Wabash gets go-ahead for sewer plan

December 2008 Vol. 63 No. 12

After years of waiting, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management finally told the city of Wabash what it needed to do with regards to its stormwater and sanitary sewers.

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety gave Mayor Bob Vanlandingham the agreed order which gives the city two years to revise its original plan, submitted by the Copeland administration in 2003. Wabash will then have 20 years to implement it.

The mayor was quick to point out that the work would involve millions of dollars and would almost certainly result in higher sewer bills in the near future to build up funds for the work to be done over the next 20 years.

"It would be irresponsible for us not to be proactive and start putting money aside for these projects," Vanlandingham said at Wednesday's meeting.

However, he also noted that several projects included in the 2003 plan have already been completed or are in the works. City officials are now in the preliminary stages of fixing three of the city’s eight combined sewer overflows (CSOs).