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Romney residents meet to discuss controversial sewage system

People in Romney now have some more answers about how to handle the town's transition to a new sewer system.

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017 9:31 PM
Updated: Oct. 25, 2017 9:31 PM

ROMNEY, Ind. (WLFI) —People in Romney now have some more answers on how to handle the town's transition to a new sewer system. 

This comes after people in the town are being forced to hook up to its future sewage system.

Some say they want the new system after they have had waste seeping into their yard from other homes.  But others feel Romney is making them pay for other people's problems.

The Tippecanoe County Health Department says the current situation is putting people in the town at risk.

Therefore the town of Romney is getting a new sewage system. But not everyone wants to hook up.

Those living there will have to pay for installation and a monthly sewage fee of least $80. If they refuse, they could be looking at paying even more in fines.

The town says they either hook up and pay the fee, or get fined $100 per day.

"A lot of people who came to these meetings two or three years ago thought that there was no way they're going to do this," said Romney resident Jo Mitchell. "And I think like, I and my husband we've decided this is what's best for our town."

In Monday night's meeting, town leaders made it clear that people can install their own system. However, it must pass state criteria.

If the septic system doesn't pass the state's criteria, the property owner is still responsible for the monthly fee, plus any penalty fees.

Construction for the project is expected to start by March.

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