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City Of Loogootee Facing Storm Water And Sewer Problems
Updated November 12, 2014 8:55 AM | Filed under: Politics
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(LOOGOOTEE) - The city of Loogootee has storm water problems, according to Public Works Superintendent Bo Wilson.

Mary Jo Hardy, who lives on South West Second Street, told the city council she is not sure if storm water or or sewer water from a broken pipe is filling her basement.

The Washington Times-Herald reports, Wilson and crews have done work in that area to prevent stormwater from running onto Hardy's property, but he was not aware water was filling her basement.

Wilson did tell the council that an old clay 24-inch sewer pipes running for at least 300 feet in both directions from Hardy's property line were deteriorating and needed replaced.

But, that is not the only area with deteriorating sewer pipes.

Wilson estimated it would cost about $6,000 in materials alone to fix the pipes on and near Hardy's property. Mayor Noel Harty asked Wilson to get quotes from local contractors on repairing that stretch of pipe.

Several months ago, Ellen Harper, with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, talked about a possible storm water project in Loogootee and there was state grant funds available to address the issue. However cities which successfully received state grants had implemented a monthly user fee of at least $5 to pay for needed repairs to its sewer systems. Loogootee has no such fee and Harper told the council, that it was unlikely the state would approve any grants to the city for a storm water project without a monthly fee being established.

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