Mayor allays fears over easements


To some, they are a necessary evil.

To others they are just necessary.

The issue of easements reared its ugly head at a recent city council meeting, where concerns were raised about the city’s easements for the Auglaize Street sewer project.

Suggestions were made that the city administration changed the easements for the project and that residents were getting no answers from city hall.

“The situation is actually better than we expected,” Mayor Rodney Metz said Thursday, “or at least better than what one would be led to believe from Monday’s meeting.

Metz went on to explain that the project involves 76 property owners in the city; 40 of which have signed on to the easement agreement.

An easement is where a government body takes control of private property for the purpose of providing for the common benefit of the community.

In addition to those 40, four property owners have agreed to the easements, but the city has not received their contracts and three property owners are coming in next week for appointments.

“That leaves 29 property owners,” Metz said, adding that “not one property owner has refused to go along with the easements.” “

Everyone Mary Ruck has spoken to has been positive,” Metz said, referring to the city’s zoning and engineering superintendent.

For the full story, see the Friday, April 11 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.