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Dennis Kramer Royerton Sewer System collection

Identifier: MSS-252

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials related to the planning and implementation of the Royerton sewer system. Included is a map of observed drain pipes before construction of a new system, a feasibility study, public meeting information and notes and many news clippings from local papers.


  • 1988-1998

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Historical Note

In early 1994, the Delaware County Board of Health took approximately 40 water samples in the unincorporated town of Royerton, located just north of Muncie. More than 30 samples showed evidence of E. coli bacteria, an indication that untreated human waste was getting into the water supply. Residents of Royerton had been complaining since 1992 about free standing raw sewage in their yards and, in late 1994, petitioned the Muncie Sanitary District to extend sewer lines. The 600 homes affected by the bacteria were denied because Royerton is outside of district boundaries. Dennis Kramer was one of these Royerton residents affected by the sewage system and would eventually become a supporter in the fight for a new system.

A year later, Delaware County Commissioners finally agreed to provide a $50,000 grant from the county’s economic development income tax fund. This grant would pay for a facility plan to build sewers in the Royerton area, as well as complete a feasibility study. In 1996, after scrapping the original plans due Royerton residents’ outrage at proposed sewage costs, the search for a new company to install the Hamilton Township sewer system began.

In 1998, surveys of the area to prepare for final design plans and specifications were under way, with construction beginning in spring of 1999. Since then, the cost of the Royerton sewer system has risen to almost 15 million dollars. The project has been plagued with cost overruns, construction problems and defects, and as of March 2006 has yet to be completed.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Sewer newspaper clippings and other documents, 1988-1998

Series 2: Dennis Kramer Royerton Sewer System drain pipe map, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Dr. Dennis L. Kramer on 2004/09/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/07 by R. Miller. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/19 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/10/30 by Rebecca Marangelli.

Dennis Kramer Royerton Sewer System collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA