WATER RATE HIKE: Utility raising costs

LARWILL — With numerous repairs at the ball diamond lift station site, a 14.3 percent sewer rate increase will soon be imposed on Larwill residents. Feminine hygiene products, baby-wipes, personal wipes and Q-tips continue to be flushed down the system by the ball diamond, accounting for the increase. According to Council President Rick Hobbs, a 14.3 percent sewer rate increase calculates to an additional $5 per month for Larwill residents. If a resident has to wonder whether or not something is flushable, it’s not, he said. Toilet paper is the only material specifically made for flushing. Other items have clogged the sewer system leading to expensive repairs.“We had a new pump installed and just two days later it was plugged,” Hobbs said in Thursday evenings town council monthly meeting. Town sewer maintenance manager Larry Sechrist said Q-tips are plugging the system and causing the pump to jam and not operate.“It worked one morning until the next morning, then it was out again,” Sechrist said. “I made a tripod and I’m going to get a hoist and pull out of there.”“We are still spending money, it’s not like it’s a freebie,” Hobbs said.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the April 14-15 Weekend Edition 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.