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RSD waves fee for EMS building

The Harrison County Regional Sewer District moved Wednesday morning to eliminate any connection fee for the proposed Emergency Medical Services building on the hospital campus in Corydon with the stipulation that the land easement documents for the site are recorded.
The motion was approved unanimously because the project is funded, at least partially, by the county.
The cost of the fee would have been $12,000, according to district consultant Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering. The issue came up after Woosley and Corydon Town Council president and district member Fred Cammack received phones calls last week from companies bidding on the building.
On Monday night, Dec. 15, the bids were opened at the Harrison County Board of Commissioners meeting. The lowest bid was turned in by Streicher Construction of Jasper at just under $1.4 million, well over the estimate of $1 million. The county council has already approved $720,000 for the project and the hospital agreed to pay the remaining portion, but it was only estimated to be $270,000.
The commissioners took the bids under advisement.
In other matters Wednesday morning, the sewer district agreed to have legal counsel Chris Byrd work with the Lanesville Town Council on an agreement for sludge hauling from the Berkshire wastewater treatment plant east of New Salisbury to the Lanesville treatment plant. The partnership would save the district approximately $100 per load, said Woosley. The idea was initiated by Rusty Sizemore, Lanesville’s representative on the district board. Lanesville’s Town Council members said they want to have a six-month trial period to see if the town experienced any adverse effects, at which point they reserve the right to call off the deal.
Steve Tolliver, the district’s engineer for the Berkshire plant from Aqua Utilities, put his stamp of approval on the agreement and said they could begin hauling the sludge as soon as the paper work is complete.
The district approved a 2009 operating budget of $60,200 and a projects budget of $91,500. Secretary Darin Duncan and president Tom Tucker will present the budget request to the county commissioners at their meeting on Monday, Jan. 5.
Tolliver reported the Berkshire plant was still in compliance after an inspection from the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management. He said the IDEM representative scrutinized the plant to a greater detail ‘ six hours worth ‘ because it was out of compliance prior to the district takeover on April 1. The district agreed to an increase of about $81 a month for Tolliver’s services.
‘He’s dug us out of a pretty deep hole,’ said Bill Byrd, the district’s Milltown representative.
The district will next meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the HCCF building.