The Carbon Town Council met for its monthly meeting Monday and was given an update on a State Revolving Fund (SRF) Grant it had been hoping to receive.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality Operator Assistance Program Specialist Dave Denman was on hand to inform the council it had been turned down by the state for the grant.
According to Denman, the council has been trying to secure the grant to continue the nitrification study for the town's wastewater stabilization lagoon.
Denman added he didn't have any indication of why Carbon had been turned down for the grant.
Certified Wastewater Operator Doug Clodfelter said there is at least one positive aspect.
"We haven't violated since March of last year," Clodfelter said. "It's been (about) 16 months or so, (that) we haven't gone over the ammonia or the E. coli (levels). Granted, the factors are in there that it was a warm winter and really low flows from the drought, so that helped."
The council noted it has fixed and replaced aspects of the lagoon system, which it feels is part of the reason it hasn't been violating -- along with all the hard work Clodfelter has been putting in.
The council needs help to fund the study and may look into an Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant program as a means to do it -- if it still wants to go that direction.
The council also may consider not doing the study and see how the coming months go since it hasn't had a violation in quite some time.
"I think (with) the things we've replaced (and the) careful management and (because) we've gone this long without violation, maybe we don't need anything real expensive that we can't afford anyway," council member Dennis Rightsell said. "I know we've had some blessed weather and an unusual winter, but I don't think that was all of it ... I think it's been Doug (Clodfelter) really doing a good job out there."
At this time, there has been no decision on what direction the council will go.