Huntertown has established a new sewer service area that will extend 4 miles outside the towns corporate boundaries.
Council members unanimously approved the new ruling Monday.
The town will be the exclusive provider of sewage service within the service area, according to the document. Areas outside of Allen County, east of Coldwater Road, within the corporate boundaries of Fort Wayne or any customers served by Fort Wayne City Utilities as of Monday are exempt from the ordinance.
Any person, firm or corporation who violates the ordinance is subject to a penalty of $2,000 a day for each day of the violation.
The council passed a similar ordinance two weeks ago establishing a water service area, also extending 4 miles beyond the towns corporate limits.
Huntertown is constructing a $1.8 million water filtration plant at Lima and Carroll roads, part of a $4.5 million project to improve the capacity and pressure of the towns water system.
Sewer services are provided by Fort Wayne City Utilities, which has provided wholesale sanitary sewer service to the town of about 5,000 since 1988. That contract expired April 27, but City Utilities has continued to provide services without a contract.
Town officials want to build their own $11.2 million wastewater treatment plant, but the Indiana Department of Environmental Management turned down Huntertowns request for a sewage plant permit about a year ago.
The council appealed the IDEM decision, which now goes before the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication, and filed for a third extension of that appeal.
City Utilities is aware of the new ordinance, spokesman Frank Suarez said.
We are reviewing the ordinance and will not know the repercussions for a while, Suarez said Wednesday.
It is unclear how, or whether, the new sewer and water service areas will affect development within the service area where City Utilities has been requested as the primary provider. Construction has not begun.
Two councilmen differed in their interpretations.
(Consumers) will have a choice, Councilman Gary Grant said Wednesday. The new service area allows us to offer water or sewer services, which we could not do before.
Jim Fortman, councilman and immediate past president, said those who were not current City Utilities customers would not have a choice of providers.
Several proposed subdivisions on or near Gump Road will test the boundaries.
We have water and sewer lines along Gump Road, and thats where the issue will come up, Fortman said. Thats where the attorneys will come into play.
Huntertown resident Dave Garman said the town is setting up boundaries it cannot enforce and trying to do so is a costly venture.
Huntertown residents have received nothing, Garman said. The only ones gaining from this nonsense are the lawyers and engineers.
In other Huntertown business, Vince Heiny resigned as president of the towns utilities service board in an email sent last week, Fortman said.
The three-member board, established in January, was prompted by a referendum on the 2012 spring ballot and then affirmed in November with a ballot question.
Heiny gave no reason for his resignation, Fortman said.