With intentions of improving the Rushville Animal Shelter, City Street Department crews were busy Monday completing a sanitary sewer project that was approved several months ago by City Hall.

According to Rushville Mayor Bob Bridges, the new system will be hooked directly into the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located near the shelter on South Smiley Avenue.

“We originally had a grinder system outside of the shelter, but the waste and animal hair were both clogging up the pump, resulting in the decision to install a gravity feed system,” he said. “This will hopefully cure a rash of problems that we’ve had and help maintain the standards of sewer treatment that we work hard to uphold.”

Bridges added that the new system could cost an estimated $6,000 to $7,000, depending on the total scope of the project.

Due to the installation and repairs, South Smiley Avenue was closed Monday, but could be reopened later this week.

According to the Rushville Street Department, the Smiley Avenue Disposal site will remain open during the week, and the department will try to accommodate those with items to dispose of.

Read more about the happenings at the Animal Shelter, as well as animals available for adoption in Thursday’s edition of the Rushville Republican.

Rushville Republican Staff Writer Starr Shuppert can be contacted at (765) 932-2222; at P.O. Box 189, Rushville, IN 46173; or at starr.shuppert@cnhimedia.com.

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