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BACKING UP: Sewers raise a stink in S. Whitley

April 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Sewer discussions left a sour taste in some residents’ mouths at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Two residents came to members of the council with costly concerns, centering around sewer back ups in their homes.

David and Judy Richards confronted the council after returning home from a four-month stay in Florida to find the sewer line servicing their home had backed up into their basement.

“My son came and talked to you already,” David said. “I know you made a decision to not help cover the bill, but I wanted to know if you could explain it to me.”

Council members decided the town of South Whitley was not responsible or liable for the crushed sewer pipe that allegedly suffered damage during other pipe work being done for the town.

Because the problem was not brought to the town’s attention immediately, observation of the supposed damage was not possible and warranty on the work had expired.

“This repair had to be done clear on the other side of the sidewalk,” Judy said. “That isn’t our property. Why is it our responsibility to pay for the repair?”

Council President Tony Starkey explained that town ordinances dictate sewer line repairs, and maintenance falls on the homeowner from where the line taps into the town’s main and back to the home.

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