Easement ordinance for sewer draws fire

The South Interceptor Sewer Project took center stage at Monday’s meeting of city council, this time over a resolution to appropriate easements.

“This ordinance moves the project forward,” City Law Director Dennis Faller said.

According to Faller, there are eight properties that have not signed agreements with the city concerning the project.

“This tells the mayor, ‘You have to do it (notify residents),’” Faller said, adding that, “This is the first statutory step along the way.”

“This seems very heavy-handed,” At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber said. “There are homeowners who have not been contacted.”

“It’s not doing anything other than establishing a statutory procedure,” Faller said. “Now you have a resolution saying ‘do it.’”

Barber and First-Ward Councilman James Neumeier cast the only votes against the resolution. According to the ordinance, only one reading was required for passage.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, June 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.