|The Farmers Market is taking place every Saturday morning in the Dollar General parking lot from 9 AM to Noon.|
|Ribbon Cutting for the Farmers Market.|
|IPL donates $7500 in 2006 to the new Kiefer Splash Park at Hornaday Park.|
|Vectren Foundation and Vectren Fuels donate $7000 in 2006 to the new Kiefer Splash at Hornaday Park.|
The city of Petersburg will be smoke testing a portion of the city’s sanitary sewer system. The testing is slated to began on July 18, 2006 and will continue through the first two weeks of August. The are being tested includes all sewers south of and including Main Street.
Smoke testing is used to detect point sources of surface water that enters the system during rainy weather. The surface water intrusion cause overloading of the system’s capacity. This leads to flowed basements and other personal inconveniences related to the sewer system.
The smoke used for the testing procedure is non-toxic. It should not enter homes that have properly constructed plumbing systems. Should you experience any smoke in your residence, usually through a basement drain or a connection near a washing machine drain, open your windows to allow the smoke to dissipate. It should be gone within a few minutes and will leave no lasting odor. If you are concerned about the smoke entering your home please contact the testing crew or Petersburg City Hall at 354-8511.
The testing is being conducted by Midwestern Engineers through a $40,000 comprehensive planning grant awarded to the city of Petersburg by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to identify the immediate needs of the sanitary sewer system. Upon completion of the study the city will then make application for up to a $500,000 construction grant to begin the improvements.
|Petersburg's Fire Department has a new brush truck. For more pictures, go to the Fire Department page under the Public Safety button.
||Kullen Cook of Petersburg ceremonially presided over the May 15, 2006 City
Council Meeting after winning the City's 2006 "If I were Mayor, I Would...."
essay contest. The contest is part of a state wide contest sponsored by the
Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.|
|Also pictured is Mayor Craig with other contest award winners, Jessica
Miller, Anna Wollery, (Kullen Cook) and China Durst. Not pictured is
Honorable Mention winner, Katelyn Heaton.
|Mayor congratulates 2005 Little League Senior League State Champions after a parade down main street.|
The Indiana Office of Rural Affairs announced this week that the City of Petersburg has been awarded a $30,000 grant to complete the engineering necessary for future wastewater system improvements. The grant comes from the Community Development Block Grant program and is the next step towards tackling an aging and deteriorating system.
According to Mayor Jon Craig, The initial plan will call for a mix of solutions to address problems both in the collection system and at the wastewater treatment plant. The city’s plant is designed to handle an average daily flow of 600,000 gallons. However during wet weather the city has experienced flows as high as 2.5 million gallons per day. The high flows are caused by storm water improperly entering the system and by inflow of groundwater through cracks in lines and manholes.
After the engineering is completed, the city will compete for construction funds under this same grant program that could bring in up to $500,000 for the implementation and construction of the proposed improvements. Engineering estimates state that over $1.5 million in improvements will be necessary in the sewer utility over the next 5 years. The city council did pass a three step rate increase in the fall of 2005 to begin to plan for these improvements. Mayor Craig stated, “None of the council members, nor myself wanted to raise our wastewater rates, but it was necessary to fund the necessary improvements, finance grant matching requirements, and continue our day to day operations. The city would not have scored as high on this grant application had it not been for the foresight of the council”
Craig also thanks the citizens who supplied their personal financial information to enable the city to qualify for the grant. That process began earlier this summer when many city residents received a survey in the mail asking for their household size and income level. The city did not meet the income guidelines from the last census to automatically qualify for the grant. Though the survey was anonymous many residents did not feel comfortable sharing their personal financial information. “We received many phone calls asking what the survey was for. Most were glad to help out the city by completing and submitting the information, once they received the explanation. I want to personally thank all of the citizens who took the time to fill out and return the surveys, had the community response been too low we may not have qualified for the grant.”
The city has already proactively addressed many of the issues facing the sewage utility by passing a sewage inspection ordinance known as the property owner protection program. This requires an inspection of the condition of residential and commercial sewer lines upon the transfer of property ownership. It protects the new owner by making them aware of any leaks in their system prior to the property purchase. A camera system televises sewer laterals and allows home and business owners to see and fix problem areas.
The city also is currently constructing a wet weather outfall which will allow the city to properly dispose of treated sewage back into the environment during periods of high flow and back-ups caused by high river levels.
More information is available regarding the wastewater utility and can be found on the city’s website at City Departments & Services.
Governor Mitch Daniels visits Petersburg to meet with representatives from area coal mines.
Pictured above are: State Representative Troy Woodruff, Governor Mitch Daniels, and Mayor Jon Craig.
Ashley Polen, a Petersburg area resident, was recently crowned Miss Teen of Indiana.
Pictured above are: Jon Craig, Ashley Polen, and State Representative Troy Woodruff.