Huntertown Sewer Meetings Continue Monday

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 10:57 PM EDT

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A plant is approved in Huntertown but not the one most residents expected.

Town Council approved a new drink water treatment plant.

The facility will be built near the Byron Health Center on Lima Road.

The plant will cost about $1.6 million dollars and construction could begin next spring.

The plant could be up and running sometime in 2013.

Meanwhile, Huntertown Town Council is in a holding pattern when it comes to making any decision concerning the proposed $11.2 million dollar sewage plant.

Council will not be able to move forward, until they learn how much the potential site has been appraised for.

So far, they have waited about two weeks for the land's appraisal value.

Once that monetary figure is known, Town Council is expected to make an offer.

Meanwhile, the exact site location is being kept secret but Indiana's NewsCenter has learned the proposed site would be somewhere near the corner of Lima Road and Hathaway Road.

That area of Huntertown is rural, which is good news to dozens of residents who spoke out about a previous proposal to build the sewage plant in the middle of a neighborhood.

However, many community members still have questions.

Some residents told the council that they are not sure if building an $11.2 million dollar sewage plant is their best option.

Residents of skeptical of Huntertown Town Council reasoning for wanting to build the plant.

However, council members said Fort Wayne has told them numerous times that they plant on increase sewage rates in the near future.

Council members have told residents that they hope to keep rates "flat" and keep up recent growth in Huntertown by building and processing their own sewage.

"I am putting a call out to Fort Wayne as we speak to come to our next public meeting and talk with our residents in Huntertown and give them the numbers that you've given us. That's what I'm asking for," said Huntertown Town Councilman Gary Grant.

"I wanna be very transparent to the people in this town as a council member and I wanna let them know why we're are trying to go with building our own waste water treatment plant," explained Grant.

The next Huntertown Town Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 1 at 6 p.m.

At this time, the meeting will be held at Huntertown Town Hall but if Fort Wayne sends a representative to the meeting, Town Council members said they will move the meeting to a much larger venue, possibly Huntertown Elementary School.

Meanwhile, residents should expect another sewage plant update on August 1, possibly news that the proposed plant location is almost finalized.

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Last week, Indiana's NewsCenter highlighted the Geller Ditch because farmers told us, that if the ditch was not dredged, treated water from the plant, combined with a heavy rain, would flood their land.

Meanwhile, Town Council announced Monday night that Allen County is working with Huntertown on a possible Geller Ditch solution.




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