April 18, 2014

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126 homeowners face possible legal action over LORCO project

The $30 million sewers in Eaton and Carlisle townships were completed last summer, but a sizable number of homeowners have not hooked up and face possible legal action, officials said.

A second round of non-compliance letters is going out to 126 addresses — a bit more than 10 percent of the 1,217 properties that are in the Lorain County Rural Wastewater District district, according to its executive director, Rob Berner.

“That is what we initially anticipated — that about 10 percent would be recalcitrant,” Berner said.

The letters are being prepared by Bob Goard of the Lorain County General Health District and will ask the residents when they will connect and if they have hired a contractor.

Ultimately, it might be necessary to ask the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office to file lawsuits seeking the hook-ups, said Kenneth Pearce, the county’s health commissioner.

“There’s the hint — that non-compliance could lead to legal action — because it is the law to tie in,” Pearce said.

The project included approximately 37 miles of sanitary collection sewers and 13 pump stations in sections of Eaton and Carlisle Townships.

It also included 13 miles of sanitary sewer force main and auxiliary pumping stations that convey the wastewater to Avon Lake’s Water Pollution Control Center.

The project created about 200 construction jobs and was financed by a 30-year low interest loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority and $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.