Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Sewer foes win access to records

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Residents opposed to a waste-water treatment plant in Belleview had a small victory Tuesday.

        Judge Jay Bamberger of Boone Circuit Court said Sanitation District No.1 officials would have to make public documents available to opponents who have filed a lawsuit against the district, and to the public.

        “We offered to actually send copiers in along with staff to make sure records stay on-site,” said Jeff Harmon, an attorney representing some of the residents. “They said because the matter is in litigation they could withhold the documents.”

        Mr. Harmon said he wants to see any records that may shed light on why the site was selected and how the district arrived at cost estimates.

        The sanitation district still is withholding some material on grounds that it is privileged.

        “We had a victory, but it's clear the tone has been set,” Mr. Harmon said. “This is going to be a constant battle all the way through.”


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