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$2.15 M Lanesville water project needs easements

Lanesville plans to replace a heavily-patched tank, out-of-code hy-drants, and water lines that have been in the ground for as many as 100 years, but more than 40 easements are needed to begin the $2.15 million project.
More than eight miles or 43,250 linear feet of water lines are to be replaced as one component of the project. Some of the lines are 80 to 100 years old and carry a life expectancy of only about 50 to 60 years, said Lanesville Town Councilman Don Hamblen.
Replacing the lines should reduce the incidence of water breaks and allow the system to support higher water pressure.
The system has averaged 28.6 breaks annually for the past six years, or about one every 13 days, and has had three boil water advisories during the same time period, Hamblen said.
But before the town can secure a $500,000 Indiana Dept. of Com-merce Community Focus Fund grant, it needs a total 50 easements. Last week the town still lacked 44.
‘We are hoping that the people will come to the Town Hall because (clerk-treasurer Linda Smith) is a notary and we can handle it right there. If not, Linda and I are going to have to come calling home-to-home,’ Hamblen said.
The easements must be acquired and the signatures delivered to Indianapolis by Sept. 1 to avoid a delay in the CFF grant.
Granting the easement only takes minutes and requires the signatures of all parties on the deed, Hamblen said. Grounds are to be as good as new or better by completion of the performance-bonded project.
Funding for the project consists of a Rural Development loan for $959,000, a $550,000 grant from the Harrison County Commissioners, $196,000 of water company funding on hand from the Lanesville reservoir sale, and the $500,000 CFF grant.
In addition to improving service, the project will increase the size of water mains and fire hydrants to bring them into compliance with state fire codes.
Also, the 200,000-gallon water tank will be replaced with one of the same size. The tank has reached its life expectancy of about 15 years and can no longer be maintained, Hamblen said.
The project is expected to begin about this time next year and require a year to complete.