Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 23, 2013

Public works projects in area towns, cities

By Jessie Hellmann
For the Kokomo Tribune

— Greentown

The city of Greentown is completely redoing it’s wastewater treatment facility.

“It’s essentially going to be a new plant,” said wastewater manager Steve Rule. “We’re replacing pretty much everything from one end to the other.”

Rule said the plant is going to be demolished and a new one will be built in the same place.

The construction will be paid for by a loan, and the loan will be paid off over a period of time through ratepayers’ sewer bills, Rule said.

“This is absolutely necessary,” Rule said. “We don’t have the capacity to treat the amount of water coming in anymore.”

• Contractor: Thieneman Contruction Inc.

• Completion date: Spring 2014

• Cost: Unavailable. The city of Greentown did not provide cost estimates for this project when requested.



Russiaville

Russiaville is also upgrading its wastewater system, said Town Council President Jeff Lipinksi.

“We have major infiltration of ground water into our system,” Lipinski said. “So you’re treating ground water, not sewage water.”

He said the upgrades will cut down on costs of treating the water.

A mile of pipe will be built underground, the plant will get a new generator, manholes will be relined inside to make sure they don’t leak from flooding and lift stations will be upgraded.

The city obtained a loan from the state revolving fund to pay for the upgrades.

The project is part of the city’s master plan, which was finalized about a year ago.

• Contractor: Bowen Engineering

• Completion date: August 2013

• Cost: $ 1 million



Peru

The only major construction Peru has going on is the milling down and resurfacing of about 22 roads with a total cost of $640,000 said Peru Mayor Jim Walker. The projects will be completed by the end of summer.

However, the city has a few park projects in its planning stages.

“We haven’t received any money yet, but we are looking to put new bridges in parks to make them handicap accessible,” Walker said.

The city plans on applying for a grant to fund the projects.