By MATT KOESTERS
If you’re a sewer customer in Clarksville, you might want to sit down before you open this month’s bill.
Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Sherry Lockard said Monday at the Clarksville Town Council meeting that due to a conversion error by Indiana American Water, some June Clarksville sewer bills might be inaccurate. So if you end up with a bill about 10,000 times higher than you’re used to paying, don’t panic.
“This error potentially affected all American Water customers in the state of Indiana,” Lockard said.
The bills were mailed out a few days late because of the conversion error, and Lockard estimates up to 50 customers will be affected by the error, most of which will be businesses.
If your prior water usage reported by Indiana American Water does not match the town’s billed usage, you are encouraged to call 812-282-0441 so that the problem can be researched and the necessary corrections can be made.
“This will not be a quick process in all cases, but we intend to have corrections completed within two weeks,” Lockard said.
About 350 customers pay their sewer bills via automatic deductions. These customers needn’t fear, Lockard said, as no payments will be deducted until the bills are corrected.
MAC TO BUILD SEWER PLANT
The town council unanimously voted to acknowledge MAC Construction as the apparent low bidder to construct the town’s new wastewater treatment plant and to award the contract, subject to financing of the project.
MAC Construction’s low bid of $15.98 million came in about $2 million lower than initial estimates provided by engineering firm HDR, but was right in the ballpark of what the project was expected to cost after value engineering results were announced by the council in February.
The completion date of the project depends on when the town gives MAC Construction notice to proceed, which won’t happen until the town council approves the sale of bonds for the project. The project must be completed in 26 months, said Clarksville Project Coordinator Brittany Montgomery, and MAC Construction estimates it will have the project completed 21 months after it begins work.
Town Council President Bob Polston asked Montgomery if the town is protected from increases in costs because of change orders on the project. Montgomery assured Polston that it’s something the town will be watching closely.
“I guarantee you that they won’t get away with anything,” Montgomery said.
HDR, the engineering firm that performed the preliminary design work, was awarded a contract not to exceed $1.069 million for engineering, inspection and project management for the wastewater treatment plant.
During the public-comment portion of the meeting, Clarksville resident Tom DeArk asked the council to identify ways to reduce the amount of the bond issuance for the project before it proceeds, and named the town’s low sewer and stormwater bills as advantages Clarksville has over other area municipalities.