Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 20, 2014

Miami sewer project to begin

After four years, $2 million wastewater collection system construction underway.

By Carson Gerber Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — MIAMI — Construction is set to begin next month on a nearly $2 million wastewater collection system in the unincorporated town of Miami, located about four miles south of Grissom Air Reserve Base.

The new collection system will gather waste from the town and pipe it to the water treatment plant at Bunker Hill about 4 miles away.

Selge Construction Company Inc., based out of Niles, Mich., won the contract this week to build the system.

Greg Beumer, grant administrator for the project, said around 93 homes will pay between $45 and $60 a month to link into the new system, which he said should be completed this year.

Miami has worked for four years to construct the new collection system. The effort was prompted by a resident complaint that her children smelled like sewage after swimming in Deer Creek, which runs near the town.

Officials determined some residents’ septic systems were dumping untreated wastewater directly into the creek.

Tests revealed concentrations of E.Coli bacteria more than 1,700 times over the safe-to-swim-in limit for water.

The project is being funded by a $500,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and an $845,000 grant from USDA Rural Development.

The USDA also loaned the town $650,000, which will be paid back over the next few decades.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.