Town hits slight snag in sewer easement

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

The Bronson council has run into it first, albeit small, issue related to easements for the town's new sewer lines.

Bronson resident Mike Owens sent a letter to the town May 15 stating he would not grant use of his property, about 20 acres of pasture where his home is located, for the lines until a debt had been settled for services he says he provided the town years ago.

But the council members Monday night, though admitting that Owens had done some work on a house the town had involvement with more than five years ago, said they weren't altogether clear what Owens was referring to or how much money was at stake.

Mayor Franklin Schuler said the town never had a contract with Owens for repairs done to the house, though, he said, checks were made out to Owens.

Council Member Beatrice Roberts said she remembered the town paying Owens every couple of weeks as needed repairs were continuously uncovered in the house. She said she thought perhaps Owens was wanting a percentage of the final costs to fix the house, as some contractors ask for.

Schuler said it was strange that Owens would wait so long to make a claim.

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