-- — Batesville households will pay the same amount – $9.67 monthly – for trash collection through 2014, Batesville Board of Works members decided Feb. 14 when they extended the Linkel Co., Batesville, contract. Another contract for dumpster service through 2014 was signed. It costs the city $376 monthly for Linkel Co. to collect trash from six dumpsters filled by city workers and a seventh for the free disposal of residents’ electronics at the wastewater treatment plant. Brady Dryer, Commonwealth Engineers, Indianapolis, environmental compliance manager, has been working with the wastewater treatment plant staff on an industrial wastewater pretreatment program. He told the city council, “We did receive some comments from Batesville manufacturers on a couple items” in the proposed sewer use ordinance that needed clarification. “We have addressed those matters” and are waiting to gain feedback from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 officials. Dryer added, “We have issued permits to industries in town, predominantly Batesville Casket Co. and Hill-Rom, for their wastewater discharges.” After negotiating with EPA officials, the compliance manager recommended a few changes to the ordinance, such as pH ranges. He explained industrial users will have to pay waste surcharges if discharges exceed certain limits per pound in categories, such as ammonia and organic material. The council was unable to OK the ordinance, waiting for EPA’s stamp of approval. Out of three requests for dollars that have accumulated to $17,864 in the Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing fund, just one was approved by the council. It allotted $750 for the city’s second Earth Day/Arbor Day April 16. “We're planning a bigger and better Earth Day,” said organizer Richard Cartwright of the sponsoring Batesville Rotary Club. This Liberty Park Pavilion event will offer concurrent educational activities that relate to the environmental theme “Earth Day Every Day.” The Indianapolis Opera Ensemble will perform a 45-minute show for grades K-6 called “Fight for the Future: Johnny Appleseed vs. Paul Bunyan.” Short videos can be viewed in a tent as well. Batesville Beautification League President Judy Schantz asked that about $2,000 in Belterra money be used to help purchase an industrial and commercial electric utility vehicle so a park department worker can water hanging baskets of flowers. The two-seated cart can travel on sidewalks and will also be used by members when planting and weeding. She said the league received a $4,250 challenge grant from Rising Sun Regional Foundation, which means it must contribute the other half. BBL has $2,300 to spend and wants the rest to come from the city. Councilman Gene Lambert pointed out this vehicle would be more efficient than the 1971 Dodge pickup now used because one person can water instead of the current two. He was concerned that although a state statute says city governments can use utility vehicles for work-related tasks, it wouldn’t be street legal. “Can we compromise on a vehicle that we can license?” He doesn't want city workers or volunteers operating a vehicle the average citizen can't. The issue was tabled so more research can be done. The council also delayed a decision to spend $5,500 on security cameras at the Village Green after recent vandalism.
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