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Council discusses town water issues

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Complications have arisen in Carbon.

During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Carbon Town Council, talk ensued over a Storm Water Drainage Project.

The project, which was voted and approved by the board last August with construction beginning soon after, is still under budget according to the grant writer for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Aleea Perry.

However, recent leaks in the water piping have occurred because of the construction being done on the storm drainage, and it is starting to cost money.

"We lost more than 240,000 gallons of water in two days, and it was going on for a month," Carbon Town Marshal and water department representative Ron Keen said. "We couldn't find the leak anywhere and we looked everywhere. We've lost all of that water that we have to pay for."

Residents are also concerned with the construction and the affects it is having on their property.

"There is a hole in the yard that is about six inches deep from where they dug into the ground and didn't pack the ground tight enough," town resident Alan Hughbanks said.

His wife elaborated when she talked about the inconvenience of the situation when completing daily activities.

"We can't walk across our yard to our neighbors because of the mud," Lynn Hughbanks said.

Gary Ladd represented Ladd Engineering Firm, Inc., Lebanon, Ind., said the storm drainage won't get rid of everyone's water, but it is supposed to help when a large amount of rain has accumulated.

Ladd recommended talking to the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water to assist with discovering locations of leaks. The board agreed to look into it and Ladd will try to bring more information back for discussion.

Board members raised concerns regarding the white rock that has been taken out of the driveways of residents and not replaced.

"We have got to fix it so people can have places to park," Board President Josephine Rightsell said. "It is nothing but mud and people are upset."

Campbell's Excavating, Inc., Veedersburg, Ind., is currently constructing the system and have reported they will be absent for a few weeks to allow the ground a chance to dry.

Ladd made notes about concerns and comments from those in attendance. He was still optimistic about the outcome of the project.

"It is nice to know the specific," he said. "But it is a wide spread renovation, so it will take time."

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Recently I received a water bill for over a hundred dollars. The water usage on the bill was obviously wrong and was extremely higher than any other bill since we have lived in our home. The water rates are ridiculous for a small rural town.

-- Posted by ltoney on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 10:30 AM

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