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Resident says NS sewer project ‘ridiculous, crazy’

The Harrison County Council Monday night heard a request of $670,000 for the New Salisbury business corridor sewer project.
The request is contingent upon the reception of at least 50 percent of an Economic Development Agency grant. The Harrison County Board of Commissioners approved the request and sent it to the council for consideration.
After the request was presented by Tom Tucker, president of the Harrison County Regional Sewer District board, and Heritage Engineering consultant Bob Woosley, a resident from Depauw spoke against the project.
Patrick Gallagher said he has seen this type of project before start out for businesses then spread to residential.
‘I ain’t got $7,000 to waste on a sewer when my septic works fine,’ Gallagher said. ‘And $75 a month? That’s ridiculous; that’s crazy.’
The $75 a month charge is the estimated cost for each of the 19 businesses in New Salisbury along with an initial fee of $15,000 to get the project underway.
Tucker assured Gallagher that residents have to bring the request for sewers to the district. And only after a majority vote in favor of a sewer system from the neighborhood or group of residents could the district force all houses in that neighborhood to hook on.
‘See, that’s wrong,’ Gallagher said. ‘It’s not your job to tell me what to do.’
Councilman William T. (Bill) Nichols, who represents the New Salisbury area, had a list of questions for Tucker, one of which was what would happen if the EDA grant for the project was unsuccessful.
Tucker said if that was the case, the board would come back before the county to request the entire project cost.
The council will vote on the request, which was made out of riverboat infrastructure gaming funds, at its next meeting, which will be Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Corydon.
In other business Monday evening, the council voted to approve $14,000 for the 2009-10 class session for Leadership Harrison County, which was half of the requested amount out of riverboat gaming funds.
Councilman Ralph Sherman made the motion to approve $14,000, and Councilwoman Leslie Robertson seconded.
‘I think that’s all they need,’ Sherman said.
The motion succeeded with a 4-1 vote (Councilman Gordon Pendleton was against, and Councilman Jim Heitkemper was absent).
Leadership Harrison County will begin its 15th year of training future community leaders. Each graduating class has undertaken a project that was meant to benefit the county.