On June 23, 2022 Oak Park lost someone
very special. Mr. Wayne Storz was a devoted Director for the Oak Park
Conservancy District for over 40 years. He spent the majority of those
years overlooking the finances for the District. We appreciate everything
Wayne has done over the years and will miss him dearly. Our deepest
sympathy goes out to Wayne's family and friends.
Mr. Charlie Milburn has been appointed to fill the
Area 1 vacancy for the remainder of 2022. Mr. Milburn was the sole nominee
and will continue to serve as Area 1 Director for one full year, which is
the remainder of the 4 year term.
Oak Park Employees always have the well-being of our community in mind. As
we all have been affected by the pandemic in one way or another, one
constant seems to be that situations are changing daily. We are committed
to continuing our level of service to meet your needs. Due to the increase
of positive cases of COVID19, we have decided to adjust our procedures to
ensure the health and safety of all around us. The following changes in
procedures will be in effect immediately.
EMERGENCY CALLS- If you
have sewage backing up into your home, call the office at 812-283-3960
during regular business hours or for after hour emergencies call our
answering service at 812-948-5122. Someone will get back with you as soon
as possible. Leave your Name, Phone #, Address and message.
NON-EMERGENT REQUESTS- If
you have an issue that is not an emergency, please consider waiting if
possible, or at least let us know it is not something that needs to be
be processed via email. Print the form, sign, scan and send to
a completed form will then be sent back to you, print a copy for your
records and a copy to take to the City for your permit.
Sewer Repair Permits-There
is no fee for sewer repair permits but they are still required. The permit
will be prepared, and a pick-up appointment will be scheduled.
Specifications can be picked up at that time as well. The following
information will be needed at the time of request:
Property Address, Lot #, Subdivision, Name and
address of Property Owner, Name and address of Contractor, Phone # for
New Service Permit- If you
need a permit for a new sanitary sewer tap-in, follow the guidelines for
Sewer Repair Permits, the same information is needed plus the Tax
Identification number. Payment must be received prior to starting work.
We have had recent problems with "disposable wipes" being flushed into the sewer system.
Please do not flush wipes, clothing, trash, or anything else
besides toilet paper and human waste down the toilet as those items do not decompose like toilet paper and can cause blockages in the sewer system!
Overview of Wastewater Operations:
Mr. Keith Ingram, Superintendent of Wastewater Treatment Operations
has been with the OPCD since January 2007. Mr. Ingram has held the
positions of Chief of Maintenance and Foreman of Operations. Mr. Ingram
is the certified operator for the OPCD Wastewater Treatment Facility and
holds a Class III Wastewater Certification issued by the State of
Indiana. Prior to working at OPCD, Mr. Ingram worked several jobs
including service in the United States Navy.
The sanitary sewer system within the OPCD services
approximately 3,300 properties in the area recently annexed by the City of
Jeffersonville, IN. The sewage moves from your home through the collector system
and pump stations to the wastewater treatment plant and is then processed into
clean water. The clean water is then released back into the Ohio River for
reuse. Strict guidelines, enforced by EPA and IDEM, are
followed to prevent water quality degradation.
OPCD has a history of excellence with regards to
the Wastewater Treatment Facility. In 1999, OPCD was awarded the Federal
Environmental Protection Agency Excellence Award, Small Secondary Plant, for
Operation and Maintenance, as best in the nation for its size. OPCD continues to
meet and exceed all State and Federal requirements at our facility.
OPCD also provides 24 hour service for our
customers. For after hour emergencies, call the office at (812) 283-3960; a
recording will provide you with the emergency answering service. Our on-call
employee will then contact you for further information.
