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Sewer district continues focus on New Salisbury

The Milltown proposal issues were discussed last Wednesday morning by the Harrison County Regional Sewer District board. Bill Byrd, district representative from Milltown, said he was unaware the matter would be brought up at the July 7 Harrison County Commissioners’ meeting.
‘Had we known this was going to happen, someone from Milltown would have been here,’ said Byrd. ‘I can assure you of that.’
The only intention of Milltown was to look into receiving a grant for the placement of sewer lines which would be turned over to the district and could be used along the S.R. 64 corridor, said Byrd. The Milltown plant is an option to provide service to the North Harrison Community School Corp. campus in Ramsey.
‘At this point, I’m not sure what the status is,’ said Byrd. ‘I resent the fact (Harrison County Commissioner) Terry Miller said we went through the backdoor. I’ve never went through the backdoor, not even at a tavern. I take offense to that.’
Byrd said Milltown would complete the economic development survey needed to apply for grants related to sewer construction, but a formal proposal was not made by Milltown to the district or the commissioners.
‘I don’t feel there’s been any request from Milltown, but I’m willing to hear one,’ said Darin Duncan, a district member. ‘Right now, I would view us as very focused in New Salisbury; I’d like to get that settled.’
Curt Hudson, president of the Milltown Town Council, discussed the issue in an interview.
‘The town did internally review the opportunity to partner with the district on a project but never offered an official proposal,’ he said. ‘At this time, the town has no intention of pursuing the matter further and considers it closed.’
The interlocal agreement was made before the creation of the sewer district, and the district hopes to obtain the transfer of power regarding the agreements with Milltown, Lanesville and Corydon from the county commissioners.
‘It’s to everyone’s benefit to get that clarified,’ said Byrd.
When Milltown built its sewer treatment plant, Harrison County granted $500,000 for the project in exchange for capacity use in the plant. The district currently uses no capacity at the plant.
The district sent legal counsel Chris Byrd to the commissioners’ meeting on July 21 to ask for the transfer of power regarding the interlocal agreements, but no action was taken.
In other district matters, Scott Miller of Umbaugh and Associates will report back to the board at its next meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 11:30 a.m. Miller was asked to calculate the amount of grant money it would take to make three potential options possible for customers along the New Salisbury corridor, including a $60 monthly fee with a $5,000 tap-on fee; $68 a month fee with a $2,500 tap-on fee; and a monthly fee of $75 with a $1,000 tap-on fee.
The district will have a public meeting with business owners and residents in the New Salisbury business corridor area before any decision will be made. The district plans to ask the county for funds to help complete the project.