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Sewer district proposes budget

A first-ever budget proposal prepared by the Harrison County Regional Sewer District was submitted by district president Tom Tucker to the Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night.
‘We have no revenue producing activities at this time,’ Tucker reminded the commissioners as he requested $91,000 to finish out 2006.
The proposal was approved 3-0. It will next go before the Harrison County Council.
The funds would provide for things like data collection, analysis, legal counsel, design work and other administrative activities.
Ranking at the top of the district’s priorities is the Lanesville Interstate 64 interchange. The budget earmarks $20,000 for that project, which will include a preliminary engineering report for selection of a treatment-plant site and sewer-line improvements.
The board will be moving quickly to finalize a service agreement for the new Harrison County Hospital, Tucker said, and the budget allocates $5,000 to work on design review and an agreement for that site.
Regional Sewer District meeting facilitation, handouts and other aids, training, documentation and other meeting needs are to be funded to $20,000.
Public outreach efforts, including a Web site and public meetings, are to be funded to $10,000.
The Regional Sewer District is to also address storm-water issues. The budget earmarks $10,000 to finalize the storm-water ordinance, including reviewing the ordinance, public outreach, and pursuing approval and implementation.
Another $10,000 is allocated to prepare storm water components of the final district plan, including schedules and cost estimates for drainage improvements, storm-water quality demonstration projects and additional planning.
The remaining $16,000 is divided among legal counsel, $5,000; a rate consultant, $10,000; and errors and omissions insurance, $1,000.
The Regional Sewer District received a grant to do some preliminary evaluations, and there were volunteer citizens groups that evaluated the needs in the county and devised a list of projects and prioritized them, Tucker said.

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