Middlebury Redevelopment Commission approves water main looping project

Water improvements may be on the horizon for the north end of town.

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury and Elkhart County redevelopment commissions approved an interlocal agreement Thursday, March 27, to loop water mains on the southeast end of town in and around the Jayco campus.

Currently the water lines dead end. Officials say looping them will improve water pressure and quality.

The agreement, among the town of Middlebury, the Middlebury Redevelopment Commission and the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission, commits TIF funds from the town’s Elroy Drive TIF district to the project, with the fund’s $93,000 balance to be used initially. Over the next several years, the fund will reimburse Jayco for $187,625 that the company will contribute upfront for the project.

The agreement asks the county redevelopment commission to contribute $275,000 from the Middlebury Southeast TIF district toward the improvements. The county redevelopment commission voted Thursday to approve the contribution.

On the north side of town, near the Meijer plant, the county redevelopment commission has another TIF district, known as the Middlebury East TIF district. In 2012, the county redevelopment commission gave Middlebury $902,600 from that TIF district to raise two water towers to improve water pressure, but the project was found to be cost-prohibitive. Town manager Mark Salee asked the county redevelopment commission Thursday to allow the town to use the funds for an alternate set of plans to upgrade the town’s water system.

The new proposal includes improvements to the town’s water treatment plant, activation of an inactive booster station to improve water pressure to the Highland Hills area, replacement of one of the town’s wells, and setting aside funds for a future booster station on the north end of town. The town would contribute $493,000 for the improvements.

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