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Sewage plant shut down leaves Harrison Co. homes in a tight spot

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

HARRISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Cedarbrook Subdivision in Harrison County offers the residents a slice of the country with a neighborly feel, which is why many of them have been long-time residents.

"About 36 years," said Pamela Tolson.

"Roughly 39 years," added Jimmy Howard.

"Since April of 1975," described Beverly Linville.

Although, now they find themselves in a situation that stinks, almost literally. All 52 homes are at risk of losing their sewage service.

"It's not exactly big enough to take care of the houses here," Howard said of the small shack-like treatment building.

"If nobody takes care of it, then they shut it down, then our property is worth nothing," stated Tolson.

Howard went on to say, "This is our first home and I want it to be my last."

The company that's been running the this small treatment plant is now in a tight spot. Reports show it's in several violations with the Energy and Environment Cabinet and it needs a lot of repair. The owner, R.A. Williams Construction Company, says not much else can be done with the plant because the money isn't there.

A look at the numbers provided by the company, shows in February of 2014 there were 15 customers that were several thousand dollars behind on payments. One customer has a bill of more than $5,00. Meanwhile, another 23 customers had bills of several hundred dollars, eight more were at less than a hundred dollars, and only nine customers were current on their payments.

"I don't understand why people think they should get it for free," answered Linville, before adding, "If you own a business and somebody owes you money, you have to collect it."

The problem is only amplified because now customers are asked to pay more.

"In fact, it's been raised to $62 a month. I don't feel like I should pay any more," said Howard.

The letters say the company has exhausted every attempt to find answers, but with no luck. Now the county is weighing its options. According to the Judge Executive, the properties are too small to have individual septic tanks installed, so he's weighing a possible sewage district to help the problem. That would require help from grants, because the subdivision is almost five miles from town.

"It can be upsetting but I've got hope for the future, too," said Linville, because the alternative isn't very ideal.

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Harrison County Sheriff's Office to discuss the situation.


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