Hildenbrand explained that the 6 million gallons of capacity would be for the 3,700 acres of development of property inside River Ridge that lies within Jeffersonville. However, he admitted that he did not know when that level of capacity would be required because it is based upon how quickly development in River Ridge would occur and who moves into the buildings being constructed.
“If we land [a megasite] it could change,” Hildenbrand said. “Obviously, there would be funds available if you’ve got that type of 1,000 to 1,500 acre sale with a user of that kind. At this point, we don’t have anything in our pocket, but we want to make sure if something does happen that we are ready for it when it does happen.”
“So do we,” Saegesser replied. “I think before we start putting more pipes in the ground, we make sure that we’re doing the right thing.”
Paul Wheatley, River Ridge director of marketing and finance, explained that the reason River Ridge would want to install the 24-inch pipe now is because of the grant.
“To directly answer your question, why we would upsize it was because we were leveraging half of it via the federal EDA grant,” he said.
Whether or not costs to increase capacity at a new sewer treatment plant that is still undergoing construction would be passed along to Jeffersonville residents was another concern.
“We’re sucking money from our rate-payers to build that plant out there,” said Sewer Board Member Dale Orem. “It’s a lot of money to go into the ground out there. Is it going to behoove us? Absolutely. Is it going to behoove you? Oh, yeah, because you wouldn’t be in business without it. We want to cooperate and do what is right for our rate-payers and do it right for you all, too.”