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The Jasper Utility Service Board invited Shawn Werner of the Dubois County Health Department, to take the podium as he spoke about the Rolling Hills subdivisions during the board’s regular monthly meeting last night.

The issue in question reflects over the absence of a reliable sanitary sewer system that is in need at the Rolling Hills neighborhood.

Board Member Wayne Schuetter shared with the board and the public that a meeting had taken place with the residents of the neighborhood who spoke about their concerns about the costs of becoming part of the City’s sanitary sewer system as their homes are currently not within city limits.

Scheutter also explained that there’s not a certain deadline or time limit in addressing the issue but that its important to get ahead to prevent any further concerns.

Schuetter adds that the area in question is mostly residential and that if the issue is not properly addressed regarding the septic system the department of health would declare homes inhabitable.

In addition Scheutter states that since these homes are out of city limits the costs to incorporate the homes into the city’s sanitary system is the responsibility of the residents of the Rolling Hills subdivisions. He did describe that they would work with the neighborhood to reach a working solution.

Schuetter says outside city limits there is a $2800 hook up fee into the waste water system. The monthly charge for those outside the city is about 25% higher than those who reside within the city.

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