Archive - Oct 17, 2012 - News Article
After an hour-long public hearing Tuesday night in which city officials were challenged to stand up to "bullying tactics" by the federal government, Decatur City Council unanimously passed a 50 percent sewer rate increase which will go into effect with the next billing cycle.
Rates initially will rise 37 percent, then another 4 percent a year later; then, probably, another 7 percent in the third year of a three-phase project, Meanwhile, the city will float a $3 million bond issue.
"When are we going to stand up and say we're not going to do this any longer," Cross Creek resident Greg Litchfield asked Mayor John Schultz and Decatur City Council Tuesday night in reference to an Indiana Department of Environmental (IDEM) mandate and a three-year sewage rate increase imposed later.
Litchfield, a Cross Creek resident, was speaking at a public hearing held within the regular city council meeting on Tuesday night. The hearing lasted one hour.
An unusual mishap occurred at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday in Decatur when a cement truck owned by the Erie Haven Cement Company struck a low-hanging, overhead power line on Fourth Street near Monroe Street.
The contact caused one AEP pole to break. Unaware that he had struck the wire, driver Joel E. Christian, 46, rural Decatur, continued down the street until the truck hit another wire, forcing two utility poles to snap.
One of the poles fell onto a parked SUV owned by Carl M. Shaw, Decatur.