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Woman faces fine, criminal charge over sewer line

January 31, 2013

HOWLAND — For the past 16 months, Barbara Glaspell has found herself in an impossible spot. On one hand, she’s looking at a hefty fine and a misdemeanor charge for violating the county health code....

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nojustice

Feb-03-13 12:15 AM

Lady get over it and pay stop going to the paper for sympathy...

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jsabalo

Feb-02-13 7:01 PM

I'm sorry that they are putting you through this Mrs. Glaspell but rest assured there are plenty of people in this county who are on your side. Right now you are viewed as hero for taking the fight to them! Nearly everybody you talk to has the same outlook. WHAT A SHAME! Breathe easy and know that you are not alone.

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SURV69

Feb-02-13 9:36 AM

oops

actually my bad finger typed in 2007-2001, when it should've been 2007-2011.

What I was trying to say is that neither party really has a grasp on the problems they cause with short-sighted fixes.

The idea of allowing a citizen(or business), with deep pockets to indenture a whole group of unwilling citizens with debilitating responsibilities . . . especially is such a short window, has got to be one of the most un-American things I can imagine.

The ABSOLUTE least they could have done is to set up an apparatus to spread the un-solicited responsibility(lots of money), into a more equitable solution.

It's truly unreal that a single neighbor could actually bankrupt all his/her other neighbors . . . especially in times like these.

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Mrsaccounting

Feb-01-13 8:09 PM

What a nightmare! This is beyond comprehension.

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reallytiredofit

Feb-01-13 5:46 PM

Sorry should read 2007

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reallytiredofit

Feb-01-13 5:45 PM

Surv69 The Governor WAS not a Democrat from 2001 to 2007. Robert Taft was a two term Republican Govenor. He assumed office in January 1999 and served through January 2997. He was replaced by Ted Strickland in January 2007. Strickland served until January 2011, when he was replaced by our current Governor, John Kasich.

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Billdog

Feb-01-13 1:33 PM

SURV69, most people never understand what your trying to explain. It is like talking to the wall or your holier than tho that want to inject their religious beliefs into law that don't get separation of church and state. LOL!!!!

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SURV69

Feb-01-13 8:28 AM

nperricellia:

Leave the Trumbull County Engineer out of this . . . that office has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with this matter . . . nadda, zippo.

You might be thinking the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer . . . to totally different offices and a complete different set of employees . . . one has virtually nothing to do with the other.

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motherof2

Feb-01-13 7:03 AM

So the health dept is going to take legal action if need be. This woman has little money....can't bleed blood from a turnip!

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nperricellia

Feb-01-13 12:02 AM

*Change****

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nperricellia

Feb-01-13 12:01 AM

My petition is on CHange**** Under Trumbull County Health Department Feel free to sign and post on facebook. Will be setting up a fund for my grandmother will keep everyone who supports her updated.

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snuggs

Jan-31-13 8:33 PM

Poop at McDonald's or Walmart. I do all the time!

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nperricellia

Jan-31-13 7:17 PM

She has no other otptions since she is on a fixed income and cannot get the loan. What is she supposed to do since thats all they told her to do is apply for the low interest loan. Of which she was denied.

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nperricellia

Jan-31-13 7:14 PM

It's Trumbull County Health Department thats is taking her to court they are threating to take her to court in two weeks. It started with the Trumbull County Engineers but further went to the health deaprtment.

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nperricellia

Jan-31-13 7:11 PM

I am going to see about a fund raiser for her or some kind of donations all of which will be done the legal way.

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featherstone

Jan-31-13 6:07 PM

Sorry, yes County Sanitary Engineer. Yes survey69.

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SURV69

Jan-31-13 5:26 PM

Not the county engineer . . . the county sanitary engineer.

Two different people.

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featherstone

Jan-31-13 5:25 PM

Story says sanitation engineers, which I'm assuming Trumbull county, COULD BE WRONG, but County health dept is making the issue. Reallytired of explaining.

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SURV69

Jan-31-13 5:24 PM

The governor in Ohio was democrat from 2007-2001 and this is not a new law, although I'm willing to bet Taft might've been in office when this law past.

I'm sure the law was meant to be an incentive for someone who wanted or needed a sewer extended without having to pay for the entire distance to their property, when other homeowners(who will benefit), get on for free(almost).

Problem is it makes all those people(along the line), unwilling partners in the sewer line.

The fact that the money has to be paid in such a short period is the real problem for the "unwilling" partners.

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featherstone

Jan-31-13 5:18 PM

I realize this lady lives in Howland, but County health dept is part of her problem, or is making her situation a problem, part of County Government, As was in lil story I told. Point is county has long history of being idiots. Understand what I'm trying to say? LOL..

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featherstone

Jan-31-13 5:12 PM

REALLYTIREDOFIT!!!, it was in Warren TOWNSHIP, where SOME have COUNTY SEWER, off North River Road, NOT CITY, county engineer made the final conclusion And threatened to involve health dept. They have City water in that area, I called and guy and doubled checked, just for you. He would know!! Thanks for your concern.

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Billdog

Jan-31-13 4:38 PM

AS somebody stated earlier it is a state law. The other issue is the neighbor that paid up front to have the sewer ran their home gets the reimbursement. The county had to take control of that many years ago because some people were charging their neighbors excessive interest via contracts for hookups. This isn't a simple issue. One could agree that if the woman sold that house the next owner would have to hook up to the sewer, much like the septic tank arrangement. I have no answer, but do know that once one exception is made the next person that can afford it will SCREAM discrimination because they didn't force her to do it. If she claims her septic system has worked fine the past ten years, I wonder when the last time it was checked by a professional was? The situation is sad at best.

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jsabalo

Jan-31-13 4:16 PM

@ really..........REALLY??????

I see you still haven't done enough research to be posting on this topic. This is a non-partisan issue!!! The man that is running for the seat in March actually has some pretty high powered DEMOCRATS in his corner. While you may be "reallytiredofit" I would hope you could summon the energy to find out what is going on and wake up. I also hope you realize that positive change starts from the people and works it's way up. Not the other way around.

Good Luck Ms. Glaspell. Let us know if you have a fund for an attorney. I will donate!

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reallytiredofit

Jan-31-13 4:16 PM

What makes this particular case a little different is that a political subdivision isn't expanding the sewer lines. A private citizen paid to have the sewer line extended to his property, which put Mrs. Glaspell within the 200 foot limit. The best argument she has would be that it was not the INTENT of the law to force a utility tie in when the expansion was done through private expansion instead of governmental expansion. I wish you good luck Barbara, I hope you can find a way to battle this.

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Purecountry495

Jan-31-13 4:15 PM

Its funny that when the prison was being built, the county ran a sewer line down south Leavitt Rd. to the pump station. There the crossed the road to the pump station, they also ran another line behind the adjoining property's house over to the Church of God. Why did everybody before the line crossed the road have to hook up to the sewer line, and not the one where they ran the line behind his house? Why did the county run the line like this and not down the road to the Church of God? Where they ran the sewer line behind the property owners house, is a old make shift septic system. If the county can do this, whats the big deal about helping this lady out now? On both sides of the road where the line crossed there is homes well within the 200 ft. that wasn't required to hook into the sewage system. Sounds like the county decides what the want to do and not do.

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