Steve Stacy, Bourbon’s Waste Water Superintendent, told members of the Bourbon Town Council at their regular meeting Tuesday night that both the water and sewer lines connecting Dollar General to the town’s services were working well.
Stacy asked for direction as to working on drains and lines that are within roadways that are being resurfaced. He said he intends to concentrate on the needed improvements.
Council member P.J. Hanley concurred saying, “I think we put too many band aids on it.” Council President, Les McFarland, also shared his support indicating that the roads and streets being resurfaced as a result of the town receiving the Community Crossing grant should receive the work to make sure they are in top condition.
Although not an agenda item, council member P.J. Hanley shared his concern that Bourbon needs to be diligent in making sure the town’s needs are factored into the state’s plan to upgrade U.S. 30 between Ft. Wayne and Valparaiso. He said he had attended two meetings on the proposed plan and that he wasn’t convinced that Bourbon’s needs were being heard. He then suggested a series of meetings with those providing emergency services for the town to determine what access they would need. He said, “331 cannot be their only exit.” He said, “Farmers need a way too to get across U.S. 30.” Although no meetings were finalized, both McFarland and Wattenbarger echoed Hanley’s concerns. Hanley said, “It’s important that we get input on the plan.”
Carol Anders Correspondent