Town declines special permission for sewer system at new Ricker's

NEW PALESTINE — While plans to develop a gas station and convenience store at the southwest corner of U.S. 52 and CR 600W are still a go for now, the New Palestine Town Council has declined to give the developers special treatment concerning the installation of a sewer system.

Ricker Oil Co. wants to build a store at the corner. While company chairman Jay Ricker said he would know more in 30 days about whether the firm will move forward with the project, the town’s decision could put an end to the plans.

Still, town officials said they made the right call.   

New Palestine town manager Dave Book informed the council Ricker was looking to save expenses on the development of the site by installing a less expensive grinder station and force main to connect the town’s sewers rather than to install a gravity sewer – which has been approved – through the sewer used by Marsh Supermarket across CR 600W.   

“When it came down to Ricker’s looking at the cost, it was prohibitive for them to go ahead with the project because of getting the facilities on site,” Book said.

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