Can You Blow Leaves Into the Street?

By Drew Wallace, Program Coordinator, Water Pollution Control To some, the leaf blower has turned arm-tiring raking into an effortless autumn task. While to others, the continual drone of its motor is unwelcome noise. This common garden tool has become so controversial in some areas that communities have enacted laws regarding it. But whether you […]

Enriching Auburn’s Parks and Green Spaces

By Eric Ditmars, Superintendent, Auburn Parks and Recreation Parks and green spaces help shape the identity of a community, providing numerous recreational, environmental and health benefits. Even more, they can enhance property values, increase municipal revenue and attract new families and businesses to an area. It’s for all these reasons—and more—that we’ve worked to improve […]

Auburn Electric Intervenes in Rate Cases

By Chris Schweitzer – General Manager, Auburn Electric Auburn Electric takes our responsibility as stewards of the city’s power infrastructure seriously. We want to ensure the utility provides safe, reliable and cost-effective power to our rate-payers. It is also why we have officially intervened in two electric rate cases—one in Indiana and another in Michigan—that […]

APD to Issue Fall Fair Resident Parking Permits

The Auburn Police Department (APD) will be issuing 2019 DeKalb County Free Fall Fair Resident Parking Permits on Monday, Sept. 16 – Friday, Sept. 20 between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m each day. If you are requesting a permit, you’ll be required to show some type of identification verifying your address. Additionally, […]

Understanding the Impact of Combined Sewer Overflows

By Todd Sattison, Superintendent of Water Pollution Control Recently during a heavy rainfall, the City of Auburn’s Department of Water Pollution Control reported Combined Sewer Outlet (CSO) overflows. During an overflow event, minimally treated and/or untreated sewage spills directly into the receiving stream, causing elevated regulated pollutant levels for a few days. While this has […]

Service at the Heart of BPD’s Growth and Development

When she entered Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning,  Amy Schweitzer thought her future was in architecture. She quickly found out, though, that it wasn’t the field of study she wanted to pursue. “Architecture seemed more about high-end design, and I was more interested in the practicality and functionality of design,” she explains. “I […]

APD Warns Against Phone Scams

By Martin McCoy, Chief, Auburn Police Department There has been an increase in reported phone scams in recent months, so the Auburn Police Department (APD) is encouraging the public to be cautious when responding to unsolicited phone calls. Here are few tips to help you safeguard against phone scams. Don’t call me. The first rule […]

Rieke Park Trails Improvements Project Kicking Off in August

By Eric Ditmars, Parks Superintendent, and Steve Klein, Director of Engineering The City of Auburn is set to take some exciting steps to further enhance our parks system. The Parks and Recreation Department and the Engineering Department have partnered together to launch the Rieke Park Trails Improvements Project. The project—which will be completed by contractor […]

What is a Watershed?

Part of our quarterly Storm Water Series by Todd Sattison, WPC Superintendent Keeping Indiana waterways clean demands more than creekside diligence. Even if you don’t live on Cedar Creek, you may be contributing to the pollution of creeks, lakes and streams. Cedar Creek is larger than its shoreline. It’s part of a larger system—a watershed. […]

Partnership Extends AES Services to Garrett Neighborhoods

Auburn Essential Services (AES) and the City of Garrett are expanding their partnership once again—with a fiber to the home (FTTH) pilot being launched this fall in four residential developments.

Lifelong Career of Enjoying Daily Work

Twenty-five years with an employer these days is quite impressive. And, for Todd Sattison, it is especially noteworthy. As he begins his 25th year with the City of Auburn’s Water Pollution Control (WPC) Department, he steps into the role of WPC Superintendent. It’s a role that he’s trained for his entire career as he’s held […]

Auburn Electric Poised for Future

By Chris Schweitzer – General Manager, Auburn Electric When I joined Auburn Electric about two years ago, the leadership team cast a vision that focused on safety, people, customer service and system health. We’ve done a lot of work on all those fronts—all with the mission of delivering reliable quality power. Over the past year, […]