Griffith hopes to spare trees along new pipeline route

2013-10-18T18:19:00Z 2013-10-18T21:54:11Z Griffith hopes to spare trees along new pipeline routeCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent
October 18, 2013 6:19 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | The Town CouncilĀ is waiting to hear from Enbridge Energy Co. about rerouting a new pipeline to spare about a dozen trees.

The pipeline, which will stretch from Griffith into Canada, will replace an existing line.

It will run through Griffith's South Park, where trees currently stand in its way, town officials said.

The plan currently is to remove the trees and plant new ones in a different area, but residents have been vocal about sacrificing the trees.

Consequently, the council sent a letter to the Enbridge home office requesting that it divert the route enough to spare as many trees as possible, along with the existing landscaping, saidĀ Rick Ryfa, R-3rd, the council's vice president.

"It's at the corporate headquarters, and the engineers are reviewing our request," he said.

Enbridge paid Griffith $85,000 to acquire the necessary easements and compensate for the trees, Town Attorney Robert Schwerd said last month.

The council also voted to increase garbage collection fees during the next three years to coincide with planned price increases from Allied Waste of Northwest Indiana.

Starting Dec. 1, single-family monthly rates will be $17.25 for one year. Then it will increase to $17.75, with the third year costing $18.25.

In other business, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek said fire hydrant testing will begin on Tuesday and run through Nov. 1.

Every hydrant north of 45th Avenue will be flushed, along with those west of Cline Avenue and north of Elm Street.

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