- Summer Sewer Rates Available to Residents
- Residents who tend to use a lot of water during the summer may want to take advantage of summer sewer rates which will be available soon. For a non-refundable $50 application fee, residents may sign up for the special rate at the Town Hall, 206 West Main Street.
- The special rate, an unmetered $25.20/ month, applies to single-family residential sewer service only. It does not apply to sewer service for any premises used wholly or in part as commercial, industrial, or multi-family (two units or more) property.
- For 2004 the summer sewage rate will begin with the June billing and end with the October billing. Residents who want to take full advantage of the program should sign up as soon as possible. Rates are not retro-active, so residents who sign up after the program begins will only be able to obtain the rate for the program's remaining months.
- Summer sewer rates will be in effect when the application is completed and the application fee has been paid, subject to the June start date. The fee helps offset the town's operational costs.
- "The goal of the program is to provide relief for single family residential customers who sprinkle their lawns," said Kent McPhail, a Town Council member who acts as the liaison between the Council and the Sewer Department.
- For more information or to complete the application, residents should go to the Town Hall, 206 West Main Street.
- Right-of-Way Donated to Extend Vandalia Rail Trail
- Thanks to donations from landowners along the old Vandalia Railroad, the town will be able to extend the Vandalia Rail Trail into Liberty Township. The paved portion of the trail currently ends at Saratoga Boulevard.
- At the March 8th Town Council meeting, Bud and Brenda Martin donated their right-of-way along the former Vandalia/Penn Central Railroad to allow the town to extend the Vandalia Rail Trail 1.3 miles west of Saratoga Blvd. The donation was made by Ben Comer, attorney for the couple.
- Previously, Saratoga Associates, represented by President Mac McNaught, donated railroad right-of-way that had extended to Martin Road (CR 500 E.). However, a portion of the ROW was a half ROW. With the Martin donation, Plainfield received the other half ROW to Martin Road and then a full width ROW west of that.
- In addition to the Vandalia right of way, Saratoga Associates also donated 7.3 acres of woods on the south side of the railroad right-of-way just west of Saratoga Blvd. The wooded area borders the Augusta Woods subdivision. The town hopes to connect Augusta Woods to the trail system through the wooded section; however, it would probably not be a paved connection to preserve the integrity of the woods.
- Between the donations from the Martins and from Saratoga Associates, the amount of acreage added to town park system is 21.36 acres.
- No timetable has been set for paving the trail extension from Saratoga Boulevard to its new end.
- Friends of the Library Offers Tour of Historic Homes
- To kick off National Historic Preservation Week, the Friends of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library will offer a tour six historic Plainfield homes and structures. The tour will take place on Saturday, May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. All sites are located in downtown Plainfield.
- Included in this special event are the Bales-Wiseman house, the Cook-Stanley-Green house, the Pike-Castor home, the Breedlove-Walters home, the Hunt-Fiorentino house, and the Town of Plainfield's newly renovated interurban station. Tour sites date from the mid-19th century to the 1920s and have all been chosen for their architectural and/or historical significance. Several of the homes have interesting family antiques and collectibles.
- The historic homes tour is a fund raiser for the Friends of the Library and is held biennially.
- Tickets are $8 each and are available at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library through 5 p.m. Friday, April 30. On May 1, tour day, tickets will be available for $12 each at the library and at tour sites.
- For the consideration of homeowners and the safety of attendees, ticket holders must be nine years of age or older. For more information call the library at 317-839-6602, ext. 115.