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USB reviews pending projects

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

At their regular meeting Monday, the Frankfort Utility Service Board reviewed the status of a number of projects they are considering. Frankfort Municipal Utilities General Manager reported that two appraisals had been requested on the vacant Regions Bank satellite building at 1405 N. East Wabash St., Frankfort.

Corrie said it would be a couple of weeks before the appraisals came back on the property listed for $200,000, which the USB is considering as the new home for its Billing Office.

Corrie also said that he had received the results of an acquifer study conducted to determine the feasibility of IMPA’s proposal to build a solar park on 63 acres owned by Frankfort Municipal Utilities at South County Road 200 West and County Road 130 South, south of the Frankfort Municipal Airport.

The cost of the study was not to exceed $29,000 according to USB member Rick Gunyon, citing the amount so the public would know.

The site is currently used by Frankfort Water Works for wells, and plans call for additional wells to be drilled there when the need arises. The USB commissioned the study to ensure that the Solar Park doesn’t interfere with FMU’s future use for the site or with water lines.

According to Corrie, the map of potential deep and shallow well locations has been sent to IMPA.

Corrie said he also weighed in with staff at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to ensure the project would meet any specifications they may have. IDEM has to be informed of anything placed on the property at any time, he reported.

In other business, the USB learned that Frankfort Fiber is losing $4,900 per month in revenue with the loss of EAN as a customer, according to Corrie, although EAN will still pay $300 monthly for the service it has retained.

“I got an email saying this is what it is,” Corrie said, adding that he didn’t know the customer’s contract had expired. 

“That’s on me,” he said.