ELKHART Elkhart's hotly contested sewer debate has been decided, but that doesn't mean everyone is signing on.
Seven residential customers are still refusing to sign the new agreement, which changes how residents outside city limits pay for city sewer services. Now, the city is looking at ways to cut sewer services to those holdouts.
According to The Elkhart Truth, the city is gathering bids on what it would cost to use robots to block the lines. The method doesn't require any digging, so the city does not have to secure excavation permits from the county.
When the city attempted to cut off sewer services that way last March, the county denied the permits.
The new sewer agreement that was approved last month requires residential customers outside of Elkhart to pay a flat $35 fee on top of their regular sewer bill. That fee is lower than the $50 fee outlined in the previous ordinance. The fee is meant to offset the fact that they don't pay city property taxes.