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February 24, 2020
Dear Resident or Business Owner:
As you probably have already heard, the City of Berne will be undertaking a very large Storm Water infrastructure project in the coming weeks that will greatly impact your neighborhood. As mandated by IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management), we have no choice but to do this separation project, which is the third major Storm Water separation project that the city has done since 2004 to meet IDEM requirements in our Long-Term Control Plan. As elected officials, we are sensitive to your concerns and the disruptions that you may experience. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact to you, but with any large project, there will be times that you will be inconvenienced, and no doubt frustrated. We are asking for your patience, cooperation and understanding during this construction period. The good news about this project is that when it is completed, we will have a newly paved Water Street, two more sections of our infrastructure will be compliant with IDEM regulations, and we will be able to complete this $5.1 million mandated project without raising our storm water rates.
The City of Berne’s engineering firm, Commonwealth Engineering, will have an inspector onsite for the duration of the project. The inspector’s job is to not only oversee every step of the project, but to also serve as a liaison between the project and our citizens. In coordinating this project block by block, individual homeowners may be asked to move their vehicles to ensure emergency services have access to homes or businesses in the work area. If requested to do so, we ask that you follow these instructions for the safety of you, your neighbors and the work crews.
Commonwealth will hold frequent meetings with the contractor to gauge the progress and the impact on our citizens. The results of these meetings will be posted on the City of Berne website www.cityofberne.com, the City of Berne Facebook page, The Berne Witness and WZBD.
If you have questions or concerns that need addressed, please call us at (260) 589-8526. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time.
Gregg A. Sprunger, Mayor
Gwen Maller, Clerk Treasurer
Berne City Council
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