(Brookville, Ind.) – New jobs in Franklin County could be in jeopardy of going down the sewer, literally.
A Cincinnati-based food processing business has been looking to locate in the former J&J Packaging plant of State Road 101 near Brookville, according to the Franklin County Observer newsletter.
Wastewater sewer improvements have been cited by the Franklin County Economic Development Commission as critical to luring the business.
EDC director Frank Thompson told Franklin County Commissioners in March that a feasibility study estimated $3.2 million worth of sewer infrastructure improvements would be needed to handle the businesses’ expected output of 200,000 gallons of wastewater each day.
That amount of wastewater is equal to what the entire town of Brookville produces on a daily basis.
This week, a representative from the Brookville Lake Regional Water District says that those upgrades would likely be much more than $3.2 million.
The BLRWD’s share of those improvements were fingered at $720,000, but administrators of the district say it would likely cost far more than that.
County and economic development officials are trying to find alternate ways to fund the improvements or provide wastewater service at the site.
Thompson told commissioners last month that the new businesses would bring about 120 new jobs paying an average of $27,000 a year.