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Sewer board waits for IFA fund request approval

Sewer board waits for IFA fund request approval Sewer board waits for IFA fund request approval
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Many projects that the Harrison County Regional Sewer District will be a major player in are beginning to take shape. At the board’s monthly meeting Friday morning, members discussed many of those projects and where they stand.

Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering was able to update the board on most of the projects, including the Berkshire wastewater treatment plant expansion. He explained to the board he has a project planning meeting this week to get an update on their state revolving fund request to the Indiana Finance Authority and he should be able to give an update to the board at its next meeting on where they stand in terms of receiving funds.

If approved, it would bring the sewer district one step closer to funding the new plant it hopes to build.

In the meantime, Woosley has been working on getting quotes for a new pump needed at the Berkshire Mobile Home Park, located east of New Salisbury. This item was discussed at a prior meeting.

Two purchases will need to be made for the new pump and maintenance matters; one for the electric that will need to be modified within a panel and one purchase on the pump itself. Based on a quote Woosley was given, to do both purchases, which would go through separate companies, it would be $33,671 total.

Some members of the board were interested in what other quotes would be and asked Woosley to reach out and see.

Ultimately, they approved a motion, made by Darin Duncan, to make the purchase with whichever company Woosley could get the better quote from but it should not exceed $33,671.

In other business, many private developments that will use the sewer system in Harrison County have finally started construction and should come online this year, something that will bring a lot of new customers to the sewer district. Currently, seven lots at the Poplar Trace subdivision, located west of Corydon, and eight lots at the Kepley Fields development, being constructed at New Salisbury, are underway. All will require construction to be completed prior to beginning the monthly billing cycles.

Construction is also underway on four buildings at the Apple Orchard development and one building at the Pineview Group Home, both in New Salisbury. Billing will also begin there once the construction is complete.

All in all, Woosley said, things are starting to move along for the sewer district, which can expect more customers sooner rather than later.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m. at the government center in Corydon.