Posted on

RSD plans security for treatment plant

The Harrison County Regional Sewer District agreed last Wednesday morning to move forward with a security system from Byrne Satellite for the Berkshire Wastewater Treatment plant east of New Salisbury.
The plant received significant vandalism last year that forced operator Steve Tolliver of Aqua Utilities to repair and replace a number of items, including a generator, which was destroyed.
‘Who’s to say they won’t come back?’ RSD board president Tom Tucker asked.
The cost of the system, which was unanimously approved for funding and installation, is $1,229. The system will include a camera to identify any would-be vandals for prosecution.
The board also approved a $2,400 invoice for Umbaugh and Associates for its work related to the rate study conducted for the New Salisbury sanitary sewer project after it was tabled at the previous meeting.
Board member Bill Byrd, Milltown’s representative, said he will not approve Umbaugh next time to drive 5-3/4 of an hour to attend one of its meetings.
‘I’m not sure we need them to ride down here then turn around and ride back,’ he said of the representatives of the Indianapolis-based firm.
At the board’s previous meeting, Lanesville’s representative Herb Schneider said he thought Umbaugh was expensive and that Lanesville uses a different firm.
In other business, not a meeting of the board goes by without mention of the possible MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System).
This month, RSD board member Darin Duncan asked whether the board of commissioners had written a letter to the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management asking for an exemption from MS4. He was informed the commissioners had not yet made a decision about whether to send the letter or to let the matter sit as is.
The designation, which includes regulations for stormwater management/water quality, is triggered when an area reaches a certain population density level. According to the census, only a small sliver of Harrison County near Georgetown qualifies for the MS4 designation, so the county sent a letter about 10 years ago following the 2000 Census results asking to opt out.
Duncan and consultant Rob Huckaby of Stantec advised that the county should go ahead and send the letter.
‘I’d be concerned a designation is made without any communication with Harrison County,’ Huckaby said.
Duncan said if that happens, that’s when the finger pointing starts.
‘I don’t want them pointing at this board,’ he said. ‘We’re the advisory board, and we’ve done our job.’
The board also discussed the Lanesville interchange area sanitary sewer project, which is now ready for bid letting.
The district’s next meeting will be Wednesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m.