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January 10th, 2014
An agreement between the city of Decatur and the Adams County Regional Sewer District for the treatment of sewage collected by a yet-to-be-constructed rural sewer project continues to be elusive.
Members of the regional sewer board on Thursday evening debated for more than an hour the language contained in the latest version of the treatment agreement forwarded to them by the city and agreed more fine-tuning of the document was necessary to best protect the interests of both governmental bodies.
Decatur Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert reported four additional water line breaks throughout the city overnight, with all classified as relatively minor, effecting only individual residents as connections from their homes to the city’s water system ruptured as pressure was returned to normal following Monday’s major water main break.
The Monroe Town Council met Thursday night after a one-week delay due to a inclement weather the previous week.
Bid information was presented to the council on the pending sale of the former town hall and fire station. “There is only one bid on the building — by Zurcher Tire Inc. — and I don’t see anymore coming in or anyone contesting the purchase,” said Jeremy Brown, legal counsel for Monroe. “Who would want to be surrounded by Zurcher Tire, they own everything around there,” he said.
In an odd bit of juxtaposition, the major water loss which struck Decatur on Tuesday came at the same time as some of the coldest weather city residents have ever seen. Ever.
So many people, upon arising that morning and finding no water coming from their taps, thought their water pipes had frozen — as they had been warned often could happen in the days leading up to 36 or so consecutive hours of below-zero temperatures plus wind-chill readings of 40 or so below.
“It was a crazy day,” said Susan Sefton, community outreach director at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Sefton was referring to Wednesday, a day after a city water main break that left Decatur without water, and how hospital personnel were coping with that unique scenario.
“We had a plan in place,” Sefton said. “I feel sorry for all our maintenance personnel, who are working hard to provide water to multiple areas of the hospital.”
Decatur City Operations Director Jeremy Gilbert reported this morning that while the water main break which effected all of the city earlier this week was repaired Monday afternoon, a boil water advisory issued by the county health department remains in effect.
As night fell on what Mayor John Schultz called “a helluva day” and city Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert said was a first-of-its-kind day, water pressure was continuing to build throughout the city late Tuesday and into today.
A major break in a city water pipe drained most of the water out of the city’s three water towers and left nearly all residents without water during the daylight hours on Tuesday.
A boil advisory will remain in effect likely for several days here in the wake of the major water leak which occurred late Monday, and residents are urged to use caution when washing clothes.
Also, people are asked to be on the lookout for any new water leaks which may occur as a result of what happened.
Approximately 76 inmates at the Adams County jail were taken by bus to correctional facilities in Allen, Wells and Jay counties after a water main line break in Decatur made operating the local facility impossible.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg confirmed Tuesday afternoon that arrangements began earlier that day with surrounding counties to house the inmates on a temporary basis.
All restaurants are now closed for the day due to the possibility of contaminated water. This order was given by the Health Department.