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Troy eyes planning funds for utilities

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Town's stormwater system part of study

By Vince Luecke

TROY – An application for a $40,000 planning grant will be dispatched next month to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to fund a study of Troy's water, sewer and stormwater utilities.

Theresa Criss-Hartwig, project administrator for the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, spoke at Wednesday's town-council meeting and said a grant through the state's Community Focus Fund would allow for the master-utility study.

Midwestern Engineers of Loogootee has already been chosen to do the work and project engineer John Wetzel said his company was already outlining its efforts to map locations of and assess conditions of utility lines.  

"We'll look at your mains and tanks, prioritize needs and make suggestions for improvements," Wetzel said.

Midwestern will have access to existing records on water and sanitary-sewer mains. Not as well known is the state of the lines that carry stormwater through the town.

Heavy rains have caused water to pool in low-lying areas of the town and even to wash across some streets.

"Drainage is certainly an issue for us," Councilman Bob Tuggle said.

Midwestern employees will visit the town during a rainy spring day to determine any inflow and infiltration of stormwater into sanitary-sewer lines and will look at the sewer main that transports waste to Tell City, where it is treated in that community's wastewater plant.

The planning-grant application is due in January with a decision expected in March. The study could be completed by July and a public hearing will be scheduled to discuss the results.

Troy could use the study as a preliminary step to apply for state money for actual utility improvements. Criss-Hartwig said grants for construction dollars are highly competitive, suggesting that public comments and photographs of problems such as flooding would support a future application.

Troy will provide a required $4,500 match to the grant through its wastewater fund.