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Berkshire treatment plant expansion project estimated at $2.2M

Berkshire treatment plant expansion project estimated at $2.2M Berkshire treatment plant expansion project estimated at $2.2M
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Harrison County Regional Sewer District board was updated on the status of the possible Berkshire wastewater treatment plant expansion during its monthly meeting Friday morning.

Bob Woosley, of Heritage Engineering, explained the expansion project and gave board members a copy of the preliminary draft engineering report he intends to submit to the state revolving fund from the Indiana Finance Authority. He also noted that what he originally planned, a $1.8 million project, will now be presented as a $2.2 million project.

Due to the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management’s regulations for water usage per household, along with the expansion of more residential and commercial real estate, the project will have to be in the works in the coming year.

Also, in regard to the Berkshire plant, Woosley noted that a team investigated an area of possible infiltration, mentioned by system operator Steve Tolliver at the last meeting, and found no signs of infiltration there. They plan to continue investigating to determine where the water is coming from in hopes of mending that issue.

In other business at the meeting, the board voted unanimously to renew the district’s contract for engineering support services with Heritage Engineering.

Woosley said there is no difference in the contract from the previous year.

The board also discussed the upcoming board member changes and appointments. John Kintner, who represented the Town of Corydon, will end his term on Dec. 31 and will not return.

Tom Tucker, president of the board, expressed his hope that a member of the county council will sit on the board as it will help establish better communication between the two entities.

Final decisions should be made by the next meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Government Center in Corydon.