Editor, Times-Union:
This is in reference to last night’s article about the Lakeland Regional Sewers meeting.
I would like to thank Jordan Fouts for his report on it. If it wasn’t for the Times-Union and reporter Jordan we would have no idea what’s going on, unless we attend the meetings. I feel sorry for the lakers that live out of the area, they have no way of knowing the progress, since LRSD doesn’t upgrade their website like they should. They do have the minutes of the meetings on there, however.
I would really appreciate it if Mr. Haney, the president of the board, would answer my questions. It’s not just me, it’s a lot of people that would like to know, too.
I have been to several of the meetings over the years and have asked a lot of questions. And I have to say, it is getting more confusing to me on what is going on, and what we haven’t been told yet.
Last month the board said that 100 people haven’t signed up yet, now this month they say 220 people haven’t signed up. Why is that amount always changing? Which is it?
After all this time and they still don't know about all the roads, right of ways, roads that were platted and never used as a road so people had them vacated over the years. And the commissioners don’t want to get involved?
We were told that NIPSCO agreed to allow a electric line off the main line to our grinders ... the cost of the electricity would be included in our monthly fee.
Now the article said that contracting with REMC to provide electricity to power grinders pumps in front of properties could add up to an $8 a month savings on user bills, though it may require capacity upgrades on several properties. President Haney also observed that public perception is a concern, since the board had never discussed installing electrical lines in addition to sewer lines.
Again, we were told that NIPSCO would run a line off the main line to our grinders. So now we have to pay for the upgrades plus pay for the electricity to run it on our bills? Instead of being in with the monthly sewer bill.
I was at a meeting last spring when one of the board members ask the DLZ engineer how much would the grinders cost and he said $2,100, then the board member asked, “Are we going to go ahead and purchase them at that price?” and was told no, not at this time. Then a couple of months later, they formed a grinder committee and then the grinders they choose IDEM refused them because of the cost involved. But the board is going to explain to them that the ones they choose are easier to maintain. I wonder why they don’t ask other sewer districts that have had good results, what they used etc.
We were also told that there would be a grinder installed to cover for two to three homes, depending on the location.
But now they said they have to have 1,300 grinders for the 1,800 homes. So if it was two homes to a grinder we would only need 900 grinders, bringing the cost way down. Why the change?
And how about the people that live on a hill and will need an in-line pump to pump it up to the grinder? Who will pay for that? Or will the type of grinders they choose be forceful enough so they wouldn't need a in-line pump.
People need to know these things so they can plan on how much it will cost them and start saving for it, in addition to the monthly fee.
Barb Sledge
Leesburg, via e-mail