Hope utilities director gets state honor

HOPE – The Hope utilities director has received a distinctive statewide honor from his peers.

David Clouse was chosen as Collection Systems Professional of the Year by the Indiana Water Environment Association during the organization’s annual conference in Indianapolis.

The award is only given to one Hoosier annually who demonstrates a commitment to enhancing the lives of others through their work in municipal sewage collections, Hope town manager J.T. Doane said.

During his 10-year tenure, Clouse has been instrumental in planning and funding of projects to determine pipe integrity to replace sewers in Hope that are aging and in a state of disrepair, said Strand Associates, Inc. engineer Tony Akles, who nominated Clouse for the award.

“His team’s ability to make repairs in-house has saved Hope thousands of dollars,” Akles said.

In addition to the sanitary collection system, Clouse is responsible for the town’s wastewater treatment plant, water systems, storm sewer system and street department.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.