Jeffersonville mayor hopes to fix sewer lines with CDBG grant
“It’s a matter of health and safety for the community,” Mayor Shannon Hart said.
She’s hoping Jeffersonville’s sewer lines remain clear.
“If this one pump, which is as old as the system itself, fails. Then we have major problems,” Hart said.
The city’s two pump stations are wearing down and Hart says the city budget is too.
“This is one of one. It runs all the time with no relief,” Hart said.
She and the county’s contracted water waste supervisor say it’s a matter of time before one of the pumps give out.
“More debris than needs to is getting into the system, into this wet well, and that’s harming the life of the pumps,” Sidney Lattimore, owner and CEO of EL Sid Consulting and Training, said.
“We don’t have the money to make these necessary repairs, so we’re going to have to do it through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). We’re going to have to do it with assistance,” Hart said.
There is a $10 million waste water treatment facility in Jeffersonville. The water is treated in a series of stages from dirty to clean. City officials say the problem isn’t treating the water. It’s getting the water to the facility.
“That auger is vital to the life of the pumps and to keep the waste water in the city and all the raw sewage going through here to the waste water plant,” Lattimore said.
In addition to fixing the pump stations, Hart is hoping the CDBG helps expand water lines and fire hydrants in several neighborhoods in the city. The upgrade would lower insurance rates for homeowners in the area.
“We’re coming in just under $300 thousand and saying our prayers that we’ll be successful this year,” Hart said.
Mayor Hart and other city employees plan to talk residents and ask them to fill a CDBG survey. She says if the grant application is approved by the state, repairs can begin this year.