Board vote puts stop to township water project

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GERMAN TOWNSHIP (WDTN) – Monday night, with two new members on the water board, they put a stop to a plan that would have forced German Township residents to pay for city water.

Beyond that decision, there were hardly any answers to dozens of questions.

Like who is responsible for paying back $370,000 to a local bank for a project that isn’t happening.

Dozens of residents gathered for the meeting inside a German Township church.

Many of them stepped up to the microphone to voice their opinion about how the water board has conducted business.

Gene Hosler, who; lives on Eby Road says he received an assessment saying the well water was a health hazard and that the water project would cost him $27,000.

Ben DeGroat is the new member from German Township on the water board. As a trustee, he says the project was only started because there was a need for water

“It was never meant to shove water down anybody’s throat. It was strictly for the people that needed it, ” DeGroat said.

At the meeting, the water board’s main focus was figuring out how to move forward now that the project is a no-go.

Part of that is how they’re going to pay back a loan spent on engineers and attorneys for a water district that does not exist. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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