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South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:19 am

If citizens of the eastern half of the county are going to get, in Old Fud's memorable description, "screwed, blued, and tattooed" anyway, would it be better it be done by SB or Mishawaka?
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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:04 pm

Did Mishawaka manage to slip past South Bend and "claim" their own sphere of influence?
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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:34 pm

Is Pete competing for some kind of mayoral Pinocchio award?

"I think the Mishawaka council was really willing to act more quickly than the South Bend council was," Buttigieg said. "But I also think our goals are compatible. Mishawaka and South Bend don’t want to interfere with each other's growth."*


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*http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/s-b-to-proceed-with-sewer-expansion-plan/article_3555a992-98d4-11e3-a45a-001a4bcf6878.html
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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby John Q Public » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:22 am

BobbyBeetleMishawaka wrote:Is Pete competing for some kind of mayoral Pinocchio award?

"I think the Mishawaka council was really willing to act more quickly than the South Bend council was," Buttigieg said. "But I also think our goals are compatible. Mishawaka and South Bend don’t want to interfere with each other's growth."*


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*http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/s-b-to-proceed-with-sewer-expansion-plan/article_3555a992-98d4-11e3-a45a-001a4bcf6878.html



The boy mayor was stricken with the same disease as the president. Neither know how to treat others and both have trouble with the truth! Good for Mishawaka for running an end around and leaving boy mayor scratching his head while wondering what just happened. At least Mishawaka had enough integrity not to try and steal future services from South Bend. Mishawaka ended their land grab at the city limits, exactly what South Bend should have done. If the goals were compatible, South Bend would be asking Mishawaka if they can have future growth...but that isn't going to happen. Mishawaka took the high road.
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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby OldFud » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:27 pm

The Granger plan was to send wastewater effluent to Edwardsburg, MI, then Edwardsburg would direct the flow to Elkhart. Does anyone know if large sewer pipe has yet been laid between Granger and Edwardsburg ?

We have noticed tha large-diameter sewer pipes installed along North Main Street, Mishawaka -- presumably to enable addition of the fast-growing Heritage Square development.

I suspect that cities, towns, and villages are scrambling to meet new EPA regulations to limit/eliminate CSOs (combined-sewer overflows). Great deal for Elkhart ! The Granger folks can help bear some of the mega-costs. How long will it take for Granger monthly sewage bills to skyrocket ?
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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby OldFud » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:15 am

Water Funding Slashed In Obama's Proposed Budget

By Sara Jerome

President Obama's proposed budget for next year cuts government funding for water projects.

The document, released this month, includes deep cuts to the entire EPA budget. Obama proposed $7.89 billion in funding for the agency, "a cut of approximately $310 million, or 3.8 percent, compared to the agency's current funding level of $8.2 billion," Bloomberg BNA reported.

Most of the funding cuts would target money currently allocated to water policy. The budget includes targeted reductions "to the state clean water and drinking water revolving funds. Those funds, which provide capital for water infrastructure projects, would receive a combined total of $1.8 billion under the budget proposal, a decrease of $581 million compared to the fiscal 2014 enacted level," the report said.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy pledged that water policy will not fall by the wayside. "[She] said the proposed budget would support priority work to address climate change and air quality, clean water, toxics, and chemical safety and EPA work with communities," according to Bloomberg.

The White House prioritized drought relief in its proposal. Obama requested "the establishment of a $1 billion climate resilience fund that would address severe weather events—including drought— that are related to climate change" Bloomberg said.

Obama's proposal included an increase in funding for categorical grants to states, which often cover water pollution projects. These grants "would be funded at a level of $1.1 billion in fiscal 2015 under the president's budget, an increase of $76 million above the fiscal 2014 enacted level," the report said.

Bloomberg reported: "That total includes $249.2 million in funding for water pollution control grants awarded under section 106 of the Clean Water Act, an increase of approximately $18.4 million compared to the fiscal 2014 enacted level.

The report continued: "The administration also proposed $164.9 million in funding for the nonpoint source program grants awarded under section 319 of the Clean Water Act, an increase of $5.7 million compared to the fiscal 2014 enacted level. The budget request also proposes to eliminate a statutory cap on section 319 grants that may be awarded to tribes, which will allow the EPA to provide funding in accordance with tribal needs."

Obama's budget proposal made cuts to funding for Great Lakes restoration, according to Cleveland's Plain Dealer.

McCarthy "said the $25 million cut was a result of belt-tightening imposed by a two-year congressional spending agreement in December," according to the report.

Still, McCarthy pledged that the EPA will "do everything we can to work with [Great Lakes advocates], no matter what this funding level is, to make sure that we are making the most of the resources that we have available to it."

Environmentalists were disappointed with the proposed EPA budget cuts. A blog post published by the Natural Resources Defense Council said that "the bottom line is that if the President’s proposal were adopted, EPA’s efforts to protect the nation’s waterways would be cut by a little more than half a billion bucks."

"That decision is hard to square with the administration’s acknowledgement that 'America’s waters remain imperiled,'" the post said.

Translation: Obama is going to force UNFUNDED liabilities upon us through his wacko EPA, and We, the People, get to fund it . . . yet another hidden tax. Watch sewer rates skyrocket in 2015 and beyond !
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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby OldFud » Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:42 am

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The unrest of a few years ago has largely subsided.

Remember when local government was positioning to "railroad" much of the 32,000 Granger residents into a municipal sewage system -- based upon highly questionable "scare 'em" data regarding high nitrate levels ? Aparently, the news cycle has replaced municipal encroachment with more newsworthy items. See South Bend Tribune - Where is the News ? thread elsewhere on this forum.

With sewage routing, Granger --> Edwardsburg --> Elkhart, what could possibly go wrong ?

Conventional wisdom within the Public Works community is that cities, towns, and villages want to maximize their system user base to better bear the burden of escalating, unfunded liabilities being imposed upon them. But then Mishawaka elected to defy conventional wisdom by taking a pass on the treatment of Granger wastewater. But heck, who knows, they could always reverse course. Didn't the North Main Street upgrade include enhancement of sewage infrastructure to better support St. Joseph Medical Center, and the continuing build-out of retail expansion ?

If Elkhart government moves more Socialistic, like neighboring South Bend, you can expect to see escalating Granger sewage fees to fund bigger government. Recent South Bend approval of back-to-back 5% annual increases might establish a benchmark. The reported $90,000 median incomes (and that was over a decade ago) of Granger is a very tempting target to bureaucrats who are skilled at relieving citizens, flush with cash, of their burdensome incomes.

Granger folks are being "set up".

Governments . . . can you really trust them ?
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Re: South Bend's Quest for Water & Sewage Supremacy

Postby OldFud » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:19 am

"With sewage routing, Granger --> Edwardsburg --> Elkhart, what could possibly go wrong ?"

It seems that the folks who escaped South Bend's corrupt government and moved to unincorporated Granger have dodged a bullet. Apparently this wastewater treatment plan has "fallen on hard times". It has been determined that Elkhart does not have the treatment capacity to handle adding the exploding population of Granger to their customer base.

And Mishawaka's treatment plant adjacent Riverwalk Park is landlocked -- problematic to expand its capacity.

Do the good folks in Granger really want to pony up tens of millions of dollars to build a wastewater treatment plant ? Even if they did, where would it be located ? ? ?

So South Bend's Democrat regime finds itself scratching its head . . .
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