Grove City families stuck with septic-fix fees | The Columbus Dispatch

When they moved into their homes near Grove City, none of the three families knew that septic tanks were buried in their yards. Full Story
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DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 26, 2011
There should be a big "thank you"to republicans for screwing the land owners. It was the repbulicans who refused to put aside money in a fund to help landowners meet the septic tank law.

If these landowners did their homework and the septic system still was not revealed to them, the county should pay for it.
zipper

Columbus, OH

#2 Jun 26, 2011
The 3 homeowners should go back to the city and sue for the amount of sewer fees they have paid and get their money back. that way they will have enough money to get it done right
Spooktackular

United States

#3 Jun 26, 2011
hmm how could a septic tank with its outlet connected to a public sewer system be a health problem? What is next clay tile with tree roots will be a health code violation? Yet aids and hepatitus infected people are allowed to room free among the general public.
Unbelievable

Blacklick, OH

#4 Jun 26, 2011
It's not David and Goliath - it is a homeowner who has responsibilities, and was not properly informed when they purchased their property. Their recourse is against the seller, not the county.
mee

Franklin, PA

#5 Jun 26, 2011
i would sue the city. all of them have valid claims and should take the city to federal court.
kwg

Hilliard, OH

#6 Jun 26, 2011
Why doesn't the county have records for everything on these properties. These folks shouldn't have been billed and forced to pay for work that the county cannot prove they did correctly in the first place. If these homes originally had their own well water and pumps I can tell you who put those in and the brand of pump it was and where it was purchased. But septics were done by the county so they should know what they did or they should jot be able to charge the he owners. Anything that was done had to be done by someone with a Franklin county issued permit. The county is responsivle for showing records to deminstrate they did what they have been billing these folks for. From: The son of a good Grove City pumpman.
FED UP

Grove City, OH

#9 Jun 26, 2011
This is what happened to me. I had a new septic system put in. Septic Tank with leach bed. The county Health Department charged me a fee for a permit and their job was to come out and inspect the work to make sure it was right. The Health Department signed off on the permit stating it was installed correctly. After a few months sewage started backing up in or basement. To make a long story short the system was installed wrong. I hired another company to install one right who also became my expert witness. Went to court won a settlement. Law firm is owned by one of our great judges. Twenty years later still have not received a dime and the lawyer who is now a judge said I will not get my judgement. The jerk never even put a lean on his house or business. I really got screwed by the system
Johnathan S

Dublin, OH

#11 Jun 26, 2011
Unbelievable wrote:
It's not David and Goliath - it is a homeowner who has responsibilities, and was not properly informed when they purchased their property. Their recourse is against the seller, not the county.
True, if the box marked next to the septic tank was not checked, then go after the previous homeowner for failure to disclose. But the county has shown a lack of oversight, might as well include them on the litigation also. It's worth a shot.
Reply

Grove City, OH

#12 Jun 26, 2011
Spooktackular wrote:
hmm how could a septic tank with its outlet connected to a public sewer system be a health problem? What is next clay tile with tree roots will be a health code violation? Yet aids and hepatitus infected people are allowed to room free among the general public.
Go back to sleep, will you?
Summer Kelly

Columbus, OH

#13 Jun 26, 2011
Just send us taxpayers the bill and I'm sure we will freakin fix it for you you loser welfare thugs from Grove City!!!

Since: Dec 09

Coshocton, OH

#14 Jun 26, 2011
Why should taxpayers pay for something on your property. If it wasn't disclosed on your buyer's orm it is your responsibility to seek out the preious owner who may be liable. Stop pleading, "not my fault", and asking for a government handout!
confused

United States

#15 Jun 26, 2011
Sound's like the county handed the residents their screw up.
CSD

Mount Vernon, OH

#16 Jun 26, 2011
Govt sticking it to the taxpayer again and again and again. Some union thug, many years ago, screwed the pooch on this one. He will be given a paid administrative leave while they investigate this matter.
Scooter4Ever

Milwaukee, WI

#17 Jun 26, 2011
"Immaculate connection"? That Steller woman is a hoot!
Editor

Mansfield, OH

#18 Jun 26, 2011
If I'm not mistaken,these homes are not within the Grove City limits anyway,its Franklin county and Jackson township. I wonder if the pay Grove City tax or the less intrusive county tax. I agree with the thought of pursuing the previous owner or realtor for liability. It depends on whether or not the fact that the septic tank was not functioning as such,if it is still considered as a septic tank in regards to the disclosure query. However it is still a consequence of being a homeowner regardless. With or without the septic tank,if there was damage to the sewer line ,the homeowner would be responsible for the repair.
workingdadof7

Columbus, OH

#19 Jun 26, 2011
So much for the disclosure on the property.
no no no

United States

#20 Jun 26, 2011
Unbelievable wrote:
It's not David and Goliath - it is a homeowner who has responsibilities, and was not properly informed when they purchased their property. Their recourse is against the seller, not the county.
not if they have paperwork from the county stating otherwise. Also they may have been paying the county for services not rendered.
Black Lion

Columbus, OH

#21 Jun 26, 2011
Sounds like a real mess. Where were the health department inspection??

Since: Nov 10

Location hidden

#22 Jun 26, 2011
Your property....your problem. The county is in charge of the sewage system, not your septic tank...whether you knew it was there or not.

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#23 Jun 26, 2011
Tough poop.

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