German Township Trustees decided they would participate in a proposed project to repair a storm drain in the Elmira area at their Monday, Aug. 12 meeting.
Township workers will not do the work, nor will the township provide any of the materials for the job.
At issue is a former sanitary sewer tile that now carries storm water.
The tile runs down the alley on the west side of the 7000 block of Co. Rd. 23. No one knows who “owns” or is responsible for the tile.
Sam Smucker, who lives at 7233 Co. Rd. 23, said five houses in the neighborhood suffered flooded basements after heavy rains earlier this summer.
Smucker said it was discovered the tile, made of old concrete pipe, is deteriorating. In places, it has collapsed, and a portion of the tile is plugged.
One possible fix is to run a pipeline across property owned by Dexter Krueger, 7137 Co. Rd. 23, to a county storm drain.
Smucker and Krueger were at the meeting asking the trustees to help with the project.
Several options were discussed, including having township workers dig out the trench for the new tile.
The idea was rejected, because the work would be done on private property.
Randy Ruffer, president of the trustees, said it would set a bad precedent.
Ed Leininger, Archbold, was at the meeting. He said his mother, Myrtice Leininger, had spent $9,000 to repair a tile that runs through her property, the former Leininger lumberyard.
In the end, the trustees passed a resolution saying they would share in the cost of the project, at the same amount as the homeowners.
Smucker and Krueger were to go back to the property owners and discuss the issue