• Report: #674297

Complaint Review: Luce Township Regional Sewer District

  • Submitted: Wed, December 22, 2010
  • Updated: Tue, May 03, 2011

  • Reported By: Pastor Steve — Richland Indiana United States of America
Luce Township Regional Sewer District
4088 N. State Road 161 Richland, Indiana United States of America

Luce Township Regional Sewer District Lied to the public, falsified documents to get government funding and state permits to put in a sewer project that the public doesn't want Richland, Indiana

*General Comment: Facts

*Consumer Comment: Its not rambling, Its the truth

*General Comment: This is rambling!!!

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I would like for you to do some investigation to what I

believe to be government fraud. Luce Township Regional Sewer Board,
Spencer County Commissioners and Common Wealth Engineering have been
falsifying documents to receive a $9 million dollar grant from OCRA
and many other documents to get permits to force a sewer on us. Here
is a list of the stuff that we have found to be going on and that tend
to be illegal or unethical.

I am a concerned citizen in Luce Township in Spencer
County in the Southern part of Indiana. We have a sewer board that is
doing many illegal things to force a $17 million C3 sewer system on
the people of Luce Township. I am sending you a copy of some of the
illegal activities that are going on with Luce Township Regional Sewer
Board. I have been trying to get people involved with the Luce Township
Regional Sewer District and am not having much luck. They have done
many things that are illegal and no one will get involved. This past
week IDEM has issued this sewer district a construction permit. There
were many false things in the permit that I think IDEM should be aware
of. Things that should halt the construction permit. On page six of
eleven it has the French Island Marina in a flood plain. This is
false. They are in a flood way and I know FEMA has bought property
and paid for damages from the 1997 flood. Im pretty sure that FEMA
doesnt want anything else coming in to the flood way down there.

Below, is a copy of what I've been sending out.

I would like to talk to someone about OCRA (Office of Community and
Rural Affairs) grant funding fraud. So far I haven't been able to
find anyone to help the people of Luce Township in Indiana. We have
had officials falsifying documents to get awarded a $9 million
disaster relief grant to put in a sewer for certain officials to gain
money from. This grant money came from Disaster
Relief Funds. First we never had any disaster here, yet they got
around that and somehow got this grant money to put in a sewer system
that the majority of the people don't want. There was
never a PER (Preliminary Engineering Report) meeting with the
community, but they say there was. It never happened but OCRA is ok
with that. The guidelines say they have to have all the easements
before OCRA will award out the $9 million grant, to this date they
have around 48%. This has been going on for 13 years. It also states
that they have deadlines that they have to
meet that has never happened but OCRA keeps moving the award date so
they can try to get things done. SRF (State Revolving Fund) keeps
giving the Luce Sewer Board money without checking things out first.
They think money is no object. These government agencies just keep
doing what they want with the governments money without anyone
investigating. The Luce Sewer Board keeps pushing and pushing this C3
sewer system without giving some research into what they are really
doing. There are just go go go, we will worry about the consequences
later. That seems to be their attitude. WE the people of Luce
Township need your help. WE have County Councilmen that called a
special meeting to tell the other Councilmen, that they will vote in
favor of them to keep forking out taxpayers money to the Luce Sewer
Board so they would be able to pay off the Freedom Bank loan of
$800,000. One of the County Council members was on the board of
directors at Freedom Bank. WE had the sewer board lawyer contact the
County Councilmens lawyer and met with him and 4 County Councilmen
before the stated meeting to make sure they were all aboard on giving
money to the Luce Sewer Board. The sewer board never voted to send
their lawyer to talk to these people but yet he did it anyway. They
have done this several times. They dont follow their by-laws. These
4 Councilmen pretty much run the council meeting. WE need to put
a stop to this corrupt government
activity. Also the Luce Sewer board refuses to record the easements
that they have got signed at the courthouse. This way when people buy
a house, the easement has been signed, but the buyer doesn't know
about it. WE need your involvement here. Also we have had several
people on the board that had conflicts of interest. WE have had sewer
board members also sit on Freedom Banks board. WE have had
Rockports Mayor sit on the sewer board. Now WE have a contractor of
Rockport sit on our sewer board. WE also have a person on the sewer
board that has done work for Rockport in cleaning of their treatment
plant. WE have a person on the sewer board that works for a piping
company that could sell us pipe for our sewer system, and there has
been many more. Our sewer system ties into Rockports under
capacitated treatment plant. We have had county commissioners that
sit on Region 15 board of directors. Region 15 is our grant
facilitator. The rules to get the OCRA grant have been changed many
times so the sewer board can receive the grant. WE fill like these
government officials are lying and changing guidelines as they see
fit. This isn't right. I have not been able to get anyone involved
in this subject. Why should a local sewer board and County
Commissioners be allowed to lie to get government money? We have many
notaries that notarized easement signings with out the person being
there or over the phone. Some were notarized by a notary and stamped
by another notary. Some were notarized without anyone signing them.
Some were notarized and a year later was signed. Many illegal
notarizations in the range of a couple hundred. Also the sewer board
had $5000 donated and another donation from a false company. I filed
a complaint with the Attorney General about possible money laundering
through this fake company. We don't
know if the donor was bribing the board or what. State Board of
Accounts told them to tell us who donated the money and they still
refuse to let us know. All they would give us is a false company
with a PO Box. We have had the sewer board lawyer holding secret
meetings with certain sewer board members and pushing the sewer system
without any approval from the whole board. We have lots of extortion
involved. The sewer board has told many people that if they didn't
sign their easements right away then they would charge them thousands of dollars
extra to hook up. The sewer board has threatened to condemn houses if
the homeowner didnt sign their easement. They have forced and scared
people into signing their easements but has only 48% of the easements
needed. The sewer board refuses to give the public information.
Several complaints have been filed but no one will do anything to get
us the information. We have had several
people on the sewer board that had conflicts of interests but no one
seems to care. WE also think there is several thousands of dollars
that is missing but we can't get an audit from the government to check
it out. A sewer board president has a wife that works for the State
Board of Accounts and think that has something to do with the NO
audit. I don't know. WE need this checked into. People on the sewer
board are buying property so once they get this sewer forced on us
then they will build subdivisions to try to get rich off of us. WE
need help. The sewer board has a set of by-laws that they don't
follow and they keep doing what they want. There and many other
things we feel are illegal that you should check into. WE are
tired of the scare tactics this Luce Sewer Board is giving us. Many
people have signed their easements because of the scare tactics and
lies they tell the homeowner. WE are tired of it and need your help.
I still believe in a government that is for the people and not corrupt
like we are seeing here in LuceTownship, in Spencer County and above.
If we don't get someone involved right now to look into all of the
illegal stuff that
is going on it will be too late and they will have already started
construction. We know they have falsified documents to get government
disaster relief money. They have also got a donation from a fake
company. WE don't know if they are money laundering through this fake
company or what is going on. They are trying to start construction by
December 31st. WE
can't wait any longer. WE need something done
now. Also this past week the lawyer for the Luce Sewer Board called
the Richland town council lawyer and told
them that we needed them to sign the permit so they could run the
piping down the roads in our town. There was never a stated meeting
and only certain town council members were called. This is illegal.
They need to post it in the paper prior to any meetings and they
didnt do it. This Luce Sewer board lawyer just does what he wants
without anyone doing anything about it. We the people of Luce
Township are sick and tired of this. Two weeks ago the Luce Sewer
Board accepted a donation for a company called Management
International with a P.O. Box and in Evansville, In. This is a fake
company. I called Sec. of State and they told me that they had no
records of this company. This has to be illegal to take donations
from a fake company.

