2023 Fall Conference Recap
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September 2022 InfoLine

September 2022 InfoLine

September edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

August 2022 InfoLine

August 2022 InfoLine

August edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

July 2022 InfoLine

July 2022 InfoLine

July edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

June 2022 InfoLine

June 2022 InfoLine

June edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

May 2022 InfoLine

May 2022 InfoLine

May edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

April 2022 InfoLine

April 2022 InfoLine

April edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

March 2022 InfoLine

March 2022 InfoLine

March edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

January 2022 InfoLine

January 2022 InfoLine

January edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

Ben Davis Conservancy District - WWTP Updates

Ben Davis Conservancy District - WWTP Updates

Letter from BDCD

For additional information, please visit: Ben Davis Conservancy District – Reliable and Affordable Sanitary Sewer Service (bdconservancy.com)

 

Citizens Energy Group issued a letter to freeholders throughout the Ben Davis Conservancy District. The district was established in 1958 with the Indiana Conservancy Act to provide sewer service to our community. However, the Conservancy only pipes sewage from properties to a treatment plant owned and operated by Citizens Energy Group.

Citizens Energy Group has raised its rates in recent years with a projected increase of 900% from 2017 to 2025. So when the Conservancy announced that it would build a treatment plant to save money, Citizens responded with a $10 million offer to acquire the Conservancy––amounting to a few thousand dollars per property owner.

The acquisition would cost residents more throughout the years, particularly elderly residents with fixed incomes and low-wage families, as Citizens Energy Group would recover its $10 million investment through rate increases for residents. This is not without evidence. For example, Citizens acquired the sewer system in Westfield as a for-profit company and attempted to raise rates by 25%.

Residents of the Ben Davis community are apprehensive about the offer. In a recent online survey, residents overwhelmingly supported construction 13 to 1. Further, MSD Wayne Township Schools and multiple organizations throughout the community have committed their support, including the Indiana Rural Water Alliance.

The Ben Davis Conservancy District advocates for a treatment plant, promising to control costs for residents. The proposed facility is a 4.0 MGD extended aeration treatment plant with an aerobic sludge digestion process.

Aerobic sludge digestion is a non-chemical process and uses oxygen for treatment. No noxious odors are produced as a result, such as methane or hydrogen sulfide. The plant will discharge into the Neeld Ditch with stringent effluent limits as determined by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Take Their Survey

They want to know what you think. Should the Ben Davis Conservancy District construct a treatment plant? Use this link to complete the survey: Survey – Ben Davis Conservancy District (bdconservancy.com)

2022 Leadership Summit Recap

2022 Leadership Summit Recap

Monroe County Convention Center - Bloomington, IN

This year's Leadership Summit was on July 27 & 28 in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana.

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2023 Fall Conference Recap

2023 Fall Conference Recap

Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

On Tuesday afternoon, October 17th, attendees had the opportunity to attend the IFA Regional Meeting as well as a panel discussion with AIRW Staff. Later that evening, Carson Law welcomed everyone with appetizers and drinks at their gathering space just down the street from the Convention Center. It was the perfect kickoff to the conference, with an opportunity to meet some new people and network, grab a bite, and enjoy a delicious cocktail.

 

Attendees gathered the next morning to a light breakfast and a welcome from our Programs Manager, Lorean Johnston, and special guest, Hank Naughton. After Opening Session, attendees headed off to their preferred track of classes - Administrative, Water or Wastewater. Both Wednesday and Thursday, with the help of Fort Wayne Utilities, we were able to bring back the very popular Water and Wastewater Plant Tours! The tours filled quickly! Wednesday afternoon’s luncheon in the Exhibit Hall featured the Best Tasting Water in Indiana Competition. Fort Wayne Utilities was once again crowned the tastiest in the state and will move on to compete in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, DC next year at the National Rural Water Association's Rural Water Rally. During the luncheon, we shared some laughs with our special guest, comic & writer, Jody Fuller. Lastly, we recognized our recent Apprenticeship Graduates and highlighted this amazing program! After classroom sessions concluded for the day, the Exhibitor’s Reception kicked off with snacks, drinks, and our very own gameshow, “Are You Smarter Than an Operator?” hosted by the unrecognizable, Rex Blanton aka Rex Trebek! To unwind from the day, we closed out the evening with a Hospitality Event in the Hilton Atrium, mingling & laughing with colleagues & friends, old & new!

 

Thursday morning, everyone woke up to a delicious hot breakfast buffet before starting another day of classes. But first, our Annual Membership Meeting included the election of three board members: Catlyn Helmuth, Adam Sams, and Alex Mikel. All were elected for 3-year terms beginning in 2024. Anthony Roberts from the City of Rensselaer won the Amazon Fire HD during the meeting! 

 

The Sportsman's Raffle, which raises money for the WaterPac Fund and represents rural water and wastewater in Washington D.C., was a popular stop for our attendees and exhibitors! This year's Grand Prize Winner was Micah Sarabyn with the Ben Davis Conservancy District. She walked away with the Big Green Egg Package, worth over $1,500! Nate Seigler from Evertte J. Prescott claimed the shotgun during our Shotgun Raffle! Three people also walked away with cash prizes from their engagement in conference app challenge: 1st – Andrew Boden with the City of Bloomington Utilities, 2nd – Becki Gaines of Portage Utilities, 3rd – Rick Bowen with the City of Elkhart.

 

Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, vendors, sponsors, Board Members and staff for helping make this another fantastic event!

 

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