Huntertown Approves Controversial $11.2M Sewage Treatment Plant

By John W. Davis

September 6, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 12:01 AM EDT

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - After months of public debate, Huntertown Town Council has unanimously voted to build their own $11.2M sewage treatment plant.

However, dozens of community members were shocked by Tuesday night's decision.

"I'm against it. I think it's a waste. It's just too much money for 2900 people in Huntertown to pay for," said Huntertown Resident Dave Garman.

The final vote boiled down to what Huntertown Town Council members characterize as an unfair proposal.

Meanwhile, plans call for the $11.2M sewage treatment plant to built on Hathaway Road.

Huntertown will exercise an option to buy the necessary land for about $400,000 dollars.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne City Utilities presented Huntertown Town Council will a proposal claiming Huntertown would save at least seven million dollars in they stayed with Fort Wayne for sewage treatment services.

Fort Wayne is Huntertown's current sewage provider.

Fort Wayne City Utilities also said that they would try their best to keep yearly rate increases at or under 3%.

However, Huntertown Town Council was not buying what Fort Wayne City Utilities was selling.

Council members told the crowd of about 40 people that they did not take Fort Wayne's offer because Fort Wayne did not make explicit guarantees about keeping yearly rate increases at or under 3%.

Council members also expressed fears that Fort Wayne sewage connection fees and the expansion of service area requests could stifle Huntertown's future growth.

"We feel that Fort Wayne can still provide the best sewer and water services in conjunction with Huntertown for the benefit of the residents. Lower rates and better quality," explained Fort Wayne City Utilities Program Manager Ted Nitza.

Meanwhile, Huntertown still needs approval from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Resident Dave Garman told Indiana's NewsCenter he's willing to write letters and lead a last stand against the project.

He said he hopes to rally enough support that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will not approved the sewage plant.

Garman said that will force Huntertown to negotiate and stay with Fort Wayne City Utilities for sewage treatment services.

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