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July 25, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For July 25

Conserve water and save money

Many residents have gotten the notice: “Sewer Rates Will Increase January 2014.”

Well citizens, what are you going to do about it?

Fight fire with fire or in this case, water with water, gallon for gallon, mud hole for mud hole. The city has gone crazy mad with the increases.

We’re already all paying for bridges. I’m on a fixed income, and the elected officials treating me like I’m John D. Rockefeller is going to far.

It’s time for us to conserve water and it’s as simple as falling off a log. Take an average 32-gallon trash can with lid. Cut a hole in the top so that the downspout fits snug — mosquito proof — and the next time the rains come you’ve caught yourself 32 gallon of clean rainwater. That amounts to around 32 flushes per toilet or six washing machine loads of laundry, depending on the machine.

You do the math. Save water by using nature’s own, the water costs is lowered and the sewage use is lowered.

The key to this whole rate increase is Indiana American Water. The city sewer depends on water usage figures in order to draft any amount due. 

— Leroy Heil, Jeffersonville

 

What Clarksville needs

When researching if Clarksville becoming a city would make it more productive and efficient, a exploratory committee was governed by three criteria.

They questioned and researched if we would have more income and if we would save money, and if the answer was no to both, what could we do to improve our current operations.

Now to improve our current position, they recommended we hire a professional town manager to administer our town activities for the part-time councilmen.

They cited statistics showing 144 towns, or 58 percent of the cities with populations of 100,000 or more, are using a manager with a council. Omitted is the fact that 11 percent of those cities and towns in Indiana with less than 100,000 use a manager/council form of government.

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