For immediate release: Aug 15, 2011
Posted by: [IDEM]
Contact: Amber Kent Finkelstein
Phone: (317) 232-8512

Public invited to public hearing for new regional sewer district

Who:  Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

What:  Public information meeting and formal public hearing about regional sewer district formation

When:  6:30 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Where:  Miami United Methodist Church, 10590 S. Elm Street, Miami, Ind.

A new regional sewer district, known as the Miami Community Regional Sewer District, is being proposed in the unincorporated area of Miami in Miami County. To inform area residents about the proposal and provide them with an opportunity to submit written or oral comments, a public meeting and a public hearing are being held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, at the Miami United Methodist Church.

The informational meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is being held by representatives of the Miami County Council and Miami County Board of Commissioners, which submitted a formal petition to IDEM for the new district's formation. IDEM will hold a formal public hearing immediately following the informational meeting, at which time members of the public may submit written comments or oral testimony about the proposal.

A regional sewer district is a form of local government that provides service for homes and businesses within an established area. Under state law, IDEM is responsible to oversee the legal and technical aspects of the formation process. Decisions about forming new districts are made at the local level. The formation process begins when IDEM receives a formal petition from the entity or entities proposing a new district.

All interested parties are encouraged to review the pending petition for the Miami Community Regional Sewer District formation. A copy is being made available at these locations:

. Miami County Public Library,102 E. Main Street, Peru;
. Bunker Hill Town Hall, 280 West Broadway, Bunker Hill; and,
. On the IDEM website at www.idem.IN.gov/6712.htm

In addition to the formal public hearing, IDEM will be accepting written comments from the public through August 31, 2011. Individuals may mail or hand deliver their comments to the following address:

Mrs. Lynne Newlon, Office of Water Quality
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management
100 North Senate Avenue, IGCN-1255
Indianapolis, IN  46204

More information about the regional district formation process is available on the IDEM website at www.idem.IN.gov/6206.htm

About IDEM
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment. 

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