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Water line for part of SR 9 corridor handed to LaGrange utilities

The proposed project to put a water line along SR 9 from CR 200N up to CR 300N will be in the hands of the Town of LaGrange, following action by the LaGrange County Regional Utility District Thursday evening.

Filmore Equipment, which has begun construction on a new facility at the corner of CR 300N and SR 9, has asked to have a municipal water line extended, and has offered to contribute funds to the project in lieu of spending those funds on a fire system that they would install at their location. However, they have asked for a decision soon, as tanks for their system would need to be installed early in the construction process.

The utility district approved a request to petition IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) to transfer water service for that area to the Town of LaGrange. The petition would be the “fastest, cleanest, and most efficient way to do this,” the district’s legal counsel, John Gastineau, told the board. “We ask IDEM to take that area out of our territory for water.” Gastineau told the board that IDEM is usually agreeable to these requests, as long as it won’t create problems in the future.

LaGrange County Redevelopment Commission (RDC) President Meredith Cameron told the utility district that they would look at an area that runs from CR 200N to 300N and ½ mile on either side of SR 9.

Cameron also asked the utility district about connection fees for new connections to the Fawn River Crossing service area. Cameron noted that the connection fees are “significant” and suggested the district look at eliminating those fees. The fees were put in place by the county originally to repay Major Moves funding, Cameron noted. But now the county is looking to have businesses moving in rather than recouping fees through connection charges.

Gastineau told the board that the connection fees were never meant for operational expenses. It was noted that the connection fees were to be passed through the district directly to the county.

The board authorized Gastineau to draw up an ordinance that would eliminate the connection fees, and asked for the request from the county to be submitted in writing to the district.