The Greenwood Common Council is considering a proposal for a sewer relief project that the city says, if approved, would be the largest capital project in its history. The Western Regional Interceptor would include the installation of 10 miles of sewer pipeline and could cost up to $70 million.
In its proposal to the council, the city says reports of sewage backups into homes and businesses continue to occur, resulting in property damage. If approved, the Western Regional Interceptor would expand sewer capacity, reduce sewage overflows and allow for the removal of 10 aging lift stations.
"This is a problem that’s been plaguing our City for decades – now, it is time to fix the problem," said Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers. "I think most citizens are aware of these issues, whether they’ve experienced a backup themselves or know someone who’s dealt with an incident. We believe this project will help solve these problems and will allow the city to be in compliance with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management."
The city is proposing a series of sewer rate increases over four years to fund the project, with residents paying approximately $15 more per month after the final increase.
"The cost is significant, and that’s something we don’t take lightly," said Kevin Hoover, member of the Greenwood Board of Public Works. "We want do what’s best for the City of Greenwood and solve an issue that has afflicted our community for several years. The problem must be addressed eventually, and the longer we wait, the more expensive it will be."
The city will host two open houses to discuss the project with members of the public. The first will take place October 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Center Grove North Middle School and the second is scheduled for November 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Greenwood’s City Center building.
The Greenwood Common Council will hold a public hearing on the project November 9 and a final vote from the council is expected on November 21. You can learn more about the Western Regional Interceptor by clicking here.