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Cloverdale sewer plant remains a problem

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

CLOVERDALE -- Problems at the town's sewer plant were once again a topic at the Cloverdale Town Council meeting Tuesday.

Mike Hunter of Triad Engineering went before the council to address its concerns about the plant's design. In his report, Hunter stated problems the plant is experiencing are not design issues.

"I will stand behind the design 100 percent," he said.

Hunter thought Triad had gone out of its way to help Cloverdale, and he was not prepared to walk away. Most of the problems have been fixed, including the raw sewage pump, which was running in an on-off mode instead of variable speed flow.

Hunter also refuted previous reports regarding raw sewage being spilled into Doe Creek following a heavy rainfall.

"That has never happened," he said.

Council President Don Sublett asked Hunter to provide the Indiana Department of Environment Management with a report.

"We want off the sewer ban and to go six months without a violation," Sublett said.

The topic will be further discussed at the Cloverdale Utility Board meeting set for 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at town hall.

In other business:

* Council voted to change the term of one council member in the 2011 election. The council is currently on a four-year, one-year schedule, which is not permitted by state law.

To get back to the required three-year, two-year schedule, one member will run for a three-year term in 2011.

* Ron Jones of the park board told the council everything is looking good so far at the park and that there are new trash containers there.

* Don Gedhert with the Redevelopment Commission said progress with a prospect is moving slowly, but work is still being done.

* A woman approached the town council regarding her water deposit. She moved into a home on July 31, but moved out less than five days later on the morning of Aug. 4.

The woman said she paid the $100 deposit in cash and wants it all refunded to her due to the short amount of time in the home. However, the town has an ordinance stating there is a minimum bill of $49.53 to be paid no matter how long one lives at a residence.

Sublett told the woman he would be violating the ordinance if the entire deposit was returned to her.

Clerk-treasurer Patti Truax said she would have a check in the amount $50.43 ($100 deposit minus the minimum $49.53) ready by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The woman said she would take further action and called the matter "unrighteous."

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