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Sewer project needs council support

The Harrison County Council again will have an opportunity to vote for the New Salisbury sewer system project Monday, after denying the request last month.
The council should give the go-ahead on the plan, which could create an economic boom in the best-case scenario and would eliminate unsanitary sewer systems in the worst case.
Both options would be a positive for the region, even though the initial expense may be high for a few of the business properties on which the project focuses.
The plan only includes the 19 business properties in the corridor and has no current plans for residential hookup. It is, however, a tough sell to a business owner who just recently may have installed a septic tank system and will now have to fork over $15,000 to get construction underway. But, what happens when that septic system becomes 10, 15 or more years old and is failing? The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will not provide the luxury of options. At least one current system in the region has an agreed order on it from IDEM, and others could follow. An agreed order allows the entity to take the necessary steps to correcting the problem or face stiffer penalties and potential fines.
The county could throw even more support behind the plan by allotting riverboat funding to bring down the cost for the business owners.
Tom Tucker, president of the regional sewer district board, said he knows, without a doubt, new businesses are waiting for the sewer line to come to New Salisbury. So, why stop growth?
We’ve heard a lot lately about job retention and job growth, and the New Salisbury project is a perfect example of an opportunity for both.
If council members think a majority of the property owners do not want the project, then at least pass the funding and let them vote. If a majority of the owners do not want it, it won’t be installed and the board will be back to square one.
Maybe the current plan isn’t the best way to provide the area with a sewer system ‘ I’m not an expert in the field ‘ and this is democracy’s way of finding the right solution. Either way, a working town system is long overdue in New Salisbury, an area which is truly the crossroads of the northern part of Harrison County.