The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Politics

March 27, 2013

Elwood mayor: Benefits of reservoir could reach beyond Anderson

Arnold throws his support behind proposal

ELWOOD, Ind. — Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold is the newest addition to a growing list of Mounds Lake Reservoir supporters.

In a formal statement released Wednesday, Arnold said he felt the proposal, captained by Anderson/Madison County Corporation for Economic Development executive director Rob Sparks, would “not only benefit the communities on the water,” but all people in Madison County.

Elwood is a long way from the portion of White River targeted for the reservoir — a little over 20 miles away, actually. Maps included in the proposal show the 2,100-acre reservoir beginning just east of East Lynn and 18th streets in Anderson and backing water up seven miles into Delaware County to around County Road 300 South and South High Banks Road.

But Elwood could see benefits regardless, Arnold said, through an “increase in traffic and food and beverage tax revenue.”

He points to the 25,380-acre Morse Reservoir, which seems to have had a positive economic impact on the Noblesville area. “If you look at the Morse Reservoir area you can see the impact it had in terms of property values and growth for area businesses,” he said.

Earlier this month, Sparks issued a statement, saying that although the reservoir was initially seen as an Anderson-centric project, “it has grown and now has the ability to transform not only Madison and Delaware counties but all of central Indiana.”

Not only would there be public access to the resulting Mounds Lake, but the added trails, wildlife and new homes and businesses would improve the quality of life throughout the county and region, Sparks noted.

In Elwood, Arnold sees “an increase in traffic along State Road 28, and I can see a number of business possibilities as a result of the increase in traffic into Madison County.”

He added the reservoir has the potential to slake the thirst of a short-supplied central Indiana. In an effort to stymie an impending shortage in Indianapolis, Citizens Energy Group said last week it has purchased Southern Madison Utilities LLC, which was created in 2001 by Bill Hobbs, owner of Busby Drilling Co. of Anderson.

According to Citizens spokeswoman Sarah Holsapple, the utility could need an additional 30 to 40 million gallons per day over the next 10 years to meet the city’s needs.

“We are hearing more and more about potential water shortage issues down the road,” Arnold said. “In addition to the economic benefits this project would address, the water supply issue for all of central Indiana.”

Sparks said Arnold’s support shows that the “broad base of community support for the project continue to grow,” as the process moves forward.

Find Baylee Pulliam on Facebook, @BayleeNPulliam on Twitter or call 648-4250.

1
Text Only
Local Politics
  • NWS - HB0417 - election forum - 15 Candidates meet in Alexandria

    Several Madison County candidates running for a variety of offices met at Alexandria-Monroe High School Wednesday night to introduce themselves to voters and talk about some issues.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Leaders await decision on Indiana Plan expansion

    Two of the state's top Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they would like to see the federal government sign off on an expansion of Medicaid through the state's health care plan for low-income residents, but they added that they have little idea how soon that could happen.

    April 16, 2014

  • Commissioners vote to eliminate Personnel Board Madison County commissioners have decided to end the county’s Personnel Board.

    April 15, 2014

  • Primary voting starts at courthouse Through the first week of early voting for the May 6 primary, the Madison County Voter Registration office has been less than overwhelmed.

    April 15, 2014

  • Hayden, Maureen mug Maureen Hayden: Want better teacher ratings? Ask the kids The state may be back where it started, encumbered with a flawed teacher grading system, a year after implementing what were meant to be tough new standards.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ken de la Bastide: Local Dems want to change redistricting process There is an old saying that goes "to the victor goes the spoils." In politics the spoils usually involves the drawing of legislative districts for the Indiana General Assembly and the seats in the U.S. House.

    April 12, 2014

  • NWS - HB0409 - Cleanup - JC 3-file City of Anderson won't participate in annual cleanup For the first time in 29 years, there will be no citywide cleanup this year, because of expenses incurred by the City of Anderson this past winter.

    April 9, 2014 3 Photos

  • Local lawmakers bemoan no local road funding Despite efforts by three Madison County lawmakers, the Indiana General Assembly didn’t provide funding for the improvement of local roads.

    April 7, 2014

  • AP907524370424.jpg U.S. attorney battles public corruption

    U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has raised his profile by ramping up prosecutions of gang members and corrupt politicians, arguing that both undermine the public’s sense of safety, since he became top federal prosecutor in a district that covers two-thirds of the state.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Coats ends up in wrong meeting School kids and business people who start with a new company often worry about showing up in the wrong classroom or meeting. It can happen to a veteran U.S. senator, too.

    April 4, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide