Munster, Highland sell truck that revolutionized sewer inspections

2012-09-16T17:20:00Z 2012-09-16T22:58:03Z Munster, Highland sell truck that revolutionized sewer inspectionsLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
September 16, 2012 5:20 pm  • 

MUNSTER | The ability to peer into underground sewers with closed-circuit cameras changed the way municipalities evaluated and fixed those facilities in 2004.

That year, the towns of Highland and Munster signed an intergovernmental agreement to jointly own and operate Highland’s sewer closed-circuit TV truck. The towns shared maintenance costs as well as use of the equipment.

Demand for the truck’s use and eventual mechanical problems made the vehicle obsolete, and both towns purchased their own vehicles equipped with CCTV.

The Munster Town Council last week formally terminated the interlocal agreement with Highland and agreed to share proceeds from the sale of the truck.

The action came after the Hammond Sanitary Board of Commissioners approved the sale. The board has jurisdiction over Munster’s sewer and water systems.

Highland officials sold the 2000 Isuzu CCTV inspection unit for $25,000. After a 5 percent commission is paid, each town will receive $11,875.

Munster’s share will be deposited in the sewer fund, said Town Manager Tom DeGiulio.

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