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Merrillville Conservancy District

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Merrillville Conservancy District

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Merrillville Conservancy Dst

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News - Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana)

www.post-trib.com, 2 July 2004 [cached]

Christine Savarese, manager of the Merrillville Conservancy District, said each year the district paid $40,000 extra per month to clean water illegally pumped into sanitary sewers.

"Normally, we pay about $130,000 a month, but in a rainy season, we might pay $170,000 because we're paying to have stormwater - clean water -
cleaned," Savarese said.
Of the 900 families living in the four target subdivisions, Savarese and conservancy board President Paul Volk suspect 20 percent are doing that.
In addition to driving up costs, the excess water taxes pump stations and sewer lines, causing them to fill up, back up, and overflow into neighbors' basements.
Savarese said residents spend $2,000 to $5,000 a year cleaning up after such in-home floods.
She and Volk say most people aren't trying to abuse the system but have bought homes with illicit systems in place and are clueless.
...
Savarese said once the improper hook-ups are gone, back-ups and basement flooding should be a thing of the past, especially because sewer lines have recently been repaired in a four-year, $2 million overhaul.
Also, a small treatment center in Ward 1 has been eliminated in favor of using a regional Gary Sanitary District plant.


News - Post-Tribune (Gary)

www.post-trib.com, 21 Mar 2002 [cached]

Christine Savarese, district manager of the Merrillville Conservancy District, said she'll have to shuffle her budget to cope with the loss of $500,000 that was targeted to phase out an ailing sewage treatment plant that serves 1,000 homes in Wright Manor, Bon Aire and Innsbrook subdivisions.

Rep. Chester Dobis, D-Merrillville, said he's been expecting O'Bannon to make a budget-cut announcement and wasn't surprised by his plan to hit lawmakers' hometown projects.
"The (MCD) sewer project is not an emergency.I'm disappointed that we got to this point, but I'm not surprised that this happened."
The long-time lawmaker said these cuts don't mean the projects will be forgotten."I'm optimistic when we go back to special session sometime this year, once we resolve the budget crisis, all of these projects will be restored."
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With the state money, Savarese said she hoped to relieve homeowners of a $9 surcharge on their monthly bills to offset the project cost.That surcharge likely will have to continue now, she said.
Sen. Samuel Smith Jr., D-East Chicago, said he's glad the cuts are directed at a variety of statewide projects rather than just education."He (O'Bannon) has to do what he has to do," Smith said."If that's going to help balance the budget, let's balance the budget."
O'Bannon trimmed $200,000 from GEMS Inc., a group started by Smith to help encourage high school students to attend college and to prevent students from quitting school or getting into trouble.
He hopes to continue the efforts of the East Chicago group, launched in 2001 and based from the 1200 block of East Chicago Avenue.


News - Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana)

www.post-trib.com, 16 April 2004 [cached]

"No septic permits are being given out in this area," explained Christine Savarese, manager of Merrillville Conservancy District.

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Savarese said once lines are extended to the property edge, owners will pay for infrastructure on the actual site.
She said she did not anticipate complications since the annexed areas are contiguous to the district's territory.


Inliner - Press Release

www.inliner.net, 14 June 2003 [cached]

"It's surprising that this line has deteriorated," said Christine Savarese, district manager for the Merrillville Conservancy District, noting that the others installed as part of the same project were in good shape.

The interceptor pipe is the largest in the district's system, and was designed to accommodate the larger volume that 20 years of growth would bring, Savarese added.
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Paul Volk, chairman of the board, is overseeing the project with Savarese for the Merrillville Conservancy District.


News - Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana)

www.post-trib.com, 9 July 2005 [cached]

"That is ludicrous," said Merrillville Conservancy District manager Christine Savarese, of Uzelac's pay-out.

As top official there, she makes around $56,000 a year.

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