Proposal Down Drain, Back to Calculators


What once was a debate over wants and needs has now turned into a time table dilemma. 

The current $75 million dollar bond issue concerning the Terre Haute Wastewater Plant is going down the drain after the city administration asked for withdrawal of the plan. 

Now, officials head back to their calculators to add up new totals for the proposed phase two improvements.  

It’s a surprise that the administration requested a withdrawal instead of a tabling. 

They have been met with a lot of hesitancy and questions as to why the price doubled in just six years time. 

Both the council and the administration are on the same page though, saying these improvements need to done. 

The discrepancy between the two bodies is over how. 

“There’s no question that it needs to be done, but it goes back to some of the items that are on there. Are those needs? Or are those wants? So that’s what we’re trying to evaluate,” says Karrum Nasser. “It might take weeks. It might take months.”

“I would anticipate this would come back before the council likely late summer, early fall of 2018,” says City Attorney Eddie Felling. 

“We don’t want to pay penalties. We don’t want to pay legal fees. We don’t want to pay fines,” says City Engineer Chuck Ennis. “We just need to do what we need to do.”

“We know that there’s going to be….there’s no time limit on making tough decisions we just want to get it right and i think that’s what we’re trying to do as a council,” says Nasser. 

Eddie Felling openly asked council members to play a role in the new proposal.

Time will tell who will step forward to be a part of this new plan, which is to be rolled out late summer, early fall of 2018. 

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