ORWELL TOWNSHIP — A township resident and business owner is frustrated that he cannot access water or sewer services through the village of Orwell.
Mike Young, owner of the Creekside Inn, 1938 Route 322, Orwell Township, recently attended a village council meeting where he said he was shut down when he began asking about obtaining water and sewer services.
Young said the Creekside Inn has water because when a main water line was run across the property many years ago the location was tied in to it. Yet an easement was never granted for the water line, he said.
Young is now building a home on property just down the road, which he said is near a water main and other properties that have village utilities, but officials don’t seem to be willing to work with him on accessing those same utilities.
“Hopefully this mess can be straightened out,” Young said. “By November I have to decide whether I’m going to put a septic and well on the property or if I can access a public sewer.”
Village Manager Joseph Varckette said he is aware of the issue Young is raising, but the village will not take steps to annex his property in.
However, Young is welcome to take steps to start an annexation process himself, Varckette said, but even if he were annexed the end result might not be what he wants.
The property in question might be able to receive water if Young were to start an annexation process, but Varckette said tapping into a sewer might not be a possibility given the location of the home.
“If he wants utilities there is a process to go about for annexation,” Varkette said. “That’s up to him, but whether or not utility access is even possible is another question.”
This story was edited to reflect that Mike Young is the owner of the Creekside Inn.