PAYING FOR POOLS: Cooling off proves to be costly for S. Whitley

SOUTH WHITLEY — With the celebration of Labor Day Monday, pools will no doubt be used to cool off from the predicted warm temperatures.However, paying to fill those pools can escalate an owner’s water bill to exorbitant amounts. Currently, the town of South Whitley has shown some grace to its residents when it comes to high water bills due to pool fill-ups or lawn irrigation, but a three-month window is considerably short, according to pool owners.To minimize his water bill, South Whitley resident George Hathaway decided to get creative in solving his dilemma.He decided to install a well on his property to be used solely for the purpose of filling his swimming pool. However, there was much debate when Hathaway went to obtain a permit for the well. Because his property is within town limits, Town Council members were concerned that a well might not fall within the guidelines of the declared ordinance.Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer said in Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that Hathaway’s decision could possibly give other homeowners ideas that would create problems for the town.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 29 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.