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HCRSD, G'town officials meet to discuss joint sewer

Subcommittee to explore venture that could be advantageous to both groups

February 27, 2008
The Harrison County Regional Sewer District and Georgetown Town Council subcommittee met for the first time last Wednesday morning at the Harrison County Community Foundation building in Corydon to discuss a possible joint sewer venture between Harrison County and Georgetown.

"I'd like to see 50-50. We need to be equal partners," Georgetown Town Council President Billy Stewart said. "We don't want to be anyone's customers."

"Ideally, we would have a plant near the county line," said Darin Duncan, Harrison County RSD secretary. "We need to make sure we're not running through each other's collections systems."

RSD treasurer Gary Davis said he would like to see only one plant dumping into the Indian Creek Watershed, not two.

Davis also said it will be difficult for Harrison County to secure a site for a new plant within the time constraints for Georgetown.

"In theory, we could have more time," Stewart said. "We're meeting with New Albany, we're going to ask for more time. If New Albany would extend time, and we could pay the contractor, we could take six months to a year to find a site (other than the O'Brien property the town owns at Edwardsville)."

Stewart said Georgetown officials will meet with New Albany officials at the end of the month.

With more time to work with, an alternate site could be secured, Duncan said.

"Any site you pick, you're going to get a fight," Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering said.

Duncan presented goals for the subcommittee to reach before its next meeting. He said it needs to explore joint ownership possibilities for a plant and develop three potential alternative sites, including the O'Brien property, a site near the Lanesville Interstate 64 interchange and another option along S.R. 64 and Indian Creek. These sites need to be reviewed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management before any other steps can be taken, with the exception of the O'Brien property (which is already cleared by IDEM), Duncan said.

Lastly, Duncan asked the Georgetown members of the subcommittee to come back with capacity information on the west lift station, which would be used to take Harrison County's flow to the O'Brien property. It will also look at costs for Harrison County as a customer of Georgetown.

Duncan said with the smaller flow needed for Harrison County, it would suit the district better to possibly be a customer of Georgetown.

"It would make sense for us to be a customer of yours," Duncan told the Georgetown officials.

"The short-term best option would be us being a customer of Georgetown," Davis added.

Stewart asked the Harrison County representatives if pre-funding would be available, which would help pay the contractor for the plant.

"I think we would need to know a little more of the specifics," Duncan said.

Bill Byrd, RSD representative from Milltown, wants the subcommittee to look at potential grant money from the state.

"This is something the state would look at very favorably," he said.

"That would be a beautiful thing," Stewart said.

Stewart made the motion to appoint Duncan chair of the subcommittee and Georgetown Clerk-Treasurer Doug Cook vice chair. Other subcommittee members are Byrd, Davis, Rusty Sizemore, Stewart, Jim Reynolds and Everett Pullen.

The subcommittee will meet again on Wednesday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at the Harrison County Community Foundation building.

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