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RSD preps for Kepley Fields development

J.C. Lyell, Staff Writer, [email protected]

At the meeting of the Harrison County Regional Sewer District Board of Directors on Jan. 17, board members discussed preparations for the first major development that will use RSD services since its inception.

The planned subdivision, located at the northeast corner of state roads 135 and 64 in New Salisbury, is called the Kepley Fields development. Steve Thieneman Builders LLC is undertaking the project, which will include 70 single-family lots, one multi-family lot and six commercial lots.

Sewage services for the development will flow through the Berkshire Wastewater Treatment Plant east of New Salisbury.

During his report for the Berkshire WWTP, plant operator Steve Tolliver told board members that repairs in a nearby collection system should be a high priority.

“We’ve got to get that system fixed,” he said. “Otherwise, we’re spending a lot on labor, on electric. We’re wearing those pumps out.”

The plant has remained in compliance with regulations despite taking in more than its recommended capacity during particularly rainy months.

“We’re dealing with a lot of stormwater, not sewage,” Tolliver said. “Those pumps are logging a ton of hours with this rain.”

The primary issue is a faulty collection system at Berkshire Pointe Mobile Home Park east of New Salisbury.

“It’d be nice if they’d fix their system, but I don’t see that happening,” Tolliver said.

Last August, the board started the process of sending out and collecting income surveys from residents at the mobile home park to determine if a repair project may qualify for state planning and implementation grants from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The income survey is expected to be completed in about three months.

Later in the meeting, the board re-elected last year’s officers to fill the same positions for 2020. They are Tom Tucker, president; Gary Davis, treasurer; and Tony Combs, secretary.

The sewer board’s next meeting will be Friday, Feb. 21, at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Community Foundation building in Corydon.