KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – For four years a couple has been trying to keep their Kettering business afloat despite an expensive dispute with Montgomery County. Their plight was the subject of a 2 NEWS investigation in 2012.
When we met Mona Lisa Entingh in 2012 the business she owned with her husband was literally sinking. A sewer main collapse in Kettering was taking Simply Water with it and the county wasn’t responding quickly enough.
She told Pam Elliot of 2 NEWS Investigates, “It’s come to the point where they’re either forcing us to close our doors or endure the hardship and expense of repairing their problem, the damages they have caused to our property.”
The Entinghs sunk tens of thousands of dollars into experts and studies to go along with their loss claim to the county.
In March 2012 Montgomery County Environmental Services offered to pay them $50,000, but that wasn’t close to the damage and repair estimates they had received. In October of that year they sued the county.
A trial was set to begin next week, but Tuesday morning county commissioners voted in favor of a resolution to settle with Matthew and Mona Lisa Entingh, their business Simply Water, and their attorneys. The county will pay them a quarter of a million dollars. CK Excavating which did work for the county will pay them $30,000.
Montgomery County Communications Director Cathy Petersen sent the following statement:
As with any civil action, Montgomery County works closely with its legal team and staff to find a resolution that is in the best interest of both parties. We did that in this case and consider the matter closed.
The Entinghs said their attorneys have advised them not to comment until they receive the money. According to the signed agreement that is to happen on or before July 1.