Lowell prepares water conservation measures

2014-05-12T20:56:00Z 2014-05-12T22:03:42Z Lowell prepares water conservation measuresMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 12, 2014 8:56 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Town Council will wait two weeks before putting water conservation measures onto the books for year-round enforcement.

"This ordinance is very important," Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, said Monday as he read into the record an even/odd house numbers and days of the month system for lawn watering, vehicle washing and filling swimming pools.

Corns said the measure is "to ensure a water shortage is not created."

Still, the council opted Monday to hold its decision until certain exemptions are added to the ordinance.

Public Works Director Greg Shook said new sod which requires watering should be exempted as should commercial car washes. "We don't want to hurt any businesses," he said.

Shook said adopting more water conservation measures grew out of last year's emergency request from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He said the town was asked to look into making the emergency steps, or something similar, permanent.

The council took no action Monday effectively saying no to an amended agreement forwarded by the Cedar Lake Town Council to Lowell regarding the two towns' shared use of a sewage treatment plant south of Lowell.

Councilman Craig Earley, D-1st, complained Lowell had sent an amended agreement to Cedar Lake with three requests in it some time ago. "They addressed only one and ignored the other two," he said.

Councilman Don Parker, D-3rd, said it took the councils two and a half years to reach this point in changes to the four decades-old agreement, so it makes no sense to continue sending amendments back and forth. Rather, he said, the two councils need to sit down together to hammer out the document.

One change to be made, both councils appear to agree, is to remove town engineers from the Joint Management and Oversight Board which oversees operation of the sewage treatment plant. Corns said a town councilman should be on the board.

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