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Opinions sought on sewer project

Huntertown eyes $14 million loan

A public hearing on Huntertown’s application for a $14.2 million state loan to build a new wastewater treatment plant is today.

The hearing will be held during the regular monthly meeting of the Huntertown Utilities Service Board at 6 p.m. at Huntertown Town Hall.

Indiana’s revolving fund loan program provides low-interest financing for water quality protection projects. As loans are repaid, money becomes available again to finance new projects, ensuring a revolving fund.

The program has provided more than $1.84 billion in loans to Indiana communities since its first loan closing in 1991, according to the Indiana state government website.

Huntertown recently applied for a second time to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for a permit to build a wastewater treatment plant. The application is under review by IDEM.

The first application was denied two years ago.

The original permit application included a discharge site near the plant site, closer to Lima Road.

The new plant proposal includes a different discharge site about 4 miles west of the equalization basin and proposed plant property on Hathaway Road. The treated wastewater would be pumped west along Hathaway to Eel River Township and discharged upstream of Johnson Road into Eel River and Geller Ditch.

The added costs of running the lines and pumping the treated wastewater, along with the additional mechanical equipment that would be required, increased the estimated cost of the treatment plant from $11.2 million to $14.2 million.

Fort Wayne City Utilities has provided the town with sewer service since 1988. That contract expired last year, although Fort Wayne continues to treat the wastewater.

Municipal projects that are eligible for state revolving fund loans include:

•Treatment plant improvements and upgrades

•Sewer line extensions to existing unsewered properties

•Combined sewer overflow corrections

•Infiltration/inflow projects

After tonight’s hearing, written comments on the loan application will be accepted for five days. Drop off submissions at Town Hall, 15617 Lima Road. Call 637-5058 for more information.