P.S. This is just a sample of some of the stuff we have going on
here. WE have filed a lawsuit against them and should stop the
project. The construction permit shows that the project
will have service to 245 single family homes in Division A, (Richland
area). It also shows that the project will have 553 single family
homes in Division B, (Hatfield, Eureka and French Island). That makes
a total of 798 single family homes. In reality, we know that there are
less than 479 easements signed and by the looks of things, the
remaining easements will not be signed before construction. With only
less than 60% of the easements signed and less than 60% users at this
time, all of the flow data that was submitted with the construction
application will not be reliable. There are several homes in the distric
that have not been inhabited for many years and probably if a sewer
bill results for them, they will be demolished. Those homes have
easements but will not produce
any sewage flow. That is another flaw in the design calculations. WE just
recently found out that since they redrew the piping lines to go down the middle
of our streets that there are probably 100 or more easements that are
no longer
any good. The sewer board is trying to call these people and get them to resign
their easements but most are refusing.

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#1 General Comment


AUTHOR: Steve - (United States of America)

What you call rambling is all true facts that can be proven.  The Mike guy who replied on here is right.  This C3 system is a proven failed system.  The pumps don't last and it is the most expensive and has the most maintenance involved.  There are many other systems that will cost less than half of what the C3 will cost.  The AlgeaWheel system and the Cluster system will be much cheaper and have a monthly payment of less than half of what the C3 system will cost us.  This is also fact that we have taken to the sewer board and they refuse to look at it.  Here is the reason why they are forcing the C3 system on us.  Gov. Mitch Daniels is pushing in the Coal Gasification Plant outside of Rockport.  This is a very highly pollutant plant.  This plant will use our sewage to dilute the pollutants and will then run through the sewer plant and be flushed out in the river.  It's still the same amount of pollutants going in the river but will be below EPA regulations.  This has to be stopped.  With the AlgeaWheel and Cluster systems being put in then they would have to find another way to get rid of all the pollutant material.  Luce Township residents need to wake up and fight to get some other kind of sewer system put in.  WE are already one of the highest counties for getting cancer in Indiana, don't put the C3 system in and raise us up to #1 in the state for getting cancer.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Its not rambling, Its the truth

AUTHOR: Mike - (United States of America)

If more people were educated to the facts, they would realize there are better and cheaper sewer systems avalible. It has already been proven that the grinder pumps on a C-3 system are not reliable and high maintenance. I dont think you'll find 1 person in Luce Township that is against a sewer system. You WILL find a whole community of people against the most expensive and highest maintenanced system the sewer board could find. Wake up people. Were going to go broke putting this system in and maintaining it. How much is it going to cost us to take this system out when everybody realizes it was the WRONG CHOICE?
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This is rambling!!!

AUTHOR: Tina - (United States of America)

Most of the people in the community that are educated to the facts realize that we need a system put in our town.  We have neighbors and friends that can't flush toilets or take a bath at their house do to the failing individual systems that they have.  Some homes have waste coming to the top of the ground in their own back yards, leading to the possible contamination of our ground water, ditches and streams.  We need this system, and they have now started putting the pipe in the ground to get this project going , Thank God!!!  
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