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Sewer district approved for no-interest loan

Sewer district approved for no-interest loan Sewer district approved for no-interest loan
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Projects are beginning to take shape for the Harrison County Regional Sewer District as board members discussed at their monthly board meeting Friday morning.

Bob Woosley, of Heritage Engineering, was pleased to report to the board that the Harrison County Council approved a $250,000 no-interest loan to be paid back over a five-year period at a recent meeting. The loan will be used to fund the effluent force main replacement project at the Berkshire wastewater treatment plant at New Salisbury.

The contract approved was with contractor Cornell Harbison for $238,410. Drawing submittals are currently being made and reviewed for the project, and construction is expected to begin in January or February. The project must be completed by May 29.

The board also intends to expand the plant itself in the future and was awarded state revolving funds to do so. Woosley shared that the preliminary engineering report was approved by the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management and now the design work is underway.

Construction on the expansion project must be completed within 24 months of closing the loan on it, which is anticipated to occur in March.

Private development connected to the sewer district continues to grow, as Kepley Fields has 19 connections paid, Poplar Trace with 20 connections paid and construction ongoing at Apple Orchards, which includes the Pineview Group Home.

Project Pioneer, which is the name of the Amazon plant at the Lanesville Interchange, has recently paid its capacity fees. Construction of the sewer lines there are expected to begin this month.

Woosley explained to the board that he has been getting numerous inquiries from people interested in building in the area. Because of this, he said that the board may want to keep the idea of expansion of the Lanesville wastewater treatment plant on the radar as this is something that could become necessary in the future.

Woosley also stated that many of the calls of interest had been with people wanting to reserve sewer capacity for the future. He asked the board for their opinions on this matter, including if they thought capacity would be transferable or if there should be a sunset clause.

Board member Darin Duncan said he thought this is a matter they should table, as many board members were not in attendance Friday and this is a matter that should have numerous opinions on it.

The board moved to table the discussion.

The board also unanimously agreed to continue meeting in 2022 on the third Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Community Foundation building in Corydon.

The district’s next meeting will be Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m.