The Greentown Grapevine – 2006-05, 13:05 - Page 1
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The Greentown rcrpevzne L Celebrating Our 13th Year? Volume 13, Issue 5 uapcrperjbr t h e ~ k ’ ’ May 2006 Greentown Could Be Off Sewer Ban - At a Cost by Shannon Driver Recommendations for repairs that - would* release Greentown from a state imposed sewer ban were presented to the town council during their April 4th meeting. Karl Tanner and Ryan Brown, engineers with M. D. Wessler and Associates, presented their findings after smoke testing more than half of the town late last spring. Over 80 defects were found, including severe leakages in 3 public and 16 private properties. According to Greentown Wastewater Plant Operator, Steve Rule, of the three public problems, one on Payton street has been repaired, estimates for repair to a second property on Avalon Court will be submitted for approval in May, and a location on Holiday Drive has been dye tested but no leak has been located. Ofthe orivate residences with leaks, Rule says ‘ half have already been repaired and the rest are making arrangements for the necessary improvements to comply with the Clean Water Act. Tanner also reported inspecting 290 manholes, 48 of which were a priority one rating, in need of immediate repairs. Town council president James Harris said the manhole repairs are an ongoing maintenance issue. The cost will depend on the extent of the damage and will be completed as funds allow. The cost suggested by Tanner for phase one of the entire project totaled over 2.25 million dollars. Though there is no deadline for repairing the problems that would release Greentown fiom the sewer ban which was issued in 1998, Rule says smoking the remaining portions of town should be done sooner rather than later. If the council approves the smoking, Rule says it would have to be done during a dry period, possibly this summer. That project would also be completed by M. D. Wessler and Associates. Funding possibilities were discussed as a way to keep the impact on city utility fees to a minimum. Tanner has committed himselfto the search for grants and loans, as well as to contacting Umbaugh & Associates to do a rate study on i m p rov i n g the town ’ s wastewater system. Harris said he is meeting with various organizations to seek funding and has been in contact with a potential grant writer for the town. Greentown is not the only community facing a sewer ban. Many towns are being required to completely revamp their current waste disposal systems to comply with the Clean Water Act. Bonnie Nash with Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management says the problem is a fairly common one. “ Communities are placed on sewer connection bans because its wastewater treatment system is overburdened and can’t handle the flow capacity it receives.” All the ban means is that the community may not allow non- residents to hook up to the sewer system. Only single family homes are allowed to hook up, and they must connect to existing lines. This means industries, shopping centers, and subdivisions are not allowed to connect and no new lines are allowed to be constructed. Nash said in all, 18 communities have been placed on sewer connection bans, including Flora, Galveston, Lapel, Upland and VanBuren. Prom Queen anti k n g Aslilcy Martiii iuitl Kyle MuIitlcll wcrc crowiictl quccii aid king a1 Easterii’s I’roin Fricliiy, April 28. Otlicr court mcinbcrs wrc: Jade Cavios, Holly (; mI) cr, Am, ui( la Jacksoil, aiitl Stcpliaiic Moblcy, Aaroii Heck, Vaughii I) ictcrm; iii, Colc Miller, aiitl Phil KohcrLs. Tlic prom was held in Kokorno at thc Coriti~ iciilaIl 3allroom. Photo by Wise Photography Large Auction of Greentown Glass Held Rare Piece Now Resides in Glass Museum More than 100 bidders from 17 states gathered at the Kokomo Shrine Building April 7 and 8 for and auction of Greentown and Greentown-related glass. The auction was managed by Otto Auction Service. The offering of 385pieces brought a total of about $ 350,000. The items were from the collection ofGus and the late Vivian VanDePerre of Ithaca, Michigan. The item which attracted the most attention and brought the highest figure was a Rose Agate Holly pattern spooner, one of only two items known in the Rose Agate color. The color was still experimental at the time of the fire of the Greentown glass factory in 1903. The spooner originally belonged to Jacob Rosenthal, the glass chemist who worked Syringes Being Improperly Disposed Letters were sent to physician and dentist offices in Greentown to ask for assistance in identifying the source of a serious disposal problem. Town council president James Harris said he was notified that syringes have been showing up in large numbers at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Harris said p plant operator Steve Rule informed him that more syringes were showing up than usual and were being processed through the plant. Proper disposal for medical facilities is to place the syringes in a disposal container for incineration. The letters met with a nearly unanimous response from medical practitioners in the area, claiming they were disposing of the syringes properly. . Harris said that means the problem may be town residents flushing medically prescribed syringes down their toilets. Proper disposal for home users Rose Agate Holly spooner at the factory. It eventually became a part of the VanDePerre collection. The spooner was purchased through a jyint effort of the Greentown Glass Museum and the National Greentown Glass Association for $ 25,000. It is now on display in the museum, 1 12 N. Meridian, Greentown. includes separating the needle I from the syringe and placing both in a container in the trash to later be buried in a land fill. Harris said they have considered the possibility that drug users are the problem. He added that law enforcement officials will be notified if the problem continues.. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BY THE PLAN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF GREENTOWN A public hearing will be held on May 11, 2206 at 6: 30 p. m. in the Town Meeting Room at the City Building in Greentown to hear Case No. CZ- 06- 01, being a petition filed by Bill Hogan to rezone Lots number 6 and 7A in Hammer’s Addition to the Town of Greentown. This petition is requesting that the lots be rezoned from R- 1 to B- 2 to expand the size of the Greentown Hardware Store. The location of this property is known as 129 N. Hammer St. At this time and place all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard in reference to matters set out in said petition.
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 2006-05, 13:05|
|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: Greentown Could Be off Sewer Ban-At a Cost; Large Auction of Greentown Glass Held; Syringes Being improperly Disposed; Prom Queen and King
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, May 2006, Volume 13, Issue 05|
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