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Sewer costs hardship for Nash Heights residents

7/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

There have been several letters in local papers disparaging the residents of Nash Heights because they have opposed the charges they will face when sewers are installed without any forethought as to how these particular residents will be able to pay for them. Many of these residents are older Norton citizens living by way of fixed Social Security and retirement benefits based on incomes from 20 or 30 years ago. Nothing substantial has been done to assist them, and they now have been told that once the sewers are in, they can apply for hardship cases. This is demeaning! These folks have paid their bills and have never been a “hardship” to their community.

While no real plan to help them has ever surfaced, they have been both misrepresented and degraded. They were accused of “booing” a guest official when they had actually booed a Norton official they believed gave out misinformation. Yes, tempers have flared, yet they have never resorted to bringing ball bats to meetings. What a show that was!

Those who are in charge in Norton seem incapable of working with the citizens to find a solution to the problem, and they do nothing except try to prove their properties unfit. In our opinions, the [Environmental Protection Agency] now has been called in to disparage wrongly the whole area. Several people, including myself, have spent a good amount of money to make sure that our septic systems met the standards. What is that now — just more money down the drain! So what happens at this point?

It is time to resolve these issues and to regain the trust and confidence of the people of Nash Heights. Adding extreme costs to their taxes during the latter years of their lives is the “real” hardship.

Roger Wilkinson, Norton

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