600,000 of county riverboat funds, either from the Contingency or Human Services funds. The commissioners said if the project requires more money, Palmyra Water could come back to them.
After the meeting, McClanahan said the utility serves about 1,400 households, and the planned improvements are badly needed.
“I had my fingers crossed,” McClanahan said. “I was surprised it went over as good as it did.”
The project has been slow in developing, but will include the tank, a new pumping station and lines that both replace old water mains and create additional coverage.
“I’ve been fighting for this for over two years. It looks like we’ve got a little light at the end of the tunnel now for Palmyra to move forward now in the new century,” McClanahan said.

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