In an attempt to settle a breach of contract suit that has been going on for what seems like forever Buckeye Water District offered East Liverpool $5 million in cash to settle out of court. The details were reported in this morning's local papers in a Tom Giambroni article. This is the second attempt by the water district to make payment arrangements over the years. This is the second time East Liverpool elected officials greedily said no.
Future expansion plans to make areas of the county attractive to new business opportunities with a good, reliable source of water have been on hold with their continued reluctance. These are business opportunities that could create new jobs and benefit every community in Columbiana County.
The residents in Frederick Heights, in St. Clair Township, have been begging for a new source of water for years. BWD was set to go with expansion into that subdivision. They were practically ready to start digging trenches to install new water lines when East Liverpool forced them hold up.
We imagine coming up with that amount of cash would pretty much have the water district strapped for awhile. With the newest refusal the district is now forced to wait for a decision from the appellate court on their last appeal. There will be no expansion to possibly create economic opportunities for the time being.
We're left wondering how much black top could have been bought or how many grants for improvement projects are being missed in the East Liverpool community because they don't have the money for matching funds.