Rural sewer project is progressing

    The engineer for the Adams County Regional Sewer District said Thursday evening he expects to submit a construction permit application for the county's first rural sewer project to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management within the next 60 days.
    Ben Adams of Commonwealth Engineering told the sewer district board of directors that soil borings and other site inspections pertaining to the design plans during the past 30 days "have been pretty much good and should allow us to finalize the route" of sanitary sewer lines intended to service customers in the the outlying areas of Monmouth and Roe Acres, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.
    Adams said some easement acquisition issues remain along U.S. 33 near Arcadia Village, "but other than that not a lot has changed since last month."
    A recent meeting with sewage treatment employees from the city of Decatur was fruitful, Adams said, "and I think we're fairly close to our final design."
    The county's first rural sewer project is being designed to serve approximately 265 Adams County households. The estimated cost of the project has been set at $4.5 million.
    The regional sewer  board at its August meeting approved interim financing for the project in the form of $500,000 in bond anticipation notes. Bids for the project were tentatively scheduled to be accepted in February of next year, with the estimated completion in December of 2014 or early in 2015.
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