Court Hearings Begin in Alpena City - Township Water Sewer Dispute
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:11:02 EST

Legal proceedings between the City of and Alpena Township over water and sewer rates entered the open courtroom Tuesday.

The dispute has been underway for around four years, and other variations of it well before that, as contract language and rates has been a frequent stumbling block between the parties.

Both sides remain steadfast in their positions. The city increased bulk rates to the township, while the township argued that was not permissible under contract language and the city was charging higher rates to cover costs of improvements to the city system. Afterwards, the township withheld payments, increased rates to their customers, and placed funds into escrow in anticipation of possibly being required to pay back the city. Those funds were later protected under court order by 26th Circuit Judge Mike Mack.

The only major development Tuesday (27) was that the township notified the court it planned to drop it's 2-million dollar countersuit over true up costs, since data they received from the city through the discovery process was not accurate, and as such was impossible to argue in court.

It's not known how long the trial will last as Judge Mack has reserved the rest of this week for proceedings, and into the 7th and 8th of March to allow adequate time to complete hearings.

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