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Funding in place for sewer project

The Harrison County Regional Sewer District revealed last Wednesday morning at its regular meeting that the county’s Economic Development Corp. agreed to make up the shortfall of $280,000 for the New Salisbury sanitary sewer project.
The funding has already been transferred to the board’s account, according to sewer board president Tom Tucker.
‘They were really receptive,’ Tucker said of the EDC. ‘We have really good support from that group.’
If there’s any extra funding, district consultant Bob Woosley said it will go back to the EDC.
The project, which will bring sanitary sewer lines to the business corridor in New Salisbury, was initiated when the board received a grant from the Economic Development Agency in October.
The grant will provide nearly half of the $2.1 million-project and the county, the Harrison County Community Foundation and the EDC all have a part in paying the other $1 million-plus.
Believed to be a catalyst for economic growth in the area, the project will take flow from the 19 business properties east to the Berkshire wastewater treatment plant, which the district acquired in 2008.
The district board is required through the grant to begin the project in 18 months (from September 2011) and complete it in 45 months from that time period.
Woosley said he hopes to begin spending some of the funding for the project within 90 days.
The board is in the process of acquiring right-of-way for laying the lines.
The district began the push for the system when it learned that Schmidt Cabinet Co. had an agreed order from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to upgrade its waste treatment.
The board spent a little time at the end of the meeting to look to the future of its next project following the one in New Salisbury.
‘We need to start talking about Lanesville (providing service to the interchange),’ Tucker said. ‘The Harrison County Commissioners and economic development are hot on this; everyone seems to be hot on this but us.’
Tucker said he’ll meet with Lanesville Town Councilman Herb Schneider in the near future to discuss the project.