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Utility district holding special session to review pending legislation

The LaGrange County Regional Utility District Board announced that it will meet in special session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the district office on Wayne St. in LaGrange to discuss pending legislation in the Indiana General Assembly.

On the agenda are two House Bills that are currently being debated in Indianapolis: HB 1225 and HB 1117.

HB 1225 is out of committee and is set to be looked at by the House. The bill would require those in a utility district to connect to the system only if their own septic system is failing. It also provides that “a district may not require a property owner to connect to the district’s sewer system under certain conditions for five years.” It would also allow property owners to apply for unlimited five-year extensions.

The bill also includes language that would authorize a district to temporarily adjust fees to reflect a user’s non-use of services and provides that a board “may bill and collect rates and charges only for services actually provided.”

HB 1117 would limit the amount of an easement or right-of-way that can be obtained through eminent domain to 50 ft. The bill also includes language similar to HB 1225 on billing and providing for exemptions under certain conditions for five years and other billing issues.