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CONCERNS IN HUNTERTOWN? Commissioner speaks on matter

March 24, 2012

Post and Mail photo / Brianne Eichman
Chairman of Commissioners Don Amber.

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber crossed into Allen County Thursday to chime in on an issue in Huntertown he felt could affect the people of his home county. Huntertown officials are mulling the possibility of building a $11.2 million wastewater treatment plant.

The town currently pumps its sewage to Fort Wayne. Amber is concerned about the amount of treated sewage that would make its way into the Eel River, which flows into Whitley County.

Amber, who attended the public hearing held Thursday at Huntertown Elementary School, said he voiced his concerns about the proposal. These concerns included possible flooding problems for local farmers and the question of whether rately payments will rise due to an inablitly to reach the estimated projected growth in the year 2013.

“What they have to decide is, ‘are we going to build a wastewater treament plant, or are we going to continue to send our wastewater to Fort Wayne to handle,’” said Amber.

Amber said over the next week or two, IDEM will continue to recieve written comments about the proposal. “Either they will give them the green light and say its good to go, or they will have another hearing,” said Amber.

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