discuss three county water district
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
There was a light agenda for the Ripley County Commissioners meeting
held on June 4, which gave Commissioners time for a lengthy discussion
on the new Regional Water District being formed by Decatur, Jennings
and Ripley County.
County Attorney, Neal Comer, gave the Commissioners an over view
on the progress of the formation of the district. A public meeting
on the district will be held in each county the last week of June.
In Ripley County it will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00
p.m. at the Osgood Town Hall.
A preliminary engineering report for the initial planning of the
regional water system in Decatur, Jennings and Ripley Counties
was conducted by Robert E. Curry and Associates out of Danville,
Indiana. The report shows the nature of the water deficiencies
in the three counties, provides alternatives to alleviate the
problems, and gives a financial profile.
According to the report, phase one of the project is to "utilize
the existing water supply in the most optimum manner." Alternate
"C" addresses Ripley County. The steps proposed are
1. Holton Water Company would agree to purchase all of their water
from the Town of Versailles rather than the Town of Osgood.
2. Construct a water main from Hoosier Hills Water Company from
the existing water main on S.R. 350 N & W around the Town
of Osgood to US 421.
3. Hoosier Hills agrees to sell 450,000 gallons per day to the
Napoleon Water Company.
4. Town of Osgood agrees to sell 250,000 gallons per day to the
Napoleon Water Company.
This alternative would provide 700,000 gallons per day that Napoleon
Water Company could pump north along U.S. 421 to County Road 400S
where Decatur County Water has an existing 8" water main.
It would consist of constructing approximately 64,000 lineal feet
of new 12" water main from the north side of the Town of
Napoleon along U.S. 46 to County Road 400S in Decatur County."
Also, a new water booster station would be required on the north
side of Osgood to replace the existing water booster station owned
by the Napoleon Water Company. Approximately 20,000 lineal feet
of new 12" water main would be required from S.R. 350 north
and west around the west side of the Town of Osgood to the suction
side of the new water booster station to be located on U.S. 421
north of Osgood.
The estimated cost of Alternative "C" is $4,100,000.
Phase Two of the Waterworks Project will require evaluation of
several alternatives and selecting the alternatives that provide
the most benefit to the regional water service area. Suggested
Ripley County alternatives are to build another reservoir and
remove siltation from the Versailles Lake to improve its effectiveness
as a raw water source.
The total cost of Phase Two is estimated at 25 million dollars
for all three counties. This report was ordered and paid for by
the Jennings Water Company.
Attorney Comer said he feels the water district could be in place
by the end of July. Each county will have three representatives
on the Regional Water District Board.
In other business: Commissioners approved a copier for the Assessors
office at a cost of $3,827.20.
Several buildings in Elrod have been inspected by the building
inspector. Planning Director Tad Brinson said one building is
not viable for improvement and should come down.
Homeland Security has suggested that all government buildings
use only one entrance for safety purposes and that a person be
stationed at that entrance. The Commissioners discussed the matter.
Tourism Director, Katherine Taul, had the Commissioners select
the cover for the new Ripley County Road Atlas. The old maps are
available at the Ripley County Auditors office. They are
All three commissioners were in attendance: Rob Reiners, Chuck
Folz and Lawrence Nickels. County Attorney, Neal Comer was present
to advise the Commissioners. The next meeting of the Ripley County
Commissioners will be June 18 at 8:00 a.m. at the Commissioners
Room of the Ripley County Annex.