New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Commissioners are moving to finalize the transfer of about 300 county sewer district customers to the City of Dover.
The commissioners earlier this week authorized a quarter-million-dollar payment to the city as part of an agreement to resolve a legal dispute over wastewater service in the several communities on the outskirts of the city.
Dover Law Director Douglas O’Meara says the county has agreed to have Dover provide water and sewer service to residents of the Renner-Ridgewood subdivision and the communities of Parral and Lowden. He says the payment will help them get set up to start serving those customers.
“A lot of it’s just going to simply go to for us to recoup the cost of some of the things we’re going to do,” he says. “The City of Dover will do what’s necessary to upgrade, and we have to put a water line in to connect the 98 customers, I believe, that are up on the hill there. That cost is right in the range of that $250,000.”
O’Meara says the parties signed off on the agreement back in December, but he says the commissioners needed some time to get things in order before finalizing the transfer.
“They had a lot to accomplish to finalize this. It took a while but things like this sometimes do, and I’m sure the city of Dover is fortunate to have resolved this matter, and I think that both parties and the customers will benefit from the ultimate resolution that took place,” he says.
O’Meara says the city should be ready to start serving the additional customers by the end of September.