Septic-system laws frustrate area landowners | The Columbus Dispatch

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Joseph Dandrea wants to sell land he bought in the '90s, but it's deemed unsuitable for a septic system.
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KnotStandingStil l

Powell, OH

#1 Sep 30, 2010
If one can afford to build a 1.5 million dollar home, one can afford a modern alternative to ridding their home of their human WASTE!
timmy

Youngstown, OH

#2 Sep 30, 2010
Septic Laws are needed period,but these fools in Columbus State house don't have a clue of what a proper Septic is. I live in Columbiana County on a farm and have a septic and leach bed. A house went up for action on Malone road. The health Dept. came and did it's inspection of said house. It didn't pass! And the found the people had a (55 gal drum) for a Septic tank! Amazing I know. It gets better. After failing the inspection the house was sold by Barer auctioneer and there are people living in this home with an inadequate septic tank. That I'm sure has started to oxidize and the waste is going every where.Where are you Ohio State Health Board with this? Everything is on record at the Columbiana Health Dept. Ask Ms Barnes!

Since: Dec 09

Columbus, OH

#3 Sep 30, 2010
"Because you buy a piece of ground and didn't do your due diligence to research it, that's not a hardship," said Jim Lynch, an inspector for the Franklin County Board of Health.

Exactly. I too feel for the land owners but the public health is more important than their need to build on or sell their property.
Parent

Columbus, OH

#4 Sep 30, 2010
Be an informed investor and consumer. We looked to buy 10 acres as a retirement investment in New Albany about 10 years ago. We had Franklin County come out and do a core soil analysis and were told the soil would not support a septic system. So we could wait for sewer service to get to the parcel or not buy the parcel. We elected not to buy but I wonder if the people who did eventually buy did the same due diligence and if they are now complaining.
SomeoneWhoKnowsB etter

Canal Winchester, OH

#5 Sep 30, 2010
KnotStandingStill wrote:
If one can afford to build a 1.5 million dollar home, one can afford a modern alternative to ridding their home of their human WASTE!
If you can't have a septic system then your only alternative is to wait to be connected to municipal water and sewage lines, which will cost millions of dollars to run. Depending on the location that may not be feasible for a long time.

On the bright side, eventually urban sprawl will dictate that someone will need to put a subdivision up on that land, and municipal services will be provided. And when that happens the property will probably be worth a lot more than it is now, assuming that you can afford to wait.
PoopHouse

Hilliard, OH

#6 Sep 30, 2010
cadfile wrote:
"Because you buy a piece of ground and didn't do your due diligence to research it, that's not a hardship," said Jim Lynch, an inspector for the Franklin County Board of Health.
Exactly. I too feel for the land owners but the public health is more important than their need to build on or sell their property.
There was absolutely no need to expect this when the 1st guy bought this property 30 years ago. The due diligence statement is s farce in many of these cases.
Joebody

Columbus, OH

#7 Sep 30, 2010
What's funny is you have to spend tens of thousands on a septic system to treat human waste, but you can let a bunch of farm animals crap all over the land and even if it is a million times more crap than one single human, no septic is required.

Maybe when every single lake and pond in Ohio is finally chock full of toxic algae thanks to these farmers, we will finally get around to putting a law into place to control animal waste...
Bob

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 30, 2010
How about a mound system or drip irrigation system or subsurface sand filter or even spray irrigation of treated effluent? There has to be more to this story than portrayed by the Dispatch.
Moe Feene

Columbus, OH

#9 Sep 30, 2010
It is disingenuous to complain about having to spend money for a small "Package Treatment Plant" then say you want to build a $400,000 or $1.5 million dollar house.
Native Alien

Marion, OH

#10 Sep 30, 2010
Sure there is more to the story than what the dispatch is saying.

Like the fact that there are several areas inside Franklin County right this minute that have failing or failed septic systems that have have waiting 10 years for sewer lines that Franklin County promised would be in and the projects finished 5 years ago.

Or the fact that all of the County Commissioners and the Franklin County Health Department have both known for at least 10 years that there are areas in Franklin County where the septic systems have failed and the failed systems are leaching into the drinking wells in those areas.

Thanks so much Paula Brooks and Mary Jo Kilroy. They were both ones that voted for the new ballpark and dog pound while ground water and soil both were being contaminated and the sewage was/still is leaching into Ohio waterways, especially the Dry Run watershed.
darjen

Cleveland, OH

#11 Sep 30, 2010
PoopHouse wrote:
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There was absolutely no need to expect this when the 1st guy bought this property 30 years ago. The due diligence statement is s farce in many of these cases.
Jim Lynch's statements in this article are all pretty conceited. What an a$$hole. How do people expect to retire on their property when the government creates new laws that didn't exist 30 years ago? How does that have anything to do with due diligence? They completely destroyed the value of John Bobb's livlihood. These county hacks should be ashamed of themselves. They honestly think their public office is helping people? What a joke.
Chad

Reynoldsburg, OH

#12 Sep 30, 2010
Joebody wrote:
What's funny is you have to spend tens of thousands on a septic system to treat human waste, but you can let a bunch of farm animals crap all over the land and even if it is a million times more crap than one single human, no septic is required.
Maybe when every single lake and pond in Ohio is finally chock full of toxic algae thanks to these farmers, we will finally get around to putting a law into place to control animal waste...
"These Farmers" have been here for over 100+years. Pack up and move to Arlington. I'm sure they wouldn't miss you.
Revenue

United States

#13 Sep 30, 2010
Only. Always. Forever.

Vote them out.
Exotic Electron

Newark, DE

#14 Sep 30, 2010
There are high efficiency systems and raised bed systems for low water tables used in some of the most protected lands in the country. I don't see how this could not work for these home owners. Do the health officials or home owners even know about these?
Jon H

Columbus, OH

#15 Sep 30, 2010
Bob wrote:
How about a mound system or drip irrigation system or subsurface sand filter or even spray irrigation of treated effluent? There has to be more to this story than portrayed by the Dispatch.
How about an outhouse? Or holding tank below ground if they can't handle the eyesore of an outhouse/portajon.

Shower, sink, and wash water can dishcharge to the surface.
Southern Ohio

Columbus, OH

#16 Sep 30, 2010
cadfile wrote:
"Because you buy a piece of ground and didn't do your due diligence to research it, that's not a hardship," said Jim Lynch, an inspector for the Franklin County Board of Health.
Exactly. I too feel for the land owners but the public health is more important than their need to build on or sell their property.
Unless, as the story read, the property was inherited or purchased 30 years ago, prior to all the new regulations.
The New White Tiger Party

Columbus, OH

#17 Sep 30, 2010
There used to be a woman in the New Albany area that was buying up everything. She was VERY well connected politically and got whatever she wanted. I believe her name was Leslie Waxer, Waxner, or something like that. She might be interested in these properties but it might only be pennies on the dollar.
OLD MAN ME

Columbus, OH

#19 Sep 30, 2010
Buy my house on the west side $50.000 cash.Got connected to sewer system in "55" or "57"! Spend that million+ on upgrades. Casino be here soon! Yesssirr
Chris

Orlando, FL

#20 Nov 18, 2010
I have been using the www.MillerPlante.net Septic-Helper 2000 for 20 years. It says it has the enzymes that work in the tank and out in the drain field. State Law says that even a wet spot in your drain field could require replacement of your entire system.
will

Hattiesburg, MS

#21 Mar 6, 2011
they just want youre money

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