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County sewer rates approved for increase

County sewer rates approved for increase County sewer rates approved for increase
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Harrison County Regional Sewer District board met Friday morning at the government center for its monthly meeting, which included an emergency agenda addition and approval of an upcoming rate increase for customers.

Bob Woosley, from Heritage Engineering, presented to the board that the two pump systems at the Berkshire wastewater treatment plant near New Salisbury had failed Thursday night into Friday morning and that the best financial option for the board would be to approve the purchase of one new pump unit, which will cost about $4,500.

Woosley said that with the pandemic forcing many manufacturing plants to slow their production lines, it was hard to find this specific pump on the market; however, they did find one.

The board unanimously approved the purchase of the one Woosley found, along with the approval of using a loaner pump from a nearby county as the second running pump system, seeing that it fit the specifications needed.

Woosley also said that eventually they will have to get two bigger systems to pump this water, but these pumps will give them some time to research their options and find the right fit for larger, new pumping units.

Tom Tucker, president of the sewer district board, proposed at the meeting a rate increase for customers, something that hasn’t happened since 2014 but has been brought up as an option for quite some time. Customers in the town of Corydon will see a 3% increase, and those in New Salisbury will see a 5% increase. The board unanimously approved the rate increase.

“This won’t be something we see take effect until September at the earliest,” Tucker said. “We want to be able to have time throughout August to inform our customers. It is an increase that came after much overview of our numbers and expenses. We can’t continue to just break even any longer. We have put this decision off for years, and it is just now something we need to do.”

Woosley also gave an update on the Poplar Trace Subdivision, which is located on the west side of Cory-
don-Ramsey Road between Regina Lane and Commissioner Way. Recently sold to a new owner, the housing area is “quickly coming back to life,” he said.

Inspections have begun on the area and will eventually be hooked up to the Corydon sewer system. The subdivision will house 73 new customers, who will operate on the Ramsey water lines.

“This is exciting that this area is finally going to start to see some life to it,” Woosley said. “The new owner seems excited and ready to move the project along.”

The next meeting for the Harrison County Regional Sewer District is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21, at 8:30 a.m., with plans to resume meeting at the Harrison County Community Foundation building in Corydon.