Hayden Wastewater Utilities Board President Pat Sullivan is pleased with the progress being made on the new sewer system after earlier delays.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Unforeseen construction and other problems have delayed the completion of the Hayden sanitary sewer project, though around 75 customers have already been added to the system.
The new system is already working, too, and has been for over a month, serving homes, churches and businesses that previously used individual septic systems.
"As soon as a home's plumbing is connected, they start using the system," said Pat Sullivan, president of the Hayden Wastewater Utilities Board. "Most of the places in the central Hayden area are already on the system. Over half of the places (that will be in the completed system) have been connected."
Construction began last February on the $4.3 million project that will eventually connect over 160 homes, businesses, churches and Hayden Elementary School in the Spencer Township community, including the Hickory Hills housing subdivision.
Delays caused by weather, equipment problems and construction issues pushed back the original estimated completion date of Sept. 30, so much so that the utility had to extend the terms of a $550,000 state grant to Jan. 31, 2017. That is now the project's anticipated completion date.
It didn't snow during North Vernon's 2016 Christmas in the City celebration. It didn't rain, either, unlike last year, making Saturday's festivities much more of a crowd pleaser.
Friday, November 18 was a day like no other in Jennings Circuit Court as tears of joy replaced the normal angst associated with the criminal justice system.
In what is believed to be the highest finish ever for a school from Jennings County in the annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl, North Vernon Elementary School finished tied for 14th place in the statewide competition for its class, which included Indiana's largest 104 elementary schools.
The preservation of historic bridges is getting to be old hat for Bradshaw Building Specialties.
On Tuesday night, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., the Jennings County School Board will hold a special meeting where it is expected to vote on and officially hire the next superintendent for the Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC).
Families pose around the community Christmas tree after its lighting downtown on Saturday night during the Christmas in the City festivities. More photos from the festival will be published in this week's Plain Dealer.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer