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Hedge gives council follow up on water main break

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

GREENCASTLE -- Following the Friday break of a 10-inch water main along U.S. 231 (North Jackson St.), water service has been restored to the area, but big repairs are coming in the spring.

Utilities superintendent Richard Hedge told the council at its Tuesday meeting that water for the Monon restaurant, Humphrey's Outdoor Power, Muffler Connection and three nearby houses is now coming from a different water main.

However, the 10-inch main that originally caused the problem remains out of service for approximately 500 feet, capped at each end.

Hedge said work on determining the extent of the damage cannot be done until at least mid-March to be clear of freezing and thawing. There are multiple options for exactly how to go about the work of replacing the main.

"Worst case scenario, we'll be replacing 500 feet of line from the valve to where the crack is," Hedge said.

Additionally, the work is complicated because the line crosses under U.S. 231 diagonally as well as passing under the railroad.

Councilors praised utility workers for their efforts in the matter, as well as public works employees for the long days they've put in clearing the streets of snow.

Mayor Sue Murray read a letter she received from Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman notifying the city of a $46,620 planning grant from Small Cities and Towns Community Development Block Grant program.

The money will go toward renderings of downtown buildings to inform building owners of fašade restoration opportunities available to them.

The council also organized for the year, keeping largely the same appointments and schedule.

The council will continue to meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Greencastle City Hall. Adam Cohen will remain president.

"I think Adam has served us well," councilor Phyllis Rokicki said.

The council also kept its appointments, assignments and department liaisons the same.

Jim Ruark and Erica Gilmore were willing to continue on the Greencastle Redevelopment Commission. Mark Hammer will remain assigned to the plan commission as well as being the public services and planning department liaison. Rokicki remains assigned to the park board and the parks department liaison. T.J. Smith will serve on the tree board and Putnam County 911 as well as be liaison to the fire department and utility department. Jinsie Bingham will serve on the economic development commission and Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center, as well as be the Forest Hill Cemetery liaison. Cohen will serve on cable access and as the police department liaison.

Council will also retain city attorney Laurie Hardwick as its Chamber of Commerce representative and Therese Cunningham on the Putnam County Community Foundation.

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So, somebody is going to get paid $46,620 to make drawings of the downtown buildings? I guess since it is "grant" money and doesn't come directly from the taxpayers pocket it doesn't really matter.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 8:20 AM

There is a "fabric tube-glue" system that hardens after it is installed inside the existing pipe by simply using the pressure of pumping in the glue,(or liquid cement), to force the fabric pipe into inside the line. This has been on television lately, though I do not remember the name of the city or town that it was used in at this time. Perhaps a little research along this line might give us a cheaper, non-invasive improvement rather than a huge investment in time and money and road repairs?

-- Posted by alfr1 on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 12:10 PM

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