BY ROSE SCHMITT
VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Town council members received a presentation Tuesday from Stu Savka with Triad Engineering on the results of a study conducted on the town’s water and sewer system.
The study identified pressure and flow issues, transit or line-size issues, and issues associated with the town’s layout. The study broke down the project into four potential phases or priorities.
The first priority would be to take care of the pressure and flow issues, especially on the west side of town. Savka estimated the first phase would cost close to $1.9 million.
Priority two would take care of any dead end water lines by looping water lines. Priority three would address water piping issues to make them all uniform. Priority four would be the construction of a water filtration plant.
The estimated total price for all four phases is $9,110,345. If the town wanted to borrow $1 million with 2 percent interest, the town’s water rates would increase by $5 and by $10 if town officials wanted to borrow $2 million.
Savka suggested the town council have an open meeting work session. Council members and Mike Booe, the redevelopment commission’s president, all agreed a town water project is more important than any downtown project where grant money is concerned.
Water Superintendent Paul Keeling added everything west of Mill Street in Veedersburg has pressure and flow issues.
Savka said that even if the town must take out a loan and raise rates, “there is no better deal around than 4,000 gallons of community water at $35 a month.”
Town council president Ken Smith promised that a work session would occur sometime in the new year after the board re-organizes to address the study’s findings.
In other business, town council members:
--Learned from Keeling that Campbell’s Excavating has installed the water main to the county’s land and the new EMS building on the east side of U.S. Route 41. Bell’s Excavating should be finished taking the city’s sewer line to the county land sometime next week.
--Heard from Crystal Brewer with Veedersburg Revitalization Association that the weekend’s Christmas parade had more than 40 participants and had a good number of people watching along the route. The holiday bazaar in the town municipal building also did well for its first year.
--Decided to hire a structural engineer to examine the Hub Civic Center and determine what it will cost to make it structurally sound.
--Set the date of the public hearing to close the water planning grant at the Jan. 22, 2013, town council meeting.
Town council members will meet at 6 p.m. EST Jan. 8 at the municipal building.