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Sanitary Sewer Repair Permits:
If you are planning on making repairs to your
sanitary sewer lines, you will first need to call our office to get a
Repair Permit. The permit will be prepared and will need to be picked up
prior to beginning work. The person or company performing the work will
need to request an inspection 24 hours in advance unless there is an
emergency that requires immediate attention. A staff member will be
on-site within 30 minutes of the time you call to inform the office that
the job is ready for inspection.
here for a copy of the OPCD Specifications
here for the Interlocal Agreement for OPCD and Jeffersonville
The Oak Park Service Fees are a Special
Benefits Tax that is billed directly on your property tax bill. Two things
that affect how much you pay is our tax rate and the assessed value of
your property. You will notice that when you look at the OPCD Tax Rate
Table below, our rates have decreased each year since 2016. This rate is
the only factor that OPCD controls. The assessed value of your property is
not controlled by OPCD and could have a significant impact on how much
your taxes increase or decrease.
here for the OPCD Tax Rate Table
Ohio River Levels: (Upper Gauge) | (Lower Gauge)
Stormwater projects to improve your life.
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Wastewater Department Staff
Keith Ingram, Superintendent of Wastewater Treatment
and Operations, and Interim MS4 Stormwater Coordinator
Nathan Swinney, Assistant Superintendent
Tyler Trich, Operations Technician
Blake Brunson, Operations Technician
April Guinn, Lab Technician & Office Assistant
Stormwater Department Staff
Keith Ingram, Interim Stormwater Coordinator
Tyler Burdin, Stormwater Foreman
Amy Burton, Administrative Assistant & Office Clerk
/ Secretary & Financial Clerk for the Board of Directors
Board of Directors Meetings:
All OPCD Board meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and are
open to the public. If you would like to be placed on the agenda to speak to
the Board, please contact our office at least forty-eight (48) hours (excluding
Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) in advance and provide your name and the
topic you would like to discuss. For 2023, the regularly scheduled Board meeting
dates are as follows:
January 4 & 18 July 5 &
February 1 & 15 August 2 & 16
March 1 & 15
September 13 & 27
April 12 & 26
October 11 & 25
May 10 & 24
November 8 & 22
June 7 & 21
December 6 & 28
Board of Directors
Chairman, Bruce Herdt (Area 2)
Marshall Johnson (Area 3)
Charlie Milburn (Area 1)
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In the late 1950’s, property owners of the original Oak Park
Subdivision, near Jeffersonville, Indiana, came together to discuss
the local need of specific utility services. At that time, most
homeowners had septic tanks and hazards with ground and water
contamination needed to be addressed. On July 15, 1960, the
Clark County Circuit Court, in accordance with Indiana Code 14-33,
appointed the first Board of Directors to form the Oak Park
Conservancy District (OPCD) with the purpose of providing sanitary
sewer and limited stormwater drainage services. A purpose of water
distribution was added in the late 1960's. The “District” was
governed by this three member Board of Directors and managed by
only a couple of employees.
The OPCD currently provides sanitary sewer services
for approximately 3,300 properties. OPCD and The City of Jeffersonville
currently share drainage responsibilities. Jeffersonville handles road right of
way drainage and the Lancassange Creek basin. OPCD manages drainage easements
which are outside of the road right of way. There are three water companies
(Indiana American, Watson, and Sellersburg) providing water service
within the OPCD boundaries. Over the years, the workforce of OPCD has increased to
as many as 10 employees due to
the enlarged size of the District and the increasing requirements of state and
federal regulations. Currently, there are a total of 8 employees.
Award Winning Services
Early in 2011, the Stormwater Department earned an Outstanding
Program Recognition for their Phase ll efforts from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). In October 2011,
OPCD was honored with receiving the only AISWMD Municipal Award for
Environmental Stewardship. Our entire Staff is committed to giving
the highest quality of service to our customers.
What is a Conservancy District?
A Conservancy District is a special taxing district,
operating under the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which has the
authority to plan, develop, and operate water related services. Out of the nine
possible water utility purposes, OPCD currently serves the two original purposes
mentioned in the History section of this page. In 2011, the water distribution system was sold to Watson Water.
If you see people illegally dumping pollutants and
trash into the sanitary sewer or storm sewer system, please call our office at
(812) 283-3960 and let us know.
OPCD is also governed by EPA, IDEM, and State Board of
Accounts. The Oak Park Conservancy District receives funding
through a special benefit tax paid directly to the Clark County
Auditor's office with the property tax. The rates are based on the
assessed value of the property. This method of rate payment was set
up by the Indiana legislature.
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