WHITESTOWN — More information and discussion has come out about the South Waste Water Treatment Plant that is planned to be built on a 21-acre site in southern Perry Township, near the intersection of County Roads 750 Ssouth and 450 West.
Dan Cutshaw, of GRW, a consulting engineer firm working with the Town of Whitestown, says the plant will meet all the NTDES permit, an IDEM permit based on the pollutant levels that are discharged into a stream.
“They are very, very strict because this is considered a zero flow stream,” he said. “It’s one of the strictest limits that the state issues and we are meeting all of those limits as part of the design. I don’t anticipate any issues with ever meeting those permits. It will be a brand new plant, so we do have the construction permit.”
Bids are scheduled to be opened May 29. Whitestown officials will then have a series of meetings to approve the bids. June 25 has tentatively been scheduled as the date for a pre-construction meeting and the chosen contractor will then be given a notice to proceed.
“So we’re going to start sometime in July, about an 18-month process,” Cutshaw said. “It’s scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015. The state has all of these regulations that we have to follow and we’re meeting all of them.”
Hendricks County Surveyor David Gaston has a different opinion.
“A few months ago one of our drainage board members who lives up there close to where that plant is going to outlet, heard about this,” he said. “Recently the drainage board decided to write a letter remonstrating against it.”
Gaston says there is no doubt that Whitestown needs a sewage treatment plant, but the Hendricks County drainage board is concerned of the added flow coming from that new plant into White Lick Creek.