Mayor Says about Sunday Leak: “It Has Yet to be Found”
City Asking for Public’s Help
The City of Anderson is reporting another major water main break in Anderson. It is the second major break in three days.
Mayor Kevin S. Smith announced just before 5 p.m. on Sunday that there is a large leak in the city water system; however, it has yet to be found. Smith said “that Board of Works Chairman (Peter) Heuer informed me we have a suspected major water leak in our water system. Information indicates the leak is likely in the south end of Anderson. It’s probably a large 14 inch water line or similar size.”
Sunday evening, the mayor was asking for the public’s assistance with finding the leak, saying, “If you see a major leak along the roadway please notify Water Department trouble-line at 648-6444 or police dispatch at 648-6775.”
The latest break comes two days after a water main break forced the closure of several downtown streets and the Madison County Government Center. Friday’s gusher sent water freezing over roadways, including as far west as Jackson Street.
State Auditors Questioned Salaries Paid from Utility Funds
Last year, an Indiana State Board of Accounts audit report questioned the city’s longstanding policy of allocating money from city utility funds to pay salaries of local officials, including the mayor and city council members.
According to the report, during the audit period, approximately 50% of the mayor’s salary, and two-thirds of council members, were paid from money otherwise available for city utility improvements and expenses.
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