Work Begins on North Judson Wastewater Plan

North Judson Water TowerThe Town of North Judson is beginning the process of updating plans for the town’s wastewater facilities. 

Commonwealth Engineers had approached the town council earlier this year with a proposal to update the long-term control plan. This week, Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann told the council that the planning process is now underway. “Commonwealth Engineers and I met last week to start the wastewater study,” he said. “It was kind of the kickoff meeting. We went over the wastewater plant, went out to the pond, discussed the various issues that we’ve been having, so they know what to be looking into.”

Representatives with the firm have said the updated plan would help the town make decisions about future wastewater improvements and anticipate needs that may arise. The new plan’s expected to cost $37,500, but a grant U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office is expected to cover 75 percent of that.

During Monday’s meeting, Horstmann also presented a purchase order for the necessary equipment to restore water service at Pioneer Cemetery, at a cost of just under $1,000. The council previously decided to install one new water tap rather than repair the existing system, in an effort to minimize the risk of leaks causing damage to the cemetery.

In other business, town officials issued a reminder that contractors doing work within the Town of North Judson are required to have a permit on file with the clerk-treasurer. Residents who are unsure if a contractor has a proper permit are asked to double check with the town before doing business. Likewise, if residents experience a major issue with a contractor, they should file a complaint with the town, to include in their records.