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Volume 11, Issue 3 “ apl@ Y? r fm dlepwple” March 2004 Which Way to Go? Invest More in Sewage Plant or Correct Problems of Infiltration? Greentown has been on a ban of additional sewer hook- ups since 1997 or 1998. This ban was imposed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management ( IDEM) because there were instances when the town was permitting raw sewage to flow into Wildcat Creek. This ban is preventing expansion of the town. Improvements were made to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in 1999- 2000 including a surge tank. Wastewater Dept. Superintendent, Bill Ross, explained, “ What was done at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in the last project was never intended to be a capacity project. IDEM required Greentown to do something at the have a surplus and there are few places to go for grants at this time.” He then asked for comments from the audience. Jolene Rule stated, “ It is obvious we have an infiltration problem.” Jeff Bennet said, “ Rates have already been raised to pay for a plant which doesn’t work.” He reminded the Council that the Meadows has not been smoked. Tom Harper said, “ It’s my opinion that no more money should be spent on this.” Jim Miller stated, “ I think we should take care ‘ of our present problem.” Town Engineer, Don Humphrey advised that it would take $ 2- 3 million to fix all the sewers in town. A Wastewater superintendent, Bill Ross, said he would like a plan for repairing the collection system on a regular basis. Ross said, “ We need to repair some items at the plant that could cause problems with our current situation. Then the rest of the money should be spent on the collection system. Then with continued repairs of the collection system on a regular basis we should be able to get a handle on the total problem.” Ross added, “ We need to insure that even though the collection system of ‘ out of sight’ that it doesn’t become ‘ out of mind’. We need a continual maintenance and replacement program in place to insure that collection system doesn’t get in a state of disrepair that will cost millions to replace, but a small amount could be spent on a regular basis to keep inflow and infiltration to a minimum.’’ Council member, Marq‘ Lindgren, asked, “ What would it take to get the fines enforced?” Council members Craig Trott and Todd Everling, along with Bill Ross were instructed to meet and start enforcing the fines. Lindgren also said when the weather is suitable the Meadows should be smoked. Grant Street to Get Sidewalks Councilman Craig Trott announced that he had received a letter from MDOT as an oficial notice of $ 200,000 to be granted for sidewalks on a portion of East Grant Street. plant and the collection system. The u‘ spegpraardaeti oni pnr oje1c9t9’ 9fr- o2m00 t0h e swtaarts. ” a It’s Sugarin’ Time - Can Spring Be Far Behind? 3 meeting of the Council that, “ We are. Brandon and Curt Alexander, on the left, and Alicia, Don, and Justin Bryant are the team which tends the trying to work out some sort of sugar maple trees during syrup- making time in the spring. schedule with them ( IDEM) on Photo by Rachel Jenkins improvements that will help US get off Traditional harbingers of spring are to collect the sap, pouring it from the February. It will end when the buds the sewer ban.” He presented the the return of the robins, blooming of buckets into a tank pulled behind a begin to swell on the trees. basis of a plan to eventually remedy crocuses, and the Song Sparrow’s garden tractor. Then the evaporation Their children, Curt’s son Brandon, the problem of overflows. The plan happy trill. In some areas favored with process may take 4- 6 hours, sometimes and Don’s son and daughter Justin and would be to enlarge the wastewater maple trees, those signs are joined by longer. A 2’ x 6’ evaporator is housed Alicia, were a reason to embark on the treatment plant to a capacity to handle the sight of sugar buckets “ growing” in a building constructed with lumber project. The dads wished to give their more development. The theory is that on the trunks of trees. harvested from Don’s woods. His children a unique experience and more the additional development would Such is the case in some woods near woods also supplies the fuel for the opportunities to play with their cousins bring in more revenue in sewage fees the village of Jerome, on the banks of fire under the evaporator. and enjoy the woods. At this time, the which would pay for the enlarged plant Wildcat Creek. Don Bryant and his They learned the process by “ doing children like to . help empty the as well as needed replacements to the brother- in- law, Curt Alexander, are a lot of reading” and consulting with buckets. They watch the evaporating collection system ( the sewers). The beginning their third season of tapping other syrup makers. Temperatures from a vantage point in a “ loft”. Dan enlarged plant is estimated to cost the trees, collecting the sap, and need to be below freeze at night and and Curt believe the children will want $ 750,000 to $ 1 million. Harris stated, evaporating it into maple syrup. They to be more involved in the process as “ The sewage operating fund does not tend about 200 taps. It takes two hours they are able. above that during the day for the sap to run. This year the season began in late
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 2004-03, 11:03|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
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|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
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|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: Which Way to Go? Invest More in Sewage Plant or Correct Problems of Infiltration?; It's Sugarn' Time-Can Spring Be Far Behind?
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, March 2004, Volume 11, Issue 03|
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