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WATER WORKS: South Whitley discusses utility sale

January 10, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY – Talks of water flooded the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday night. Representatives from Indiana American Water presented a proposal to purchase the water utility from South Whitley.

The suggested purchase would allow the town to shove off the burden of capital improvements and infrastructure enhancements. Council President Tony Starkey weighed the options that might be in the town’s favor.

One of the benefits the town might see as a result of the purchase would be an improvement in water quality.

An ongoing rust problem has left many residents concerned about the town’s water. Dennis Eberhart, utilities manager for South Whitley, reminded the council of the rust issue.

Rust may be removed, but not without a cost. Indiana American Water’s presentation showed water rates increasing. However, that is not a definite outcome if the sale would go through. Councilman Steve Smith reminded the council that a water rate increase may be necessary regardless of the sale.

The possibility to sell the town’s water utility is in the research stage. No decisions are scheduled to be made, but council members are becoming educated on the options.

In other business, the council voted for the officers to remain as they were with Starkey as president and Bill Boggs as vice president.

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