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Palmyra gets $1 million for sewer overhaul

A check for $1,066,900 was presented to the Palmyra Town Council yesterday by Robert White, the Indiana state director of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Rural Development department, to help pay for a $1.5 million upgrade of the town’s aging sewer system.
Of the money, $509,500 is a grant; the remaining $557,500 is a low-interest loan, at about 4.5 percent, which the town will pay back over 40 years.
More funding, about $500,000, is yet to be received as a grant from the Indiana Dept. of Commerce.
Palmyra Town Council President Roy (Speedy) McClanahan, who accepted the check during a short ceremony, which included representatives from all agencies involved in securing the funding, said, “This is something the town has needed for a long time and will take us way into the 21st century.”
He said the project will include a new sewer plant, several new pumping stations, repairs to leaking manholes, and a general overhaul of the complete sewer system. “When we finish this project, we should be good for the next 50 years,” McClanahan said. “Putting this project together was a lot of work and meant many late nights for some of us. I thank everyone who helped get this done.”
White said, “In the scheme of things this project is somewhat small, but for a town the size of Palmyra, it’s a lot of money and represents several thousand dollars for each resident.”
Michael Meyer, the engineer serving as project manager for Strand-Sieco Engineering of Columbus, explained that the Palmyra sewer system is a small system with a capacity of only about 200,000 gallons a day. It’s estimated that it will take 270 days to complete the renovation once work is started.
Rural Development loan specialist Dan Devault commended the town’s leaders. “This is a tough project for a small town to undertake,” he said, encouraging them to “stay involved”.
A pre-construction meeting including representatives of the construction company, Mitchell & Stark of Medora, project inspectors, town council members and the project engineer is to take place at the Rural Development office in Bloomfield on Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m.