Commissioners move to terminate utility agreement with LCRUD
Monday Mar 20, 2017 2:05pm
By: Tim Murray
LAGRANGE – LaGrange County Commissioners approved an agreement ending its subsidy of the water and sewer utilities at Fawn River Crossing Monday morning.
The county built the utilities next to the Toll Road and then turned them over to the LaGrange County Regional Utility District to operate several years ago. But their agreement called for the county to subsidize rates to keep them competitive or possibly receive the utilities back from the district.
County Attorney Kurt Bachman told commissioners the extension of the utilities to the Toll Road service plaza makes terminating that agreement necessary. Commission President Larry Miller said that’s fortunate for the county.
The county will pay a final subsidy payment of $51,298 to the utility district.
The commissioners approved a permit for the utility district to run the water line for the Toll Road beneath the county right-of-way along County Road 700 North.
They also approved an ordinance that creates a framework for issuing future utility permits that access county-owned rights-of-way. They say the need for an ordinance was made clear last fall when a company made a road cut for a gas line without any prior notice to the county.