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Town considers industrial park's water needs

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

CAMBRIDGE CITY — With more water needed by tenants of the Gateway Industrial Park, the Cambridge City Town Council is moving to find a solution.

The water tower in the industrial park at Indiana 1 and Interstate 70 north of the town is nearing capacity because of growth from SugarCreek Packing Co.

Mike Cunningham, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency, discussed a possible grant to study water needs at the industrial park.

The grant of up to $30,000 would fund preliminary engineering and an environmental study for a possible new water tower at the industrial park, he said. That could possibly lead into a grant or loan or combination of loan and grant for the actual project.

The council decided to move forward with the process of choosing an engineering firm for the study and then decide whether to apply for USDA funding.

In other business Monday, resident Jerry Crutcher expressed his dissatisfaction with a new rule at Riverside Cemetery that prohibits decorations at gravesites other than saddles on top of stones. He said the rule takes away his rights to display flowers at his family’s gravesites.

The council responded that flowers or displays on the ground makes mowing difficult for town employees.

Also, the council plans to meet with representatives of Pershing and Mt. Auburn town councils to discuss fire contracts. The Cambridge City Fire Department is contracted to provide fire protection service to those towns. During budget discussions for the 2019 budget, the council said the rate would have to be increased.